Two Tips for a Better Use of YouTube in Language Learning

The use of YouTube in language education is pretty much a given today. Yet, speaking with colleagues and students, I realized that not all of them were aware that there are some features available that are really useful for language education. Here are two of them: Subtitles (or closed captions) and the speed at which […]

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How To Pronounce the English “th”

“ze mozer of ziz boyz iz tirti-tree” A standard problem of English pronunciation: the English “th”. It involves sounds that many languages do not have. With a little help and practice, this is actually not very hard. (Since this is written mostly for my students or ESL students, this is written in a somewhat simpler […]

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Using Videos in Your Presentations

You’ve seen it many times, you’ve probably done it too. Your speaker is going through a speech or a lesson. He or she knows that, used appropriately, a video can really enhance a presentation. So, here comes the clip. Suddenly, that’s when it all starts to go wrong. She clicks on the link on the […]

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Greek with XeTeX

One of my interests is ancient Greek. When I started using it used to be somewhat complicated to switch languages from whichever one I was using to Greek. It is now quite easy if you use XeTeX. This is the way I do it. The following instructions are specific for the Mac. If you use […]

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Public Speaking is not Public Reading

Though I have several opportunities to go to professional conferences every year, I don’t actually often attend them. One reason is that I have to pay for them. When you factor in travel, hotels, expenses, etc., it gets quite expensive. Another reason is that I sometimes wonder whether they are really worth the time and […]

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Tools of the Trade 2015

I frequently have conversations about which programs I use on a regular basis. Depending on what I am working on, I go back and forth between quite a few tools. I work on a Mac but also have Windows on Bootcamp. Since since I rarely work with windows at home I’ll limit this to Mac […]

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