Improve Your Vocabulary, Speed Reading, and Spelling Tutorials

There, they're, and their are homonyms — words that sound the same, but have different meanings.

These homonyms are easily mistaken. There are only a few letter differences between them, after all! No wonder people get muddled up! Read on to discover the different meanings of there, they're, and there and read some tips on how to remember the differences.

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Usually, we steer away from posting English vocabulary bloopers from abroad — it's funnier when English trips up native English-language speakers. And people learning English as a second language might take offence to the perception we're poking fun at them. After all, how well would we fare learning a new language? However, the following list of Finnglish — mangled English from Finland — was sent to us in good faith and in good spirit. In the following examples, we're not laughing so much at the perpetuator of the English vocabulary mistake, as we are at the English language itself. English is a weird language that can easily get us confused. Enjoy these vocabulary bloopers in the spirit in which they're given, in good humour.

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To improve your vocabulary, a crucial technique is "elaboration" — for example, learning and using a new word in its context. Watching good television shows can provide the necessary context you need for learning new words. In this article, we take a look at five words the popular television show Doctor Who has helped children across the globe (and universe?) to learn and understand.

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Online debates can escalate quickly, especially on Facebook. In the rush to make our point, we search for a phrase that's on the tip of our tongue, and hurriedly type the punchy aphorism so our opponents might  quickly succumb to our erudition and wit. Only sometimes, we rush too fast; what seemed initially like the moment we would soar, turns out to be the moment we came down with a thud. When our opponent points out we've made an embarrassing blunder, our credibility (if we ever really had any) is shot. Here is a list of such moments; when in reaching for the knockout punch, the keyboard warrior reached too far...

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I spend around 18 hours a day on Facebook, for work and leisure. Recently, I've been noting down the most common spelling mistakes I see on Facebook. Some of the spelling and grammar mistakes people write on Facebook are unconsciously funny; others are just plain sad.  Anyway, here's my list of the "Top 10 Spelling Mistakes on Facebook". (But be warned: the following list of Facebook fails contains some swear words).

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