Category Archives: English

eduFire Classes I’m Teaching

I am teaching a variety of classes on eduFire.com. A few seats are still available. * Talk With An American Beginner’s Level Monday June 15, 11am (Boston time) * Talk With An American Beginner’s Level Monday June 15, 6pm (Boston … Continue reading

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xylophone, ukelele

I’ve been thinking about musical instruments. Thought it might be interesting to see the derivations of some of their names. xylophone The word xylophone is based on 2 words – xylo and phone. From dictionary.com xylo- or xyl- Wood: xylograph. … Continue reading

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chronos, chronus

It is the beginning of the new year so why not discuss a word about time – chronos (Greek), chronus (Latin). There are many words that use this root (chron) for time as part of its own word. Some of … Continue reading

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angelos, angelus, engel, angele

Today’s word, angelos (Greek) or angelus (Latin) is quite similar to its English spelling; the first 5 letters is all you need to know – angel.  An angel was a messenger from God. You can see the messenger component in … Continue reading

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patents, patefacio, pateo, patio

I work as a patent writer. One day I was reading an article about patents and learned that the word patent came from the Latin word, patere which means to lay open. “The word patent originates from the Latinpatere, which … Continue reading

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It’s About Words

It is the first day of the New Year – a sunny, windy, winter day. Let’s begin the new year by exploring the Latin and Greek origins of English words. I plan to do a series of posts about these … Continue reading

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It Is About Words

It is the first day of the New Year – a sunny, windy, winter day. Let’s begin the new year by exploring the Latin and Greek origins of English words. I plan to do a series of posts about these … Continue reading

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