Tag Archives: English

English Is Crazy

The late Nelson Mandela once said: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” Recently, Emma Watson’s speech in … Continue reading

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I Have Learned Less About Writing

“I have learned less about writing and received less encouragement from English instructors than I have from reading or listening to a working artist relate how a single creation- poem, play, short story, novel- was brought to life and to … Continue reading

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To Stay Or Leave?

Is it only me? Are you by any chance also troubled by this talk of referendum? During the past few days when I watch the news on TV and I listen to people talk about leaving Montreal and Quebec, to … Continue reading

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The Most Uneducated, The Most Unimaginative, The Most Unthinking

Plato wrote: “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”  Last week when I heard that a woman from Gatineau was fined because … Continue reading

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Book Love

Over a telephone conversation with my niece the other day she told me she was very happy this year in school. “I have a new English teacher and he is amazing,” she said. “Makes me want to learn.” My niece … Continue reading

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Because That’s The Rule

Many years ago when my daughter was just three years old and hadn’t started school yet, I thought it would be fun to teach her Armenian at home. Merely the basics, starting with the alphabet, and then why not spelling … Continue reading

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The Only Thing I Don’t Worry About Is Spelling

From the moment I post an article on my blog until I post the next one I am constantly thinking and worrying. I fret about the content, about my paragraphs and sentences, about the words I have used, about structure, … Continue reading

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