Topic: Learning English (91 articles)

Learning English

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

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English Quiz: Nervous House Hunters

Practice Your English Since I am doing this for free, I cannot grade anyone’s answers. Instead, I am conducting a thought experiment that will challenge your English comprehension. You do not need to think of this in terms of “marks”…

December 2, 2010, by

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English: Precedented vs. Unprecedented

With Precedent? Without Precedent? “Precedent” A precedent is an action that is used as a later example, or standard, by which future actions may be judged. Therefore, the precedent precedes (comes before, comes prior to) the action the precedent is…

December 2, 2010, by

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English: Public Relations (PR)

A Common Media Term Public Relations, referred to as PR for short (not “per,” but P (pause) R), is the interaction between an organization (such as a government agency, a corporation, a school board, a church, etc.) and the public….

December 1, 2010, by

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English: Tapping People

Not A Physical Tap Obama Taps Geithner, Lew to Help Resolve Tax Cut Debate In this context, to tap (someone) does not mean physically tapping them. Historically, tapping someone on the shoulder is an action done to select someone or…

December 1, 2010, by

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English: Engaging Your Opponents

Ripped From The Headlines President Obama has been accused of “not engaging with his opponents” in his efforts to pass the new START treaty (STrategic Arms Reduction Treaty) with Russia through the United States Senate. Whether this is true or…

December 1, 2010, by

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Why Prosecuting Wikileaks is a Bad Joke

Neither Funny Nor Wise Let me briefly dwell upon why the idea of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder prosecuting Julian Assange of Wikileaks is a seriously flawed piece of fiction. First, a couple of short facts out of the way….

November 30, 2010, by