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  • I remember when I was in high school, and probably during my university time as well, there were a lot of conversations here and there about, well, accents. I myself used to think that I picked up a so-called “American accent” because I tend to have a very strong pronunciation of the /r/ sound, for […]

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  • As discussed in part 1, the first advice : Học giao tiếp với giáo viên bản ngữ (Learn speaking with native English-speaking teachers) upholds both nativespeakerism and standard language ideology. So, part 2 will address how problematic the second advice that the Youtuber gave is. 2. Luyện tư duy bằng tiếng Anh (Practice thinking in English) I […]

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  • I always think it is not easy to share advice on how to learn English/ how to improve your English. But I guess it’s something beneficial for the community, but at the same time, very marketable — something that I know it would attract a huge group of audience, well though I don’t know how […]

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  • A few days ago, the UK was literally hit by a serious summer heatwave — it was like 40 plus degrees somewhere in Southern England. This was a schock to me, ’cause I don’t think that the temperature in HCMC has even been that much high before — and I live in a monsoon country, […]

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  • ELFer

    ELFer (n.) is a person who supports the ideas of English as a lingua franca. I swear I read it somewhere, but if not the case, I made it up for this post. I’ve been thinking about the idea of ELF as a lifestyle for days, but I keep procrastinate — but today is the […]

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  • We will first start this topic with the word “lingua franca” because there is something I need to address. For a long time, I’ve thought that lingua franca means the French language, franca and France/French — the similarity itself is the explanation, but recently I realised that it was not wrong, but not 100% that […]

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  • Native-frenzy

    I remember my prof said to us once that the area that we are working on — English Language Teaching (ELT), is the place in which the majority of workforce is likely to get mistreated/discriminated. I mean, there are amazing non-native English teachers (NNESTs) out there — I never deny this truth, but in relation […]

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  • Happy, are you?

    Happy (adj.) feeling, showing, or causing pleasure or satisfaction (1) It is the definition of “happy” of Cambridge English Dictionary — the feeling of being pleased and satisfied. It is the wish that we would grant to our beloved ones, and the ultimate end goal that almost everyone is pursuing. in life. But what does it mean to be happy? is your […]

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  • For Peace.

    Peace — etymologically — comes from a Latin root, so you can find quite similar equivalents in other Romance languages, e.g., French, Spanish or Italian. Originally, peace or Anglo-French pes refers to “freedom from civil disorder, internal peace of a nation” (Online Etymological Dictionary). In this early meaning, peace is juxtaposed with the opposite concept […]

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