Shakespearean heroines

Which of Shakespeare’s heroines are you?

Are you a witty Beatrice or a wicked Lady Macbeth? More like Viola or Desdemona? Take our quiz to find out which of Shakespeare’s heroine you are – though we don’t advise that you necessarily live your life accordingly.   William Shakespeare was an English dramatist, poet, and actor who is often considered the greatest […]

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“A wise traveller never despises his own country.” - Carlo Goldoni (1707–1793)

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Video: ‘loose’ or ‘lose’?

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Oxford English Dictionary OED obsolete words quiz

Can you define these obsolete words?

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is a great source for finding fun, obsolete words. Do you, for instance, know what a lorthew is? Or what it means to be muckibus? Take this quiz and prove you’re a true logophile. Follow the OED on Twitter to learn more weird and wonderful words.

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world english

10 ways speakers of World English are changing the language

When people think of world varieties of English and their contribution to the language, they tend to think in terms of unusual loanwords that conjure visions of exotic, faraway lands. Indeed, in countries such as India, Hong Kong, and the Philippines, where English is primarily used as a second or even third language alongside local […]

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Italian dish with pasta and tomatoes.

17 Italian pronunciations to help you avoid awkward dinner dates

For English speakers, navigating a menu in an Italian restaurant can present some difficulties. If you’re looking to avoid la-SAG-nuh or chowing down on far-FALL, then consider taking a listen to our handy list of Italian food pronunciations. 1. bolognese This refers to a dish made with bolognese sauce, a ‘sauce of ground beef, tomato, […]

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Video: how should you use ‘hopefully’?

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South African English

How good is your South African English?

We’ve tested your knowledge of British English, American English, and Australian English – but how good is your South African English? You might know the word lekker or have heard the melodious toot of a vuvuzela, or have discovered that just now and now-now don’t really mean ‘now’… but how far does your knowledge of […]

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