Language jokes

April 4, 2014 at 8:43 am
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Image: EALASAID

 

Q: How do you comfort a grammar nazi?
A: There, Their, They’re
 

A pregnant woman went into labour and began to yell, “Couldn’t! Wouldn’t! Shouldn’t! Didn’t! Can’t!”
She was having contractions.
 

Q: What is Grammar?

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The A to Z of language learning

January 19, 2014 at 3:16 pm

A is for… accent

The key to sounding good in a foreign language, a good accent comes with time and practice. Some people seem to have a natural aptitude for copying accents, while others will always sound “foreign”. There is … Read more

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Change in the English language: some interesting Google N-Grams

November 18, 2013 at 9:12 am

One of Google’s lesser-known but more influential programmes is Google Books. Started quietly in 2002, the operation aims to digitise all of the world’s books. Many authors, illustrators and libraries have mixed feelings about what this means for copyrighted material, … Read more

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The politics of language in the USA

October 2, 2013 at 7:52 am

Photo: Kristopha Hohn

Here’s a question for you: what’s the official language of the USA?

If you said English, you are wrong.

There is no official national language in the US, despite various attempts to give English that status over … Read more

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Five common mistakes when learning a language

July 22, 2013 at 7:18 am

If you are learning a language, or planning to learn a language, get ready for a challenging, sometimes frustrating but consistently rewarding experience. Different learning techniques work for different people, and it can sometimes be beneficial to mix and match … Read more

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I’m a million different people from one day to the next

July 4, 2013 at 12:57 pm

If you recorded everything you said for seven days, you may be surprised at how many people you can be.

Consider two different situations. Firstly, you are in a job interview and keen to impress your interviewer. Chances are, you … Read more

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Politicians speaking other languages

June 19, 2013 at 10:07 am

Here, for your entertainment, is a selection of clips of politicians, past and present, speaking foreign languages.

Mitt Romney speaking French

Vladimir Putin speaking English

Would you believe the Russian leader speaks good English? He kept that a secret.

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