Update 2014-04-07: I eliminated all links to Bing online dictionary and replaced with links to other dictionaries & encyclopedias.
I just saw an article on TechRIce about the latest version of Tencent's mobile messaging and social networking app, Weixin 微信 4.0, which now has an English name too, WeChat. TechRice is very optimistic about the new product, as you can tell from the title of the article:
TechRice describes the new features and explains why they think WeChat/Weixin will become big. Below I'll explain some of the vocabulary from that article, to make it easier for students of English to understand.
I've published the next page in the "Help with International Accents" series. It's all about "Map Your Voice". It was a project the British Library organized where anyone in the world could record their voice and upload it. People who want to listen find dots on a map of the world and click on them to hear the recording.
It's especially useful for hearing the variety of accents among native Eng
Check it out here:
Finished the next page of "Help with International Accents", my series to help students of English who do business with people from all around the world and have trouble understanding their various accents. The new page is about using the Speech Accent Archive, a collection of audio recordings of people from all over the world speaking in English.
Let me know what you think in the comments.
Several students have mentioned their difficulties understanding accents from other countries, especially of people who are not native English speakers.
I've given a few tips before but now I've decided to create a full-length article on this issue. It's not fninished yet but I've completed the first four pages. See it here:
Please let me know what you think of it in the comments section. What parts are useful? Which are not? What more would you like to see in it?
During my class Jobs 2 today, I wanted to give a student a link to some results on an American jobs website. He works in sales for ERP, so I did a search on IT jobs site Dice.com.
I wanted to put the link for the search results in the chat box, but it wouldn't enter. I finally realized it was because the URL was too long... way too long... insanely long:
I had to backspace through all that to get rid of it, and then I used Bitly to make a shorter link. Bitly is an URL shortening service, that makes long web addresses short. It took that gigantic URL and turned it into http://bit.ly/H4StbV . It is especially useful on microblogs like Twitter.
On Chinese microblogs like Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo, URLs are shortened automatically. E.g. on my Tencent microblog that superlong URL is shortened to just http://url.cn/3VYoRK .
I mentioned Bitly in Links During Online Classes and today it was a real lifesaver.
G.A.L.E.S.L. / joe3
Some tips and links on learning English.