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Feel like an English language and ukulele challenge today ?

Today I’d like to share a very funny song, The Court of King Caractacus written by Australian singer songwriter Rolf Harris and covered on the ukulele by itallstartedthere.

Try to learn the lyrics and chords (easy chords : C, G and F) for the song from this site first and then attempt to sing along at the right speed whithout making any mistakes while strumming in time…

Have fun !

A trip to Australia without the mention of didgeridoos

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Today’s Language Fun post might change your perception of English as a language!

British people often find it very frustrating when their English is not understood by foreign people.

A British woman came up with a rather unconventional idea…

Ever wondered why most French people are so reluctant to speak English?

This might be the beginning of an explanation. (Warning: not to be taken seriously)

Watch out next time you are struck with migraine, this is what …

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I find the subject of swearing extremely fascinating from a language lover’s point of view. When you travel abroad to a country speaking a different language than yours, swearwords are among the first words you pick up as they are overwhelmingly present in nowadays everyday life.

The way those swearwords are used and combined with ‘regular’ language reveal  a lot about the culture of a country, especially when you start looking at their etymology.

Warning : As the subject of

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In the series of Funny Shop Names(funny from a French perspective), a Dutch friend of mine sent me a couple of pictures which are rather amusing and which I’d like to share.

If you are a Dutch shop owner and you wish to use a French name for your shop (to benefit from the classy image French seems to have), you need to  be sure that your fellow countrymen will pronounce your shop name correctly even if they don’t speak French.

Francophile Dutch shop owners have used cunning phonetic spelling of their shop names to ensure that they would be pronounced correctly.

Here is the Dutchified version of Déjà-Vu

Another creative approach is to use

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Accents are a really fascinating subject for language lovers.  During the year I spent in Northern England for my studies, I was amazed by the variety of British accents and by the fact that British people had problems understanding each other if they were not used to their respective accents and dialects.

I remember the “how will I cope” feeling I had when I attended my first Managerial Ethics lecture given by a Glaswegian. I was however quickly comforted by the fact that British students were as puzzled as myself.

I discovered at that time that it only takes a short amount of time to adjust your ear to different accents. It does require a great deal of concentration at first in order for you to pinpoint exactly what is different from the accent(s) you know, whether it be the rhythm of speech, the melodic pattern, the swallowed consonants or exaggerated vowels sounds or the use of specific regional words.

Knowing my interest in languages and accents, Herman sent me the link to a video of an English student doing 24 different English accents. I think he did very well. Maybe not on all the accents, but some of them are really spot on (spo’ on). What do you think? Is your accent represented? If so do you think it is rather accurate ? Let us know in a comment.

Warning : there is a fair amount of swearing in this video.

If you intend to learn an accent in any language, actress, singer, and director Amy Walker has some very interesting tips in the following two videos.

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