language

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.


Potato Scallop, Cake Or Fritter? Actually, It Depends

Twitter has flared up recently over the oft-argued question of whether a flat circular disc of battered and deep-fried potato should be called a potato scallop, potato cake or potato fritter in Australia. The correct answer? It depends on where you live.


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.