July 21, 2012

Weekly Finds: July 21, 2012

Every week, we’ll be sharing a list of posts, stories, news, or opinions that we've run across the Internet during the past week or two. We won't be discussing them in detail here, but we do encourage you to check them out as they could contain valuable ideas and insights for your IELTS exam.

If you're ready, here we go...

Twitterish: How technology remakes language.

We're now experiencing the frequent use of the hastag (#) not only in Twitter, but also in spoken language. #readmore

Higher vocabulary ~ higher income

Interesting data about the correlation between intelligence and income.

"Jealousy" Versus "Envy"

There's a difference between the two terms. Take note of it.

Listening Comprehension - Learn English with strange news!

Improve your vocabulary with these strange words.

4 Writing Crutches that Insult the Reader’s Intelligence

Reminders about the proper use of adverbs, qualifiers, punctuation, and verbs.

The Ambiguity of Language

Is language ambiguity a problem for communication?

Debating the Best Way to Learn a Language

Would it be the explicit or classroom method, or would it be the implicit or immersion method? What do you think?

Guest Post: Reflections on the Words Love and Hate

Read about the evolution of the words love and hate, and the new meanings they have taken on.


Could we use them interchangeably?

Say It With Feeling: Have Curse Words Lost All Meaning?

Are the days of the f-bomb numbered?

Caesar, Chomsky and Comme le Prévoit

On the distinction between ‘deep’ and ‘surface’ structures of a language.

A Future Of Fewer Words

A post discussing about the shift from words to image-based media.

The theory of irrelevance

"More irrelevant" vs. "less relevant" - Which is correct?

Mochy, mizzly, or mothery? Ten regional words to describe the weather

The next time you want to complain about the weather, consider using one of these words.

Near, nearest and next

Find out how each word could be used.

Satisfaction guaranteed

Is there a difference between "guarantee" and "guaranty"?

Directions for Direct Address

Guidelines on proper punctuation and capitalization associated with writing in which one or more people are being addressed by name or role.

5 signs of a sloppy writer

You could add these pointers to your editing checklist.

Two Necessary Elements for Writing for the Long Haul

Find out how grace and discipline could help you, not only in writing, but also in your IELTS review or preparation.

3 Simple Ways to Improve Your Writing

We really liked the third tip here.

How To Schedule Writing When You Can Only Write Part Time

Read more than 5 tips where you could use discipline and persistence, not only for your writing practice, but also for your IELTS review or preparation.

A Blogger’s Refresher Course In English Grammar [4 Infographics]

If you're into infographics, you'd like this post.

Let’s hammer out some grammar! A 1st grade lesson on parts of speech.

Going back to basics helps.

The Position of Adjectives in English Sentences

The general rule is that adjectives typically precede the nouns that they modify. There are exceptions, though. We'd like you to discover them.

Grammar Gremlins: Good use of 'well' and 'good'

Learn the distinctions.