In Ireland: English as a Foreign Language

Layli Foroudi | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Comedy
Layli Foroudi

If someone says "I'm after going to the shop" it means "I just went to the shop", which I guess makes sense because you are now inhabiting a time, after going to the shop.. but when first hearing it I had no idea what was going on.

The Fight For Cantonese

Sarah Kwong | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Kwong

We all know that language is more than just a set of words. It's the backbone of an entire population, providing an identity, connection to history and a togetherness. So it's no surprise that many Hong Kongers are feeling adrift right now.

Puting the 'Y' in Dysability

Simon Stevens | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

Dysability basically means a difficulty in ability, and I believe this is more in line with the social model. Impairments are the biological differences we have that are mostly perceived to negatively affect our function.

Why We Need to Change the Way We Use the Word 'Mental'

Mariel Norton | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mariel Norton

I was reading a magazine the other day and in two separate stories, the word mental was used to describe a derogative issue. One used it in reference to a violent night out while the other was used to highlight an acrimonious breakup - both which denote pessimistic outcomes.

Six Tips for Cultivating Confidence

Karen Pine | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Pine

I am currently conducting a survey into confidence and one of the things I'm interested in is the way a person's body is when they lack confidence. They tend to slump, they withdraw physically, their head drops and their eyes look away.

Five Aussies Who Prove A Link Between Accent And Alcohol

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK

The Australian accent developed from a “drunken slur”, according to to a communications experts from Down Under. Dean Frenkel, a public speakin...

Bilingualism: Social Phenomenon or Dangerous Trend?

J.N. Paquet | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK Politics
J.N. Paquet

Some people -- mainly ultra-conservative politicians -- say that the social phenomenon that is bilingualism is a danger for a nation's unity and claim...

Getting Down With the Kids...

Kathryn Berens | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Parents
Kathryn Berens

I am finding it increasingly difficult to understand a word my children say. I feel I am probably not alone in this and so here it is - my guide to navigating the minefield of conversation with your children.

Why Your Minority Students Need Role Models - And Where to Find Them

Tatiana August-Schmidt | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK
Tatiana August-Schmidt

There is a growing mismatch between the diversity of students and teachers in schools across England. In 2014, nearly 30 per cent of pupils in state-f...

The Language of Autism

Jo Worgan | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK Parents
Jo Worgan

Many parents have asked that I use the term 'with autism' rather than 'autistic', as they feel that they are 'labeling' their child. I do not see it in that way. No matter if you say 'autistic' or 'with autism', or even 'on the spectrum', ultimately they all mean the same thing, well they do to me anyway.

Why Bilingual Education Is Expanding Our World

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK
Preetam Kaushik

English is necessary. But to what extent? All the way? Just because something is not in every day usage doesn't mean that it is not being used elsewhere and may not one day come in handy for you.

Do You See What I'm Saying? The Link Between Visual Culture and Empathy

Debbi Evans | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK Tech
Debbi Evans

People who are actively engaged in social media - and young people in particular - are constantly aware of their audience and their role as entertainers. Images leave much unsaid and open to interpretation, so their meaning and intention can be defended in line with audience feedback and the threat of social shame.

If You Want To Succeed in Life, Learn to Play Scrabble

Jason Aiginitis | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jason Aiginitis

This is genuinely inspirational stuff - if you want to succeed at life, the story of Scrabble teaches us the importance of lateral thinking, of letting ideas breathe and evolve, and of drawing from the expertise of others.

Learn Australian Slang From This Hilarious And Completely Uneducational Video

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Comedy

A hilarious video of two guys teaching people 'how to speak Australian' has gone viral. If you think that Aussie is just an accent, you're mistake...

Words Have the Power to Change Lives, Both Human and Animal - We Should Let Them

Mimi Bekhechi | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK
Mimi Bekhechi

As people have come to recognise the power of words, we've worked hard to eliminate hate speech and the prejudices that usually accompany it, including sexism, racism and bigotry. It's high time that we also recognised the devastating effects of speciesism and worked to counteract it and the words that fuel it.

The Language Barrier

Sarah Kwong | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Kwong

For many people the hardest part of learning a language isn't getting to grips with the grammar or the spellings, the conjugations or the colloquialisms. It's the embarrassment. More specifically, getting over it.

Reality Check: the R Word Is the Wrong Word

Josie Scantlebury | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Josie Scantlebury

From working at Mencap I have lots of friends and colleagues who have a learning disability. Nearly all have had to listen to offensive language from others at some point in their life. It's ignorant to use such terms. It's just slang, you might say, it's just a joke, it's not actually. It's just the same as using racist or homophobic words.

Falling in Love with a Foreign Language: The Risks of a Metaphor

Lucy Bell | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK
Lucy Bell

Unless you are brought up in a bilingual environment, a relationship with a second language is something you work to achieve and strive to maintain. It is not something you can buy.

Take These Words Out of the Dictionary - Revisited

Rosie Choueka | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rosie Choueka

Last November when I was going through treatment for my primary breast cancer I blogged about the top ten words or phrases that, as a breast cancer patient, I feared or loathed the most and wanted removed from the dictionary. In the last few weeks and months since my secondary diagnosis, I've revisited these.

Stop Telling Students Their Languages Degrees Are Useless

Josie Miller | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Josie Miller

"But why not do a degree in French and Business?" was the favourite from people my parents' age, who have decided that everyone in the world can now communicate through gestures and Google Translate. "Business is useful. Business will help you get a job."

It's Time to Rethink Warring Words on Cancer

Sarah Mehta | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Mehta

Cancer looms large in the imagination. The dreaded C-word is universally feared. Warfare terminology may help to evoke support and to give us an important sense of control in the face of an enemy.

18 Brilliant Irish Phrases We Should All Start Using

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Comedy

As Dara O'Brien once noted... And with St Patrick's Day upon us, we can think of no better time to learn a few such words and phrases. From 'fe...

It's Difficult Being a M-U-M in a M-O-M Town

Harmeet Kaur Sidhu | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Harmeet Kaur Sidhu

Should this absence of a letter irritate me? No, and perhaps "irritate" is too strong a word, but the pedant in me can't help myself. My twin boys, at the tender age of three, didn't really need to know the complexities of this global language.

Language Matters! Maternity Experience and NHS Change Day

Leigh Kendall | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leigh Kendall

Being in any healthcare environment for any reason can feel disempowering for a patient. Effective communication between healthcare professionals and patients can help build trusting relationships, improve patient outcomes and patients' experiences.

10 Neglected Words You Need To Start Using

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Look ho, you rapscallion! Begone with your flapdoodle "selfies" and "hashtags" and lay-to proper English. Not a clue what we're on about? Don't bla...