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Dys-lexia & English as a second language

Famous people with dyslexia: Steve Spielberg, Salma Hayek, Tom Cruise,Richard Branson, Jim Carrey, Anderson Cooper , Patrick Dempsey, Tom Hilfiger, Jamie Oliver, and so many more..! Ma imparare l Inglese SI PUÒ. E ci si può anche diverti. Perché non esiste solo scrivere e leggere.. esiste ascoltare, cantare, ripetere, toccare,colorare, chiudere gli occhi e “vedere” le parole, vedere i colori. ! Percheè C È S E M P R E un altro modo. !

Back story : who was Susan,and was she truly lazy?

In the absence of maids or footmen to refill wine goblets and deliver condiments, diners were forced to reach across the table or interrupt conversation with “pass the salt please”… voilà “the lazy Susan” helped solve that problem…

Who first came up with Lazy Susan remains a mystery. Who exactly was Susan… legend has it she was the daughter of the person who invented this turnable trays…

L Inglese è cosi !!! Ci tiene “svegli”… Sempre un po’ attenti. Ogni volta che devo scrive lose…. Penso “🤔🤔🤔 una O ? Due O….”. And this is exactly why we love our English!! #lovenglish #petyourenglish #confusingwords #almenolinglesesapevatelo

Advise vs. Advice: 20 Confusing Words in English – Espresso English


Siamese Twins

“Fish & Chips” “Safe and Sound” “Fro and To” … e se dicessimo “Chips & Fish”? Oppure “Sound and Safe”? In Inglese ci sono parole che vengono chiamate “Siamese Twins” proprio perché vengono usate in coppia e con un ordine prestabilito anche se ,come nel caso di “Fish & Chips”, non c è apparentemente nessuna ragione precisa. Ma si sa c è sempre una logica. Check this out :

1. In logical order. As we might expect, there is a logic to a lot of these collocations. Examples include first and second (and other number sequences), cause and effect, old and new, crime and punishment, (mind your) Ps and Qs.

2. The semantically bigger or better thing comes first: fish and chips, bacon and eggs, meat and vegetables. Examples of the better thing first include: good and bad, highs and lows, dos and don’ts, pros and cons. This pattern can sometimes seem to be the opposite of the first rule, e.g. a higher number is bigger than a smaller one, but this rule is not applied to words which can be put in a logical sequence.

3. Longest last: The longer (or “heavier” to pronounce) word goes last. There are a lot of collocations which seem to obey this rule. Examples include salt and pepper, cloak and dagger, cause and effect, men and women, ladies and gentlemen, cream and sugar. This rule seems to take lower priority than the other rules and often overlaps with them. It may arise from the need to put more complicated words or ideas after simpler ones.

4. Male often goes before female, e.g. men and women, he and she, his and hers, Mr and Mrs, brothers and sisters, Dear Sir or Madam. There are exceptions, e.g. ladies and gentlemen, (which follows the longest last rule) mum and dad and aunt and uncle.

5. Some of the Siamese twins follow rules similar to those of adjective order. E.g. we say tall and thin just like we say “a tall thin man” rather than “thin tall man”.

Del resto anche in Italiano : “Romeo & Giulietta” ” Adamo & Eva” “Signore & Signori”

L ordine delle “Siamese Twins” varia anche se spesso lingue differenti seguono la stessa logica :bigger/better first. Sembra invece variare l ordine maschile / femminile ….