Preparing for my first German book tour, I took an on-line grammar test from a language school. Big mistake. I was never good at test-taking and I bombed, despite having studied some basic German for more than a year.
Ever since I started blogging, and #langchat started, and as I went to conferences, and as I got more involved in Twitter, I’ve seen them and you’ve seen them – post after post, tweet after tweet, videos on YouTube, of how bad Google Translate is. How inaccurate. How unhelpful.
There’s just one problem, and we’re not talking about it, because we’re afraid. We’re afraid we’re wrong. And we are. Because somewhere along the line, somehow, Google Translate got good. Like, really good. Like, you-can-use-it-to-communicate .....
Two MOOC providers are promoting massive open online courses to prepare students for IELTS, one of the world's most popular English language tests and a common requirement for immigration and student visas in English-speaking countries.
A new book aims to illustrate all the eccentricities of international onomatopoeia “I want Meryl Streep crying in five different accents.” Joan Rivers’ parting shot was one of her finest. Continue reading...
When I moved to South Korea to be an ESL teacher, I only intended to stay one year. Three years later I returned to the United States, soon realizing that my time as an ex-pat would forever divide my life into two categories: ‘before Korea’ and ‘after Korea.’ Living overseas created a huge shift in my perception, far beyond the culture I experienced, the amazing things I saw and the great people I met. 1. Tourist vs. Expat
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