Topic: Learning English (85 articles)

Learning English

So-Called Canadian Culture

A Contradiction In Terms The problem with trying to write an article about Canadian culture is rather simple. As a Canadian, I am well placed to be fully aware that most Canadians have renounced any concept of a Canadian culture….

December 15, 2010, by

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American Culture: The Imperfect Hero

Movie Logic In American television and film culture, or put another way, movie logic, we encounter, with overwhelming frequency, the flawed, imperfect action hero. The flaws in this hero are usually obvious. They are easy to see, and easy to…

December 14, 2010, by

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A Flower Pot

A Flower Pot By Jeremiah Bourque This is a flower pot. What is a flower pot for? It is not for cooking. It is for holding flowers. One puts the flowers into the pot. The flowers are displayed while in…

December 13, 2010, by

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Mongering Hope

Deny Not Others Their Hope. Semi-occasionally, I glance at the blog by Andrew Sullivan. Not that this is his fault, as he’s quoting two other people having an online argument, but this post is grievously depressing. Essentially, it began with…

December 13, 2010, by

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The Ass In The Lion’s Skin

A Fable from Aesop It’s this kind of “ass.” As in, a donkey. The Ass in the Lion’s Skin AN ASS, having put on the Lion’s skin, roamed about in the forest and amused himself by frightening all the foolish…

December 12, 2010, by

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Living Outside the Box

We’ve heard it so many times it has become a cliché. “Out of the box” thinking is praised and demanded everywhere. Especially in the so called creative industries it has become synonymous with “come up with new ideas to sell…

December 12, 2010, by

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Zen and English, Part 5: Intangibles

The Post of Intangibles The void of space represents that which is intangible. Though objects exist within this otherwise empty space, it is filled by neither water, nor air; it is for this reason that it is known popularly as…

December 10, 2010, by

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Zen and English, Part 4: Wind

The Post of Wind Wind represents not only the flow of air, but the sky itself; that which is real, which we can feel, but which cannot be held by the hand. We know it is there, we see it…

December 10, 2010, by

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Zen and English, Part 3: Fire

The Post of Fire Fire represents the agent of active change. Fire, originally a force for destruction, is used daily by mankind for the forging of metals, the heating of homes, and the illumination of city streets. It is a…

December 10, 2010, by

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Zen and English, Part 2: Water

The Post of Water Water represents motion, mobility, and subtlety. Water takes many forms, from oceans, to steam, to clouds, to rain, to raging torrents, to snow, to ice bergs, to tranquil lakes. Water follows the path of least resistance….

December 10, 2010, by

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Zen and English, Part 1: Earth

The Post of Earth Earth represents the foundation of knowledge. It represents facts, logic, and reality. Knowledge must begin with what is tangible to our human experience. This experience is defined by the human body. We may say that we…

December 9, 2010, by

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English Quiz: House-Hunting, Results

So, First, The Theme Perfect time to buy a home – but we’re too scared The theme of this article is simple enough in basic terms: people who would otherwise be expected to purchase homes are too frightened to buy….

December 3, 2010, by