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Heteronyms in English


When learning English, there are a few pitfalls (confusing things, tricks) to be aware of. One of these are heteronyms in English, which are words that are spelled the same, but pronounced differently and with different meanings. Heteronyms in English can be very confusing, but they're good to be aware of. Heteronyms are everywhere (common) in the language, so we've put together a list of some of the most common heteronyms in English that you will see. Sometimes you'll only be able to tell the meaning of a heteronym from the context (words around it) so make sure to pay [...]

Heteronyms in English2020-11-19T12:45:36+01:00

Is English Vocabulary Hard?


We're shaking it up a bit (doing something different) this week on the Bespeaking blog! People always ask me if German is a hard language to learn and my answer always goes a little something like this: “To an extent, yes.” The grammar can be quite difficult. But when it comes to English vocabulary words themselves, it's relatively easy. If we are talking about loan words, or words that have been borrowed from another language, English usually takes the cake as the "cool" language to borrow words from. But did you know that these five English vocabulary words are actually [...]

Is English Vocabulary Hard?2020-11-22T12:55:29+01:00

The Perils of Word-for-Word Translation


When I first started taking French in high school, and later when I switched to German at the beginning of college, my professors kept telling me that I shouldn't use Google Translate if I couldn't figure out how to say something. Of course being 14 (and then 18 years old), I thought I knew better and that I could fool them, so I translated a paper through Google Translate when I had too little sleep and a big deadline one night. Needless to say (clearly), that did not go well! While I still might think that I know better than [...]

The Perils of Word-for-Word Translation2020-11-22T12:34:41+01:00

To, Too, or Two?: Fun with English Homophones


Have you heard of  English homophones? Do you know the difference between wound and wound? What about to, too, and two? If you do, you're probably a pretty proficient (experienced, skilled) English speaker. But even fluent speakers need a brush up once in a while! English homophones are two or more words that sound the same but have different spellings and/or meanings. Check out this list of English homophones and see how many you get right! To, Too, Two There are three different spellings for the word to (or too, or two), all pronounced the same way. To means expressing [...]

To, Too, or Two?: Fun with English Homophones2020-11-22T12:19:08+01:00
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