August 4, 2012

Weekly Finds: August 4, 2012

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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...

How To Speak Like A Native

Should perfect accent be our goal in the language learning process?

Pedal or peddle?

Avoid mixing up these two words.

Thanks for asking

Why do so many people respond to a “Thank you” with an answering “Thank you”? Whatever happened to the traditional “You’re welcome”?

502 (give or take) short tips on grammar, usage, style

The author wrote down the grammar tips he shared on twitter since 2009.

Mignon Fogarty: “OK,” “Okay,” and How to Deal with Other Troublesome Style Choices

Which between the two words should you use?

The woe that is in teaching English

The author here presents a very open-minded view on English language usage.

Cursive May Die, But We'll Talk About It Endlessly First

If cursive indeed disappears, what would happen?

Top 10 Rare & Amusing Insults, Vol. 2

More words for you.

8 Bite-Sized Tips for Staying Laser-Focused While You Write

8 Practical tips that we could also use for our IELTS preparation.

Infographic: The 12 most misunderstood English words.

Cool infographic on some commonly confused words.

An Illusion that Explains Why Typos Are So Hard to Catch

Every time you type an email or a document, errors are likely to creep in — and no matter how carefully you proof read, you might not catch everything. Why do we have such a hard time noticing typos and repeated words?

Top 3 Grammar Games

3 grammar games that will get students excited about learning grammar!

Essay writing guidelines

Why is essay writing so difficult to some and yet easy to others?

20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes

The author shares the grammar errors he sees, not only in editorial queries and submissions, but in print: in HR manuals, blogs, magazines, newspapers, trade journals, and even best selling novels.

Is it Toward or Towards? Upwards or Upward?

Which between the two could be used?

Ghost like Swayze: a bit of hip-hop slang

Check out the author's thoughts on the usage of the words "ghost" and "swayze" in hip-hop.

How awkwardly to avoid split infinitives

The author discusses the implications of avoiding split infinitives.

Commonly Misused Words and Phrases, Part Deux

"Tow the line" vs. "toe the line?" "If you don't mind me asking" vs. "if you don't mind my asking?"

Do You Recognize These 7 Tricks Your Mind Is Playing on You?

More insights that could help you during your IELTS preparation.

How to Rock an Audience: from stage fright to stage presence

Here are very useful tips you could use before you take your IELTS speaking exam.

All or None

The author here addresses a common grammar error for writers: verb agreement with the pronouns all or none.

E.B. White's Books: Cute Pigs Correcting Your Grammar

The author celebrates E.B. White's birthday by pairing wordage rules and pictures of adorable piglets

The English Verbs - conjugated verbs

The English language concentrates on verbs to quite an extend and uses them very frequently. And yet, the verbs are easy to use as they are hardly conjugated. Read more about the author's discussion on this subject.

Why don’t we say “eastnorth”?

Q: We say “northeast” and “southwest” in giving directions, not “eastnorth” or “westsouth.” Why do we mention the up or down word first and the left or right word second?

Best Practices To Get The Most Of Your Writing

8 tips for improving one's writing skills.