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Draft No. 4 by John McPhee - 9 views

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    A piece published for The New Yorker about the importance of multiple drafts and the editing process. 
Dennis OConnor

Memrise vocabulary learning and memorable dictionary - 13 views

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Caroline Bachmann

Video Writing Prompts - Teach Hub - 11 views

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    Video writing prompts for teaching with response questions
suzain johan

Online English Training Center - 10 views

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    learn English language step by step,improve your writing reading conversation skill in English language,free download English grammar books,free English learning software, practice latters,application CV in English & prepare your self for interview in English, & many more free English language material:
Dana Huff

Gene Weingarten - Goodbye, cruel words: English. It's dead to me. - 7 views

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    The English language, which arose from humble Anglo-Saxon roots to become the lingua franca of 600 million people worldwide and the dominant lexicon of international discourse, is dead. It succumbed last month at the age of 1,617 after a long illness. It is survived by an ignominiously diminished form of itself.
Dana Huff

George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language," 1946 - 10 views

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    Orwell's advice to writers.
Adam Babcock

Does Your Language Shape How You Think? - NYTimes.com - 5 views

  • Native American languages impose on their speakers a picture of reality that is totally different from ours, so their speakers would simply not be able to understand some of our most basic concepts, like the flow of time or the distinction between objects
  • rash-landed on hard facts and solid common sense, when it transpired that there had never actually been any evidence to support his fantastic claims
  • new research has revealed that when we learn our mother tongue, we do after all acquire certain habits of thought that shape our experience in significant and often surprising ways.
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  • if different languages influence our minds in different ways, this is not because of what our language allows us to think but rather because of what it habitually obliges us to think about
  • You may well wonder whether my companion was male or female, but I have the right to tell you politely that it’s none of your business. But if we were speaking French or German, I wouldn’t have the privilege to equivocate in this way
  • but I do have to tell you something about the timing of the event: I have to decide whether we dined, have been dining, are dining, will be dining and so on. Chinese, on the other hand, does not oblige its speakers to specify the exact time of the action in this way, because the same verb form can be used for past, present or future actions.
  • When speakers were asked to grade various objects on a range of characteristics, Spanish speakers deemed bridges, clocks and violins to have more “manly properties” like strength, but Germans tended to think of them as more slender or elegant.
  • gendered languages” imprint gender traits for objects so strongly in the mind that these associations obstruct speakers’ ability to commit information to memory
  • When French speakers saw a picture of a fork (la fourchette), most of them wanted it to speak in a woman’s voice, but Spanish speakers, for whom el tenedor is masculine, preferred a gravelly male voice for it.
  • Nonetheless, once gender connotations have been imposed on impressionable young minds, they lead those with a gendered mother tongue to see the inanimate world through lenses tinted with associations and emotional responses that English speakers — stuck in their monochrome desert of “its” — are entirely oblivious to.
meenoo rami

alphaDictionary * The 100 Most Beautiful Words in English - 13 views

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    The 100 Most Beautiful Words in English
Dana Huff

AAUP: New-Media Literacies - 5 views

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    Being literate in a real-world sense means being able to read and write using the media forms of the day, whatever they may be. For centuries, consuming and producing words through reading and writing and, to a lesser extent, listening and speaking were sufficient. But because of inexpensive, easy-to-use, and widely available new tools, literacy now requires being conversant with new forms of media as well as text, including sound, graphics, and moving images.
meenoo rami

Language Arts Grades K-12 - Hip-Hop Education - 9 views

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    Shakespeare is hip-hop
Karen Chichester

Fun With Words > The Wordplay Web Site - 20 views

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    Great Word Site. Has lots of info about Anagrams, Palindromes, Spoonerisms, Oxymorons, Tongue Twisters, Pangrams , Rebus Puzzles, Malapropisms, Mnemonics, Tom Swifties, Word Records, Nym Words, Redundancies, Ambiguities,, Net Lingua, Etymology, Rhyming Slang, and games. Has a book and games store, but most info is free.
Teresa Ilgunas

Word Spy - 11 views

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    "The Word Lover's Guide to New Words"
Meredith Stewart

Save The Words - 0 views

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    Site from the Oxford English Dictionary. Suggests words not commonly used which you can "adopt" and use
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