Monthly Archives: September 2005

Collocations

If you ask 99 people out of 100 if they know what “collocation” means they will say no. I consider this kind of term useless for the language learner. These terms are invented by the (very often monolingual) “linguists” to amuse themselves. To me … Continue reading

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An apology and a question

I apologize for the bold font of the second last post. I took this from another word file and the type was large and bold. I always thought that this Blog only used one font type. I was also experimenting with link certain words like The Linguist…. Continue reading

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Steve’s tips on wine tasting

Steve’s tips for wine tasting.Scenario 1 Group wine tasting1) Cook a good meal2) invite some good friends3) Open a bottle of good wine, let it breathe4) Toast everybody and wish them welcome5) Start drinking, eating and talking, more or less at th… Continue reading

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Grammar and the linguist

Most language courses teach grammar. Learning grammar is not natural. Learning grammar is not fun for most people. Learning grammar will not make you fluent in a new language. If you want to become fluent in a new language you need to slowly get u… Continue reading

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More on wine

My penchant for red wine is partly because of the taste and partly because of the association in my mind with the Mediterranean going back to classical antiquity. Who knows all the complex reasons why one likes something? But I just know that I li… Continue reading

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More on wine

Now let’s get back to wine.First of all wine (grape wine) to me conjures up the Mediterranean. Whenever I look at the ocean here, I think of Homer who would always refer to the “wine-red sea”. That was 2.800 years ago for those of you who have not… Continue reading

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Pronunciation

This is from a learner at The Linguist To learn better at The Linguist, I always explore ways to improve my English. This week I practiced in the Pronounce section, which I hardly used in the past. I never learned phonetic symbols, so I did not th… Continue reading

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