Embrace the Non-native Speakers Own English

Should “Native Speaker” Be Our Target Language?

An interesting lecture presented by Kurt Kohn. My favourite quote from the lecture.

“We should embrace the non-native speaker’s own English guided by their own native speaker orientation, pushed by their own communicative needs and identification purpose fuelled by their own creativity”. Kurt Kohn



Grammar Snobs

Grammar snobs are patronising, pretentious and just plain wrong.
Why is it that some people feel proud to be called grammar snobs? Mona Chalabi argues that those who correct others’ language are clinging to conventions that are unimportant. She says grammar snobbery is often used to silence those who have less of a voice in society.


Poetry Month

I am loving this. Not only does it give you your BFF but it also includes a short poem to get you in the mood!

Who’s Your Poet BFF?


From the team at Grammarly.com

I got  Anna Akhmatova


Anna Akhmatova was a Russian poet who wrote during the Stalin era. Like her, you may consider yourself a strong character capable of balancing sensitivity, passion, and reason. Together you could probably spend hours discussing everything from your mutual passion for justice and freedom to your love of peonies and spring. Now, lay down your bow and arrow, put on some Chopin or Rachmaninov, and check out this stirring poem by your bestie.

“You Will Hear Thunder”
You will hear thunder and remember me,
And think: she wanted storms. The rim
Of the sky will be the colour of hard crimson,
And your heart, as it was then, will be on fire.

That day in Moscow, it will all come true,
when, for the last time, I take my leave,
And hasten to the heights that I have longed for,
Leaving my shadow still to be with you.