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Archive for June, 2020

Other ways to express the future Posted by on Jun 30, 2020

Hey there! How are you guys doing this week? It is hard to believe we are already halfway through 2020. But there is still a lot ahead of us and the upcoming weeks will be decisive in many ways, as we witness the unfolding of this year’s defining events, such as a sanitary crisis, racial…

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We Are Many Posted by on Jun 25, 2020

In the past few months, you have probably heard the phrase, “We’re all in this together.” I even wrote a blog about it. But did you know that the English word “we” is a rather unusual word in the linguistic world? This is because English is one of the few languages that does not have…

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Some English Tongue Twisters Posted by on Jun 18, 2020

Recently, one of our subscribers suggested that tongue twisters can be both helpful and fun when learning a language and I couldn’t agree more! Thanks for the suggestion, Amy! I also believe that tongue twisters are a great way to exercise your ability to enunciate, or pronounce, properly. You may know that actors and singers…

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Black, with a Capital B Posted by on Jun 11, 2020

We appear to be undergoing a significant cultural moment. For the first time in 50 years, real and fundamental changes in how people think about race relations are taking place. This isn’t just happening in the United States, although the moment most profoundly affects our nation. The worldwide reaction has also been significant and is…

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Affect or Effect? Posted by on Jun 4, 2020

Not long ago, I received a text from an old friend. “Hey!’ he wrote, “Which of these sentences is correct? “It doesn’t have the effect that we were hoping for.” “It doesn’t have the affect that we were hoping for.” I quickly replied that he wanted to use #1. His response was, “Thanks! This is…

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