False Friends

13 de Junio de 2017 at 13:34

Breathe calmly,”Inspire, expire” !

I recently went to a concert in Barcelona given by the Canadian-born singer and composer, Rufus Wainwright. In between songs he told his audience some of the things that had happened to him in different countries while on tour with particular reference to the confusion that sometimes arises when you don’t speak the language. One of the stories really made me laugh, but many of the people in the Spanish  speaking audience could not quite understand the joke. It was a perfect example of false friends or false cognates.

New words in English

16 de Mayo de 2017 at 16:46

Have you noticed lately how English words are appearing more and more in other languages?

In Spain, for example after the massive cyberattack “Wannacry” on Friday 12 May, the newspapers were full of a mysterious word 

Words in Danger of Extinction

23 de Marzo de 2017 at 20:15

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Do you know that it is not only clothes that go out of fashion? Words go out of fashion too!

Every year new words come into the language. Most of these new acquisitions are related to technology. For example, years ago the verb “to google” didn’t exist, did it?

Tipping in Different Countries

17 de Marzo de 2017 at 16:51

tipHave you ever wondered how much to tip when traveling overseas? If you’re planning to go on vacation to another country soon, you might want to consider doing research on cultural differences, and more specifically on tipping practices.

Are you a shooista? Do you sharent?

11 de Enero de 2017 at 16:10

 

trump new wordHow many words are there in the English language? Isn’t that an impossible question to answer?  Every year new words are introduced and other words leave the dictionary. This post’s title has two words that appeared for the first time in 2016. Read on to find out what they mean. 

Using Idioms and Expressions: The ball is in your court!

17 de Noviembre de 2016 at 17:14

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I’m not going to beat about the bush with an introduction. In fact I am going to  let the cat out of the bag immediately and let you have it straight from the horse’s mouth.

What on earth am I talking about? Well, idioms of course.