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Fillers - imagine speaking without them

This post ... talks about know... those expressions that we use all the time and we don't even realize we're using them. In English, we call them fillers and they help us in many ways:

* give flow to our speech (fluency)
* give us time to think of what to say next
* give our language a "natural" flavor
* check that our listener is following

Using them is what tells us if the person is a native speaker or ... uh ... has near native fluency. Even if you are not a native speaker, including them when you speak is more than a good idea; remember we do this in our first language subconsciously, you know what I mean?

But, you know, too much of a good thing is always a problem. Some speakers overdo: they insert a filler like after four or five words. This can make listening to them irritating. Moderation is always the answer, right?

Do you remember how many fillers I used in this post? Are they really necessary?

Do you use a particular filler all the time when you sp…

Plans for a trip

I'm really excited about my next trip. I have a one-week break in the last week of July, so I plan to get a lot of rest and enjoy the sun!

Some clues: the weather is sunny and windy, there are lots of great beaches ....

Can you guess where I'm going? Ask questions here to find out!

Brazil - no woman's land

The latest incident involving the case of national champion Flamengo goalie Bruno Souza has sent shivers down the spine of Brazilian society and reactivates a recurring topic: why are women still deprived of their rights? And why are things made even worse when the woman in question is considered indecent, a hooker, or sex companion?

The only reason why men continue to beat women is because many people - male and female - think it something normal. And it is no surprise to hear people see no wrong in men striking a prostitute.

The missing girl in the case du jour, Eliza Samudio, sought police protection which was denied because of her "profession". Conclusion: it seems as if Eliza had it coming, she deserved it.

Who do you think is to blame?

Should clubs and teams demand that their athletes or "employees" be submitted to constant pyschological treatment?