Language Studies

Language Studies

Websites for Students Who Don't Speak English

Historically, English-speaking countries are more economically, socially, and technologically advanced. For this reason, lots of people tend to immigrate to such countries seeking a better life. One of the ways for them to do it is to become college students. Surprisingly, it can work even for those who don’t speak English very well.

Essential Lessons in Translation

10 Essential Principles of Translation

1. A translation must give the words of the original.
2. A translation must give the ideas of the original.
3. A translation should read like the original work.
4. A translation should read like a translation.
5. A translation should reflect the style of the original ...

Why Boyfriends and Girlfriends find it hard to talk to each other

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THERE’S A SERIOUS CRISIS in communication between girlfriends and their respective boyfriends. In fact, this is also playing havoc with marriage.

Deborah Tannen, a best-selling author and expert in interpersonal communication, explains that this crisis is best represented by “the stereotypical cartoon scene of a man sitting at the breakfast table with a newspaper held up in front of his face, while a woman glares at the back of it, wanting to talk.” It is observed that although men tend to talk more than women in public situations, they often talk less when with girlfriend or wife and not with other people. This often becomes a crucial problem because “most wives [and girlfriends] want their husbands [boyfriends] to be, first and foremost, conversational partners, but few [of them] share this expectation of their [partners].”



"LET US GIVE the birthday celebrator a big hand of applause!"

Oops! Wait! Did I hear it right? Birthday Celebrator?

I am quite sure some of you have already heard this from a party host and definitely gave him or her a puckered brow. But after recovering from disbelief, you probably have asked yourself whether you were right and he was wrong, or the other way around. There was a bit of doubt and confusion as to what term should be used – celebrator or celebrant? “Celebrant” perhaps is the term we have been accustomed to and using “celebrator” would be a new thing for us ...


10 common errors in students' papers



WELL, TEACHERS TOO sometimes commit them. And these errors occur not just in students’ papers but also during recitations and in answering essay questions during exams.

Tim O’Keefe of University of Minnesota at Morris, in his article “Some Common Grammar and Usage Mistakes in Undergraduate Philosophy Papers” (© 2001 Tim O'Keefe), explains how the following terms are properly used:

 1. “They” and “their”

This sentence is grammatically incorrect: “Billy exclaims that someone has to be responsible for their actions, they have to be accountable to their own deeds.” O’Keefe explains that “’they’ and ‘their’ are plural pronouns, not singular ones.” Since “someone” is a singular pronoun, “their” and “they” are not supposed to be used in the sentence.  O’Keefe gives, as an example, the following sentence that contains a similar mistake: “A person who cares only about their own happiness will not achieve happiness.”




To be loved by an angel

CHRISTINE MAY DOMINGO, the contributor, put as her ‘status’ in her Facebook account “ay masamang tao.”  (You, too, can have your articles published here. Send them through e-mail to

ONE BUSY MONDAY MORNING, I went to the market to shop for fresh ingredients of the whole week’s menu. I hate getting midway through a recipe and not being able to finish because I ran out of staple ingredient so I was very cautious as I peruse my list ...


The Encarta Dictionary Tools (Microsoft® Encarta® 2006. © 1993-2005 Microsoft Corporation) clarifies the correct distinctive usage for each term:

“fewer or less?

As a general rule, fewer is used with things you can count (fewer meetings, fewer people), whereas less is used with things you cannot count (less time, less money). The same difference applies to the use of fewer than and less than: fewer than twenty people, less than an hour.

The crazy English language

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Their 'sacred' cow!

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DID YOU KNOW THAT COW is the animal that had something to do with the death of  Abraham Lincoln's mother? Or, that there's a country that has Bill of Rights for cows? ...

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