Resource Centre

The Resource Centre at INTO University of East Anglia.

Dictionary of Affixes

An affix (prefix, suffix, infix, etc.) is a group of letters added to a word to modify the meaning or create a new word. For example, the suffix -or can mean a person who does a particular action. Hence: actor, editor, inventor, visitor, etc. The prefix biblio- means book, from which we get words such …

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Presessional 2020

INTO’s first online presessional course starts on Monday. To all our new students, hello and welcome! Nobody is nervous about this at all. The equipment is (mostly) in working order. Your teachers are standing by…

Resource Centre leaflets

The Resource Centre has a collection of printed leaflets for students. These are now being made available as PDF files in the directory You can download them and print them out if you wish. They are all A4 size. The original leaflets are in various sizes and formats, so they are gradually being converted …

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Explore UEA in Minecraft

If you aren’t able to visit UEA’s campus in person, you can still explore it through the game Minecraft. Some UEA students have recreated much of the campus on a Minecraft server. Instructions are on their Facebook page. Unfortunately, INTO hasn’t been added (yet).

Extra e-resources

Several additional online resources have been made available during the current emergency. For details see: Remote access to Library resources during the Covid-19 outbreak A-Z Databases (on the right of the page)

Remote teaching links

Blackboard (at UEA) Blackboard Help UEA’s Remote Teaching pages ITCS Services for Remote Working Collaborate Ultra help Echo360 help Download Microsoft Teams Guide to Teams from UEA Using Microsoft Teams for Remote Learning INTOStudy Brightspace Help Bongo help OBS Studio Camtasia tutorials Record a PowerPoint slide show with narration OneNote Class Notebook INTO Training – …

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Coronavirus vocabulary

Do you know all of these words? According to the iWeb Corpus, they are likely to appear on the same web pages as the word coronavirus. virus, viral infection, infect, infected, infectious disease respiratory severe symptom outbreak vaccine, vaccination syndrome fever spread human middle illness transmission antibody immune animal patient diarrhea acute case cat cell …

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Kurzgesagt’s YouTube channel shows animated educational videos on science, technology, philosophy, etc. Some examples: Building a Marsbase is a Horrible Idea: Let’s do it! Fracking explained: opportunity or danger How Evolution works Is Meat Bad for You? Is Meat Unhealthy? Overpopulation – The Human Explosion Explained The Death Of Bees Explained – Parasites, Poison and …

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Oh, not another TED Talk…

A few alternatives The Bottom Line Business discussion. BBC Radio 4 programme with Evan Davis.About 290 audio episodes and 126 video clips.Most episodes downloadable.You will need to sign in to the BBC.Also available on BoB. Science Weekly Podcasts from The Guardian.About 800 episodes.Downloadable.See also other podcasts and videos on this site. Smithsonian Channel videos Short …

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Writing CVs

O’Reilly for Higher Education has at least 12 ebooks on writing a CV (or résumé) and cover letter. For example: The One Page CV Lose the Resume, Land the Job Resumes For Dummies Find the books under Explore > All Topics > Career Development > Personal Development > Resumes & Cover Letters. If you’re already …

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Global Consumer Survey

UEA Library has trial access to the Statista Global Consumer Survey during February. Did you know that 44% of Saudi households own a toaster? Well, in China it’s only 13%. Toaster manufacturers, take note! 55% of Nigerians listen to the radio, compared to 28% of Pakistanis. 99% of Indonesians describe themselves as religious, while only …

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Economics Academic Word List

The Economics Academic Word List is a list of 887 words which frequently appear in economics texts. More information, with links to activities and other resources, can be found on


The Resource Centre now subscribes to the print edition of Happiful, a monthly magazine about mental health. Happiful is also a free e-magazine and a website.

Topping up

Want to add printing credit to your account (aka top up)? There is no longer a pay station in UEA Library, so you cannot use cash. Instead, you need a bank card. You can top up on any INTO or UEA computer or the PaperCut website.

