In our ongoing series about accents across the world we have a whole series of actors analyzed by dialect coach Eric Singer for WIRED Magazine today. Continue reading 32 Movie Accents Analyzed by Dialect Coach
Vox did an interesting breakdown of Kevin Spacey’s southern accent in House of Cards. Continue reading Frank Underwood’s Southern Accent Explained
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Skype today officially launched the Skype Translator Preview with a video showing how the technology can be used to connect classrooms across the globe. In the demo a class from Tacoma in the USA and a class from Mexico City play a game of “Mystery Skype”, asking each other questions to determine in which city they are located respectively.
As you know, there are different dialects of English around the world like British English, American English, Australian and so on. In most cases it does not really matter which English dialect you learn as long as you try to stick with it and don’t mix up different Englishes. When you learn English as a second language in school, in the vast majority of cases, you’re either taught British or American English.
However, the situation changes when it comes to studying in London or working in New York City. Dialects, accents, a slightly different vocabulary and grammar can play an important role as proper spelling might have an effect on your grades at university or your coworkers will simply understand you better when you talk the way they are used to, may it be in a British or American accent or the use of certain words and vocabulary .
The following is a list of top 5 TV shows that I believe are useful to helping students improve their English:
I hope that “English Vinglish” can deliver what we as teachers cannot, that it captures your story as a learner and complete the language healing. Continue reading English Vinglish Captures the Story of a Language Learner
In a recent interview with Sprachen & Beruf (Languages & Business), one of the major international business conferences that takes place in Berlin every year, Deborah Capras, the deputy editor at Business Spotlight made some interesting points on the importance of learning vocabulary vs. learning grammar.
She points out that in a survey amongst readers of Business Spotlight, a magazine for learning business English, over 90% of the readers stated that they want to learn vocabulary whereas only 50% also want to learn grammar.
Are you one of those people who feel burdened with the task of learning English? Do you study for hours yet remember little because your heart isn’t in it? Continue reading How to get Addicted to Learning English
Words with Friends is a highly social and fun way to practice and grow English vocabulary. Play with your friends or teacher on Facebook or a mobile phone. Continue reading Practice and Grow English Vocabulary by Playing Words with Friends