domingo, 12 de febrero de 2012

Confusing words

I have sometimes mentioned Random Idea English, as one of the leading blogs on the net for advanced English learners.

It was through Random Idea English that I came across this resource from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary:

Top 10 commonly confused words, volumen 1 and
Top 10 commonly confused words, volumen 2.

What's the difference between flaunt and flout, and  between affect/effect, desert/dessert, stationary/stationery, flak/flack, It's/its, pore/pour, fewer/less, flounder/founder, principle/principal?

Click on the picture below or on the link above and check if you really know the difference.

Similarly, click on Top 10 commonly confused words, volumen 2 for another list.

domingo, 5 de febrero de 2012

If I should have a daughter

A performing poet since she was 14 years old, Sarah Kay is the founder of Project V.O.I.C.E., teaching poetry and self-expression at schools across the United States.

"If I should have a daughter, instead of Mom, she's gonna call me Point B ... " began spoken word poet Sarah Kay, in a talk that inspired two standing ovations at TED2011. She tells the story of her metamorphosis, from a wide-eyed teenager soaking in verse at New York's Bowery Poetry Club to a teacher connecting kids with the power of self-expression through Project V.O.I.C.E., and gives two breathtaking performances of "B" and "Hiroshima."

Watch Sarah Kay recite her poem and watch her talk, where she explains her commitment to poetry.