Daily Archives: July 30, 2011

The Passive Voice, The Active Voice & Grammar Girl: Mistakes Were Made

Grammar: Teaching the Passive Voice The passive voice. “No, not the passive voice!”, says the writing teacher. “The ACTIVE voice. Use the active voice.” http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/active-voice-versus-passive-voice.aspx Sound familiar? If it does, you are not alone. But here’s the problem: Students need … Continue reading

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Learn Mandarin Chinese – Lesson 1: The 5 Tones

In Chinese linguistics, Mandarin (simplified Chinese: 官话; traditional Chinese: 官話; pinyin: Guānhuà; literally “speech of officials”) refers to a group of related Chinese dialects spoken across most of northern and southwestern China. Because most Mandarin dialects are found in the … Continue reading

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