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Calling racism what it is: Insights from Khalil Gibran Muhammad

July 17th, 2019 by

A prominent Harvard scholar offers journalists insights on how to cover racism and when they should use the term “racist.”

AP (American Press news service) has recently updated its style guide to encourage their authors to use the term “racist” rather than less accurate terms like “racially charged.”  

This interview with Professor Muhammad investigates the the rationale of this change. 

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Science

April 28th, 2019 by

Diagnostic Words, Phrases, and Sentences

Diagnostic Words, Phrases, and Sentences

teak tick tech take tack tuck toot took toy talk beet bit bet bait bat but boot book boy bought ...
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Practice With /ɪ/ Phoneme

Practice With /ɪ/ Phoneme

Id  idiot idiotic if Cardiff  itchy Richie ill illustrate  in indeed  is Isabel  it Italy bib bibliography  big bigot  bitch ...
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Altogether Alone – Hirth Martinez – Be The Voice

This is a song I have always lked by Hirth Martinez. Martinez was from East Los Angeles, and never got ...
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Cool Hand Luke

Cool Hand Luke

This is the movie from which the famous like, “What we have here is a failure to communicate” comes from ...
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R/L Word Pairs

R/L Word Pairs

The flies that are linked on this pater are word pairs that exchange ‘r’ and ‘l’ sounds. They are organized ...
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The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz has been loved by many generations, first in movie theaters, and then as a Christmas special ...
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Movies

Movies

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English Study Resources

English Study Resources

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The Raven – Edgar Allan Poe

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten ...
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Mind

April 24th, 2019 by

Speaking and Writing

April 9th, 2019 by

We learn to talk before we can write.  When we are learning a new language it is important to remember that the writing does not always correspond to the sounds.  For instance, Chinese uses characters that tell you nothing about what the word sounds like.  Most languages use a symbol to represent a sound.  Even if you don’t know the language you can say the words correctly by learning the sounds of that language.  The Finnish Language is an example of that.

English tries to do have a one to one match with the sounds, but there are many more sounds than there are letters in the alphabet.   Depending on how you count, there are, at least, 13 vowels with only 5 characters to represent them.

Surprisingly, the most common vowel in English, schwa /ə/ doesn’t even have a letter to represent it so we use the upside down e.  The letter i, is pronounced differently in bit, bite which is different than most other languages where it is pronounced like the ee in bee.

When linguists study language, we mostly study spoken language.  One reason for that is relatively few languages have writing systems. But, when you are learning English, you need both.  Most English words follow simple rules that allow you to figure out how to say a word or how to spell it.  However, many don’t.  I think of it like learning Chinese characters, you just have to memorize them.  If a billion people can learn to do that, how hard could it be to memorize a few hundred words?

 

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How to Pronounce the American ‘R’ Sound – End of Words

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How to Pronounce the American ‘R’ Sound

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