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  1. Brian McKenzie

    Brian McKenzie

    18/12/2016
    Adventures in ESL: Mummies make good lovers ~ apparently

    Neither Roy Orbinson nor Van Halen were prepared for this
    Brian McKenzie
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  2. Brian McKenzie

    Brian McKenzie

    18/12/2016
    Adventures in ESL: Vikings make bad friends Brian McKenzie
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  3. Brian McKenzie

    Brian McKenzie

    15/12/2016
    Class on Holidays.....very interesting to describe and explain the American idioms to kids that don't celebrate Christmas. The joys of a Brit syllabus in a Central Asian Muslim Country. Nor is their New Year in January. Brian McKenzie
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  4. ProducerSusan Rooks

    Susan Rooks

    05/12/2016
    American Grammar Checkup: Money Down the Drain (Updated)
    American Grammar Checkup: Money Down the Drain (Updated)I first published this post in February 2015, nearly two years ago, when I had about 20 followers on LinkedIn. I believe it's important to occasionally reprise a post, especially when the subject matter matters. And I never published it before here...
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    Susan Rooks
    08/12/2016 #16 Susan Rooks
    #13 And thank you, @Mohammed Sultan, for your thoughts.
    Susan Rooks
    08/12/2016 #15 Susan Rooks
    #14 I have used the SMART goals acronym for years, @Ken Boddie, and I love that you also used the word as a verb, which it is. Thanks for a good laugh!
    Ken Boddie
    08/12/2016 #14 Ken Boddie
    Susan, I love your
    Specific,
    Measurable,
    Attainable,
    Realistic,
    Timely,
    goal to steer writers towards smart grammar. Grammatical failure makes me smart painfully. 😭
    Mohammed Sultan
    08/12/2016 #13 Mohammed Sultan
    #10 I absolutely agree with your thoughtful view.As you said we are in a continuous search for meaning,not ruling.The world is so empty if one thinks only of a common language .Meaning may also come from applying tech.to deliver contents in a rainbow colors to make everyone satisfied.Thank you Deb.
    Kevin Pashuk
    06/12/2016 #12 Kevin Pashuk
    #5 Think of past and passed in terms of kidney stones. You would much rather them be in the past, than passed.
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    06/12/2016 #11 Graham🐝 Edwards
    As always @Susan Rooks thank you...
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    06/12/2016 #10 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #9 Certainly, Mohammed, not all of us are here solely to promote our professional interests. Quite a few of us are here to interact socially and meet people we would never be able to meet in our own communities.

    I was speaking to the contingent of people who are here for business purposes, encouraging them to think about utilizing @Susan Rooks services in order to not send money down the drain.

    I believe that potential customers will judge a business if their communications are not clear.

    But I believe even more strongly that we all must be kind and understanding to everyone we interact with online, which includes remembering that English is a complex language and it is far from everyone's mother tongue.

    The more each of us reads for meaning, rather than rules, the better we will all get along.

    Thanks for answering my question so I had a chance to state my thoughts a little more clearly. That is what it is all about. Communicating clearly. And that is often not as easy as we think it is.
    Mohammed Sultan
    05/12/2016 #9 Mohammed Sultan
    #7 Deb.I'm not demonstrating my skills but showing a show case that support my comment.I will never do that as i'm not also seeking any credits or jobs. I wish it's clear.Turn your eyes 5 cent.to the left and this may give an answer to your question.I fully appreciate ,thank you.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    05/12/2016 #8 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Your post is definitely worth the rerun, Susan. Like some of the others, I also use the free version of Grammarly. I find it very helpful.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    05/12/2016 #7 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    I am honored to be mentioned, @Susan Rooks. And I am officially available for discussing a commenting strategy with anyone who thinks they might need to put some thought into the time they spend on social media. Most often, the reason we are here is to build a personal 'brand' that is meant to help us in our work lives. Why squander this opportunity to demonstrate our skills?

    Grammar and spelling are the glue that binds what we type into meaning and sweating these details is part of our professional image. I think that we have been duped into keeping up a self-defeating pace on the internet. I think it is smart business sense for people who are using English as their primary business language to invest in making sure they continue to brush up on their skills, or to seek help with copy-editing.

