France Has Changed 2,000 spellings … Will English-Speaking Countries Do The Same?

You may have seen this in the news recently:   A reform 2 decades in the making, it’s caused outrage among language ‘purists’, and circles partly around the removal of the circumflex accent, that pointy hat symbol, above certain letters if they aren’t making any difference to the sound. It’s even had its own hashtag: #jesuiscirconflexe […]

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The Day I Met Cockney Royalty

From Left to Right: Teresa Watts – Pearly Queen of Clapton, Terry Sadler – Pearly King of Tower Hamlets, Vicky Groves – Pearly Queen of Bow, Lorraine Sadler – Pearly Queen of Tower Hamlets. Since starting up this podcast, I’ve met some brilliant people – and the first episode isn’t even live yet. But a real highlight […]

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5 Ways to Listen Actively when Learning Accents (and why you need to)

So you probably realise the Australians don’t call out “G’day Bruce!” at every given opportunity. And you know the Irish don’t sing, “Top o’ the mornin’ to ya!” while river-dancing in green coats. But how much are stereotypes still sticking to your brain when you try and learn a new accent? A recent article on […]

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