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poverty of the stimulus (POS)

The argument that the linguistic input received by young children is in itself insufficient to explain children's detailed knowledge of their first language.

How to Improve Your English Fluency

If you're learning English as a second language, you know that fluent English will help you in your profession and at school. Many traditional classes, however, emphasize grammar rather than speaking. And even after years of study, you may still be uncomfortable carrying on a conversation in English

Talking About Our Troubles, by Mark Rutherford

In this short essay, British novelist and journalist Mark Rutherford (the pen name of William Hale White) encourages us to deal with our misfortunes by practicing "the art of self-suppression."


A short, attention-getting expression (or catchphrase) used in promoting a product, candidate, or cause.

List of Common Cursive Font Faces

If you've ever received an elegant invitation that looked handwritten, it's probably been printed in a cursive typeface. "Cursive" usually means that the italic font of a typeface resembles handwriting, with the lower-case letters separated at the bottom. Although the terms "font" and "typeface" are

What Are 'Snarl Words' and 'Purr Words'?

S. I. Hayakawa coined the terms "snarl words" and "purr words" to describe language that serves as a substitute for serious thought and well-reasoned argument.

Durer - to last

Learn how to conjugate durer, a regular -er French verb.

Waarom Spaans Leren Spanje Nog Aantrekkelijker Maakt

Vandaag de dag kan je nog maar moeilijk ontkennen dat talenkennis je vooruit helpt in het leven. Zowel op professioneel als op sociaal vlak zijn we eens zo goed af als we meer dan één taal kennen. Buiten het Nederlands spreken heel wat Nederlandstaligen een aardig mondje Engels, Frans

Langston Hughes on Harlem in the 1920s

n the following passage from his autobiography, The Big Sea, Hughes describes how Harlem became a tourist destination for white New Yorkers during the 1920s.

Today in Francophone History

Learn about important dates in French and francophone history: famous birthdays, holidays and celebrations, and other milestones.

How to Talk British English

Accents are a way of pronouncing language in a certain area of the world. Whatever your reason for speaking in a different accent, such as for a play or film role, learning another dialect can prove challenging, though being able to pick up accents from repeated listening to that accent makes the pr

"Spirited Away" won the Oscar

Hayao Miyazaki's critically acclaimed movie "Spirited Away (千と千尋の神隠し)" won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film at the 75th Annual Academy Awards ceremony.