Punctuation matters. A lot.

Two funny pictures to show that punctuation matters. A lot. 🙂

Can you see the difference in meaning, if punctuation marks had been used?

English has 14 punctuation marks. American and Bristish English follow the same rules of punctuation but the names may vary. Here you are the main differences (source: grammar. yourdictionary.com): If you want more information about punctuation marks and their rules, click HERE.

Some other common symbols and their names are:

@ at

. dot (for webpages, for example)

# hash (also octothorp and in Am. English pound sign)

& ampersand

/ Slash

_  underscore (for email addresses, for example)

 

Expressions to say when it’s very hot.

It’s so hot that you will probably hear these expressions this summer:

Remember that “HOT” is an adjective, as in “It’s boiling hot!

“HEAT” is a noun, as in “This heat is driving me crazy!

Language Exchanges

Are you a student of foreign languages looking for someone you can talk or write to? Are you a teacher looking for native speakers of the language you’re teaching? If this is your case, try The Mixxer, a webpage designed to connect language learners around the world via Skype. And it’s free!

Thanks for sharing this information, Vicente! 🙂

 

 

 

Picking up new words: Word of the Day

The online dictionary Wordrefence focuses every day on a word for a basic level and for an intermediate level. This is very useful, as it gives the explanation of the word, its pronunciation, examples, a video and interesting facts about the usage and origin of the word.

Today’s Word of the Day is Snoop, for example, which links with a similar word ‘Sneak’. If you didn’t know about this tool that Wordreference offers, click below and check how interesting it is.

http://daily.wordreference.com/2017/05/12/intermediate-word-of-the-day-snoop/

 

in the limelight

The limelight means the centre or focus of attention. If you are in the limelight, you receive the attention and interest from the public. In Spanish we say “Ser el centro de atención, estar de actualidad”.

You will probably agree with me that these children who burst in on their dad, Professor Robert Kelly, while being interviewed by the BBC are a clear example of this expression, taking into account that the video went viral.

These charming kids steal the limelight once more, as they will feature a cartoon trying to help their father out with his important UN jobs. You can read the news here: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39724383

 

 

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It’s all about money after all!

Like a bull in a china shop

If someone is like a bull in a china shop, they are very careless or clumsy in the way that they move or behave. In Spanish we say “Como un elefante en una cacharrería”