Festive children’s books we love

As we move toward the middle of December – already! – we’re thinking about festive children’s books we adore, from their stories to their wonderful illustrations. After all, children’s books are the most readable of all, and we’re all about encouraging children’s early learning.

19 December 2018 by Laura Kelly

How to swear like the old days

Modern English lets us down when it comes to swearing. What words from old English can bring back the shock factor?

31 August 2018 by Steve Linney

Making sense of grammar – when nouns and verbs look alike

English has such odd little quirks tucked away in random spots. For native speakers, it comes as second nature to speak and write in certain ways. But, when you stop to really think about what you just said or wrote, it makes no sense. Why are certain things are said or written in that way?

2 August 2018 by Dave Child

Four words from German that English really needs

The German language can be soft and even melodious at times. Here are some examples of German's more lyrical side.

2 August 2018 by Dave Child

Common word crimes and how to avoid them

Understanding how English fits together is the key to good grammar and great readability.

28 June 2018 by Steve Linney

Unusual American town names

English is known for interesting oddities, including some fabulous American town names. From the obscure to the sublime, it makes traveling through the US even more interesting.

1 June 2018 by Steve Linney

They’re, their, there. What’s the problem?

They sound so similar and, as one of the most common grammar mistakes, they trip a lot of people up. When I see it used incorrectly, it makes me want to scream. What is the heinous crime I talk about? It's improper use of they're/their/there.

16 May 2018 by Steve Linney

English grammar – commas and the complex sentence

One of the most common errors identified in writing is the misuse of commas in complex sentences. Here are a few simple pieces of information to help you understand the basic rules of usage.

8 May 2018 by Dave Child

4 words or phrases from French that English really needs

Mon Dieu the French. They are so precisely impeccable about the use of their language. Anyone who has visited France knows that if you attempt to stumble through even the simplest dialogue with a native speaker you had better know what you are saying.

14 March 2018 by Dave Child

4 English words with Spanish origins

Hola, buckaroos! Give your dulcinea an avocado before the cockroaches get it! What's the history of these terms?

14 March 2018 by Dave Child

Four more words from Japanese that English really needs

English borrows from a large number of languages. Greek, Hebrew, and Arabic, to name a few. However, some amazing Japanese words are missing.

1 February 2018 by Steve Linney

Commas are absolutely awesome, but so misunderstood

Business Insider and Microsoft, listed comma errors as number two and three in the top 10 grammar mistakes most people make. They are missing a comma and missing a comma after an introductory phrase.

30 January 2018 by Dave Child