Technology and Teaching

With the introduction of technology in the classroom, making information easier to retrieve; Answers to questions posed by educators retrievable by querying Google. Incomprehensible words understood by retrieving definitions online through various dictionaries, translators, etc. Maths problems solved by typing formulas on Wolfram Alpha, Google Sheets, etc. With the ever increasing usage of technology in […]

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The History and Birth of Languages

Evolution of Language To learn and understand a new language, you would have to grasp how language evolved. There are various theories encapsulating and speculating how spoken language evolved. One of which was the understanding that a common spoken language began from our ancestors in Africa. This common language has given birth to over 5,000 […]

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15 words from foreign languages that English should adopt

1. Kummerspeck from German The weight that you gain from emotional eating or overeating. 2. Mamihlapinatapai from Yaghan language of Tierra del Fuego That special look or moment shared between two people. This word refers to a mutual feeling for each other to do something that they both want, but neither want to do. 3. […]

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Chineasy: The best way to learn Mandarin?

The traditional Chinese character for horse features four legs and a tail – later chopped off during the simplification process. Image: ShaoLan/Chineasy In Singapore, students are mandated by law to learn a second language, their ‘mother tongue’ language. But for most students, rather than being a cultural education, learning their ‘mother tongue’ language is a […]

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The difficulty of the French article

The French language has been known to be confusing to foreign language learners, especially student’s whose first language is English. This is because in the English language, the general rule is that sentences require a definite or indefinite article. Articles behave in the same way as adjectives in that they modify nouns. However, in the […]

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