Saturday, April 16, 2011

It's all about accents, baby!



Another great video talking about the difference between English accents - especially the two most common- British and American. American comedian Elon Gold takes a humoristic look at some peculiar things the Brits do when they speak.

Before you watch the video, answer Right or Wrong.

The Americans pronounce the "t" sound like a flap

The British always pronounce the "t" sound

The British sometimes replace the " t" sound with another sound

As you watch the video, answer these questions:

How would a Russian say this sentence?
This trafic is unbelievable

What letter do the Israelis insert in this sentence?
I want them to go to ...

How would a German say this sentence?
Weren't you the guy I saw this morning at the coffee house?

The last part of the video deals with an interesting aspect: the weird relationship each accent has with one letter.

With the Russians, it's the letter "y".

With the Isrealis, it's the letter "m".

With the Germans, its the letter "z".

What about other accents - (Brazilian) Portuguese, (South American) Spanish, French or Italian?

Why do the nationalities use a specific letter or sound the way they do when they speak English?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Is the Oxford English Dictionary too hip? OMG!

WTH?

FYI, this video talks about new words that are now part of the Oxford English Dictionary.

How many ppl are familiar with these abbreviations or acronyms?

For instance, what exactly is WYSIWYG? - What You See Is What You Get

Have you ever gone shopping and seen a sign BOGOF (Buy One Get One Free)?

How can we learn the meaning of modern expressions like these? In a dictionary, right?
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What do you think - should these words/expressions be placed in a dictionary? Chillax! [Chill and Relax] If things continue the way they do, this will be normal, not something new.

Monday, April 11, 2011