“Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit, And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes, I will be brief.” So said Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Often we think that a long piece of writing is better; however quantity does not always trump quality. A short piece of writing means that the writer must get to the “nitty […]
An eponym is a person, real or imaginary, from whom something, as a tribe, nation, or place, takes or is said to take its name, for example “Romulus, the eponymous founder of Rome”. That is, the city of Rome was called after the legendary founder of Rome, Romulus.
Varying pitch. To avoid talking in a monotone raise and lower your voice to emphasize or de-emphasize certain points in what you are saying. Soft volume. Speak just a little softer than you normally would, especially when talking to someone who is standing near you. Relaxed tone. If there is tension in your throat or […]
Record yourself speaking. Find a paragraph in a book or newspaper you are reading, and speak as naturally as possible into some recording device. You can do this on your smart phone. Watch yourself speak. Do this by standing in front of a mirror while reading a text. Watch your face carefully, paying attention to […]
Words alone don’t always convey the meaning of what we are trying to say. How we “sound” when we are speaking is also important. This means both that our voice and facial expressions must support our words. A friendly tone of voice will get us far in life!
Technology plays an important role of people’s lives nowadays; browsing the Internet, communicating with friends and learning new languages, etc. Sometimes people share cute photos through the Internet. Interestingly, research has shown that these cute photos can help to improve people’s memory when learning languages. In the last few years, many funny images with an […]
It can be difficult for language learners to say big numbers out loud when they read about them in different situations. For example, 1989: Dates: 1986 (nineteen eighty six) Money, population, etc.: 1986 (one thousand nine hundred and eighty six) Mathematics: 1.986 (one point nine eight […]
Confiding a sensitive issue takes courage. Each conversation needs private, alone time without interruption. The door is shut, the phone is off; the speaker is assured of undivided attention, and feels safe knowing there is nothing more important, at that moment, than the issue being discussed. It is a time of close eye contact and […]