    Which brings me to the caveat I always have to add. No one should be discouraged from expressing themselves. Let's not judge others because usage is complicated. Both copy editing and copy-editing are correct - I had to look it up.
    Mohammed Sultan
    05/12/2016 #6 Mohammed Sultan
    We have learned from our Mrkt research experience that we can reach a group of people with the same language but to approach a customer whose perception,thinking,feeling not like us requires modifications of your communication strategy to make him closer to the values and spirits of your brands. beeBe is both personal and professional brand targeted toward people of different cultures.The reader got your message because he understood it in his or her terms.For more than 20 years I had been working in marketing,advertising and market research with British executives who were able to learn the local languages because they were very close to their customers.They changed their perceptions to create several impressions in their audiences mind.They learned how to use simple words in a big way although it was hard to do.What was really surprising was when we, together,had language courses lectured by British teachers to improve our report writing skills.The British executives whose mother tongue is English were not only doing spelling mistakes but also used wrong propositions in words like bring up and bring about ,come across and come a long or come over..etc.The teachers suggested that we all study these by heart and turn them into active material and set our content strategy accordingly.Your creative article@Susan Rooks reminded me with Bernard Shaw's famous quote" The US and Britain are two great countries divided by a common language."There's real not imagined cultural differences that also explain why some American products have been unsuccessful in Britain and even in Canada ,its neighbor.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    05/12/2016 #5 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    Hate those homophones! My personal nemeses are "past" and "passed". I just avoid them.
    Nan Einarson
    05/12/2016 #4 Nan Einarson
    I use the free version of Grammarly to ensure that I use proper grammar in all of my communications. It's amazing!
    Nan Einarson
    05/12/2016 #3 Nan Einarson
    Hi, Susan - Thanks for re-publishing. I think your article is still very relevant. It seems the more things change, the more they stay the same! I see exactly the same issues today as there were back then! I, too, use the free version of Grammarly and find it very helpful, in all of my communications. I use it with Chrome.
    Susan Rooks
    05/12/2016 #2 Susan Rooks
    #1 Thanks, @Phil Friedman! I am always happy to see you here, and thanks for that free version of Grammarly, which I shall check out.
    Phil Friedman
    05/12/2016 #1 Phil Friedman
    No need to apologize, Susan, for republishing this. It is a great piece , with solid advice I would only add that I have a free version of Grammarly running as an add-inn to FireFox and it overlays itself on just about every online editor that I am using, including beBee and LinkedIn. It is very good at spellchecking, backed up by an integral grammar check, and always offers easy options. I am very impressed after a couple of months. Cheers!
  5. ProducerSusan Rooks

    Susan Rooks

    22/11/2016
    Tuesday Tricksters, Leak -- Leased
    Tuesday Tricksters, Leak -- LeasedIt's Tuesday, so here's another edition of Tricksters, those words that sound alike (or nearly so, anyway) and can make us writers look bad when we misuse them. Spellcheck will never help here; the words are spelled correctly, but used incorrectly....
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    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    24/11/2016 #6 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    #4 Good one, Ken Boddie. Your cleverness makes me smile.
    John Rylance
    24/11/2016 #5 John Rylance
    Perhaps Susan, in the cases of misuse it's "least said soonest mended".
    Ken Boddie
    24/11/2016 #4 Ken Boddie
    #2 As one who was educated in the land where moths are bred in wallets, Franci, I suspect that everything has its price?
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    23/11/2016 #3 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    I am familiar with all of these words. Leas is used a lot in crossword puzzles. Good selection, Susan.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    23/11/2016 #2 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    #1 Priceless!
    Ken Boddie
    23/11/2016 #1 Ken Boddie
    A leaking pipe in lean times is the least of your problems when you're leasing. Just leer at the landlord, take a leaf out of my book, and leave it to him. If he's on the level, he'll stick a leek in it. But don't leave off paying the rent or he'll lift your furniture as a lien. 🤗
  6. ProducerSusan Rooks

    Susan Rooks

    01/11/2016
    Tuesday Tricksters, Larva -- Ley
    Tuesday Tricksters, Larva -- LeyDon't you (ewe) love how Ms. Jenkins, the teacher who wrote the above note, thinks? It's the same way (weigh) I (eye) try to (too, two) help my readers remember the perils of following spellcheck too closely; it only does one (won) thing well: it...
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    Susan Rooks
    04/11/2016 #6 Susan Rooks
    @Milos Djukic, thanks so much for sharing my post!
    Ken Boddie
    04/11/2016 #5 Ken Boddie
    One thing I learned from @Kevin Pashuk, Susan, is that Spellcheck (or Autocorrect) can be your worst enema. 😰
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    01/11/2016 #4 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Thank you, Susan, for leing down the rules. We're hear to here what your sayin. 😀
    Kevin Pashuk
    01/11/2016 #2 Kevin Pashuk
    You have forever ruined Bob Dylan's song - Lay Lady Lay for me... but Lie Lady Lie, wouldn't have sounded so good. (and he won a Nobel Prize for literature)...
    Paul Kearley 🐝
    01/11/2016 #1 Paul Kearley 🐝
    Eye Luv hit! Wot eh grate techer.
  7. ProducerSusan Rooks

