Author Archive: Iaroslav Wise

Value, respect, liking, and acceptance

For unless the teacher values, respects, likes, and accepts him/herself, he or she cannot reach out to value, respect, like, and accept the students; unless the teacher has a high opinion of him/herself, he or she cannot have a high opinion of the students; unless a teacher is sensitive to him/herself, he or she cannot …

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Shortening – contraction – clipping – blending – abbreviation

Dear All, One can hear people using a variety of terms to refer to “shortened words” such as ‘shortenings’, ‘abbreviations’, etc. This post looks at these terms from the linguistic perspective to explain and help use them correctly. This post focuses on the lexical layer of the language. Let’s start with the most generic term: …

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Daylight saving time (DST)

Image credit: National Research Council of Canada, “Time zones & daylight saving time” October 22, 2016. Dear All, This post discusses what DST is and where to get more information on the topic. DST is the practice of advancing the clock by one hour during spring, summer and autumn which allows extending the day by …

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Bottle drive

Dear All, Have you ever supported a charitable cause? One of the ways to do so is to run a bottle drive. This post discusses what a “bottle drive” is. So, what is a “bottle drive”? A “bottle drive” is organized collection of bottles (plastic or glass), pop (soda) cans, and milk/juice cartons for a …

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Thanksgiving in academia

Dear All, The Latin proverb (pronounced as [ˈɡraː.ti.a   ˈɡraː.ti.am   ˈpa.rit]) above can be translated as “grace gives birth to grace” or “kindness begets kindness”. Today is the second Monday of October which means that some people celebrate Thanksgiving. In this connection it is interesting to reflect on Thanksgiving in academia. Is there place for …

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What is language

Dear All, There exist dozens of definitions of “language” (L.). This post focuses on what a good definition of L. should cover and formulates a new definition of the notion. To begin with, what is the most important objective of L. from the linguistic perspective? Most objective of L. from the linguistic perspective is communication. …

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Faith, hope, love

Dear All, In academia, it is acceptable to pursue three goals at the same time: teaching, research, and career. Teaching, in my view, is one of the key components since this is where a lot of learning happens – professor transfers his/her knowledge to his/her students and students also work through a course acquiring new …

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Gossip – Rumour

Dear All, If you are learning or teaching English, it may be interesting to compare the following two words: “gossip” and “rumour”. According the Oxford Dictionary, gossip (Ukr. “плітки“) is 1. “Casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details which are not confirmed as true” (OD, 2016):  He is a nice …

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Churchill, MB

Image credit: Ansgar Walk, “Bärenmutter & Junges 3 2004-11-17” November 17, 2004, via Wikimedia Commons, (CC BY-SA 3.0).   Did you know that people who live in Churchill, MB, Canada leave their vehicles and homes unlocked?   Dear All, People who live in the province of Manitoba, in the town called “Churchill” often leave their …

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Water

Dear All, Water is one of the resources that is often overlooked in western mass culture simply due to its … cheapness. However, unlike other more costly resources,  water is the resource which has a direct impact on our ability to learn, to teach, to conduct research, and to be healthy. The video below brings …

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Mother tongue

Dear All, If you write a paper on teaching/learning foreign languages, sometimes it is desirable to find an appropriate synonym that fits the context best and corresponds well to the given context. Below are the forms which are synonymous to “mother tongue”: native language native tongue first language father tongue arterial language L1 (the use …

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It takes a village

It takes a village to raise a child. Dear All, The proverb above concerns upbringing of a child and means that in order to raise a child properly, it is necessary to apply efforts of many people. This proverb is also applicable to research, particularly to writing a dissertation. In order to write a proper …

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