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First Assignment advice

UEA Library and the Learning Enhancement Team have made a website called UEA Your First Assignment and Beyond. So far it consists of: Finding and using information Types of information Finding your sources Reading effectively Evaluating your sources Managing your information Writing your assignment Planning your assignment Using sources in your assignment Drafting your assignment


UEA EzProxy links

Hyperlinks which include will stop working after this month. For instance: For more information, see this Tag post.


Young Adult eLibrary

As well as e-newspapers and magazines, you can read (and listen to) ebooks through Norfolk Libraries. The collections include a Young Adult eLibrary. Its books are categorized by up to four readability indicators: Interest Levels, ATOS levels, Lexile Measures and Text Difficulty. For example, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone has an ATOS level of …

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PressReader on phone


Join Norfolk Libraries and you can read magazines and newspapers online in various languages, via PressReader. Norfolk library staff will be in UEA Library tomorrow (Tuesday 8th October) to help you: @uniofeastanglia students, want to read 1,000's of worldwide newspapers & magazines for free? On Tuesday 10 – 2 @NorfolkLibs staff will be in @UEALibrary …

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Borrowing rules

INTO Resource Centre has changed its borrowing rules. From now on INTO students and staff can borrow up to 8 items (books, DVDs, etc.) for 4 weeks. Items can be renewed indefinitely, so long as nobody else wants them. But you will need to tell us. UEA students who are living in INTO accommodation have …

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Free audio books

There are many free audio books online. They normally come with the texts, so you can listen and read at the same time. Try these sites: Lit2Go LibriVox Norfolk Libraries (but you need to join the library first) Internet Archive Loyal Books Searching the web for free audio books will reveal other, similar sites. …

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Science Weekly podcasts

The Guardian’s Science Weekly podcasts have been broadcast from 2006 to the present. For example, earlier this month a podcast discussed finding life on other planets. You can listen to the podcasts on the Guardian website, or on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Spotify. They can also be downloaded as MP3 files.

Request, Read, Return

There are some more changes at UEA Library. Undergraduates (and INTO students?) can now borrow 15 books, up from 10. Books will be automatically renewed until requested by another user. More information here and in this video:

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Dummies and Complete Idiots

The O’Reilly collection has a large number of ebooks in both the For Dummies and the (Complete) Idiot’s Guide series. Titles in the For Dummies series include: Statistics Financial Accounting Starting a Business English Grammar Office 365 Brexit The (Complete) Idiot’s Guides include: Psychology Economics Grammar and Style Business Law Starting and Running a Restaurant

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How to argue

How to Argue is a book by the lawyer Jonathan Herring. Do you hate arguments and avoid them at all costs? Or do you just find that you keep losing them? Perhaps even when you win, somehow you feel it has all been counter-productive? If so, this is the book for you. It will teach …

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UEA Library Search update

There has been another change to UEA Library Search. (See our 5th August post.) As before, searching is from the main UEA Library page. The two tabs have changed: one is now SEARCH EVERYTHING while the other is BOOKS+. The update is explained further here.

Language aptitude tests

Test 1 The questions in this section are based on an invented language called Dobla. tashu duset sekar The diplomat seduces the daughter. tine betsut vardar The maid helps the valet. betsu tinet sirehar Does the valet love the maid? claru bichut sudar The earl consults the butler. vardehar bichu kochet Does the butler help …

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Tatoeba is a database of sentences and translations. Enter a phrase and it shows example sentences in several languages. For example, a search for get drunk finds 95 English sentences, such as: Let’s get drunk. Don’t get drunk. Tom is getting drunk. I never get drunk. Getting drunk won’t make things better. Sentences come with …

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The Shtooka Project is a collection of sound recordings of words and sentences in several languages. For example, here is the English word university:   Recordings can be downloaded in various formats. They are used in Wiktionary. They are also being used for our own minimal pair pronunciation quizzes.

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Oxford’s online English dictionary has moved to Besides the dictionary and thesaurus, there are sections on grammar, spelling, writing, punctuation, word origins, etc. For example, do you know the longest one-syllable English words? There are several that have nine letters: screeched /skriːʧt/ schlepped /ʃlɛpt/ scratched /skræʧt/ scrounged /skraʊnʤd/ scrunched /skrʌnʧt/ stretched /strɛʧt/ straights /streɪts/ …

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Krashen’s website

The linguist Stephen Krashen, known for his hypotheses of second language acquisition, has a website, It includes the full text of some of the books and articles that he has written over the years. He also has a Twitter account.

