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Grammar Byte: Parts of Speech

There are different kinds of words, according to the particular part (or role) a given word plays when it is used in speech or writing.  We give each kind of word a label that shows which part...

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Grammar Byte: What’s an Adjective?

Adjectives are words that describe the qualities of a nouns. Adjectives are related to the senses: Feeling, tasting, seeing, smelling, hearing. In English, describing words come before the thing (the noun) that they are...

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Grammar Byte: Meet the Noun Family

NOUNS Nouns are naming words for people, places, things, ideas, and animals. PRONOUNS Words that can be used to replace a noun. ex. you, it, that, we, there ADJECTIVES Words that describe or modify...

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Measuring the Immeasurable

One of the big problems with education is how to measure student results. We tend to measure what is easily measurable rather than measuring what’s truly important. And this especially true in measuring language...

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Sounds have no meaning

It’s interesting to read something like this. There are no languages where sounds have consistent meanings from word to word. This generalization is what Charles Hockett (“The origin of speech”, Scientific American, 203: 88-96, 1960)...

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English as a Rock Star

English is a language that many people aspire to learn. Because it’s a lingua franca (universal language) people think that it’s special. But it’s far from being refined or sophisticated. All its complexity has...

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Are Deaf Readers Bilingual?

My brother and his wife are sign language interpreters speaking American Sign Language (ASL). ASL is its own language with syntax and grammar and the signs are not merely replacements for English words. The...