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The Best Ways to Speak English

English is a complex and specific language. Because of its multicultural background, fluently spoken English can pop and sing in unexpected ways. English is democratic in its willingness to adopt and include. But while it can be powerful in its adaptability, English can demand a sharp awareness of t

Differences in Male and Female Shopping Behavior

Traditional gender roles play a large part in the differences between male and female shopping behavior. Since the days of the earliest shopping catalogs, purchasing domestic articles and stocking the kitchen with food items has been viewed as the woman's responsibility. After generations of reliqui

Levels of Usage in English

The term "levels of usage" refers to register, or the varieties of language use determined by social occasion, purpose, and audience.

Coney Island at Night, by James Huneker

Employing strategies that later came to be associated with creative nonfiction, Huneker recorded his impressions of Coney Island "during a torrid spell," focusing on a heart-breaking encounter with the family of Hyman Levin.

Cuo Wu - Daily Mandarin Lesson

The Mandarin Chinese word for "mistake" is "cuo wu." This daily Mandarin lesson has audio files for your pronunciation and listening practice.

Answers to the Etymology Exercise

In this exercise, you will explore the origins of 10 words that have experienced some interesting changes in meaning over the centuries. The answers to the exercise are on this page.

un outil

What does the French word outil mean? How is it pronounced and used?

Choosing The Right Place To Learn Chinese In Shanghai

As you have probably already read, Shanghai is a great destination to learn Chinese. The city has a good blend of culture both Chinese and Western, making it a comfortable learning environment for foreign students.

What Is a Social Dialect?

A social dialect (or sociolect) is a variety of speech associated with a particular group within a society.