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Autumnal words

Autumn is here! Do you know all of these words? They are commonly found on the same web pages as autumn. Nouns winter leaf spring summer plant flower fall garden soil tree weather colour seed season foliage temperature species root shade fruit sun stem pumpkin pot shrub grass mountain crop green variety festival rain bird …

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Norwich Science Festival

This year’s Norwich Science Festival takes place between 18th and 26th October. Many events are held at The Forum and are free. Some events require tickets. There is a brochure.


The Antimoon Method

According to the Antimoon website: typical English classes are not an effective way to learn English. They produce very slow progress, espe­cially after you reach the interme­diate level. Most learners, after years of attending classes, cannot speak English without making a lot of mistakes in grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. Instead, the Antimoon Method requires “massive …

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The word IPA in IPA symbols

Type IPA phonetic symbols

This website lets you type words with symbols from the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), like these: ʃ θ ʊ ʌ ʒ æ ɑ ð ə ɪ ŋ ɒ You can then copy the IPA text to your document. Another website (previously mentioned) converts your English text to IPA.



Taikonaut was recently an OED Word of the day. It is thought to be a blend of the Chinese words tai kong (outer space) and astronaut. It is one of several words ending in -naut. The OED says -naut forms words with the sense of voyager or traveller. Here are some more examples: aeronaut – …

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OED Word of the Day

The Oxford English Dictionary picks a word each day. They tend to be “hard” or unusual words. Recent picks include: bricoleur – a person who performs a variety of manual jobs; someone who fixes things in an ingenious manner grandiloquent – characterized by a high-flown, extravagant, or bombastic style or manner, esp. in language Nowheresville …

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PsychCrunch is a series of podcasts from the British Psychological Society’s Research Digest. For example, one episode is How to be Funnier: Can psychology help us to be funnier? Our presenter Ginny Smith hears how a key ingredient of humour is “incongruity” and the surprise of unexpected meanings. Individual words too can be amusing, but actually most …

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Microhistory, according to Wikipedia, “is a genre of history writing which focuses on small units of research, such as an event, community, individual, or a settlement.” At Goodreads people have voted for the top 100 microhistory books. Of these the top ten are: Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach Salt: A …

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Money on the Mind

Money on the Mind is a blog on behavioural economics “& other mind-blowing things” by a Dutch PhD student at Warwick Business School. It has some recent interviews with behavioural economists, including UEA’s Professor Sugden.

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SciDev.Net carries news and analysis about science and technology for global development. It has a section of Practical guides, such as: How to advance your career in science How to give a science flash talk How to question numbers How to write about your science

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UEA’s School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies has a politics blog called Eastminster. While it appears to be written entirely by two people called Editor and Admin, closer inspection reveals the actual authors. Some examples of posts: Seven Myths Used To Make The Case For A Second Referendum Terrorist obituaries: some early research …

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Lonweb parallel texts

Lonweb or Languages-on-the-web has some stories and other texts translated from English into other languages. The texts are displayed in parallel. For example, this is the beginning of a story in Indonesian and English: Pencarian untuk Lorna  The search for Lorna Daisy Hamilton adalah seorang detektif swasta. Daisy Hamilton was a private detective. Dia berumur …

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Semicolon, by Cecelia Watson

A new book about the semicolon is reviewed by Stan Carey. It is available from Amazon, etc. Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. … All they do is show you’ve been to college. Kurt Vonnegut

Bar chart races

A bar chart race is an animated bar chart that shows changes over time. For example, the top 10 countries by CO2 emissions per capita from 1800 to 2014: More examples from LivelyData The most populous cities in the world from 1500 to 2018 (with audio commentary): You can make your own bar chart races …

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Oxford Academic videos

Oxford University Press has a YouTube channel, Oxford Academic, with videos on many topics. For example, there are some Very Short Introductions to human evolution, behavioural economics, fungi, William Shakespeare, Iran, Buddhism, neoliberalism, etc. Here is Professor Jones of Norwich Business School on branding:

