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This Singular Qantas Error Is Entirely Avoidable

So three weeks ago I picked on Qantas for a spelling mistake on one of its wine bottles. Then last week I pointed out that the airline wasn’t handling apostrophes well. And now I feel compelled to point out an error on the signs explaining how to use Macs in Qantas Club lounges.


Some Companies Can't Spell Correctly Even With The Right Spelling In Front Of Them

I apologise: I know it was only a fortnight ago that I was complaining about how its and it’s are constantly being misused. But this example is particularly offensive.


Slated Is An iOS Keyboard That Automatically Translates What You Type

iOS: If you have friends who speak a language you don’t, communicating over text message is almost impossible. Slated is an iOS keyboard that translates while you type, and can also translate what’s sent back to you.


Medical Translator For Chrome Turns Medical Jargon Into Plain English

Chrome: If you’ve ever researched anything medical, you know what it’s like to have a bunch of jargon thrown at you, only to feel just as confused as when you started. Iodine’s Medical Translator translates confusing medical terminology into plain English when you hover over the word.


Should You Correct Your Spelling And Grammar Mistakes As You Go?

Accuracy matters, as we never tire of pointing out here at Mind Your Language. But what if you’re undertaking the NaNoWriMo challenge, where you have to produce a 50,000 word novel in a month? Does it make sense to worry about spelling when you’re trying to churn out 1700 words a day, or should you press on regardless?


Smigin Lets You Build And Learn Useful Phrases In Different Languages

iOS: If you’re travelling internationally — or want to make simple conversation with a non-English speaker — the Smigin app on iOS lets you build phrases quickly, gives you native pronunciation, and lets you save important phrases as favourites to use later on.


HiNative Helps You Learn A Language By Connecting With Native Speakers

iOS/web: Learning a new language is difficult. HiNative enables users to get feedback from folks who speak that language natively.


It's Still Not OK To Get 'Its' Wrong

Mind Your Language deals with a wide range of linguistic screw-ups, but there is only one candidate for the most common mistake in current written English. Step forward, it’s being used when its is needed.


So It's Cut And Dried That Cut And Dry Is Wrong

Cut and dried is a useful expression for conveying that something is fixed and (for most purposes) unarguable. If you get it wrong and write cut and dry, an argument will undoubtedly happen.


Eight Ways To Help Improve Your Child's Vocabulary

The basis of a lifelong love and talent for learning may very well be a solid vocabulary. A strong vocabulary helps foster understanding, communication, and reading ability. That’s why parents should do what they can to help kids learn new words.