Language Resources

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A few online English learning resources

Dictionaries, etc.

Very popular English-English dictionary for learners of English. Excellent British  and American pronunciation. Use the link to the dictionary. (Unfortunately the former direct dictionary widget caused this page to seem insecure in some browsers).

Danish-English, English-Danish dictionary among other languages. Refreshingly different from other dictionaries. New words and terms are added upon request. Can sometimes seem a little inadequate for advanced use. Some upper secondary schools use it as a standard dictionary.  More than 10 references per day require a subscription. Chat help function.

Gambits / Gambitter


Essential words and phrases to use when you meet people and start a dialogue, give feedback, etc.

 

Link to extensive list of gambits explained in Danish (Mikkel Kiilerich).

 

At the proper time and place grammar will become your friend. Below you will find a few curious examples

Prepositions and phrasal verbs

Prepositions and phrasal verbs (verbs in connection with adjectives or adverbs) - are areas where you, as a foreign speaker of English, often will give yourself away. It is worth training the use of these in order to master a precise and well understood language.

Apostrophes and punctuation rules

Get the apostrophe right - the possessive 's *

Notes: * Classical or religious names like Jesus and Sophocles add only the apostrophe - not the s.

Exemplary learning is effective.

Every C in Pacific Ocean is pronounced differently.

“It's hard to take someone seriously when they leave you a note saying, 'Your ugly.' My ugly what? The idiot didn't even know the difference between your and you're.”
Cara Lynn Shultz, Spellcaster

Bad grammar can also increase the likelihood that people skip your message.

Their vs They're and There.
Their is a possesive pronoun. (This is their flat). They're is a contraction of "they are". If in doubt try to expand the extraction in the sentence.

There is an adverb specifying a place.

British and American spelling

Some very good reasons for an English course

Mr, Mrs, Miss & Ms and the American Mr., Mrs., Miss, & Ms. and about the use of these abbreviations 


A full stop is often used at the end of an abbreviation. British English favour to avoid this full stop in abbreviations including the first and last letter of a single word such as Mr, Mrs, Ms and St. Most other abbreviated titles require the full stop. American usage also prefers the period or full stop in the above exceptions in British English.

Lower case initial letters and full stop / period can be seen when used in other languages to correspond to the orthographic rules in question.

The above rules are only guidelines about titles. Often the Brits use a full stop if the last letter is not included in the abbreviation. Other abbreviations like e.g. oz for ounces are without a full stop. Acronyms are without full stops.

 

Terms and usage explained further at Grammarly.com


A little crossword teaser mostly about the above abbreviations.  Same for printing

Vocabulary builders, crossword puzzles, pastimes and word games

Educational word games and crosswords dealing with different topics. Some are easy, some for people in the trade. Crosswords are still a valuable source for learning new vocabulary. Some will be subtle and some will be suited to solve as group work. Choose the printable version for this use.  Have fun ;-)

'Dynasty', click and listen and take note of the different pronunciation in British and American English Cambridge Dictionary

'Information' is an uncount noun. It has no plural form (no added 's'). Read more about uncount nouns here: Uncount Nouns - British Council

Remember:
I look forward to seeing you or I am looking forward to seeing you. (To is a preposition connected to forward).

Do you know the difference between a pedestrian crossing, a pelican crossing, a zebra crossing, a toucan crossing, a puffin crossing and a pegasus crossing in the UK?

 - and  don't mix up the words naughties and noughties  ;-)

The English Language in 67 Accents & Random Voices on Youtube.

Tommy K, English slang for tomato ketchup or tomato sauce. Used as a noun or a verb. Originally US Midwest.

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