Category Archives: teaching

How to Learn Any Language – Book Review

I am reading the book, How to Learn Any Language by Barry Farber (ISBN 0-8065-1271-7). It is an interesting book that provides useful tips and techniques. The tips provide a common sense approach. One of my favorite tips answers the … Continue reading

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Berlitz

Berlitz is one of the most famous names in language learning. This article introduces readers to Max Berlitz. Future articles will introduce readers to other founders of language learning systems. 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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