Book review: The Sense of Style

Even if you think you have read enough style manuals to last you a lifetime, you should give this one a try. Good writing is worth reading about Steven Pinker is no unknown and definitely does not need me to recommend his book. He’s a household name in linguistics and cognitive science—in part because he is such an entertaining writer. The title of his latest book “The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century” says it

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Show and tell: Fun language tools

Translating is serious business. But it doesn’t always have to be that way. Here are some resources that I happened to find online. One of them might give you that spark you need. Or maybe you’ll just have a little fun during your break. Either way, enjoy! Language tools and games to make you smile English to Shakespearian for a tongue-in-cheek translation of your regular English into the Bard’s flowery prose. Lyricstraining for listening comprehension and fun tunes.

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Business lessons we learn from our pets

Introducing Rosa, our new(ish) dog Last year, we welcomed a young dog called Rosa into our home. We’ve been getting to know each other and are slowly learning how to live together. What that boils down to is creating trust, learning to speak the dog language and reinforcing desirable behavior. In the beginning, all we did was confuse the poor dog by trying to get her to understand us on our terms instead of hers. Silly me. Why would I take

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Review: The Language of Food

When you think about it, food is a living expression of history and culture. In his book The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu, Dan Jurafsky takes us on a whirlwind journey through the history of common foods and unveils their often unexpected origins and what they tell us about human psychology.

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Holiday break

See you next year I’m taking a short break from blogging and will be back after the holidays with some fresh ideas. Until then, fare thee well and take care of yourselves!

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