What does it mean to be "British-Asian"?
I was keen to ... into English. The perspective was so different that I realised the influence that years of reading English-language literature had had on me. Literature reflects society, and that was what I wanted the book to do. What would you like ...
What Does 'American' Actually Mean?
In Latin America, "American" means anyone from the American continent ... and a certain worldview and that is not as easily translatable as you would think. Even in the age of Google Translate we find these culturally interesting problems."
What does 'Auld Lang Syne' mean?
The confusion over the song is arguably almost as much of a tradition as the song itself. As revelers stumble and mumble through the verses–singing the “auld lang syne” part much louder than the rest of the song because it’s really the only part ...
What Americans Think When They Hear Common English Mistakes
So, I have created a short list of four common mistakes for those who want to improve their English. Incorrect: I feel myself bad. Correct: I feel bad. This is probably the most common mistake made by Russian-speakers, who literally translate the phrase ...
Why do humans need euphemisms, and what do they do to us?
There seems to be a consensus that American English in particular tends ... let other people know they do them. When someone in a position of power over you asks for a 'donation,' people know what they mean. In China they combine the word 'yan' for ...