Tag Archives: humour

Linguistic humour

Dear All, The quote above by Friedrich von Schlegel calls upon bringing together the world of science and humanities. Indeed, some of the greatest discoveries were made at the intersection of disciplines. For example, radio galaxies were found through the combined analysis of radio and optical data. What can unite sciences and humanities? The answer …

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By working faithfully

By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day (Robert Frost). Dear All, The saying above by the famous American poet is, certainly, a joke. However, there is a share of truth in every joke. Specifically, this joke underlines that with the growth …

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The handshake across cultures

Dear All, This post discusses one of the most common nonverbal communication means, the handshake.  According to the Cambridge Dictionary online, handshake [ˈhændˌʃeɪk] is defined as “a greeting or expression of agreement in which two people who are facing each other take hold of each other’s right hands and move them up and down” (CDO, …

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British English – American English: Idioms (vocabulary)

Video credit: GrammarSongs by Melissa, “Idioms Song (Idioms by Melissa)” August 12, 2013, via YouTube. Dear All, This post finishes the series of posts comparing vocabularies of BrE and AmE. Today I would like to discuss one of my favourite topics, phraseology. One of my course papers at the University was devoted to this doubtlessly …

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Can animals speak?

Video credit: JHawx, “Einstein the bird” November 25, 2009, via YouTube. Hello Everyone, Have you ever heard of birds or other representative of fauna that can speak? In this video, you can see a bird that can say several words and phrases. Sometimes, it is difficult to understand them; however, they are still quite intelligible. …

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Funny signs across the world

Image credit: @Doug88888, “Funny signs” August 9, 2009, via Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. Dear all, Have you ever travelled abroad or in your own country and spotted a funny sign? Very often, the reason for such signs is that people who do not speak a particular language translate a word or a phrase from their …

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Interpersonal communication and digital technologies

What, do you think, is the role of new technologies in modern interpersonal communication? I have come across the following thought-provoking cartoon: https://laughingsquid.com/i-worry-that-facebook-is-killing-meaningful-communication/ Iaroslav

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Nonverbal: Allan Pease

Video credit: brescaed, “ALLAN PEASE – BODY LANGUAGE” June 18, 2007, via YouTube. This video features an Australian scholar and public speaker Allan Pease who is delivering one of his presentations. Pease has been active in both scholarly research and public presentations. Iaroslav

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