    Susan Rooks

    15/10/2016
    It's Another Silly Saturday, October 15
    It's Another Silly Saturday, October 15You just can't make this stuff up, nor do you need to. There's silliness all around us!The first two below (and the one on top) are from awsomeinventions.com -- and there are 9 more there for your viewing pleasure! The next two below are from...
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    Susan Rooks
    21/10/2016 #13 Susan Rooks
    #5 @Sushmita Thakare Jain, I loved that one too! Thanks for letting me know.
    Susan Rooks
    21/10/2016 #12 Susan Rooks
    #9 You are most welcome as always, @Donna-Luisa Eversley! Have a wonderful weekend.
    Susan Rooks
    21/10/2016 #11 Susan Rooks
    #10 I'm glad you liked that one, @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman! And thanks for sharing the post as well.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    21/10/2016 #10 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Fun, Susan Rooks. The auto correct to cupcakes is a good one!
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    18/10/2016 #9 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Hahaha @Susan Rooks that auto correct to cupcakes is sooo real life ! Thanks for the funnies to start my day!
    Susan Rooks
    16/10/2016 #8 Susan Rooks
    #7 Thanks for letting me know, @Robert Cormack!
    Robert Cormack
    16/10/2016 #7 Robert Cormack
    I enjoyed this, Susan, thanks.
    Susan Rooks
    15/10/2016 #6 Susan Rooks
    #5 Thanks for that, @Sushmita Thakare Jain! And I appreciate your sharing it, too!
    Sushmita Thakare Jain
    15/10/2016 #5 Sushmita Thakare Jain
    Sure it did brighten my night! :) Thanks for sharing. Love to say it, my favorite was the Star wars one.
    Sharing ahead!
    Susan Rooks
    15/10/2016 #4 Susan Rooks
    #1 My pleasure, @Melissa Hughes! I don't often post a Silly Saturday, but when my file fills up with too much stuff, I have to. Glad you enjoyed!
    Susan Rooks
    15/10/2016 #3 Susan Rooks
    #2 There has to be at least one goof-up, doesn't there, @Ken Boddie? Did that KFC restaurant have anything else? And imagine that there's even a KFC in Bali! Thanks for a good laugh!
    Ken Boddie
    15/10/2016 #2 Ken Boddie
    The food in Dunkin' Donuts and Taco Bell seems obvious, Susan, but the name of the vendor doesn't always deliver on its promise. While in transit in Bali airport with my wife, on route to Java a few years back, the new terminal buildings were under construction and the choice of food vendors was very limited. We therefore decided to pop into KFC, only to be told, half apologetically, "Sorry, but we don't have any chicken". Now, every time we drive passed a KFC restaurant, we can't resist shouting out, from the sanctuary of the car, "Have you got any chicken?" followed by peels of laughter. Presumably, by now, the Colonel has re-worked his secret recipe for Kentucky Fried Cheese?
    Melissa Hughes
    15/10/2016 #1 Anonymous
    Ha! Thanks for starting my day with a chuckle, Susan!
  8. Alexa Steele