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UEA’s School of Economics has a blog – or rather, a collection of blogs. These include Staff Blogs, Meet the Lecturers and Student Blogs. Some posts: Who is Boris Johnson? Brexit Clues On The Community of Advantage Tosin’s Room

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The Library 100

The union catalogue WorldCat has listed the 100 novels which are found in the most libraries. Of these the top 10 are: Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain Treasure Island by Robert …

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UEA Library Search

There have been some changes to UEA Library’s search page and other pages (e.g. A-Z Databases and UEA Subject Guides). Search is now done from the main UEA Library page. Choose either the BOOKS & EBOOKS or JOURNAL ARTICLES tab. Results for print books now show the library floor. For an ebook, click on the …

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Teacher training providers

A new page on this website lists organizations that provide training for English language teachers, as well as other staff. So far these are BALEAP, British Council: TeachingEnglish, CRELLA, CSED, English UK, IATEFL and NILE.

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Herman Melville

Herman Melville was born 200 years ago today (1st August 1819). He was an American writer. His novel Moby-Dick (1851) is the story of Captain Ahab’s obsessive quest for revenge on Moby Dick, a gigantic white whale that bit off his leg. The novel begins: Call me Ishmael. Some years ago—never mind how long precisely—having …

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Primo Levi

Primo Levi was born 100 years ago today (31st July 1919). He was an Italian Jewish chemist, writer and Holocaust survivor. He wrote If This Is a Man (1947) and The Truce (1963) about his time in Auschwitz and his journey home. The Periodic Table (1975) is a collection of autobiographical short stories. Each story …

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ZME Science

ZME Science is another popular science news website. It is similar to ScienceAlert, which we mentioned earlier this month.

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The Public Domain Review

The Public Domain Review is “dedicated to the exploration of curious and compelling works from the history of art, literature, and ideas”, especially works in the public domain. It has essays on a variety of topics. For example: Loos, Lewdness, and Literature: Tales from the Boghouse The Dancing Plague of 1518 Frolicsome Engines: The Long …

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YouTube Audio Library

Need background music or sound effects for your video or slideshow? A previous post suggested the Free Music Archive. Another option is the Audio Library from YouTube. Music tracks are categorized by genre (e.g. ambient, cinematic, classical, pop, reggae) and mood (dark, funky, sad, etc.). You can listen to them online and download them as …

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Because Internet

Because Internet : Understanding the New Rules of Language, by linguist Gretchen McCulloch, is a guide to the way internet language is evolving. She explains how your first social internet experience influences whether you prefer “LOL” or “lol,” why ~sparkly tildes~ succeeded where centuries of proposals for irony punctuation had failed, what emoji have in …

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Citing Statista

The website Statista provides statistics and charts on business, industry, etc. Now you can easily cite them in your assignments. For example: On the right of this chart’s Statista page you can see the Citation option: Choose Harvard and you get this reference: Facebook. (2019). Number of monthly active Facebook users worldwide as of 1st …

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Journalism ebooks

UEA Library has a collection of ebooks on journalism. For example: The Online Journalism Handbook by Paul Bradshaw. 2nd edn. (2018) Interviewing for Journalists by Emma Lee-Potter. 3rd edn. (2017) The Universal Journalist by David Randall. 5th edn. (2016) Research Skills for Journalists by Vanessa Edwards (2016) Introducing the Language of the News : A …

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Guess the linguistics vocabulary

How many did you get? semantics, phonetics, syntax, typology, discourse, grammar, lexicography, dialectology, pedagogy, literacy, orthography, rhetoric, graphemics, documentation, semiotics, stylistics, vocabulary, implicature, phonotactics, iconicity, articulation, philology Source: Bethan Siân Tovey via All Things Linguistic

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Why do we make statistics so hard for our students?

