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Bagels, bumf, and buses: a day in the life of the English language

Simon Horobin著

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Nowadays, English is the most widely spoken language in the world. While the English language has evolved over time, it has its long origin from Greek and Latin. But as non-native speakers, we may have little knowledge about the origins of English words...

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David Crystal's 50 questions about English usage

David Crystal著

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English is a global language used by people all over the world and its usage has changed over time. As David Crystal has pointed out in his book “50 Questions about English Usage”, “all languages change and vary”, English is no exception and the change is...

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Delicious words: East Asian food words in English

Jieun Kiaer著

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Food is not only a basic necessity for survival, but also an essential and integral part of human life. The preparation and production of food has evolved over the centuries in parallel with human civilization. Every culture has a recognizable cuisine...

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The elements of style

William Strunk著

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Reading, writing, speaking, and listening are four pillars in language learning. If you want to polish your English writing skills in an interesting way, “The Elements of Style” should be the one on your bookshelf. Let me tell you a bit of the history of “The Elements of Style”...

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English exposed: common mistakes made by Chinese speakers

Steve Hart著

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Want to have a quick test to see how many English mistakes you can find?  Here you go: Dear John: We have visited Singapore last weekend. Mary, one of our classmates, would take us to sightseeing. In one occasion, we dined out at a very nicely and expensive restaurants...

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Frankenstein

Mary Shelley著

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“When falsehood can look so like the truth, who can assure themselves of certain happiness?”---Frankenstein, Chapter 9. Elizabeth to Victor. “Frankenstein” was written by Mary Shelley and first published in 1818. The story was a combination of horror and science fiction...

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Harry Potter: a journey through a history of magic

British Library,J.K. Rowling著

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Who will you think of when we talk about Wizard? Gandalf in “The Lord of the Ring”, or Merlin in the legend of King Arthur? No matter who you recall, I am sure you have heard of his name – Harry Potter! Harry Potter, the fictitious character created by...

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How to read literature like a professor: a lively and entertaining guide to reading between the lines

Thomas C. Foster著

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To commence with, you may ask why readers want to read literature like a professor. Beyond doubts, reading is a direct and personal enjoyment. For example, reading romance fictions by Jane Austen or horror stories by Stephen King can already...

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The old man and the sea

Ernest Hemingway著

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“The Old Man and the Sea” written by Ernest Hemingway is a strange story. There is no mystery, no revenge, no romance. The only action is the sea battle of an old man with a big fish and against flocks of sharks in the sea. Yet, it has remained...

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Oliver Twist

Charles Dickens著

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“Oliver, Oliver, never before has a boy wanted more! Oliver, Oliver, won’t ask for more when he knows what's in store~” -- these lyrics are from one of the songs sung by the actors in “Oliver!”, the adapted musical drama filmed in 1968 based on...

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