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Can Siri help you to learn English?

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These Lateral Thinking Tests Will Blow Your Mind

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Shortcuts to learning a language

Shortcuts to learning a language As you go along with your language learning try to engage yourself and connect as much as possible as many as your senses as possible – much like we do when reading. Reading is an excellent example of the way that imagination is used...

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Language as a window into human nature

Language as a window into human nature Language and meaning are a fascinating subject - as illustrated in the video below, which shows the way, in which, speakers attempt to put meaning into words - sometimes producing the desired effect and sometimes failing...

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Communication is hearing what isn’t heard

Peter Drucker once said that, “The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.”

Furthermore, one of the pre-suppositions of NLP states that ‘you cannot, not communicate – everything you say and most of what you do will communicate something, so the idea of radio silence, can have the effect of turning the sound right up.

People often, mistakingly, imagine, that by doing nothing, they can avoid personal responsibility in communication, but, I am sorry to say, this just isn’t true, non-action is not an option, as it will be interpreted in some way by the listener(s).

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Why listen to speakers of other languages speaking English?

Why listen to speakers of other languages speaking English? Now that is a very fair question and one which many will see as being totally pointless. I mean, if I listen to an English speaker (my mother tongue) speaking French, then they will make the same mistakes as...

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