From Stephen B. Heard’s blog Scientist Sees Squirrel: If you’re like me, you’re continually frustrated by the fact that undergraduate students struggle to understand statistics. Actually, that’s putting it mildly: a large fraction of undergraduates simply refuse to understand statistics; mention a requirement for statistical data analysis in your course and you’ll get eye-rolling, groans, …

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SPSS ebooks

As many of our students know, SPSS is a computer program (aka software application) used for statistical analysis. UEA Library has several ebooks about SPSS, including: SPSS for Dummies by Arthur Griffith SPSS for Starters by Ton J. Cleophas and Aeilko H. Zwinderman SPSS Survival Manual by Julie Pallant INTO Resource Centre has a print …

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Changes afoot at UEA Library

UEA Library is changing its library management software. The current system is antique (over 17 years old) and needs replacing. Your borrowing history and saved searches will not be preserved, but you can download them before 20th July. Read all about it on UEA’s website.

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HSTalks again

HSTalks are video lectures and case studies. UEA has access to the Business & Management Collection, which consists of 1,222 talks, 53 of which have been published so far this year. The lectures are accompanied by slides. Some have transcripts and subtitles, while some include questions. For example: Tesco: how supply chain strategy supports retail …

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ScienceAlert is a science news website. Every day it has several news items on nature, health, space, tech, the environment, etc.

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Lander’s blog

Lander Hawes’s blog offers study advice to international students. For example: From IELTS to University: Counter-Arguments with Cats and Dogs Transforming a model IELTS problem-solution essay into a university-level essay (Part 1) Barriers to achieving an IELTS 7.0+ academic writing style Lander used to teach English at INTO UEA. When not teaching, he puts on …

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Ronny Chieng: International Student

Ronny Chieng: International Student is an Australian TV comedy series, first broadcast in 2017. Malaysian comedian Ronny Chieng plays an international student at the University of Melbourne, which of course is nothing like UEA at all. You can watch all six episodes on BoB.

Alternative periodic tables

Continuing our celebration of the International Year of the Periodic Table, here are some alternative versions on Wikipedia: See also There’s More Than One Periodic Table, plus the external links at the end of the Wikipedia article.

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Citing Wikipedia

You’re not supposed to cite Wikipedia in your assignments, but hey, let’s stick it to the man. And there are occasions when citing Wikipedia is appropriate. Maybe you’re writing an assignment about Wikipedia! For the year of publication, use the year when the Wikipedia page was last modified. This information appears at the bottom of …

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Sherlock Holmes on TV

The Sherlock Holmes stories have been adapated many times for television and the cinema. The TV series that is most faithful to the stories is probably the one made by Granada Television between 1984 and 1994 and starring Jeremy Brett as Holmes. There were seven seasons, grouped as follows. (The links go to playlists in …

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Sherlock Holmes

The original Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle consist of four novels and 56 short stories, published between 1887 and 1927. The novels are: A Study in Scarlet The Sign of the Four The Hound of the Baskervilles The Valley of Fear The short stories are collected in five volumes: The Adventures of Sherlock …

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Economics games

The Economics Network has some games for economics classes. For example: The International Trade Game CARTEL: a board game for teaching game theory Tennis Balls in Economics The Production Possibility Frontier Game These are not computer games, but require pencils and paper, scissors, tennis balls, etc.

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Revised SI units

The definitions of four SI base units – the kilogram, ampere, kelvin and mole – have been changed. The new definitions are based on fixed numerical values of the Planck constant (h), the elementary charge (e), the Boltzmann constant (k) and the Avogadro constant (NA) respectively. They came into force on 20th May. The seven …

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IELTS Simon is a blog of daily tips on the IELTS test. For example, from a recent post, IELTS Speaking: slow down!: While you may be marked down by the examiner if you hesitate too often, there’s nothing wrong with speaking a bit more slowly and carefully. You can post comments and questions.

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Shockingly, not all of our business students seem to know about Dilbert. The comic strip has now been running for 30 years.

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Lingthusiasm is: A podcast that’s enthusiastic about linguistics! Make your boring commute or chores feel like a lively, nerdy, language-y dinner party with real linguists! Gretchen McCulloch (All Things Linguistic) and Lauren Gawne (Superlinguo) bring you into fascinating and hilarious half-hour conversations about the patterns behind language which you never realized you were already saying. …

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