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50 Greek and Latin Root Words You Should Know

In English grammar, a root is a word or portion of a word from which other words grow, usually through the addition of prefixes and suffixes. By learning root words, you can decipher unfamiliar words, expand your vocabulary, and become a better English speaker. …


Added by Frank DiSalle on April 5, 2019 at 19:10 — No Comments

The Fairlex Grammar Book

Welcome to the online home of The Farlex Grammar Book, your complete guide to the English language!

I haven't read it all, so I'm not going to review it or recommend it, but I think Teachers and Students alike should take a look at it, and comment…

Added by Frank DiSalle on March 22, 2019 at 17:43 — 1 Comment

13 of the Longest Words in the English Language


13 Of The Longest Words In The English Language

Some of the words that qualify for the title take hours to pronounce, like the 189,819-letter word for the  protein Titin. Additionally, many of the longest words are medical terms, so we have excluded some of them to allow for more variety. The end result is a list of fascinatingly lengthy words that will make your vocabulary downright sesquipedalian.…


Added by Frank DiSalle on January 19, 2019 at 18:03 — No Comments

Popular Names and Nicknames for Residents of States

It's easy to see why someone who lives in New York State is called a New Yorker. And why a resident of California is a Californian. But what do people in Massachusetts call themselves? And where do Huskies and Nutmeggers live?…


Added by Frank DiSalle on January 7, 2019 at 19:46 — 1 Comment

More on Palindromes

The Best Examples of Palindromes in the English Language

palindromes: words, phrases, verses, sentences, or a series of characters that read the same both forwards and backwards.…


Added by Frank DiSalle on January 5, 2019 at 20:00 — 1 Comment

Silent letters from A to Z

Silent letters from A to Z list and examples for each letter

A silent letter is left unpronounced, such as the d in handkerchief, the n in autumn and the p in cupboard. When talking fast, silent words like t are very lightly pronounced in words like Christmas, mountain and little.

This is a small list of the silent letters from A to Z…


Added by Frank DiSalle on December 8, 2018 at 1:05 — 1 Comment

19 Words You Never Realized Are The Same Backwards And Forwards (Palindromes)

A Palindrome is a word that is the same backwards and forwards.  

You’ll never look at these words the same again.…


Added by Frank DiSalle on October 25, 2018 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

Abbreviations and Acronyms for English Learners


Any shortened form of a word or phrase is an abbreviation. Acronyms are also a type of abbreviation that…


Added by Frank DiSalle on July 2, 2018 at 7:22 — No Comments

English Language & Usage (for better speakers of English)

Here's a site for advanced English learners, and some questions answered for teachers!
It's called English Language & Usage

Thought I'd share it with all of you, after being away so long!

Added by Frank DiSalle on May 26, 2017 at 23:00 — No Comments

Perhaps You'd Like To Try This?

Cutest grammar cops ever! Brazilian kids correct mistakes in celebrities’ tweets

Educators at Red Balloon, an English language school in Brazil, recruited students to police celebrity grammar on Twitter and the results are adorable.…


Added by Frank DiSalle on July 6, 2013 at 15:58 — 1 Comment

A Very Interesting, Fun and Educational Website!

It's called WordReference.com



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Added by Frank DiSalle on July 5, 2013 at 16:23 — 2 Comments

Tell Me More

TELL ME MORE®, is the provider of the first language learning software program to successfully fuse advanced speech recognition technology with language learning ...    Founded in 1987 the company has grown to supporting 8 million learners worldwide, 1 headquarters and 5 global satellite offices, 350 employees, and solutions deployed in 65 countries.

It is a paid service, with a FREE TRIAL Period.

Worth investigating !!…


Added by Frank DiSalle on December 24, 2012 at 4:18 — No Comments

Test Your 2012 Slang Skills

Of the 100 terms most searched this year on UrbanDictionary.com, Aaron Peckham, the website's founder, says approximately 80 have been consistently popular year after year. But 20 are newly fashionable in 2012. Words like, derp, yolo, brony and romnesia made the cut


Added by Frank DiSalle on December 23, 2012 at 8:39 — 2 Comments

The New York Times "Words and Expressions of 2012"

The 2012 elections also made for a bountiful harvest of new political expressions. So let’s close the year by taking a look at some of its lexical highlights.

Added by Frank DiSalle on December 23, 2012 at 8:32 — 1 Comment

20 Weird English Words

English is a wonderful language with some of the strangest pronunciation rules and words that come from many other languages. This is a list of 20 weird English words.

1. Erinaceous

Like a hedgehog

2. Lamprophony

Loudness and clarity of voice

3. Depone

To testify under oath

4. Finnimbrun

A trinket or knick-knack

5. floccinaucinihilipilification

Estimation that something is valueless. 

Proper pronunciation based on…


Added by Frank DiSalle on December 19, 2012 at 22:55 — 5 Comments

American English - A US Government Website

The American English website provides resources for teaching and learning English as a Foreign Language (EFL), exploring American culture, and encouraging conversation within the global EFL community.

Added by Frank DiSalle on December 19, 2012 at 8:46 — 2 Comments


The English Speaking World is a wonderful site, with plenty of information about the United States and the United Kingdom, and listening exercises as well!


Added by Frank DiSalle on November 18, 2012 at 8:59 — 2 Comments

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