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These Uncharted Waters Have Not Been Chartered

Uncharted waters is a common phrase used to describe unfamiliar territory. Don’t make the mistake of writing unchartered waters instead.


This Language Learning Method Ensures You Never Forget What You Learn

We all like the idea of learning a new language, but the time and effort involved can be off-putting. Gabriel Wyner, who wrote our previous post on learning languages as quickly as possible, has revised his method to help you learn faster and better retain what you learn.


Your Stationery Can Be Stationary (But Not The Other Way Around)

The distinction between stationery (pens, pencils, binder clips and other office gear) and stationary (not moving) is the first spelling mnemonic I can recall learning. However you remember it, it’s important to get it right.


Avoid Breaches In Your Breeches

Breeches is a somewhat old-fashioned word for trousers, and one you probably don’t need to deploy often unless you’re heavily into riding gear or have scored a job writing Asterix comics. One context where you definitely shouldn’t use it? When you actually mean breach.


No, Australians Don't Spell Jail With A 'G' Any More

Language changes over time, and current usage needs to reflect that to be accurate. There was a time when “gaol” was the accepted spelling in Australia. But that time was 1954, not 2014. Jail is the correct spelling these days.


What's The Difference Between 'Inquire' And 'Enquire'?

Inquire and enquire differ by only a single letter, and they both mean, roughly, “ask”. How should you choose which one to use?


Ginger Page Translates For You, Makes Sure Your English Is Impeccable

Android/iOS/Windows/Chrome: Whether you’re learning English or you’ve been speaking it your whole life, Ginger Page is a new writing tool that wants to make sure that your spelling and grammar are accurate at home and on the go. The app translates other languages for you, offers contextual corrections and more.


Saying 'LEGOS' Is Even More Painful Than Stepping On LEGO

I love LEGO. I hate the Americanism “LEGOS”. LEGO is a collective noun. You buy some LEGO; you don’t buy some LEGOS.


WeSpeke Lets You Practise Languages By Speaking With Another Person

When you’re learning another language, the best way to drill it into your brain is immersion and practising at every opportunity. WeSpeke gives you plenty of both by pairing you up with a partner to practise speaking the language out loud on a video call.


Avoid Business Jargon At Work To Maintain Credibility

At work, business jargon may seem like it will make you sound knowledgeable. However, avoiding jargon and speaking simply may ultimately command more respect.