February 22, 2014
Business life, ENGLISH LANGUAGE, Other types of English
Finglish, Institute for the Languages of Finland, Kotimaisten kielten keskus, Kotus, laptop, läppäri, printer, printteri, tulostin
Officially, the Institute for the Languages of Finland looks after the Finnish language and issues recommendations on what new concepts and devices should be called. There is considerable resistance to simply importing words from other languages and the result is often the creation of words that don’t get used as much as their Finglish counterpart. This is particularly noticeable in the world of computers where, for example, a printer is officially a tulostin, but more often called a printteri. A laptop is officially a kannettava tietokone (lit. portable computer), but commonly referred to as a läppäri.
This recent article from YLE News expands on this – click HERE to read more.
February 14, 2014
Dydd Santes Dwynwen, romantic partners, Valentine, Valentines Day
Photo copyright Dreamstime.com
Adapted from Wikipedia:
In the West
In the UK, sending cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts to prospective or current romantic partners is traditional. However, in Wales, many people celebrate Dydd Santes Dwynwen (St Dwynwen’s Day) on January 25 instead of (or as well as) Valentine’s Day. The day commemorates St Dwynwen, the patron saint of Welsh lovers.
February 11, 2014
Business life, ENGLISH LANGUAGE, Grammar, Language Learning, Presentations, Punctuation, Spelling, Vocabulary
business writing, ebooks, eLearning, emails, instructions, presentations, write better English
I am pleased to announce that all my current books are now on offer for only €3.50 (£2.91 – $4.81) – other currencies are available at the shopping site for comparison before checkout. Just hover your cursor over the currency abbreviation, as shown in the screenshot below:
My books are:
How to Create and Deliver a Great Presentation
How to Write Great Emails
How to Write Great Instructions
NOTE: I started the price change process yesterday, just when our router died and left us offline. Any difference in prices between this website and the shopping site have now been corrected.
February 5, 2014
Finland, Jakobstad, Porvoo, Runeberg
A Runeberg Tart (Runebergintorttu in Finnish)
Now here’s a question you are unlikely to be able to answer unless you are Finnish. Runeberg was born in Jakobstad, in what is now Finland, but then was part of Sweden, on 5th February 1804, and is held to be the national poet of Finland. Many of his poems deal with the difficulties of life in rural Finland at the time. He died on 6th May 1877 in Porvoo, Finland (then a Grand Duchy of Russia).
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February 4, 2014
flood defences, flooding, floods, high tides, inundation, South Hams, spring tides, tidal surge, Totnes
The story reads like a list of superlatives:
“The UK is enduring the worst series of winter storms in more than 20 years, weather experts have said, as Devon prepares for even more flooding.” Says the Torquay Herald Express.
“Early December tidal surge worst since 1953.”
“Wettest January in SW since 1910.”
Flooded garden in Totnes – photo copyright Malcolm Pemberton
Of course everyone is doing the best they can with limited funds. The Environment Agency oversees national issues and has a particular brief to saves lives first. Local councils are doing what they can to minimise risks in their areas. But it’s all a matter of priorities and different interest groups. Farmers would like their land protected from flooding, home-owners would like their properties safeguarded. Road and rail agencies would like their operations to run without breaks.
Flooded footpath in Totnes – photo copyright Malcolm Pemberton
The reality is that there is not enough money to go round, and when heavy rain on high ground swells the mountain streams and fills the lower rivers, which then meet a tidal surge coming up the river from the sea, the result is inevitable. There are many ways to combat the problems, but each way causes its own knock-on effects. Rivers can be dredged to increase their capacity, dams can be built to control how much water empties downstream at one time, flood defences can be built where rivers meet the sea (like the Thames Barrier). Everything though, has an impact on the whole chain.
Projects can often get delayed as a rare bug is found living in an area due for dredging, another project would affect wading birds and another would affect fishing – and it’s all true. However, on a local level much can be done to protect individual properties, but more thought needs to be given to building them in the first place. It may indeed be idyllic to have your back lawn sloping gently down to the river, but maybe a stout wall at the water’s edge (with pumps installed behind it to deal with ground water seepage) may be more practical. Or, perhaps, if you build your home in a flood-risk area, it should be able to float
February 2, 2014
ENGLISH LANGUAGE, Spelling, Vocabulary
answer etymology, why does answer have a silent w
- An old school-friend of mine just shared this with me and I thought it was so interesting that I decided to pass it on to you all.
- Apparently, ‘answer’ comes from the Old English andswaru – originating from making a sworn statement in reply to an accusation. Click HERE for the full etymology from Online Etymology Dictionary.
January 29, 2014
cross cultural communication, cultural training, culture shock
Chinese indoor market – by Timo Märsylä
Fact: Anybody who moves abroad will experience some level of culture shock.
Fact: It’s much easier to cope with culture shock if you are prepared for it.
Fact: Culture shock can cost businesses money.