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It’s Poetry Month, and we have created a quiz of favourite lines from fabulous poems for you, encompassing the silly, the serious, the sassy, and the sublime. But, to paraphrase Robert Frost, there are ten questions to go before you sleep so, without further ado, here is the promised poetry quiz.more
What is a hero without a nemesis? You’ve discovered which great literary protagonist you are most like, but what if you chose a different, darker path – what sort of antagonist would you be? Would a charming exterior disguise the machinations of a master manipulator or would a fearsome appearance proclaim your baddie status through […]more
Have you ever been swept away by a brilliant book and pictured yourself in the protagonist’s shoes? What sort of leading character would you be – adventurous and daring, dreamy and alternative, or even a bit of a lone wolf? Don’t just leave it to your imagination; take this quiz and find out which literary […]more
So you’ve deciphered not only our first set of Famous First Words, but the second set too – and now you’re back for more… Can you recognise these five famous novel openings from the British English transcriptions listed below? You should bear in mind that transcriptions will include connected speech processes and weak forms, while […]more
Did you successfully decipher all five transcriptions in our first Famous First Words blog post? How about five more… Can you tell which famous novel openings are transcribed in British English below? You should bear in mind that transcriptions will include connected speech processes and weak forms, while stress marks reflect the most strongly stressed […]more
Oxford’s dictionaries give pronunciations for all non-obsolete words, but what about whole strings of speech? Could you recognize famous novels by their transcriptions? You should bear in mind that transcriptions will include connected speech processes and weak forms, while stress marks reflect the most strongly stressed syllables in each phrase (‘phrasal stress’) rather than every […]more
Those familiar with the 90s film You’ve Got Mail may remember the line, ‘When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way no other reading in your whole life does’. Well, until today you can’t possibly have known the extreme truth of that line. In this […]more