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New glossary entry: ‘Native fluency’

March 18, 2012

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(Updated 18 March 2012 to fix typos and broken links) NEW ENTRY ADDED to the Glossary with links to related articles, which should please some of us no end but probably the worst-possible answer to those seeking to ‘achieve’ the below. * * * native fluency See also ADJ and ADV [in the Glossary] Related: elitespeak, irrelephant, grammarfreak, peevologist [in the Glossary]. Native […]

Native fluency: Racially inspired response

October 22, 2011

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THE ESTEEMED SUBSCRIBER, who inspired my dedicated response “Native fluency: A naively native response” to an earlier article, has put in another brilliant comment — again deserving of another dedicated post! You now have empirical proof of the astoundingly high quality of Learn English or Starve and its readers. Quality of life just improved by knowing this. […]

Native fluency: A naively native response

October 21, 2011

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AN ESTEEMED SUBSCRIBER wrote a superb comment yesterday on our featured article “Native fluency, or just naive fluency?” It deserves a dedicated response. N.B. The subscriber’s comment relates to Chinese learners and about learning English, but the theme of the comment is valid for all nationality of learners and the learning of any language. I […]

Differences: doing vs. to do

November 24, 2010

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Two sentences, almost identical, except for the words in blue boldface. Is there a difference in meaning? I can’t. I’ve got something doing this Saturday. (1) I can’t. I’ve got something to do this Saturday. (2) Forget Googling — I’ve saved you the bother of doing that, and there’s nothing to help you. Why? It’s because […]