Language & Learning

CONVERSATIONS
1.  Compelling Conversations.
2.  ESL for Beginners.
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DICTIONARIES & THESAURUSES
1.  Dictionary of Contemporary English
2.  Thesaurus
3.  Urban Dictionary, Slang
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ENGLISH IDIOMS
1. Body Idioms
2. English Idioms
3. Find an Idiom
4. More
5. Even more
6. A good site.

ENGLISH PHRASES
1. Clarw.phrases.org.uk/meanings/index.html”>Phrases
2. American Phrases & Sayings
3. More American English Phrases

PHRASES
1.  9 Phrases Smart People Never Use.
2.  20 Latin Phrases You Should Be Using.
3.  Idioms with laughter: Contagious laughter, nervous laughter, and so on. 
4.  You’ll definitely want to know the different kinds of laughter.  And more!
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Dr. Travis Bradberry on Why We Struggle to Communicate.  It’s worth a read, though what you’ll learn is obvious.  Still, it’s nice to put what is obvious to words.  The best communication involves thoughtful emotional intelligence.  He has some pretty good insights.  I liked his point in this video where he says that most CEO’s have the highest level of emotional intelligence than most of their employees.  This is true.  And when people or managers don’t have this ability we are tortured with disappointment.

PRONUNCIATION
1. Pronunciation in the 1920s.

PUNCTUATION
1.  Little Known Punctuation Marks.
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LANGUAGE TOOLS
1.  Common Errors in English Usage.
2.  Online Etymology Dictionary.
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LEARNING
1.  Mnemonic tricks for learning.  I use these all the time.  You probably do too.
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READING & MEMORIZING
1.  Remember more with Mnemosyne,an online flashcard reading and memorizing site. Give it a try to see if you like it.  I used flashcards as a study tool.  With them I was able to learn massive amounts of data that otherwise would have conquered me.  One final exam in a literature class required students to know 100 poems, their titles, their authors, his dates, first lines of the poems, and what they were about.  Sounds like a lot of information, and in the abstract it is.  It takes time to write out 100 3 x 5 cards.  I did that.  Then I studied them, which takes a few more hours.  But it was worth it.  I aced the exam.
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ABSTRACT SUMMARIES of BUSINESS BOOKS
This is a terrific site that offers abstract summaries of business books.  Oh, yeah.  I will be using this regularly.  Easy to remember–it’s called getabstract.

ORAL PRESENTATION TOOLS
1. Record your voice with Audacity.
2. Panopreter
3. CuePrompter, an online teleprompter.

TEACHING TOOLS
1.  Amvonet.com
2.  Blackboard
3.  Moodle
4.  Straighterline
5.  WizIQ

TIMELINES
1.  Dipity
2.  TimeToast
3.  Tiki-Toki
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MATH TOOLS
1.  Wolfram Alpha.
2.  Wolfram.
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BI-LINGUAL
1. Duolingo
2. Spanish Literature @ donquijote.org
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ENGLISH for BEGINNERS
1. English Stack Exchange (funny play on the compound noun, stock exchange).
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TOOLS for ENGLISH LE English Learners
1. Using English
2. English Proverbs
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Posted Monday, May 9, 2016
1.  Useful shortcuts: Alt Codes
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STUDY HABITS
1.  Improve Your Reading Comprehension by summarizing with 3 sentences.
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3.  Take notes by hand than by computer or e-notebooks.  But you already knew this.
4.  How to Study the Bible, John MacArthur, 1979.
5.  Study Habits outlined by Gary North,
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Posted Friday, May 27, 2016
SYMBOLS
Symbols are interesting for their meaning, and their meaning is either contextually specific to the story or their meaning is carried by the culture or history.   One interesting kind of symbol is heraldry.  Check out the different positions of the beast or lion.  They are interesting and send an interesting message about the state’s posture toward its competitors and its, ahem, subjects.
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Spin.  I love spin.

from Breitbart’s story on Olympic athlete Lochte:

Despite the evidence supporting Lochte’s story, the damage to his reputation has been done. Lochte has apologized profusely for the incident, particularly to the U.S. Olympic team – which he still hopes to join in the 2020 Olympics – and to his sponsors. At least one sponsor, Speedo, has dropped Lochte, citing “behavior that is counter to the values this brand has long stood for.” The U.S. Olympic team, meanwhile, has said further action will be taken against the swimmers without specifying what that may entail.

Note Speedo’s PR comments, “behavior that is counter to the values this brand has long stood for.”

 

 

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