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What is the Difference between Useful and Convenient?

When students in the U.S. apply to college, they often have an interviewer.  The interviewer may ask them many “normal” questions, such as “Why do you want to study at our university?” or “What are your future goals?”  The interviewer may also ask a much stranger question, such as “How many ways can you think […]

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More On Polite English

More on Using Polite English

Some languages, like Korean, Japanese, Spanish, and German, have polite forms built into them.  Speakers of these languages can choose a special form of “you” for older or important people and a different form of “you” for younger people.  They use a special form of the verb that is more polite. How do Americans speak […]

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A Technique For Remembering New Words

“Ointment? Ointment? What does ointment mean?” It’s 8:30 in the morning, and my students and I are working our way through a section of the TOEIC test, trying to understand some of the questions they got wrong. From time to time we will come across a word which my students have never seen—I let them […]

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