September 2018

earsore

How to Avoid Causing People an Earsore

A sore can be excruciatingly painful. It sometimes can be embarrassing when you have a sore that has defied all manner of treatment on a part of your body that everyone can see. You may decide to have it bandaged as you endure the pain. There is another sore that is plaguing nonnative speakers of English. It’s called earsore. Earsore is one of the words in my list of new… Read More »How to Avoid Causing People an Earsore

Choose the Right Word

Each question offers two options. Two words that can be used to complete the sentence but only one answer is correct. Choose the correct word for each question.

English Language Trivia

English Language Trivia

How much do you know about the English language? Beyond the grammar and diction, there are some amazing facts about the English Language. These include how many people speak the language, where they live, how English words evolve and more. This English Language Trivia will help you learn some facts about the English Language. Why not try your hands on our quiz of the week and see how much you… Read More »English Language Trivia

The Golden Rule

The Golden Rule of Spoken English

In 1854, the word diastema/daɪsti:mə/ was first used to mean a space between teeth. Little did I know that tooth gap is a health issue until this write up. When the gap is at the upper front teeth, it could make a smile look really cute. Surprisingly though, some persons are not comfortable with diastema or tooth gap. As you read this script, you also can see spaces or gaps… Read More »The Golden Rule of Spoken English

Sounds of Letter A

By Chris Nkwocha and Yinka Fapetu When we speak, read or spell, some of the letters of the English alphabet could be just tricky.  The sound they make keep changing as they appear in different words. This change is more performed by vowels though sometimes a few consonants join in. This explains why common letters are not reliable and must not be trusted as they cannot guide what we say… Read More »Sounds of Letter A

Word Stress

Word Stress: What You May Not Know

What is Word Stress? The likely answers are The force or energy applied to a particular syllable of a word The extra emphasis given to a particular syllable of a word The volume given to a particular syllable of a word to make it stand out. These simple but complicated answers are saying the same thing in different ways. The answers imply that each syllable in a multisyllabic word is… Read More »Word Stress: What You May Not Know