Confusing words: Then and Than

THAN is used in comparative statements. ~ Another pair of words that I see misused far more often than not is than and then. ~ He is taller than I am. ~ Other than the interest on a small inheritance, he had no income. ~ Today’s students certainly do seem to read less than students in… Read More

O sotaque da Rainha Elizabeth II

O sotaque da rainha ELizabeth II era o “Received Pronunciation” (também conhecido como R.P., que é a pronúncia padrão da língua inglesa utilizada no Reino Unido. Estudantes estrangeiros de inglês britânico aprendem essa modalidade de inglês nas escolas. Dicionários de língua inglesa produzidos no Reino Unido e a mídia britânica também adotam a Received Pronunciation como… Read More

The science of charismatic voices

When a right-wing Italian politician named Umberto Bossi suffered a severe stroke in 2004, his speech became permanently impaired. Strangely, this change impacted Bossi’s perception among his party’s followers — from appearing authoritarian to benevolent. Now researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles think they know why. Probing the vocal presence of charisma across… Read More

Estratégias de metacognição no aprendizado de idiomas

Norma Wolffowitz Sanchez* Paulo P. Sanchez** Errou, revisou, corrigiu e ponto final, certo?! Bem, não é tão simples assim… Se errar antes era inadmissível, agora é bem-vindo. Os erros têm uso prospectivo. Podemos realmente aprender com nossos fracassos e evitá-los  em cenários futuros. Cometer erros é realmente empoderador e nos torna mais fortes. Em resumo, aprendemos… Read More

Improving your Listening Skills in English with Songs

Music is a great language package that bundles culture, vocabulary, listening, grammar and a host of other language skills in just a few rhymes. What you should pay attention to: Sounds English has special sounds that many other languages do not have. But more importantly, English has special sound combinations. The patterns of sounds in… Read More

Prepositional Idioms? Calm down!

A prepositional idiom consists of a verb followed by a preposition, but unlike an ordinary prepositional phrase, it forms an expression with a nonliteral or idiomatic meaning. Some grammarians consider the prepositional idiom a type of a phrasal verb, others call it the phrasal verb itself, and still others call it a verb phrase. Anyway… Read More

Bilingual Language Development: Myths vs. Facts

200 Words to Use Instead of “Good” (Infographic)


Research shows boys and girls learn language differently

Experts believe language uses both a mental dictionary and a mental grammar. The mental ‘dictionary’ stores sounds, words and common phrases, while mental ‘grammar’ involves the real-time composition of longer words and sentences. For example, making a longer word ‘walked’ from a smaller one ‘walk’. However, most research into understanding how these processes work has… Read More