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Your Bank Balance Is Dependent On Your Dependants

English words that sound identical and differ only by their use of an “a” or an “e” can often cause confusion. And so it proves yet again with dependent and dependant.


Learn Some Local Slang For Major International Cities

We’ve mentioned before that knowing a few words in the native language can help improve your travel experience. Knowing some of the local slang can help, too — though it’s a bit tougher. Natalie Holmes at Conde Nast Traveller lays out local slang for a few major international cities.


I'm Confident Your Confidant Isn't My Confidante

In The Sound Of Music, Maria has confidence in sunshine. I have rather less confidence that everyone is clear on the difference between confident, confidant and confidante.


Destiny Sales And The Importance Of Two-Letter Words

You might have seen news reports last week that Bungie’s blockbuster new game Destiny made $US500 million in its first day on sale. However, that’s not quite what happened.


Five Best Language Translation Tools

When you need to translate one language to another, there are lots of technology options that can help. In this week’s Hive Five, we’re looking at five of the best translation tools, based on your nominations.


Road Sign Mistake Reminds Us Why Accuracy Matters

We spend most of our time at Mind Your Language pointing out common spelling and grammar mistakes. Sometimes it’s worth reminding people of the consequences of a lax attitude to careful writing. This is one of those times.


Eliminate 'If' And 'But' For More Sincere Apologies

The only thing worse than a missed apology is a fake one. But even when you don’t mean to, your friends may think a fake apology is exactly what you’re giving them.


Learn The Secrets Of Pronoun Usage To Avoid A Bad Boss

The next time your potential supervisor interviews you, listen to the pronouns they use to decode their management style — and avoid a potentially bad boss.


When You're En Route To Somewhere, Forget The On

The French expression en route (meaning “on your way to”) is so widely used in English that it’s acceptable to not place it in italics every time you use it. What isn’t acceptable is replacing the en with on.


Immerse Your Senses In 10 Hours Of Chimp Chatter For Free

Are you looking for some eclectic tracks to add to your music playlist? Or maybe some audio for your homemade Planet Of The Apes remake? Perhaps you’ve just got a penchant for primate jibber-jabber and don’t care who knows it? If the answer to any of the above is “yes”, this is the dealhacker you’ve been waiting for. Scientists have just launched a freely available online audio library cataloguing more than 10 hours of chimpanzee vocalisations. Download it and get weird.