September 15, 2012

Weekly Finds: September 15, 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...

The Role, Importance, and Power of Words in the Age of Ebooks.

A thoughtful look at the development of Text Talk in academic publications, What is the effect of Social Media and texting on how we write?

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Making new nouns with the suffix -ery...

Speaking multiple languages can influence children’s emotional development

In this post, the author presents the benefits of code-switching.

Vocal Techniques for Business: How to Speak at Your Best

For successful business speaking, you need dynamic vocal techniques. Here are 4 key vocal skills to help you speak with power.

Speaking Secrets of the Masters. One Word Makes a Difference!

The speaking secrets of the masters reveal one key factor for success. It all comes down to one word!

To happen

Catherine Chapman of BBC Learning English answers the following question from Fatih: "When I am listening to English speakers I often hear the expression 'What happened?' instead of 'What did happen?' Could you explain me the difference?"

The History of the Exclamation Point

Everyone likes to complain that we're using too many exclamation points these days. Here's where the punctuation came from.

Comparative and superlative adjectives

Let's review our lessons on adjectives. Remember that comparing and contrasting is important in your IELTS writing and speaking exam.

15 Grammar Mistakes to Avoid (Infographic)

Brian Clark from Copyblogger has created a fun infographic to help us understand the difference between 15 of the most common grammatical mistakes so that we can make sure that we avoid them. Enjoy!

10 Long Science Words

Would you like to know 10 long science words? Do you enjoy learning new words? Whatever the reason, this article will provide you with these words and information about them.

Zwicky’s Zombie Rules of Grammar

A “zombie rule,” according to Arnold Zwicky, is a proscription that has died in practice but continues to lumber about in odd corners of usage advice.”

New words added to the Oxford English Dictionary

The Oxford Dictionary is adding a slew of new words to the English language, many of which have been used in everyday language for a while.

A Dictionary of Despicable Words

The author compiled a list of most-disliked words culled from her blog comments, emails, tweets, and opinions.

Contrastive reduplication: a thing, or a THING-thing?

Know something about contrastive focus reduplication or just contrastive reduplication (CR), also called lexical cloning, the double construction, and word word.

A question of Yoda’s grammatical consistency, it is

What is Yoda’s syntax in foreign dubs/subtitles in Star Wars?

Remember More Without Trying Too Hard

Memory is a tricky beast. You might sit and study for hours on end, but for some reason it never seems to stick with you. However, as Time points out, implicit learning relies on three factors that are easy to control.

Avoiding Apostro-tastrophe: The Possessive Apostrophe

In this article, the author writes about the possessive case.

Transitional adverbs

Transitional adverbs are words or phrases that writers use to move from one sentence to the next. They show the relationships between your sentences and paragraphs.

Confusing words

In this article, the author shares a short list of the errors she commonly notices in manuscripts, along with some tips on correct word usage.

Less or fewer?

Do you ever waver when it comes to choosing between less and fewer?

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand? If your answer is "yes" to any of these questions, read more about this article.

How Something You’ve Never Heard Of Is Changing Your World

What do Blu-ray disks, military radars and LED light bulbs have in common? To learn more about it, read the article. This could help you in Academic Writing Task 1 where you could be asked to describe a process or object.

F-bomb makes it into mainstream dictionary

The entry "f-bomb," is one of the 15 new additions in the 11th edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.

5 Types of Modifying Mistakes

A modifier is an optional word or phrase that changes the nature of the information in a sentence without altering the sentence’s grammatical structure by its inclusion or omission.

Punctuational perplexities

Are you punctilious about punctuation, or do you regard it as a hassle or a minefield?