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An archive of the meanings and origins of thousands of phrases, sayings, idioms and expressions.

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20 words that once meant something very different

20 words that once meant something very different | The Learning Lounge | Scoop.it
Words change meaning all the time -- and over time. Language historian Anne Curzan takes a closer look at this phenomenon, and shares some words that used to mean something totally different.
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Toilet Vocabulary & Phrases - Free Spoken English Lesson

Toilet Vocabulary - Free Spoken English Lesson One of the most useful things you can learn in English language is how to ask for the toilet! As they say, whe...
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Homonyms, Homophones, and Homographs for ESL Students

Homonyms, Homophones, and Homographs for ESL Students | The Learning Lounge | Scoop.it
The wise ESL and EFL teacher should spend extra time making sure that his or her students understand common words used as homonyms, homophones, and homographs. This can only be done through practice.
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English Grammar: The Sentence · engVid

English Grammar: The Sentence · engVid | The Learning Lounge | Scoop.it
English Grammar: The Sentence. Do you know how to build a sentence in English? In this lesson, you will learn the basic parts of a simple sentence, or independent clause. Knowing this will make it easier to understand any sentence in ...
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15 Grammatically Correct Sentences That Most People Find Impossible. Good Luck.

15 Grammatically Correct Sentences That Most People Find Impossible. Good Luck. | The Learning Lounge | Scoop.it
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Register for free with busuu.com - the language learning community!

Register for free with busuu.com - the language learning community! | The Learning Lounge | Scoop.it
busuu.com is a free online community for learning languages. Connect for free with native speakers worldwide. Enhance your language learning with our online languages courses.
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Language: The Differences Between American and British English Spellings Explained

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Grammar,Vocabulary ESL Worksheets,Handouts,Tests,Puzzles

Grammar,Vocabulary ESL Worksheets,Handouts,Tests,Puzzles | The Learning Lounge | Scoop.it
Here on this website you can download and use Teaching and LearningEnglish as a Second Language (Tefl,Efl,Esl,Elt,Tesol) PrintableWorksheets,Handouts,Tests, Materials,Grammar Explanations andLessons,Vocabulary ,Picture Dictionary, Pictionary,Posters,Games andPuzzles for kids (children) , students and teachers !
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How to Rapidly Build Your Vocabulary? - The Invisible Mentor

How to Rapidly Build Your Vocabulary? - The Invisible Mentor | The Learning Lounge | Scoop.it
One of the ways to build your vocabulary is to learn new words every day. Each day, I am emailed a new word from Wordsmith, Dictionary.com and MerriamWebster.com. That means, each week I can potentially learn 21 new ...
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5 FREE excellent apps for ESL students | Lingua.ly | Blog

A new review from FreeTechForTeachers.com recommends 5 free apps for ESL/ELL teachers and Students, including Lingua.ly (of course!). If your'e using Lingua.ly to boost your vocabulary, you're already using Forvo.com ...
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A Wordly Mistake: Top 20 Grammar Mistakes in Journalism ...

A Wordly Mistake: Top 20 Grammar Mistakes in Journalism ... | The Learning Lounge | Scoop.it
Are you a journalist? Then this infographic might be of interest to you. Discover the top 20 grammar and writing mistakes in journalism. Why is good grammar so important for magazines and newspapers? What do studies say ...
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For grammar geeks: 'Grammar Revolution' the documentary - Los Angeles Times

For grammar geeks: 'Grammar Revolution' the documentary - Los Angeles Times | The Learning Lounge | Scoop.it
Be careful where you put that preposition.
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Our Second Annual 15-Second Vocabulary Video Contest - New York Times (blog)

Our Second Annual 15-Second Vocabulary Video Contest - New York Times (blog) | The Learning Lounge | Scoop.it
Create a short video that defines or teaches any of the words from our Word of the Day feature, and post a link here by Nov. 11 at 7 a.m. Eastern.
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Good grammar: r ur children txt mad? - Telegraph.co.uk

Good grammar: r ur children txt mad? - Telegraph.co.uk | The Learning Lounge | Scoop.it
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Good grammar: r ur children txt mad?
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Chart: How To Use 15 Punctuation Marks, In Order Of Difficulty - DesignTAXI.com

Chart: How To Use 15 Punctuation Marks, In Order Of Difficulty - DesignTAXI.com | The Learning Lounge | Scoop.it
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Curtis Newbold, who runs a blog called The Visual Communication Guy, has come up with an informative chart...
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How languages evolve - Alex Gendler

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Over the course of human history, thousands of languages have developed from what was once a much smaller number. How did we end up with so many? And how do we keep track of them all? Alex Gendler explains how linguists group languages into language families, demonstrating how these linguistic trees give us crucial insights into the past.
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Bad Grammar award reveals shortlist of English language offenders

Bad Grammar award reveals shortlist of English language offenders | The Learning Lounge | Scoop.it
The NHS, Tesco and Tristram Hunt among 'people and institutions who should know better' in line for badge of shame
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Word Frequency Counter

Word Frequency Counter
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Paste or type in your text to count the frequency usage of each word. A personal concordancer....

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Language structure: You're born with it

Language structure: You're born with it | The Learning Lounge | Scoop.it
Humans are unique in their ability to acquire language. But how? A new study shows that we are in fact born with the basic fundamental knowledge of language, thus shedding light on the age-old linguistic 'nature vs. nurture' debate.
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So, "I can't learn languages" is NOT an excuse....

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How to use apostrophes in English

http://www.engvid.com Apostrophes are confusing! These small punctuation marks - ' - are often used incorrectly. People often make apostrophe mistakes in ema...
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The Many Origins of the English Language - Slate Magazine (blog)

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The Many Origins of the English Language
Slate Magazine (blog)
Words like judo, sushi, or tsunami have broken through into the vocabulary familiar to everyone. If we look back to the 1800s, Latin, French, Greek, and German are much more dominant.
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The Four Levels of Readings Every Student should Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The Four Levels of Readings Every Student should Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | The Learning Lounge | Scoop.it
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