Time has flown by since my last post. And now summer is here, the sun is shining and it’s hard to concentrate on a task at hand. Why not procrastinate with something that might entertain and educate at the same time? Have some language fun in the sun
Time for some more language tools to educate and amuse. Enjoy! Language tools for the academically minded The University of Glasgow Historical Thesaurus of English: Almost 1,500 years of English at your fingertips. I rest my case. The World Atlas of Language Structures (WALS): This is the perfect place to while away some time. Click through the maps or just browse countries and language families. I guarantee that you will marvel at the many languages you have never heard of. Those
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
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.
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