    Alexa Steele

    19/10/2016
    I found this video amusing, and with beBee being such a robust international community I thought I'd ask: What's the most surprising thing you've learned about a foreign culture?
    10 Things Foreigners Are Surprised by in America
    10 Things Foreigners Are Surprised by in America Get more Tips here! www.destinationtips.com Learning about a new culture is fun, especially if the culture is vastly different from your own. Those who have...
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  9. ProducerDeb 🐝 Helfrich
     beBee Global - Try buzzing around in a new language
    beBee Global - Try buzzing around in a new languageI love beBee and all the marvelous bees/abelhas/abejas/api/abeilles/bienen ~ Deb HelfrichI tend to be an outlier. Affinity is great. But why I am really here on beBee every day is the global mindset I noticed from the very beginning. A large part...
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    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    25/10/2016 #35 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #34 @Keith Bare - my point exactly, it is time to wake up and enjoy all the world has to offer without constantly banging on about us. From the very beginning, the global attitude & opportunity here was my differentiator, the reason I looked around and decided that this was the best place to spend my time. I always found it a little funny that some people would question the accuracy of the views when they never bothered to see what was happening in any of the Spanish language hives.... but I am an observer.
    Keith Bare
    25/10/2016 #34 Keith Bare
    #27 we as Americans, almost come prepackaged in our egos, that USA is the BEST place to live, English is the ONLY language, Dollars are the only currency, and Christianity is the ONLY religion!! That's why I am really liking Bebee to talk and see other cultures and other peeps opinions.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    07/10/2016 #31 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    #30 Yes, I agree, Deb.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    07/10/2016 #30 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #29 #21 Well, Lets make sure he knows.... I just shared to LinkedIn and mentioned Mark M-G. He has a very dedicated and large following, so it can be hard to start over on beBee, but his writing would really be embraced on this platform. And like a lot of us, he could start off copying and pasting posts from LI.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    07/10/2016 #29 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    #21 #25 I am a fan of Mark M-G. I was hoping to see him share some of his very worthy articles on beBee.
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    06/10/2016 #28 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Yes Deb Helfrich you captured the international flavor of beBee..well done 😉
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    06/10/2016 #27 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #26 Many thanks for the tweeting, @John White, MBA - met 3 new people in the twitter-verse who I will be chatting with on beBee in no time. Many really important personal and professional and successful opportunities start with a few words exchanged by strangers!
    John White, MBA
    06/10/2016 #26 John White, MBA
    Such as an inspiring buzz, @Deb 🐝 Helfrich. I truly believe that beBee will help break down cultural and linguistic barriers. Soon the buzz will reach all corners of the world!
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    05/10/2016 #25 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #21 Great point, Neil. Mark M-G is truly one of the guiding lights on LI and his point is valid in a lot of ways in regards to most of the tech companies. I see the truly global possibilities on beBee as the game-changer most important to me and the relative ease and basic understanding that can be gained via google translate is very useful to those interested in a world of opportunities.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    05/10/2016 #24 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #20 Let me know how it goes, Alexa. I am having a great time, making friends and very, very slowly learning more Spanish and Portuguese via the copying and pasting, I sometimes catch words and phrases that are sticking.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    05/10/2016 #23 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #19 Appreciate it, Irene!
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    05/10/2016 #22 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #18 Glad to hear it, @Tony 🐝 Rossi. I find meeting people all over the world fascinating and a real chance to learn a few of the things I don't know that I don't know. Especially online, with the wonders of technology, different languages are no longer huge obstacles.
    Neil Smith
    05/10/2016 #21 Neil Smith
    I remember a post on LinkedIn by Mark M-G where he ruminated on the nature of the world as portrayed through the LI lens and one of the points he made is that this world was almost entirely English speaking. One of the things I like about this site is that I am exposed to several languages and have to work around sometimes to read things that would otherwise pass me by. More power to the bees. Thanks.
    Alexa Steele
    05/10/2016 #20 Alexa Steele
    Amen! I love the international flavor of beBee, but like you I only speak English. I just recently started using Google translate to be able to read some of the Spanish and Portuguese buzzes. I hadn't thought to use it to comment, though, I'll have to try that. Really excited that @Javier 🐝 beBee has prioritized incorporating translation right into the site!
    Tony 🐝 Rossi
    05/10/2016 #18 Tony 🐝 Rossi
    Agreed! Ive used Google translate a time or two already, but definitwly accept the challenge you've laid down to not just breeze by honey that looks foreign to me. :-)
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    05/10/2016 #17 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #16 Sim, eu posso entender perfeitamente. As traduções podem ser um pouco engraçado às vezes, mas todos nós estamos aqui para fazer amigos e aprender
    Franciane Nunes Paciência Torres
    05/10/2016 #16 Franciane Nunes Paciência Torres
    the translator makes it much easier for those who are not familiar with other languages, especially English, in my case. @Deb 🐝 Helfrich, I mentioned this in my last text your producer: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@francianerh/ultrapassando-as-fronteiras-com-o-bebee
    I hope that you understand the text. Hug!
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    04/10/2016 #15 Mohammed A. Jawad
    Great visuals to boost one's enjoyment!
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    04/10/2016 #14 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #11 What a chuckle, Joel. Because if you had had a smartphone with google translate - and some words even have little pronunciation audio clips - you might have had someone video you doing the international "gotta go, gotta go, gotta go right now" dance/baile.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    04/10/2016 #13 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #10 That was the view from my apartment in Bellevue, Wash for about 6 years, @David B. Grinberg. Which was appropriately orange on this particular night....the Live Buzzes are definitely adding to the friendship dimension and our chance to take mini-staycations all over the world in one evening!
  10. Alexa Steele

    Alexa Steele

    27/09/2016
    While there/their/they're and its/it's and your/you're get all the attention. . . Alexa Steele
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  11. ProducerAlexa Steele

