~13 min read · Jul 26th · Why is English spelling so weird and unpredictable? Don’t blame the mix of languages; look to quirks of timing and technology
The answer to the weirdness of English has to do with the timing of technology.
Your pronunciation might be terrible, and the pace, stress and rhythm would be completely off, and no one would mistake you for a native speaker – but you could do it.
The basic outline of the messy history of English is widely known: the Anglo-Saxon tribes bringing Old English in the 5th century, the Viking invasions beginning in the 8th century adding Old Norse to the mix, followed by the Norman Conquest of the 11th century and the French linguistic takeover.
6 min read · Apr 5th · I learned writing from The Economist. Back home, it wasn’t easy to learn English. No one in my social circle was fluent in the language and I couldn’t afford a private tutor. The best I could do was…
they exist to serve, not confuse, the reader.
That’s why it helps to rewrite and proofread—with the intentional goal of cutting what doesn’t belong to what you’re trying to say.
Most of the paragraphs in The Economist clearly state their main idea in the first sentence and expand on it in the following ones.
3 min read · Mar 5th · 3 minutesDo you ever feel like you have ALMOST mastered the English language but there are some phrases that just don't make sense to you? Have you ever thought that your English is sooo close to…