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Learn 284 words in a month #8 – A surprising ending

Can you link AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL and MICROSCOPE in a paragraph? … or SPECTACULAR and ENDURING? … or CO-WORKERS and BRIGHT or EXTENSIVE and NOTORIOUSLY or SUBWAY and PRIVACY? Could you make a short story from one (or more) of these pairs? Could … Continue reading

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284 words in a month #4 – Whisky

When I was still at school we had a dog called Whisky, a Border Terrier. Each morning I used to take him for a walk in the fields by the river Medway in Kent. Normally I had a vocabulary book … Continue reading

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Linguists on foot #1 – Hendrik Busman

One of the interesting things about languages is how they spread and change. In the last couple of weeks I have seen two statues of merchants who carried goods, on foot, from one town to the next. They must have … Continue reading

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The language of fish

Fish, as far as I know, are not famed for their focus. They don´t follow railway tracks, or keep pace with traffic lights. And I was born a Pisces. Fresh water fish float or flick and flicker between the reed … Continue reading

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“The universe is written in a mathematical language”

        Galileo: The universe is written in a mathematical language   Mathematics is a foreign language for some people. It is one that I don´t speak fluently. But this morning I was seeing what short radio programmes on science could … Continue reading

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Guest posts: cross-fertilisation of ideas

So far, all the articles on this blog have been written by me. Soon you are in for a treat. A Czech blogging friend of mine, Tomáš Vrubel, is going to send an account of how he is brushing up … Continue reading

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So this is Christmas

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