    Alexa Steele

    26/09/2016
    Your English teacher lied to you
    Your English teacher lied to youAmerican writer takes on English grammar with memes.On my bookshelf sits a small pile of books. Among them:Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing by Mignon FogartyOn Writing Well by William ZinsserThe Associated Press...
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    Alexa Steele
    26/10/2016 #25 Alexa Steele
    #24 Facinating. I love what DNA is revealing about our human family :)
    David Lisle
    26/10/2016 #24 David Lisle
    Although modern English is derived from German, the population is not the mix of invaders commonly supposed. Recent DNA investigation has uncovered some interesting aspects. When the Romans invaded and conquered the population of all of the 'Prettanic Isles' was gaelic/celtic. In the DNA investigation not one drop of Roman DNA was found. Next came Angles, Saxons, Danes, Jutes, and Vikings. And these tribes are well represented and while there was intermarriage, there was primarily a conquest of language and culture with some assimilation in these areas. The last invaders were the Normans, and these genes are quite well distributed among the Royalty of the UK and Eire. But the majority of genetic material is from the former inhabitants commonly known as Brythons, Celts and Gauls.
    Alexa Steele
    29/09/2016 #23 Alexa Steele
    #22 Thank you, Donna-Luisa. If you're interested in the history part I highly suggest clicking on the "Vikings" and "Normans" links in the story. That'll take you to a far more in-depth conversation on the subject.
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    29/09/2016 #22 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Loved it @Alexa Steele...your history lesson on English and the Latin influence is great. Enjoyed it
    Alexa Steele
    27/09/2016 #21 Alexa Steele
    #20 Thank you, @John White, MBA!
    John White, MBA
    27/09/2016 #20 John White, MBA
    @Alexa Steele: Great buzz! We have shared it to 10 Twitter accounts.
    Alexa Steele
    26/09/2016 #19 Alexa Steele
    #18 I'm so glad you liked it! But plz don't mistake me for a comma/grammar cop. Reference: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@alexa-steele/i-am-not-the-grammar-police-but
    John Valledor
    26/09/2016 #18 John Valledor
    I truly enjoyed reading your buzz and the memes you included inspired my initial comment. God bless you for being a 'comma cop' with a sense of humor. Looking forward to reading your next insightful buzz. Respectfully, John #17
    Alexa Steele
    26/09/2016 #17 Alexa Steele
    #16 Actually, John, you've made my final point beautifully. Despite your best efforts to use bad English, I was able to understand you! Now, I wouldn't suggest filling out your resume like that, but in this context, have fun!
    John Valledor
    26/09/2016 #16 John Valledor
    I likie reding dis buz? Englesh is fav mine kinda sobject. LOL
    Hoping you have a sense of humor.
    Alexa Steele
    26/09/2016 #15 Alexa Steele
    #14 Randy, by "ask Google" I mean I enter a keyword then choose an appropriate reference from the SERP. If it's a spelling or usage issue, I usually look to a dictionary like Merriam-Webster.com. For grammar, more often than not I end up on Mignon "Grammar Girl" Fogerty's website because her answers really are quick and dirty yet adequately sourced (often using the AP Stylebook as a reference).
    Randy Keho
    26/09/2016 #14 Randy Keho
    The Associated Press Stylebook strives to maintain an acceptable level of uniformity within its own ranks and those of its affiliates.
    Over time, it has become universally accepted for use by writers, editors, and journalism schools, as well as other news agencies.
    As a former writer/editor, who worked for one of its affiliates, I was expected to follow its rules to the letter.
    I embraced those rules.They accomplished the objective quite admirably. I had the manual virtually memorized.
    To me, using Google as a style reference is sacrilegious. I have, on occasion, asked Google to provide me with synonyms or for assistance in spelling. It's much quicker than looking things up in a traditional reference book. However, as a Baby Boomer, it makes me feel like I'm being lazy.
    Alexa Steele
    26/09/2016 #13 Alexa Steele
    #10 Grammar Jedi has a nice ring to it. Thank you for the share, @Kevin Pashuk.

    #11 Thank you, too, @Franci Eugenia Hoffman.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    26/09/2016 #12 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Sharing in Teaching English
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    26/09/2016 #11 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    I like this Alexa Steel. Some useful "stuff" relating to grammar and a well written buzz,
    Kevin Pashuk
    26/09/2016 #10 Kevin Pashuk
    Being a grammar particularian, share this I must. (also a fan of Yoda).
    Neil Smith
    26/09/2016 #9 Neil Smith
    #4 Sorry Alexa. I did say it was the pedant in me.
    Alexa Steele
    26/09/2016 #8 Alexa Steele
    #7 I'd like to read that!
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    26/09/2016 #7 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #6 LOL, my services too. I've meaning to write the WTF manual for fun.
    Alexa Steele
    26/09/2016 #6 Alexa Steele
    #3 Thank you, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian. If you know anyone currently using the Walter T. Freed Manual of Style, I'd love to be introduced. It sounds like, perhaps, they could use my services :)
  12. ProducerSusan Rooks

