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Sheet Music
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Foreign words and musical notes

 

Anyone who's ever had to learn to read sheet music will know what I mean when I say that it can sometimes literally be like…

How has computer technology affected dictionary-making?

In the days before computers, writing a dictionary was a laborious job. Find out how new technology has changed the way dictionaries are made.

Plurals of nouns

Most words which have come into English from Italian form their plurals with an -s, as if they were English words. For example, the Italian plural of cappuccino is cappuccini, but when the word is used in English, its plural form is cappuccinos. Here are some more examples...

Palabra del día peart
Pronunciación: pɪət
adjective
lively; cheerful

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Síganos

Cita de la semana

“All generalizations are dangerous, even this one.”

Alexandre Dumas

(1824–95)

French writer

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colours
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Colourful language: colours in international idioms

 

Although we have a plethora of words in our vocabularies to describe colour, it’s unlikely that we each perceive colour in…