The website Lang-Land.com launched a unique educational project "English Assistant", created for the language immersion of students from different educational institutions. English assistant is a professional teacher and native English speaker, who will help foreigner students to better understand English speech, culture and way of life. Depending on the curriculum, the assistant creates topics and materials that will be most effective and interesting to your audience. Also, the assistant can conduct classes from any geographical location that best reflects the topic of the lesson (famous sites etc). Thus, the English assistant will be able to immerse students in the reality of the language they are studying, without leaving the class walls.
How to pronounce GIF, once and for all
It might be one of the biggest debates of the digital age — how in all of cyberspace are we supposed to pronounce “GIF?”
How the heck do you pronounce this word? Be careful, you might get judged depending on which way you say it.
Since the creation of the animated loop now an essential part of meme culture, the GIF has been pronounced two ways: with a hard G (like gift) or a soft G like “jif” — yes, the peanut butter. The inventor of the graphic, Steve Wilhite, specifically used JIF peanut butter to name, pronounce and promote his creation, so many committed computer engineers stick with that pronunciation.
Apple’s Devices Lose Luster in American Classrooms
Apple is losing its grip on American classrooms, which technology companies have long used to hook students on their brands for life.
Logan Lowry, left, and Douglas Corales, both 6, playing a game on Chromebooks at Hilltop Elementary School in Glen Burnie, Md.
Chromebooks have gained ground on iPads and Mac notebooks in schools in recent years.
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Over the last three years, Apple’s iPads and Mac notebooks — which accounted for about half of the mobile devices shipped to schools in the United States in 2013 — have steadily lost ground to Chromebooks, inexpensive laptops that run on Google’s Chrome operating system and are produced by Samsung, Acer and other computer makers.
Learning English is part of the game for tennis pros
MELBOURNE, Australia -- As Chung Hyeon shot up the rankings in 2015, earning the most improved award in men’s tennis, he also was working hard off the court: daily phone calls with a friend in the USA — in English.
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As tennis has become increasingly global, it’s still far and away an English-centered sport: Three of its four Grand Slam tournaments are in English-speaking countries, the sport is officiated in English, and players — no matter where they are from — have media obligations in the language as well.
The South Korean world No. 51 was scheduled to play world No. 1 and defending Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic in the first round.
“I’m practicing with my friend all the days,” Chung, 19, told USA TODAY Sports. “It’s for interviews and for the tennis, both.”
The Australian National Dictionary, a standard guide to the Australian vernacular, added 6,000 words and phrases on Tuesday, its first update since 1988. Test your knowledge of the new terms with this quiz.AUG. 23, 2016
A cattle and horses parade at the Royal Queensland Show in Brisbane, Australia, in August.CreditDan Peled/European Pressphoto Agency