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Compound Freaks – Season 3

Compound Freaks – Season 3 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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LOS Virtual

Hiya! I’m Martin Norling. I’m the founder of, and CEO at, LOS Language Online Services, and my aspiration is to make LOS a truly virtual company. We’re going to start using XR technology in our courses from January 2022. We are not, however, throwing the baby out with the bathwater. No way, José! Everything we’ve created so far will still be fully functional; we just want…

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Exonyms & Endonyms

What on earth is an exonym? Good question! Let’s answer it by thinking of Germany: If you translate the word “Germany” (or “German” come to that) into your own language, you’ll probably find that it doesn’t sound like the word “German” at all. In fact, looking at this list, you can see that there are LOADS of ways to say “Germany” depending on where you’re…

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Idioms, Proverbs & Maxims

Wait. What’s the difference? And what on Earth is a “maxim”? OK. Good question. When I think about the differences between these, I imagine a sort of Venn diagram. Yeah, the one right at the top of this post.  As you can see, this isn’t one of those classic (and much more satisfying) Venn diagrams with some circles overlapping each other; with some categories sharing…

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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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