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Learning English is Hard Work Posted by on Jan 9, 2020

Lots of people begin every new year with a resolve to work out, or lose weight, or even learn a language. We’re looking to improve ourselves. If you are trying to improve your English then I promise you that I will help you. But, you need to know that English is a very difficult language…

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Some Funny English Words Posted by on Aug 13, 2019

I recently had a conversation with someone who is much younger than I am (that’s not hard to do, at my age), and I happened to say that something flummoxed me. She laughed and said, “Flummoxed? I’ve never heard that word before!” Ah. I had entered the anachronous zone, where the common language of someone…

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Untranslatable Words in English Posted by on Feb 14, 2019

As you may know, Transparent Language publishes blogs dedicated to many different languages. One of the great things about my job is that I have the pleasure of reading them all. One topic which appears on many of these pages is the untranslatable word. German is loaded with them, but I’ve seen the subject come…

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Linking English Sentences Together Posted by on Oct 26, 2017

As you begin to learn a language, you start small. Words have one syllable. Sentences are short and basic. There is nothing wrong with keeping your words and phrases simple. People will understand you. However, you know that people don’t really speak in short sentences all the time. It just isn’t easy to know…

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Texas State Capitol Tour Posted by on Mar 6, 2017

Texas State Capitol Tour

The great American city of Austin is the capital of Texas. Famous for its live music, BBQ, and being weird, it’s also home to the state’s government. Visitors can take a free tour of the Texas State Capitol to learn more about the state’s history and government. See what the State Capitol looks like in…

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What is a Collocation? Posted by on Feb 17, 2017

Back in the 1950s and ‘60s there was a group of performers who seemed to always be together. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford – They called themselves The Rat Pack. They performed together, made movies together, partied together, and each made the other better. In many ways, they were the physical…

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Gender and the English Language Posted by on Nov 10, 2016

In many languages, nouns have a specific gender. They can be masculine, feminine, or even gender-neutral. Definite and indefinite articles, as well as adjectives, generally agree with the gender. Germanic and most Nordic languages have three forms of gender. Latinate languages have only two genders for everything. In French, for example, a garden is masculine…

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