We all have our favorite commercial we remember from childhood (“Where’s the beef?”), others that are acclaimed for their innovation and shock value (Apple’s “1984”) and then there are the ones that are, well, just plain odd. But in their oddness, they captivate us and draw us in to the story. We can’t take our eyes away. We’ve got to see it through to the end. The characters are fascinating, intriguing, alluring. They story is compelling and persuasive. With all those adjectives, the ad has most definitely served its purpose. So that brings us to this particular commercial and your task…Read More
I've given you a little cheat for this challenge. You can watch the sketch without the subtitles and see if you can identify the mistakes, or you can download the transcript off the YouTube page and see if you can locate the mistakes that way. Either way or both are great exercises to sharpen your listening skills.
There is a British version of this same sketch (this is the American version) that you can watch here The Sketch Show UK. I personally didn't think it was as funny as the US version, despite being a huge fan of British humor. They are so cheeky, aren't they?
Native listeners will hear the mistakes instantly, like fingernails running down a chalkboard. But non-natives might have some difficulty. Give it a shot and let me know if you need any help!
Good luck, aren't they?
You have to ask yourself what goes through some people's heads. The answer in a lot of cases, it seems, is NOTHING! We've all seen it, and we've all stepped in it before. That's right. You guessed it. Dog poo.
Here's the scenario (this just happened to me today, by the way, so it's "fresh" in my mind - pun intended):Read More
I just wanted to thank my two youngest students for their bravery and cooperation for helping me put this post together. They have requested to remain anonymous, so they will. But it still takes a lot of courage to allow not only your text to be online for everyone to see, but also your voice! They did a fantastic job, and as part of their language learning process, this is just one more experience that adds to their overall development - even if they don't believe it does! Teenagers!Read More
Posting this will show you just how nerdy I am when it comes to the English language. I stumbled upon this site completely by accident. In fact I have no idea how I got there, but the title made me laugh out loud! It's funny on a lot of levels, not just linguistically, so I thought I'd talk about it a little, linguistically and culturally. As one of my students always says, "English is culture!"Read More
You can fail a test by getting an “F”, or fail to meet a deadline by handing your report in late. Your brakes can fail and you’re f***ed, or your marriage can fail because you f***ed somebody else. But as you’ll see in this video, the word fail has come to mean something a little different, thanks to a hilariously bad translation from Japanese into English:Read More
Jolie writes from the heart. She's not trying to sound pretentious or lofty; she uses simple, easy-to-understand language, almost as if she were just telling you her story instead of laboriously writing it out (although I'm sure she spent a long time preparing the text for publication). Doing that makes the text more approachable on a language-learning level. It's more real, more accessible and full of great vocabulary and grammatical stuff.
Let's take a look at some vocabulary. Phrasal verbs, for example. This article is full of them! I love it!
"She held out long enough to meet the first of her grandchildren..."Read More
Josh is sick. He's really sick. He's got the classic symptoms of someone who works too hard and cares too much (and who's fighting off viral attacks to his immune system). But, hey, it comes with the territory. Check out some of his symptoms and solutions for his predicament!Read More