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The Idiot’s Dictionary II

Finally for the moment, finished with this project – The Idiot’s Dictionary. However, dictionaries, like poems, are never finished, merely abandoned….. Enjoy – get the online copy here. If you really get into it – think of purchasing the hard cover. But I’ll warn you, they are tough. Think of them like a crossword that […]

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The Idiot’s Dictionary – early release


I mentioned this book previously. Now, releasing it early – I’ll have a hard cover, POD (Print On Demand), for purchase version shortly. Download The Idiot’s Dictionary.doc I’ll only say thank you to my niece Gabriella, who painstakingly went over the copy and edited everything. Thank you! Here, I’ve reprinted the short forward (the print […]

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More Than Words

Find more videos like this on EFL CLASSROOM 2.0 I’ve been noticing more and more, teachers and especially those acknowledged as “leaders”, sharing sites where learners learn “words”. These sites usually involve games or tools that allow the user to have fun with words. These can be useful, just like the odd game of hangman […]

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Poetry and Teaching English

Since April is National Poetry month and I’m also a poet (dowload / read my latest book ), I thought I’d share some ideas and resources for using poetry in your classroom. Activity sheet – Funeral Blues I’ve used poetry a lot over the years in class. It can be done quite simply and doesn’t […]

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Groping for trout

“You can tune a piano but you can’t tune a fish” Words, words, words. Sometimes I feel like becoming a monk solely for the reason to be beyond words, of no need of words, away from words and their slinking skullduggery. They are cruel and they often don’t mean what they mean. I know I’m […]

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Top Language related posts

the best

Last week I posted up my “Top Teacher Training related posts″ – titled, “On the shoulders of Regular Joe Teachers” and my “Top Education related posts″. Today, I’d like to share my top Language related posts of 2010. I believe it really helps a language teacher if they have a passion and “eye / ear” […]

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The #1 …. (mispelled word in English)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. Misspelled! Yes, if you caught the mistake in the title, you are well on your way to being a great speller! Almost everyone, native speaker or 2nd language learner, has a problem spelling certain words. It usually comes down to how we processed the […]

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Words – haunting words…

Larry Ferlazzo let me on to another marvellous RadioLabs video today. The last one, I blogged and lessoned about here – The Dimensions of the Present Moment I find them haunting. So well done, so real. I kind of think I’m right there in the screen or like that Woody Allen movie, “The Purple Rose […]

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Verbalearn – Adv. Vocabulary Practice

VerbaLearn is a new site which does a lot of things well. I’m not usually a big fan of learning English through “word study”, however, it is a reality and it does work for many students. Also, VerbaLearn caters to those who are trying to pass all those significant tests….GRE / SAT / ACT and […]

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Vocabulary – Does Size Matter?


We live in and by and through words. Baudelaire famously said, “Life is a forest of symbols”, meaning, we walk through life as we would walk through words. Yet, though on one hand “words are mightier than the sword”. On the other hand, “Actions speak louder than words”. Which is it? As a teacher, we […]

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A People’s Dictionary? Words Web 2.0 style

I’ve long been one who “protests” the dictionary as a form of enslavement! It is a traffic cop, a false prophet saying and prescribing what words are “right” and which are “wrong”. BAAAAAAHHHHH This delightful TED Talk is really entertaining and in her quirky way, this “lexicographer” pleads for technology to liberate words and give […]

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The Buzz Words of 2008

The Buzz Words of 2008 (Click to view the presentation) Every year, thousands of new words enter the lexicon of the English language. That’s the power of English globally, its flexibility and malleability. However, each year, thousands of words die…. It is like life and death, an endless concerto. But let’s look at life! These […]

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