Category Archives: Rules of the Game

Do you like Kipling?

If you are a fan of Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers, you probably recognise that the correct answer to this question is, “I don’t know, I’ve never kippled.” If you are a fan of Imperial British writing, you may remember … Continue reading

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How to build a new language

Over the past four years, I have sat in my office (I have a day job) and watched two different skyscrapers being constructed or renovated. Each building has followed a similar process, despite the differences between starting from scratch and … Continue reading

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Running away at home

Most of us take the Edmund Hillary approach to our lives: Why? Because it’s there. Whenever we think about our families, our careers, our hobbies or even our politics, we glide over the nuances of our potential options, and simply … Continue reading

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Are you good at languages?

Speaking a foreign language is seen as the intellectual equivalent of a “six-pack” stomach. If you can truly express yourself outside your mother tongue, there will be a range of responses, from the snide, to indifference, to awe, but most … Continue reading

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Moustache in the sky with Diamonds

I had already decided that it was time for an Arabic blog. But yesterday evening’s class produced an incident (positive) that was further blog-fodder. So here we go; two posts for the price of one. Putting me further outside of … Continue reading

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Hyper? Moi?

The word “hyper” is not neutral. If you throw it into a conversation, 9 out of 10 people will assume that you are referencing “hyperactive”. Which by itself is almost a medical condition. It is 1/4 of ADHD, and frankly the … Continue reading

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Speak softly and carry a big Schtick

Are you a commercial provider of language instruction? Perhaps you run a school or have a software program. I bet that you have something unique, something revolutionary. You have a schtick! The first English school I worked at had a … Continue reading

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