Article from Ryanair in-flaght magazine, italian language

Lost In Translation

Lost in translation – when there simply is no “mot juste”… On a recent Ryanair flight to Beauvais airport, Paris – there to spend an all-too-brief weekend with two of my offspring – I happened across an article in the in-flight magazine that caught my eager linguist’s eye. It was a single page on which …

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modern english lesson cartoon

Is Grammar a Goner?

Is Grammar a Goner? When the cartoon to the left appeared on my Facebook page recently, I promptly shared it, as I suspected it would appeal to several friends who, like me, are fascinated by matters grammatical and orthographical. Responses to the cartoon ranged from a teenager’s desperate “Oh gosh, please no” to an adult’s …

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Building Language

The importance of building language on secure foundations. Occasionally, my writing background sees me called upon to tutor Higher English pupils, and I have to confess to feeling ever so slightly nervous about the lack of grammatical knowledge demonstrated by many of these youngsters. It appears that during the early years of secondary school they …

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