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Should I learn how to speak Esperanto?

 

What is Esperanto? Esperanto is a constructed language, invented by Jewish-Polish eye doctor Zamenhof in the late 19th century.…

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Video: ‘illicit’ or ‘elicit’

 

Illicit and elicit sound very similar, but their meanings are quite different. Watch our video to find out how to use them. Find…