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Colorless green ideas sleep furiously

How important is grammar? Here’s a famous sentence that is completely correct grammatically, but that makes absolutely no sense. It illustrates in a very simple way how grammar is not nearly as important as...

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Writing Interferes with Learning

If you go into any traditional English however, you see the teacher writing out sentences on their whiteboards, referring students to textbooks and giving them written handouts and written assignments. You’ll see the students...

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Is It a Baa or Faa?

Why are we so insistent on using video in the All English courses? When we learn a language we think we are just learning sounds, but in fact communication is so much more. Previously, I’ve discussed...

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What’s an Allophone?

A phoneme is a distinct unit of sound. There are about 40 unique phonemes in American English, 24 consonant sounds and 16 vowel sounds. But of course, this division of sounds is not absolute....

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Context Is King

One of the problems with learning English in the classroom is that there is seldom any context to what is taught. You are taught bits and pieces of information. You learn a lot about...

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Regrets in English

Shoulda, coulda, woulda! These are the sounds of regret. “I shoulda known he’d leave me.” “I coulda been a better father, but I always put my job first.” “I woulda done better on the...