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Archive for November, 2018

A Murder of Crows… and Other Unusual Collective Nouns

As I’m sure you already know, when you’re talking about just one of something in English, you always use the definite article (the) or indefinite article (a or an). The definite article is used when you are talking about a particular thing – for example, if you say, “shall we go to the pub?” you’re …

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How Translation Helps You Get to Grips With Another Language

In recent years, translation has gone out of fashion as a way to learn a new language. A lot of people say that it’s a bad way to learn because it keeps you thinking in your mother tongue, rather than in the target language. They often say that it’s better to learn the way that …

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How Did English Become The “Global” Language?

Once upon a time, Latin was the most important language in the world, with people across Europe, Africa and Asia desperate to learn it to improve their situation in life. Then, for nearly a thousand years, French was the international language of politics and trade. Even English kings and queens like Henry VIII spoke and …

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