    Susan Rooks

    14/09/2016
    Wednesday Words & Woes: More "Cross" Words
    Wednesday Words & Woes: More "Cross" WordsLongtime readers of my posts know that I love words, and I love crossword puzzles. But I have to say, sometimes I wonder how or why a certain word got used in one of the puzzles. Sometimes I've never seen or even imagined the word that is the...
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    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    15/09/2016 #11 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Oh my, I only got one right @Susan Rooks! One day you should post a crossword (now don't make it too hard) or some type of word contest, I will partake. Like @Paul Walters, I sure need to brush up on my Grammar too :))
    Paul Walters
    15/09/2016 #10 Paul Walters
    7 out of 8 @Susan Rooks I really do need to brush up on my vocabulary !!!!
    John Rylance
    14/09/2016 #9 John Rylance
    To be honest Susan, I found out about the urban dictionary and the crossword solver, purely by typing in the phrase " shot from downtown" into Google, so I learnt about it just ahead of you.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    14/09/2016 #8 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
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    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    14/09/2016 #7 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    4 out 8 - erne, heli, verso and bespoke. Good challenge Susan.
    Susan Rooks
    14/09/2016 #6 Susan Rooks
    #5 Well, see, John Rylance? You and @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian knew what it meant, even if I didn't. And I never thought to check the urban dictionary at all or the crossword solver, so you both taught me something! Many thanks!
    John Rylance
    14/09/2016 #5 John Rylance
    Susan the urban dictionary web site tells you all you need to know about the (over)use of downtown, including "a shot from downtown " and its origin in terms of basketball. I knew four on the list.
    The crossword solver on line, lists treys as a word, which underlines the comment in the urban dictionary about the use of " another one from downtown"
    Susan Rooks
    14/09/2016 #4 Susan Rooks
    You beat me on those, @Aaron Skogen! Bespoke was sort of familiar to me, although I couldn't have given a good definition. And while I have heard of heliport, I hadn't heard of heliskiing!
    Susan Rooks
    14/09/2016 #3 Susan Rooks
    #2 You are SO right, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian! I don't watch basketball, but now that you told me, it sounds vaguely familiar. I just couldn't come up with that on my own, so thanks! And Jewish girl here, so I had to look that up.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    14/09/2016 #2 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    LOL, You obviously are not a basketball player or fan, Susan. 2. Shot from downtown = Trey

    A long range scoring shot (from downtown) is worth three points hence, "trey."

    I'm happy to say I got 5 of 8, and I thought the first looked familiar. Catholic Boy, here
    Aaron Skogen
    14/09/2016 #1 Aaron Skogen
    Well, I knew two of the eight, Bespoke and Chamfer, the rest not so much. Thanks for the Cross Words today @Susan Rooks, good stuff!
  13. ProducerSusan Rooks

    Susan Rooks

    13/09/2016
    Tuesday Tricksters, September 13
    Tuesday Tricksters, September 13Here we go again, dear readers! More Tuesday Tricksters (aka homophones) to delight and bedevil us (if we're not carefully reading what we wrote, that is). These words have the power to make any one of us look bad, so I hope we are not just trusting...
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    Susan Rooks
    14/09/2016 #13 Susan Rooks
    #2 Nu? What's stopping you from doing just that, @Neil Smith? Of course, it's easy for me; I'm Jewish and I grew up hearing "nu?" from everyone. Thanks for your comment!
    Susan Rooks
    14/09/2016 #12 Susan Rooks
    #3 Well, aren't you sweet, @David B. Grinberg! And I needed that virtual hug today; having tech troubles with my iPhone and the email app . . . going a little nuts. Thanks for the hug.
    Susan Rooks
    14/09/2016 #11 Susan Rooks
    #6 Laughing I am, @Kevin Pashuk!
    Susan Rooks
    14/09/2016 #10 Susan Rooks
    #8 Yes, it is, Cepee Tabibian!
    Susan Rooks
    14/09/2016 #9 Susan Rooks
    #5 Thanks for that, @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman!
    Cepee Tabibian
    14/09/2016 #8 Cepee Tabibian
    The English language is so intersting even for native speakers.
    Neil Smith
    14/09/2016 #7 Neil Smith
    #6 Not forgetting P.G. Wodehouse's Psmith. Pronounced as per Ptarmigan.
    Kevin Pashuk
    13/09/2016 #6 Kevin Pashuk
    All of these silent K's... it seems a bit extraneous. It does bring to mind a great Canadian comedian from the past - Charlie Farqueson (Alter ego of Don Herron) who said "In pneumonia, the 'p' is silent, as in swimming."
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    13/09/2016 #5 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Sharing in Teaching English
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    13/09/2016 #4 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Thank you Susan. Your posts are so helpful.
    David B. Grinberg
    13/09/2016 #3 David B. Grinberg
    Thank you, Susan, for another excellent edition of Tuesday Tricksters. I need to do better keeping up with your daily blog posts. I knew this after I took your recent grammar test. You're my grammar knight in shining armor every night of the week. Every time I read your informative and educational posts it feels like I'm turning the knob to open a world of better grammar.
    Neil Smith
    13/09/2016 #2 Neil Smith
    I did know about the biblical city of Nob. Always a reliable source of sniggering in Sunday school back in the day. The Yiddish Nu is gnu to me however. Now I only have to find a way to work it into an everyday conversation. Thanks, Neil.
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    13/09/2016 #1 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Hey @Susan Rooks this great...you can add beach and beech...😉
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    Claudia Andrade

