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These are really great visualizations (the flickr link includes both consonants and vowels) and I’d definitely recommend them to anyone teaching or learning the International Phonetic Alphabet.

See also: the IPA vowel chart superimposed on a diagram of the vocal tract and the IPA for English as an elaborate set diagram.


Beware of nominalizations (AKA zombie nouns)

Few mistakes sour good writing like nominalizations, or, as Helen Sword likes to call them, zombie nouns.  Zombie nouns transform simple and straightforward prose into verbose and often confusing writing. Keep your nouns away from elongating nominalizations!


How did English evolve?

What is the difference between “a hearty welcome” and “a cordial reception”? In a brief, action-packed history of the English language, Kate Gardoqui explains why these semantically equal phrases evoke such different images.


A small collection of words & phrases my textbooks didn’t teach me.

1. 한입 (한모금): One bite. (One sip).

  • "한입에 다 먹어." Eat it all in one bite.
  • "한입만 줘~" Give me just one bite~
  • "한모금만 마실래." I just want one sip.

2. 식후땡: Smoking a cigarette after a meal. Combines the words 식사…

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In this interview MHC students Jordan and Maria discuss how the experience of studying abroad in Budapest inspired a desire to learn a new language. See for more information about the resources discussed. Image Umberto Rotundo.

(via iaith)


I’ve compiled a short list of some very common and sometimes embarrassing mistakes made by non-native speakers of Spanish that are almost always a clue that the person doing this is not fluent or wholly proficient in Spanish.

This isn’t a complete list, it’s things that I’ve thought of as very…


I keep seeing these ‘how to say I love you in different languages’ posts, so I decided to do one of my own <333