Month: February 2012

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58 English Words of Spanish Origin

58 English Words of Spanish Origin

A Albatross - from alcatraz, see below. Alcatraz - (meaning "gannet") from Arabic غطاس al-ġaţţās ("the diver") Alligator - from el lagarto, "the lizard" Armadillo - from armadillo, "little armored one" Avocado - alteration of Spanish agua...
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10 Tricky Interview Questions That Could Trip You Up

10 Tricky Interview Questions That Could Trip You Up

For the long-term unemployed or those workers looking for a change, getting an interview in today’s market may feel like a win in itself. But once you’re in the door, interviewers often put you through an obstacle course of deceptive questions wit...
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50 Words of Arabic Origin

50 Words of Arabic Origin

 IN SCIENCE AND MATHS: ALCHEMY and CHEMISTRY (الكيميـــــــــاء.) ALCOHOL (الكُحُـــــــــول.)  ALGEBRA (الجبــر: More on the eponymous founder of Algebra as an independent mathematical discipline here.) ALGORITHM (خوارزم: More on the e...
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How Cartoons Help You Learn Another Language

How Cartoons Help You Learn Another Language

Nation of polyglots The complexity of slovenščina (the Slovenian language) isn’t the main reason few try to learn it; the real reason nobody tries to learn it is that Slovenians usually speak your native language. Within Europe, Slovenians come ...
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Mind Your Language: Why We Must Learn Foreign Dialects

Mind Your Language: Why We Must Learn Foreign Dialects

We are growing progressively closer to cementing Britain’s reputation as an insular, monolingual country once and for all; what’s more, such a reputation is well-deserved. Michael Gove, despite shamefully half-hearted displays of “concern” at dwin...
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