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A blog for English learners and their teachers everywhere, initiated in 2010 with the contribution of students from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. More about me on the On-line Profile below. Welcome!

They say … & what they mean is …

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On ELB:

Eastern Puzzle 1

On DC:

On foreign lucidity

On insulting Brits

On antinyms (coining the term antinym)

On needed words (discussing fopdoodle, bagonizing, blurb, tintinnitis)

In the same category, on ELB, see Open Letter to Washington Post (look for the comments, especially the ones discussing terms like phishing, or the latest wiktionary entry for scrobble).

On being orient(at)ed

On speaking music

At this point I would like to change my “They say…” page title into:

They sing… (a lullaby, rockaby, hushaby, or simply coo or babble) and what they mean is…,

as it is time to recommend another captivating post by David Crystal, connecting language, music and emotions: On language and colic. If you ever wondered about the – let’s say – righteousness in  associating music (in all its forms, singing included) with learning and – implicitly – teaching a language, this is one of the rarely expressed though widely instinctively experienced instances which clarify your perspective. It is an uplifting affirmation of the natural affinity that connects sound, feeling and reason. From an expert on language.

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