Sunday, November 4, 2007
Saturday, November 3, 2007
1. The bandage was wound around the wound.
2. The farm was used to produce produce.
3. The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
4. We must polish the Polish furniture.
5. He could lead if he would get the lead out.
6. The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
7. Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to
present the present.
8. A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
9. When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
10. I did not object to the object.
11. The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
12. There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
13. They were too close to the door to close it.
14. The buck does funny things when the does are present.
15. A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
16. To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
17. The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
18. After a number of injections my jaw got number.
19. Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
20. I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine
English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France.
Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet,are meat.
Quicksand works slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is
neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.
And why is it that writers write, but fingers don't fing, grocers don't
groce and hammers don't ham?
If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth beeth?
One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese?
If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them,
what do you call it? Is it an odd, or an end?
If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught?
If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?
In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital?
Ship by truck and send cargo by ship?
Have noses that run and feet that smell?
How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and
a wise guy are opposites?
You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your
house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by
filling it out, and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.
English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the
creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all.
That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the
lights are out, they are invisible.
P.S. - Why doesn't "Buick" rhyme with "quick"?
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Friday, November 2, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wall Street and Gordon Gecko.
The most important accent reduction is to speak more sloooooowly
on STRESSED vowels.
GOOORRR don GEhc ko
[10/18/2007 1:48:56 PM] hemantjindal says: please email me at
[11:05:32 PM] Steve : hello from steve in fort lauderdale. what
country are you from? [11:06:03 PM] hemantjindal says: India
[11:06:49 PM] Steve : cool how did you find my skype address
QUESTION... HOW CAN I REDUCE MY ACCENT?
[11:09:20 PM] Steve : copy a person's speaking pattern. Gordon Gecko
(Michael douglas_) is good for accent. "Greed is good." that is from
the movie WALL STREET. Also, speak slower
Third, go to npr.org, scroll to "THIS I BELIEVE"
You can copy the style of the person's voice.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
and the flamingo will help!
Do you want to be a penpal?
Thank you for your quick reply.
I will encourage my students to write to you.
On Oct 4, 2007, at 2:24 PM, Gabriel Zamora wrote:
> oh yes, you can use this address <firstname.lastname@example.org>, or also
> email@example.com Whichever you want to use it's good... thank you
>>> this is Gabriel from Venezuela...and well this my address.. my msn is
>>> firstname.lastname@example.org and my AIM is gabrielzamora864.... anyway you
>>> can write me back to this gmail account.... I don't really use the
>>> hotmail account for emails.. just to chat! so yeah :)
>>> Gabriel Zamora
Let's practice by writing!
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Let's start with a car crash.
Here are a few structural prompts (we could match them with meanings, or
other expressions with the same meaning). Use these phrases in
it got damaged
someone damaged it
someone hit you
it was late at night, I was driving along the 441 when ...
The damage was extensive...
you hit something
another driver made you swerve
you can't drive it any more
it's a write off
it has to go to the garage
you have to get it repaired
it needs repairing
you have to walk to work
this isn't the first time this has happened
it happened before
I haven't had an accident for ...
it wasn't my fault
I'm not to blame
we won't be mobile for sometime
it's going to cost a bomb