    09/09/2016
    Hello everybody! Expanding my PLN I found this social network. Here I share some information with you. My profile is on learning technologies for teaching English.
    Claudia Andrade
    Free Technology for Teachers: TurboNote - Take & Share Notes While Watching Videos
    www.freetech4teachers.com
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  15. Brian McKenzie

    Brian McKenzie

    04/08/2016
    From Long ago, far away and 70 lbs ago

    The hello, howdy and how are you
    Video 1
    Video 1 I created this video using my Logitech webcam...
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    Susan Rooks

    27/06/2016
    American Grammar Checkup: Parentheses, Brackets, and Braces
    American Grammar Checkup: Parentheses, Brackets, and BracesI was updating my Brush Up on Your Business Writing workbook, looking for ways to explain these three different punctuation marks to highlight information. I suddenly realized I had NO idea when we are supposed to use braces. So I thought a quick...
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    Gerald Hecht
    27/06/2016 #6 Gerald Hecht
    @John White, MBA thank you for this, it's nice too [sic] know that I've been (mostly) correct.
    Susan Rooks
    27/06/2016 #5 Susan Rooks
    #2 Thanks, Laura Mikolaitis!
    Susan Rooks
    27/06/2016 #4 Susan Rooks
    #3 Thanks so much, Laurent Boscherini! Good to see you here, too!#1 Thanks for that, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian!
    Laurent Boscherini
    27/06/2016 #3 Anonymous
    So great to see you and always learn more on beBee . Thank you. Susan Rooks ;)
    Laura Mikolaitis
    27/06/2016 #2 Laura Mikolaitis
    Good review for a Monday morning @Susan Rooks. Thanks for sharing this!
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    27/06/2016 #1 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    A BIG WELCOME to @Susan Rooks!!!! Susan is a great addition to the beBee Swarm! Keep posting here, and I'll have one less reason to log in to LinkedIn. Lately, it seems that your posts are the main reason I hop over there.
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    Susan Rooks

    28/06/2016
    Tuesday Tricksters, June 28
    Tuesday Tricksters, June 28This is the latest in a continuing weekly series of tricky words in American English known as homophones (words that sound alike but mean something different and are spelled differently). I have been posting them in alphabetical order, just so I can...
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    Susan Rooks
    29/06/2016 #15 Susan Rooks
    #9 Bless you for all those, Rod Loader!
    Susan Rooks
    29/06/2016 #14 Susan Rooks
    #10 Nah, "@Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, not gonna happen. At least, I don't think so!
    Susan Rooks
    29/06/2016 #12 Susan Rooks
    #11 Thanks so much, Franci Eugenia Hoffman!
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    29/06/2016 #11 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    My day is complete - we now have @Susan Rooks on beBee. Welcome to beBee Susan !!!
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    29/06/2016 #10 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #9 LOL We might chase Susan back to LumpyLand if we keep this up
    Rod Loader
    29/06/2016 #9 Rod Loader
    Grate/ Great to see /sea you on beBee @Susan Rooks. Now I know/ no you're/your watching, I have to/too/two be right/rite on everything (Please cross out incorrect words).
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    28/06/2016 #8 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    I shared to the Spanish language Hive. I'm not sure if this is suitable for sharing here. Let me know if it isn't. I thought it would be good for those who would like help with their English.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    28/06/2016 #6 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #5 LOL, I should have known to stay grammatically correct with you. BAHAHAHAHA
    Susan Rooks
    28/06/2016 #5 Susan Rooks
    #4 Nah. Thank Susan . . . :-)
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    28/06/2016 #4 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #3 Thank God!!!!
    Susan Rooks
    28/06/2016 #3 Susan Rooks
    #2 Clever, Kevin Pashuk, and thanks! Good to be here / hear / heir / hare -- somewhere!#1 @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, those are my words for tomorrow's Wednesday's Words, so stay tuned!
    Kevin Pashuk
    28/06/2016 #2 Kevin Pashuk
    I echo @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian's comment @Susan Rooks. Glad to see you hear, or is it here, or hare?
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    28/06/2016 #1 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    True Confessions Time: My personal nemeses are "past" and "passed." Damned if I can ever get them straight. I usually just edit them out. Glad you made the jump, @Susan Rooks. Glad​ to see you here.
  18. ProducerDiana Aguilar

