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42 Idiom Origins

Did you know? No, really, did you?

Bet you never stopped to think about it. 😉

  • The most commonly used letter in the alphabet is E (1 out of every 8 letters written is an e).
  •  The least used letter in the alphabet is Q.
  •  Dreamt is the only word that ends in mt.
  •  The first letters of the months July through to November spell JASON. Read More…

‘Yours faithfully’ vs ‘Yours sincerely’

When do you write ‘Yours faithfully’ and when ‘Yours sincerely’ in a business letter?

When the recipient’s name is unknown to you:
* Dear Sir … Yours faithfully
* Dear Sir or Madam … Yours faithfully
When you know the recipient’s name:
* Dear Mrs Hanson … Yours sincerely
* Dear Miss/Ms Hanson … Yours sincerely
When addressing a good friend or colleague:
* Dear Jack … Best wishes/Best regards
Addressing whole departments:
* Dear Sirs … Yours faithfull

Ready, steady..GO!

So, today is the day to begin, to initiate, to start off, to commence, to take to my bloggin’.

If you came here searching for a place to learn elementary English and form the very basics of your knowledge, I do sorry but it would not be very helpful. I want to create us a place where we can excel, learn new things, create a community and above all – use the language. Bit by bit, inch by inch, word by word , even phoneme by phoneme, if needed.

So… let me introduce you to an interesting piece of writing, originally published on http://learningbritishaccent.blogspot.com

English May Discourage Students from Learning a New Language

What are the factors that both motivate and impede us from learning foreign languages? A recent study by Alastair Henry at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden examines Swedish students’ decreased interest and success rate in learning languages besides English.

According to Henry, many students in Sweden prefer to use English on a regular basis, and they often use it as a resource language when learning other languages. Henry’s findings show that this negatively affects students’ motivation to learn other languages, and it can affect their actual abilities to learn foreign languages as well. Read More…

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