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Working From Home … My Castle And Soul (CZ/EN)

Tímto textem bych rád povzbudil všechny své kolegy, studenty, kamarády, příbuzné a známé. Zkusme právě probíhající krizi brát jako přípravu na budoucnost. No pain, no gain.    Ne každý se může v současné době přesunout na chatu, kde je dostatek čistého vzduchu a spolehlivé internetové připojení. Pracovat z domova na 100 % se dá. Ale zvyknout si na online prostředí a naučit se efektivně fungovat…

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A Diaper CEO on Adding Value to Language Training

Long gone are the days when I taught English to people who shared the same cultural background and spoke the same language. Born and raised in the Czech Republic, I knew all about effectively communicating with Czechs. When I started my career in 2000, most people wanted to learn English, so I concentrated on translating for Czechs how the English felt about their language and…

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Anagrams, Synograms & Antigrams

Let’s start with the question “What’s an anagram?” I think the best way to answer this would be with the Bristol-based street artist, Banksy. Here he is: Just joking. That’s not Banksy; it’s Günter Grass, the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1999. No one knows what Banksy looks like – he’s one of those artists. Back when he got started, Banksy used…

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Compound Freaks – Season 2

Compound Freaks – Season 2 Welcome to the challenging and fun world of English compound nouns!  Compound nouns are integral to everyday life. These words are composed of two or more individual nouns joined together to form a new word. For example, ”work place” = workplace, the place where you go to work and earn money. Compound nouns take multiple, unpredictable forms. If you like…

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13 Eponyms

OK, OK. It’s another article with a completely weird “-nym” word in the title. You may well be asking yourself, “Eponyms? What’s an eponym? And how’s that going to help me put bread on my table?” Well, to that I say, “Good questions!” Let’s deal with one of them. (Sorry — I can’t help you out with the bread.) What’s an eponym? In short —…

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12 Meronyms

I hear you! You’re saying, “Meronyms? What on Earth are meronyms?” Well, to be honest with you, I had no idea what they were until very recently when I came across the term in a book I was reading. Then I said the same thing: “Meronyms? What on Earth are meronyms?” Then I looked into them and realised that we actually use meronyms all the…

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Pun and Games

What are puns and why am I reading about them? Well, let me start off by telling you that I’m a massive fan of puns. Puns are often known as “dad jokes.” That’s because you hear a lot of very bad puns from middle-aged men who think that being unfunny is being funny … if you know what I mean. But that’s the beauty of…

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Sofia’s 10 Tips for Enjoyment of English

Tip #1 During an English class, you need to feel good, so a pleasant and welcoming atmosphere is an absolutely must. As emotional intelligence guru Dan Goleman says: “When we are relaxed, it’s easier to achieve the most productive state of mind.“ Tip #2 During your homework, try to repeat new words and phrases out loud. Maybe imagine yourself as an actor or actress, practising…

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15 Heterographs

Let’s start with an amusing image. Why is this funny? Well, even if you don’t get the joke, it’s still pretty funny, I guess. I mean – who can’t laugh at a duck flying madly through the air? But there’s also a language-based joke going on here. “Duck” is a homonym – a word that looks or sounds the same as another word. It can…

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