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English vs. Chinese as lingua franca

May 8, 2011

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This blog is about English, but sometimes it is worthwhile to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. ‘Why Mandarin won’t ever be our lingua franca’ http://www.sinoglot.com/blog/2011/05/04/lingua-franca/#comment-6403 That post on Sinoglot itself is pretty humdrum but nothing objectionable. It says: Mandarin radio broadcasts now cancelled by the BBC BBC keeps its Cantonese […]

How not to describe your job

January 16, 2011

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You don't earn brownie points when you use the wrong kind of words in your job description: curate vs. curator.

‘Add oil’ is lingo spillage

September 4, 2010

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Why the Chinglish "add oil" used for encouragement is pointless linguistic oil spillage.

Picking tenses

September 2, 2010

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English tenses are not for picking on a whim. You just can't pick and use any ole' tense to use just because you're too much of a dumbferk to realise you're doin' it wrong.

Musing

August 3, 2010

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Latest musing from our sister blog at The Naked Listener’s Weblog: http://thenakedlistener.wordpress.com/2010/08/03/ever-noticed/

Namin’ names, kickin’ butts

June 15, 2010

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Five. Four. Three. Two. One. CUE. You have arrived. You are at Learn English or Starve (‘Leos’), where we unashamedly trounce all manners of assorted cattle known to the rest of us normal folks as grammar nazis and lingo lolicons. This is where these lulz killers are fed into the meat grinder, get their comeuppance, […]