    Diana Aguilar

    14/06/2016
    ALL/BOTH/ NEITHER/NONE
    ALL/BOTH/ NEITHER/NONEALL: Is used for more than two people or things. it is used in affirmative sentences and takes a plural verb.EXAMPLE: Anna , Mary  and Chris are going to a concert. they  are all very excited/ All of them are very excited.BOTH:Is used for two...
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    Diana Aguilar

    14/06/2016
    both...and.../either...or/neither.../nor...
    both...and.../either...or/neither.../nor...We use both, either and neither to refer to two people or things.BOTHBoth = the two; that one AND the other one; this one AND that oneBoth can be used as a pronoun to refer to two things that we have already mentioned.A: Do you want the blue shirt...
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    Diana Aguilar

    14/06/2016
     Whishes and unreal past
    Whishes and unreal past The unreal past is used to talk about imaginary situations in the past. You can describe what you would have done differently or how something could have happened differently if circumstances had been different.We use wish + past simple to talk...
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    Diana Aguilar

    14/06/2016
    Conditional sentences type 3
    Conditional sentences type 3-Formif + Past Perfect, main clause with Conditional IIExample: If I had found her address, I would have sent her an invitation.The main clause can also be at the beginning of the sentence. In this case, don't use a comma.Example: I would have sent...
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    Diana Aguilar

    14/06/2016
    Modal verbs+ have+past participle.
    Modal verbs+ have+past participle.We use might (may or could) + have + past participle (3d form of the verb) when we are not 100% sure whether something happened or not. In other word, we are guessing about what we think happened.For example,He could have broken my car window.My...
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    Diana Aguilar
    14/06/2016 #2 Diana Aguilar
    Thanks :) #1
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    14/06/2016 #1 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Useful information and good idea.
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    Diana Aguilar

    14/06/2016
     causative form
    causative formThe causative form is used when we do not do something ourselves, but we arrange  for somebody else to do  it for us. we painted the house  las month. ( we did it ourselves.)we had/got the house  painted  last month.( A painter  did it.) The...
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    Diana Aguilar

    13/06/2016
    verbs followed by full infinitive and -ing form
    verbs followed by full infinitive and -ing form-some verbs such as start, begin continue,intend,etc. can be followed by either the full infinitive or the - ing form with no difference in meaning. it started  to rain/ raining a minute ago-some verbs can be followed by  either  the full infinitive...
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  25. Jeffrey Boxer

    Jeffrey Boxer

    24/05/2016
    I think this brings attention to an important problem, but it's more than a bit ironic that the government is simultaneously paying thousands of native English speakers to live and teach here.
    Jeffrey Boxer
    Spain launches campaign to stop English 'invasion'
    www.thelocal.es The Royal Spanish Academy is fighting against the anglicization of Spanish with a new...
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    Jeffrey Boxer
    24/05/2016 #4 Jeffrey Boxer
    #3 Starbucks not only serves worse coffee, they charge three times as much as everywhere else!
    Dean Owen
    24/05/2016 #3 Dean Owen
    Good for the Spanish! They should also kick out Starbucks which serves totally inferior coffee to the local cafes. Important to maintain their cultural identity and we should oblige them (which is why I am trying to hire a Spanish linguist to translate my articles!) :)
    Jeffrey Boxer
    24/05/2016 #2 Jeffrey Boxer
    #1 Odio la frecuencia con lo que la gente utiliza palabras en ingles, sobre todo cuando ya existe esa palabra en español. Yo creo que el problema en "marketing" (jaja) es que el énfasis en el aprendizaje de ingles en España ha hecho el idioma guay. O no sé, hace mucho tiempo ha habido palabras inglesas en las camisetas y en los anuncios aquí.
    Marta Pardo Morales
    24/05/2016 #1 Marta Pardo Morales
    Es bueno y tienen razón. Una cosa es saber inglés para poder comunicarte y otra es hablar con gente en tu idioma con términos extranjeros cuando ya tenemos términos en castellano para esas palabras...Pasa mucho en el mundillo de la publi @Jeffrey Boxer View more
    Es bueno y tienen razón. Una cosa es saber inglés para poder comunicarte y otra es hablar con gente en tu idioma con términos extranjeros cuando ya tenemos términos en castellano para esas palabras...Pasa mucho en el mundillo de la publi @Jeffrey Boxer :) Close
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