Technology Loop…Yeah right!

Language Loop.....

Hi again,

I hadn’t planned on posting so soon but recent feedback from a student informed me that the technology loop video below is no longer available outside the US. It’s probably because it’s part of a new TV series they are doing in America called Portlandia, and they don’t want European viewers getting it before time. I asked a friend of mine living in London to check if it was working in the UK and the answer was “no.”  I looked into the series a little more and it seems to be one of the few occasions where british style humour has travelled from the UK to the US and not vice-versa, as is usually the case. ‘English’ TV is largely influenced by its American counterpart. One of the features of British humour is its sense of the ironic and absurd, which sometimes borders on the surreal and is often presented in sketch format. American audiences generally don’t go for this type of humour; until now that is. Hopefully with the success of the series, more clips of the video will go online and I’ll be able to update it again; preferably before the series is exported to Europe in its dubbed version.

Alan

My Blog

Questions...questions...?

Hello all,

Yes, you’ve guessed it…this is my new blog. As you’ll see from reading the ‘about’ section, the idea is to provide you with a platform from which to access language content. The idea was to get to grips with the technical aspect and then bombard you with language you may (or may not) find interesting. It took me 6 weeks to understand the technical aspects of the blog which meant that I was ready to upload content around mid October 2011…..or so I thought!
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A friend of mine involved in creative visual design recently observed that the use of facebook as a means of communication was creating more questions than answers. In terms of language content on this blog I’ve also encountered more questions than answers.
I’ve been ruminating on what content to put up online for about a month now, and I’m still no closer to an answer. Well, that’s not exactly true. Putting up content will be easy; getting you to actually watch, read and make use of it will be a wholly different matter. And that’s the part that I’m really interested in.
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I’ve decided to go with it regardless, in the hope that students will provide me with some answers. There are links and associated material on the various posts and pages, but it’s content that many of you are aware of already and don’t use that often. In fact, you only tend to use this content when I’m nagging you on a regular basis.
The text I’ve put in italics is language that you could / should find interesting and of benefit. I’ll try to keep it as natural as possible. Log it in your vocab lists and ask questions about it if unsure about meaning.
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The posts you see below are simply tests to see what kind of content I was able to play with. I’m going to leave them there so that I can start as I mean to continue; audio-visual material, with grammar and vocabulary reference.
Please sign-up, leave comments and remember that what you post is public….so get the spelling right!!
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Alan