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When Did Americans Lose Their British Accents?

Readers Nick and Riela have both written to ask how and when English colonists in America lost their British accents and how American accents came about. Revolutionary War Reenactment Image via Shutterstock There are many, many evolving regional British and … Continue reading

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Native Speaker Myth – British or American English: English training targets ASEAN’s link language

English training targets Asean’s link language Brunei funds $25m English programme to bolster southeast Asia’s adopted lingua franca Kate Hodal Guardian Weekly, Tuesday 18 September 2012 13.59 BST US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, centre, with Brunei’s Foreign Minister Prince … Continue reading

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Why American Students Can’t Write: Response From A Teacher in Chile

Why American Students Can’t Write Source: The Atlantic In “The Writing Revolution,” Peg Tyre traces the problems at one troubled New York high school to a simple fact: The students couldn’t write coherent sentences. In 2009 New Dorp High made … Continue reading

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“We Can Do Better”: The Singapore Perspective on English

Speech by Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Former Minister Mentor and current Senior Advisor to Government of Singapore Investment Corporation at the Launch of the English Language Institute of Singapore (ELIS) on Tuesday, 6 September 2011, at the Marina Bay Sands … Continue reading

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Chinese Kids Outsmarting Americans

The results of a well respected global education survey PISA, shocked the Western world this morning when China ranked first in the world in education, not only in science and math, but also reading. Bob Bowdon Director of the “The … Continue reading

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Hugh Laurie: the British accent vs the American

The fantastically talented Hugh Laurie paid a Dr House call to Ellen, and they played an exciting game of American slang versus English slang — and the game was bloody brilliant!

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The American Dream – Who’s Dreaming Now?

Do you dream dreams? America once dreamed dreams of all things wonderful. Nowadays, in the USA, the only dreamers who still have dreams are either working on Wall Street, or working in a bank. That’s kinda strange because, correct if … Continue reading

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Speak English Please: Your Teacher Was A Native Speaker

Dear Reader(s), This video is posted here for the underlying satirical message: The native speaker who taught this man to speak English, was not very effective. The speaker says, “I studied at the American University”. There is no offense intended, … Continue reading

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The Impact of Being a Black Native Speaker: Undesirable & Unwanted in Japan & Korea (& China)

Richard Evans • I teach in Latin America with experience in Asia and the Middle East. It think everybody has essentially hit the true elements of the situation. The biggest one, though is student/parent perception. My experience is that students … Continue reading

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