Back to school Part 2: TomAYto TomARto

In my last post, I described two basic routes to learning language as a means of communication. At this point, I should reiterate that what I am talking about here are not routes to any real kind of fully-functional fluency.…

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Back to school: Part One

As you may have noticed, we recently wrote a Beginner’s book and I have written a series of posts exploring the ideas behind it. One thing that's driving this two-man campaign (you can decide for yourself if that means it’s…

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Grammar nonsense 11: more verb patterns

So, following on from my recent post on verb patterns, I've managed another one already. You know how it is: you wait for hours for a bus and then two come along in quick succession. Not that this is a…

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Grammar nonsense and curiosities 10: verb patterns

Welcome back? It’s been a while, but I'm now back by popular demand - by which I mean Hugh’s demand, if I'm honest! Here for your delight and delectation are some further thoughts on grammar nonsense. So step right up…

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