Gad is Great … at Embracing American English

Gad is Great … at Embracing American English

As a way to improve your non-native skills in English, it may seem a little funny for me to be promoting a Moroccan-French standup comedian and his show on Netflix, but voila! The one-hour comedy special (all in English), “My American Dream,” features the fun, funny,...

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Behind the Subtitle “Faux-Pas” in Netflix’s “Behind the Rise”

I recently started watching the Netflix documentary, “Emmanuel Macron: Behind the Rise,” about the election of France’s current president. The film is in French, naturellement, though I could not help noticing three common mistakes in the French-to-English subtitles, within the first seven minutes of the film. (Note: The mistakes pretty much end there.)

So far, the students that I’ve shared these findings with have seemed happy to see these all-too familiar mistakes in such a formidable and well-produced show. May this post help all non-native speakers on their English journey!

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For Better English Pronunciation, Try Singing!

For improving your pronunciation in a foreign language, there is hardly anything better than singing songs in the language you’re learning.  For over 10 years, I have been teaching English to non-native adult speakers and singing has proven to be a wonderful way for...

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Thoughts and Prayers — and Hypocrisy

In the wake of the Las Vegas massacre, the phrase “thoughts and prayers” has again emerged for consideration. The root of "thoughts and prayers" as a hypocritical form of condolence was made clear in The New York Times Oct 4 article aptly named, “Thoughts and Prayers...

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Me and the Prime Minister: Language in Transition

Today is Labor Day in the United States, marking the end of our summer.  Actually, the beginning of the end typically comes in early August — walk into any local drug store chain in August to see Halloween trinkets and fake autumn leaves for sale in the seasonal aisle. The effect is jarring, and often sad. Likewise for language change. 

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