Jan 07

More language learning resources

Many of my students know that I am constantly reading and researching in pursuit of new, interesting and informative source material to use in our lessons. I must say that it is my good fortune to speak with people in different countries every day. Their thirst for knowledge is what drives me to find material that is relevant to their specific lexicon. From managers in the field of IT to medical doctors and from lawyers to college students, I try to offer individual student the source material that will inspire them to improve their English language learning experience. I am humbled by the numerous students who possess higher academic achievement than I do. I appreciate their continued interest in my lessons and I sincerely hope that I am able to exceed their expectations in each lesson.

To that end, here are a few links for obscure, curious and perhaps just plain odd stuff related to English language and Western culture. Remember in this article I offered some resources for continuing your education online.

This next link is terrific! It has a Compendium of Lost Words, an exceptional List of Glossaries, there is even a Dictionary of Obscure Words. Go check it out here

Next, this site is amazing! The glossary section alone is mind boggling. The site is one fine example of the power the “Information Age”. That otherwise hard to find information can be compiled into a data-base that is a readily accessible and free to anyone with access to the internet is quite simply a wonderful thing. Go see for yourself, but here is a little sample to pique your interest;

There is a Glossary of Acronyms and Abbreviations. Very useful when reading a lot of current events. I know I can not be the only one who has trouble trying to keep current with the latest acronyms in this perpetually changing world.

Another of Artificial Languages, like Esperanto and Klingon…..I had to laugh at that one, but some folks are really serious about their Star Trek.

There is a Glossary of Business Jargon and another for Botanical Words. There is also Glossary of 17th Century Biblical English and an online Dictionary of Buddhism and Eastern Literary Terms. I imagine that last one may help Asian students better express their cultural beliefs and practices to Westerners.

As I said, the site is an amazing resource. Go spend some time looking around.

This link, to a place called English Club, has a list of 29 fun and interesting facts you may not know about English. Follow this link to a very different set of maps. There you will see maps of Popular Surnames in European Countries and another for the U.S. divided by region. There are maps that show the drinking habits of countries around the world. Another map indicates the World-Wide Driving Orientation of each country. There are maps of Most Popular Sports and National IQ Scores by country. There is even a map showing the percentage of red-haired people throughout Europe. Some are funny, some of them are odd, some a little bit crass but perhaps informative none-the-less.


Keep on learning!



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    • Rachel on January 8, 2014 at 5:35 am
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    So much information and knowledge. Kevin is a diligent teacher indeed.

    1. Haha, Rachel. I know you like the food articles, but I am glad you are also reading some of the others too!

      I must tell you that I was surprised when you said you did not know how to cook or cook well. I thought all Chinese women (sort of like all French women) know how to cook. To me Chinese food seems very mysterious and complex and I suspect that comes from the long history of your country. The long history of a culture (and food is a big part of culture) is closely related to the passing of familial recipes form generation to generation.

      Anyway, there is always time to learn how to cook and it is a very valuable life skill. I encourage you to try it!

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