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Friday, May 20, 2022

Not Synonyms, But Related

Yes, yes!

The "Related Words" website!

For those days when you are teaching a subject but just cannot think of all the appropriate vocabulary to incorporate.

Thank you to Gemma L Archer who posted this in the Color Vowel community on Facebook.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Great Pronunciation Site -- Add Your Own Recording

 Thanks to Skip Gole in the "My Color Vowel Community" on Facebook for giving us the link to Forvo.com.

I did not (yet) get the browser app to add my own recordings to the collection because to do that I was prompted to make Yahoo my default search engine.  One of thse days I may do that and later change the default back to Chrome.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Monday, April 25, 2022


Thanks to the Facebook community at https://www.facebook.com/GrandiloquentWords/

And the definition of the adjective "grandiloquent", itself, is "pompous or extravagant in language, style, or manner, especially in a way that is intended to impress".

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Coques, Coquille, Coquillage, Coquelicot

English has one word for "shell" while French has two: coquille and coquillage.  Coquillage refers to an empty seashell, the object you pick up on the beach.  Coquille refers to the shell of an egg or a nut or a live shellfish.   When I was a teenager staying in France for a summer, I always seemed to use the wrong one.  Worse, the word for poppy, coquelicot, felt so similar in my mouth that often used that, too,  resulting in lots of laughter from my French friends.

To confuse matters further, coques, a similar word, is a ship's hull, though I have also seen it translated in a recipe as cockles.

In English, I think the group of words which give ESL learners the most difficult time are all those ending in -ough since that has 6 different pronunciations.  Worst, are those which which start with "t":  tough, trough, though, through, thorough, thought

I need a tongue twister to practice these.  How about "Though through the tough trough, I wrought a thorough thought"?  Hmmm.  Needs work.

Monday, April 18, 2022

One Word

 ...and you should stress the correct syllable when pronouncing it, too!

Sunday, April 17, 2022

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