You may know the farewell catchphrase, See you later, alligator, to which the usual reply is, In a while, crocodile.
This “Goodbye Shirt” has several more, including:
- In a few, cockatoo
- See you soon, big baboon
- Another time, porcupine
- Gotta go, buffalo
“See You Later, Alligator” is also a well-known song.
Student handbooks, timetables and other information related to INTO UEA can now be accessed through a new subdomain, info.intouea.com.
The old links, intouea.com/handbooks and intouea.com/timetables, still work.
ConceptNet is “a freely-available semantic network, designed to help computers understand the meanings of words that people use.”
Enter the word dog, for example, and the results include:
- Related terms (e.g. pet, animal, chinese zodiac)
- dog is capable of… (e.g. bark, guide a blind person, corner a cat)
- Types of dog (e.g. poodle, corgi, puppy)
- Location of dog (e.g. a kennel, a park)
- dog has… (e.g. four legs, fleas, paws)
- dog doesn’t want… (e.g. a bath, go to the vet, be left home alone).
For more information on ConceptNet, read the FAQ.
“Labour is likely to table a vote of no confidence in the government, though it is unclear whether it would do so immediately – and even less unclear whether it could win it.”
less unclear should be less clear or more unclear – an example of what Language Log calls misnegation
Yes, even the political editor of The Guardian makes mistakes in English!
Source: The Guardian via Language Log
Write & Improve is a free tool from Cambridge English that marks your writing and assesses your English level.
You can either do the set tasks or create your own task and paste in some text.
It thought my moon essay was quite good (4/5) and my English was native-speaker level. However, it did mark some words and sentences as wrong when they weren’t.
The Journal of International Students is published 4 times a year and can be read by everyone for free online.
The most recent issue (October 2018) includes these articles:
- Stress-driven spending: correlates of international students’ adjustment strains and compulsive online buying
- “They make no contribution!” versus “We should make friends with them!”—American domestic students’ perception of Chinese international students’ reticence and face
- Influential factors in the college decision-making process for Chinese students studying in the U.S.
- Hindsight is 20/20 vision: what international students wished they had known before coming to live and learn in Ireland.
The British Council has a six-week course at FutureLearn called Understanding IELTS: Techniques for English Language Tests. You can start it right now or when it runs again on 4th February.
According to the British Council, by the end of the course you will:
- be familiar with all parts of the IELTS test
- have some useful tips to help you achieve your IELTS goals
- understand how the IELTS test is assessed
- have an opportunity to have your written and spoken English assessed by other learners [emphasis added]
This doesn’t sound very useful, to be honest. On the other hand, it is free.