Author Archive: Iaroslav Wise

Letter “E”

  Did you know that the letter “e” is the most frequently used letter in English?   Dear All, One of the interesting facts about English is that the most frequently used letter in this language is “e”. How does it help to know this? Well, first of all it is interesting not only to …

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Economic – economical

Dear All, When we learn a foreign language, sometimes it is a small difference that can confuse us. This post discusses the differences in meaning between the words “economic” and “economical” to help learners of English to differentiate easily between these words and to use them correctly. Economic means related to the financial industry or …

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How to be a better orator

Dear All, An orator is a person who speaks publicly and can convey his/her ideas clearly and convincingly. Would you like to improve your oratory skills for a school, work, or even TedTalk presentation? If so, you may find this post of interest. Gestures, gestures, and gestures (Demosthenes in Pease & Pease, 2006, p. 156). …

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Work joyfully and peacefully

Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results (James Allen). Dear All, Taking a course at a university or doing research rarely yields anticipated results straight away. This may lead to disappointment and even cessation of work. The quote above by James Allen is right encouragement …

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Salt

Dear All, What do we know about salt from the linguistic perspective and in general? According to Oxford Dictionary the origin of the word “salt” can be traced to: “Old English sealt (noun), sealtan (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zout and German Salz (nouns), from an Indo-European root shared by Latin sal, Greek …

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Historic – historical

All, Learners of English sometimes find it difficult to differentiate between the words “historic” and “historical”. This post briefly discusses the semantic differences between them. Historic means “important, outstanding, famous in history”. Historical means “related to history, concerning the past”. Therefore, if we want to say that a scholar has just made an important discovery, …

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Canada Day – Fête du Canada

Dear All, July 1 is Canada Day (Fête du Canada). This posts discusses briefly the history of this day, its importance, and associated traditions. On July 1, 1867 “The British North America Act (today known as the Constitution Act, 1867) created Canada” (Canada Day, 2016). Following this, on June 20, 1868 the Governor General signed …

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Gazing

Video credit: Vanessa Van Edwards, “The Three Types of Eye Gazing” August 4, 2014, via YouTube. Dear All, Have you ever heard the proverb, “Eyes are the mirror of soul”? This proverb means that eyes can communicate a lot of information, probably, even something beyond words. Indeed, eyes can communicate in different ways. This post …

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Google Translate

Dear All, Have you ever thought that it would nice to speak X language? Indeed, it would be. All it takes is to start and little by little to pursue the goal. While you are doing this, there is a tool that can help you to communicate in a different language in the meanwhile. The …

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Little – Small

Dear All, What is the difference between “little” and “small”? This post compares these two words and points at some of the differences in use. Before we start the discussion about the differences, let’s look at what is in common. Both words are semantically close, they both mean “tiny, not big”. In this sense, it …

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The biggest luxury

The biggest luxury is the luxury of human communication. Dear All: Have you ever dialed a phone number trying to reach a particular service and instead of a person you heard a recorded voice asking you to make a selection as to what you would like to do next? Most of us have, probably, had …

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Studying/teaching Ukrainian: Conjugations

Image credit: the image above is a screenshot of the website discussed in this post. Accessed May 19, 2016 from http://lcorp.ulif.org.ua/dictua/dictua.aspx. Dear All: This post provides a link to a valuable free online resource for learners, teachers, and speakers of Ukrainian who want to improve learning/teaching and speaking. Grammar is one of the most difficult …

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