August 31, 2013

Weekly Finds: August 31, 2013

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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...


English Sounds

In this section listen, watch, sing and dance with Sam and Pam. Discover English phonemes with fun and interactive action songs. All of the songs are based on the UK phonics programme Letters and Sounds. Have fun while you learn to read and speak in English!


Lex appeal: Does size matter?

How many words do most English speakers know?



Linda Greenlaw, the swordfish boat captain made famous in The Perfect Storm, has carved out a second career as an author. With the release of her ninth book, she discusses the rules that govern life at sea and at the keyboard and how hauling lobster traps primes the creative pump.


Twictionary: 15 Hilarious Twitter Buzzwords For Social Marketers [Graphic]

Are you “attwicted” to Twitter? If so, you’re not going to want to miss out on the hilarious Twitter buzzwords, Twitter speak and Twitter jargon in this fun infographic from Marketo. The infographic rounds up fifteen of the most ridiculous Twitter-related “words” out there, complete with definitions, examples and illustrations. Twitter Lingo FTW!


Who or whom? The great debate…

Although whom is certainly on the wane in informal situations, there are enough grammar websites devoting screenfuls of advice about how to use who and whom correctly to prove that many English-speakers still care about such things.


Are You a Spermologer? Find Out With 18 Obsolete Words That Never Should Have Gone Out of Style

Just like facts and flies, English words have life-spans. Some are thousands of years old, from before English officially existed, others change, or are replaced or get ditched entirely.


How to improve your grammar without hardly trying

Learn the author's tips on how to get started.