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Lifestyle
by HLesley
1 year ago
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Five Benefits of Learning a Second Language

According to experts, learning a foreign language provides many more benefits than you might think.

Lifestyle
by HLesley
2 years ago
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Half of the World's Languages in Danger of Extinction

Why are languages disappearing, and why should we be concerned? 

Lifestyle
by HLesley
2 years ago
What is Noam Chomsky's Language Acquisition Device?

An overview of Noam Chomsky's theory about the unique ability of human children to learn to speak a language.

Lifestyle
by HLesley
2 years ago
Pidgins and Creoles: How New Languages are Born

We humans have an inborn need to use language to communicate, and throughout history we have always found creative ways to interact.

History
by HLesley
1 year ago
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How Did Spanish Become a World Language?

In 1494, the Treaty of Tordesillas granted Spain exclusive exploration rights west of a line running close to the 46th meridian. This determined the future of Spanish colonization of the New World, and the resulting geographical distribution of the Spanish language.

History
by HLesley
2 years ago
Language, Culture and Politics: The French Language in Canada

Throughout its 500 year history the development of the French language in Canada has involved a tangled web of linguistic, political and social issues.

History
by HLesley
5 months ago
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Where Did the English Language Come From?

Used around the world for scientific and business communication, Modern English is a fairly new language, only about 400 years old.

Lifestyle
by HLesley
2 years ago
How Do Babies Learn to Speak? The Magical Process of Language Acquisition

An overview of the stages babies go through at various ages when they learn to speak

Lifestyle
by HLesley
2 years ago
The Benefits of Phonics

Teaching reading through phonics can provide a solid foundation for future learning.

Lifestyle
by HLesley
1 year ago
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A Guide to Preparing for the IELTS English as a Second Language Examination

What an English learner needs to know before taking the IELTS Examination

History
by HLesley
2 years ago
How the Rosetta Stone Unlocked the Secrets of Ancient Egypt

How a piece of broken stone from the rubble of an old fort became a vital key to reading Egyptian hieroglyphics.

Lifestyle
by HLesley
2 years ago
Life as an Online Tutor

How can you become an online teacher, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of teaching online?

Lifestyle
by HLesley
8 months ago
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Family Naming Customs Around the World

When I worked in an international language school, I found out that there is a wide variety of naming customs in different countries, especially where surnames or family names are concerned.

Travel & Places
by HLesley
2 years ago
Five Important Travel Safety Tips

While there are many horror stories about the dangers of travel, you can stay safe by combining common sense with a reasonable amount of caution.

Lifestyle
by HLesley
7 months ago
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The Food of the Gods: What Were Nectar and Ambrosia?

The Greek gods were immortal because they ate ambrosia and drank nectar, served to them by Hebe the goddess of youth. But what exactly were these magic substances?

Pets & Animals
by HLesley
1 year ago
Orcas: The Fascinating and Mysterious World of the Killer Whale

Considered one of the world's most intelligent species, these stunning black and white sea mammals were regarded as sacred by the ancient Nazca, and according to Pacific Northwest mythology they were wolves who became whales to sing the history of the Earth. 

History
by HLesley
11 months ago
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Remembering Sacrifice: Wilfred Owen and the Poetry of World War One

Remembrance Day originated in the outpouring of grief at the end of World War I, the "war to end all wars". That grief is also reflected in the work of the World War One poets, the greatest of which is Wilfred Owen.

Entertainment
by HLesley
1 year ago
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Movie Review: Max (2015)

Inspired by a true story, Max both is the story of a traumatized military service dog and the family that adopts him and an adventure movie for young audiences.

Entertainment
by HLesley
1 year ago
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The Irreverent Musical Reverence of "The Book of Mormon"

This satirical musical from the creators of South Park deals with unlikely topics from the history of an evangelical religious movement to female genital mutilation.

Travel & Places
by HLesley
1 year ago
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Plane Travel: Five Top Tips to Enjoy a Comfortable Flight

Many years ago when I first traveled by plane, flying was a luxurious experience. Passengers relaxed in comfortable seats and were plied with food and drink by obliging cabin attendants.

But that was in another era. Nowadays plane seats have shrunk in size...

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