Bloomberg Businessweek is – astonishingly – a weekly magazine about business. You can read 10 articles online without paying, while UEA Library provides full access.
The main page for UEA access is here. You can search the magazine and browse issues. There may be a delay of a few days before the latest issue is available.
The current issue, for example, has several articles on Bitcoin:
- A Year After the Crypto Bubble Burst, Will Bitcoin Ever Recover?
- Bitcoin ATMs May Be Used to Launder Money
- Mike Novogratz Explains Why He’s Still All-In on Crypto
- China’s Plan to Sideline Bitcoin
Unolingo, from Smithsonian.com, is a crossword puzzle in which you complete the words using each letter of the alphabet only once. There are no clues.
For example, if you decide the top word is STALKING, you use the letters A, L and G, which are then unavailable to complete any other words.
Puzzles with one star, like the one shown, are the easiest. The hardest have four stars.
Some examples of articles:
- There Never Was a Real Tulip Fever
- Long Before Trees Overtook the Land, Earth Was Covered by Giant Mushrooms
- Why Did Humans Lose Their Fur?
- Why Aren’t There Electric Airplanes Yet? It Comes Down to Batteries.
- A Brief History of Robot Birds
Sounds Familiar? [requires Flash] from the British Library examines accents and dialects in Britain.
You can listen to recordings of people talking: for example, Pam from Norwich. There is an analysis of her accent and use of that as a subject pronoun (instead of it).
A few maps show where people use “non-standard” forms such as I were and you was.
As part of UEA Library’s 50th anniversary celebrations, you can take a virtual tour of the building.
During the Christmas holidays you might talk to local people in and around Norwich. As you will have noticed, the local accent is a bit different from the “standard” English of the BBC or most of your teachers.
- The word here sounds like hair; beer sounds like bear; really sounds like rarely.
- The -y- sound before the vowel in words like music is omitted, so Hugh sounds like who; feud sounds like food. (This is called yod-dropping.)
- Older people may pronounce words like home, stone, boat with the same vowel sound as foot or put.
There are also some differences in grammar and vocabulary.
You can listen to some examples of the Norfolk dialect in the Survey of English Dialects (under View by – County – M-O – Norfolk).
There are lots of words that mean good or bad. The opinion polling company YouGov asked people to score adjectives according to how positive or negative they were. The score was between 0 and 10, with 0 being the most negative and 10 the most positive.
The chart shows the results. The most negative word was abysmal followed by appalling, awful, dreadful and terrible. In the middle was average, bordered by mediocre and not bad. The most positive word was perfect, followed by outstanding, excellent, incredible, brilliant, superb and fantastic.
So there you are. Isn’t that, er, great?
The 2018 Daily chart advent calendar is a selection of The Economist‘s charts. Every day from December 1st to 25th a chart from 2018 is featured.
For example, today’s chart shows the average cost of a normal birth in private hospitals in various countries.
All of the magazine’s charts can be seen in the section, Graphic detail.
From Google Ngram Viewer.
The suffix -ful can mean as much as something will hold. For example, a spoonful of sugar is as much sugar as a spoon will hold. (It is the title of a famous song in the film Mary Poppins.)
The suffix is common with containers:
- a bagful of cash
- a sackful of presents
- a basketful of eggs
- a barrelful of monkeys
- a plateful of food
- a bowlful of jelly
- a hatful of goals
It is also used with parts of the body:
- a handful of dust
- an armful of flowers
- a fistful of dollars
- a bellyful of fighting
- an earful of complaints
- an eyeful of beauty
and transport, buildings, etc.:
- a planeful of passengers
- a houseful of guests
- a roomful of strangers
- a streetful of people
besides many other words. In fact, you can even add it to (usually short) nouns to make new words:
- a blogful of bigotry
- a laptopful of viruses
- a phoneshopful of INTO students.
A comment on punctuation from an American lumber firm.
Source: Language Log
Do you know which country’s citizens go to the cinema most often? It’s Iceland, followed by South Korea and Singapore.
Do you know your ghosts from your goblins? Read the 12 definitions and provide the correct fantasy words.
Some essay-writing tips, e.g. “do not put new things in your conclusion”.
Also available as a video:
This book is aimed at English language teachers. Tip number 1 is “Start with a smile” and number 100 is “Do your own thing.” Here are some of the others:
- Don’t give homework at the end
- Use the coursebook – selectively
- Do correct mistakes
- Use mother tongue to explain
- Avoid grammatical terms
- Limit tasks by time, not amount
- Don’t worry about the topic
- Don’t always pre-teach vocabulary
- Don’t make students read aloud
- Talk a lot
- Teach a lot of vocabulary
- Teach spelling rules
The Resource Centre has a copy, which you can borrow.