Category Archives: Humor

Heteronyms and other challenges of the English language

Homographs are words of like spelling but with more than one meaning. A homograph that is also pronounced differently is a heteronym. You think English is easy??I think a retired English teacher was bored…THIS IS GREAT! Read all the way … Continue reading

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Being Multilingual: You speak with an accent, I don’t

Linguist Madalena Cruz-Ferreira discusses our perception of accents and how it can impact our judgement of others. Accents are things that only other people have. They are, by extension, things that we don’t think we have. This is why, if … Continue reading

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Let the wine flow and you’ll soon be fluent

After years of teaching in China, our reader got language learning down to a fine art. ‘In vino veritas’: tackling a foreign language is so much easier when chilled… Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images I wouldn’t try this secret at the library. … Continue reading

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What does English sound like to foreigners?

Ever imitated a language by speaking total gibberish? C’mon. We’ve all done it. Any world traveler has invariably been faced with that awkward language-learning moment of trying to fake an accent. Unfortunately, reshaping the very motions of your mouth is … Continue reading

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English is trying to colonize world languages

Through illegal immigration, English is trying to colonize world languages, especially the variety of Spanish spoken in the Iberian Peninsula. (Shutterstock) Through illegal immigration, English is trying to colonize world languages, especially the variety of Spanish spoken in the Iberian … Continue reading

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Here in Thailand, we really give a sh*t

Westerners may turn up their noses at the mention of bodily functions but that’s not the case in the Kingdom where faecal phrases are a key part of the language With five minutes to go before the meeting, I need … Continue reading

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Procrastination: Your language learning enemy and how to get past it

by guest author Lizzie Davey We’re all guilty of procrastinating every once in a while – some more than others. We often find ourselves putting an important task off or filling our time with small, inconsequential ‘missions’ that we try … Continue reading

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What are the World’s Sexiest Languages?

A survey of more than 5,000 people has revealed the world’s sexiest language – and it’s exactly what you thought. The survey  found French is considered the sexiest language. In fact, 41% of respondents polled ranked it tops for seduction, … Continue reading

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Thai Ghosts

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English language is descended from ancient Turkey, experts claim

PUBLISHED: 21:09 GMT, 23 August 2012 New Zealand scientists say Indo-European language family – including English, French, German and Hindi – originated up to 9,500 years ago in western Asia English is descended from a language that emerged in Turkey … Continue reading

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Mike the Entertainer

This American guy in China is playing 12 characters on his own. Mimicking Chinese, France, Russian, Japanese, Afri-American, white-American speaking English and Chinese. Over 5 million views in China so he obviously knows what hes doing.

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Meet Our Students

How to be a Great Student using the World Word Exchange The world Word Exchange is a tool to help you learn a new language quickly. Everything you need to learn a new language is here, except the desire, you … Continue reading

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Memory Lane

Does anyone remember this?

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Aliens and UFO sightings 2012 Like or share this so everyone knows we’re safe

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Take a close look. What do you see?

What do you see? Research has shown that young children cannot identify the intimate couple because they do not have prior memory associated with such a scenario. Children see nine dolphins. Is it sexy or is it wildlife? Learning another … Continue reading

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Love of Chocolate Predicts your Age? Take our survey!

The Chocolate Age Calculator This is pretty cool so please don’t cheat by scrolling down first! It wont take long and it’s fun (especially for chocoholics). Work it out as you go along.  Use a calculator if you want! But … Continue reading

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I can see it turn both ways, can you? Take our survey! Leave a comment! This is cool!

Which way does the dancer rotate for you? Don’t forget, if you are interested in learning a new language or have a friend that is check out the rest of our website.

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Does Getting Drunk help You Learn a New Language?

Not wanting to promote the use of alcohol but this is an interesting result from a study by the University of Illinois. They found that people, or men in any case, not sure why they didn’t include women, were better … Continue reading

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Cleverbot

Have you ever had a conversation with a machine? Now you can, right here.

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Language Learning Through Hip-Hop Music? Hellz Yeah

A guest post from our insane hip-hop reporter Mad Skillz. Not sure what his first language is, if he has one – While insane skillz people learn with classes can be nuthin’ although some sort of slow, just one analyst … Continue reading

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The Language Barrier Revisited

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Learn Chinese in just 5 minutes

Thats not right – Sum Ting Wong See mee ASAP – Kum Hia Nao Stupid man – Dum Fuk Small horse – Tai Ni Po Ni Did you go to the beach – Wai Yu So Tan I think you … Continue reading

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