Many writers, from Mark Twain to Joan Didion, have argued that writing by hand gets the creative juices flowing, arguing that we use our hands and wrists to organize our thoughts. A famous es ..
A new book has been released, titled Daily Rituals: How Artists Work (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Daily-Rituals-How-Artists-Work/dp/0307273601/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1366920729&sr=8-1& ..
Listening is a critical element in the language performance of non-native English speakers. Studies have shown that, through the normal course of a day, listening is used nearly twice as much ..
Rhetoric, as discussed in the previous post, is a fascinating and complex art form that can help improve public speaking. The ‘Five Canons of Rhetoric’ provide a useful and practical ..
Earlier this year, the British journalist Simon Jenkins complained about the ‘amateurishness’ of today’s public figures when it came to giving speeches. He was particularly ..
We are all aware of the ‘Bilingual Advantage’ – that children who grow up speaking two languages have been discovered to display higher levels of mental flexibility and a be ..
Reading fiction in a foreign language for the first time can be a daunting prospect. Not only because of preconceptions about ‘literary language’ being ‘difficult’, but al ..
It’s a fact: knowledge of one or more foreign languages increases your employability, even in these turbulent economic times. But there’s a plethora of fascinating and unusual p ..
Charles Dickens is much loved for his great contribution to English literature. He was one of the most popular Victorian authors. His epic stories, vivid characters and exhaustive depiction o ..