A Helpful Youtube Channel for Non-Native Speakers: Pronunciation Hub

You know Turkish is an agglutinating language and the suffixes are added to the end of the words. For this reason, you should be acquainted with foreign pronunciations to be able to add the right kind of suffix since the vowels of the suffix change according to the phonetic of the word! :) I know it is crazy and confusing but don’t panic!

The other day, I was looking for the exact pronunciation of “Beyonce” because I needed to add some suffix after the name in a document. I googled it and I stumbled upon this helpful Youtube channel: Pronunciation Hub!

This channel is helpful not only for non-native speakers but for the native speakers as well because some celebrity names are quite— challenging! :)

Anyway, you can just subscribe to this channel; who knows, you may need it one day! :)

Here is another challenging one! :)

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Things British People Say Vs What They Actually Mean.

Although the languages have the rules and a construction, it is totally culture specific. Non-native speakers take things literally and it is not easy to see how a culture and a different intonation alters the meaning of a sentence totally.

The other day I came across to this 9gag post and I want to share the parts that I like most (thats why they have weird numbers). I also want your opinion about how true they are. :)

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Source: http://9gag.com/gag/a0PdxNX

Most People Don’t Understand These 20 Things, But Now You Will

I guess it is in our nature to be curious about almost everything about the cultures, languages and even the trivial things in everyday life.

I’ve found a post compiling some things that people generally get confused. Here you can find some of them. Do you also can’t tell the difference between them? Some of them, I can’t. :)

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Source: http://9gag.com/gag/ae3Nx4v?ref=fbp

Emoji Language

With internet and the smart phones, the concept of “chatting” has been changing as well. We use many abbreviations and internet jargon even while talking to our aunts or grandpas! :) 

I always think that we also go back to Egyptian times in terms of language, which means we use one picture for a sentence. This new emoji language is so similar to hieroglyphics that you can even tell your day without any letters. :)

Let see what those emojis “really” mean. :)folded_hnds

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Source: http://mashable.com/2014/08/15/surprising-emoji-meanings/?utm_cid=mash-com-fb-main-link%2F

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15 Wonderful Robin Williams Quotes On Life

The other night while I was watching Emmy Awards, there was a tribute to Robbie Williams, whom I think one of the greatest movie actors of all times. Then I realized that I did not posted on blog about him at all. He was one of my childhood heroes and it is so sad that he died in that way.

I hope he is in a better place now. And here are some Robbin Williams quotes on life compiled by

Shane Snow

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Spanish-English False Friend Words #1

Since a human being is able to articulate a limited number of sounds, it is inevitable that languages have many similar sounding words in their vocabulary. However, that does not mean that they share some similarities in terms of meaning.

For example, Turkish word “mama” means “baby food” but it has a complete different meaning in English!

Here, I found some Spanish-English words that are similar in articulation but different in meaning. I hope my Spanish friends (or Spanish-learners) like it! :)

Thanks http://mentalfloss.com/ for this great compilation!

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3 Ways to Speak English

When I first came across this video, I thought this is all about dialects and different usages of English; however, it turned out to be something totally different and something political and cultural.

I really liked the way she expresses herself and the remarks she made such as “This is not a promotion of ignorance, this is a linguistic celebration.” at the end of the video.

I really wonder what do you think about it. :) Please write your comments after watching. :)

 

 

 

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