Week 16 Roundup

Monday 27 April 2009, 6.51pm HKT

[Roundup for 20-26 April 2009]

“What you write beyong 100 to 150 words is not likely to be read—unless you’re a really gifted writer and your message is super relevant.”

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“Like is full of rules made by people who don’t understand what they’re ruling on.”

(John Simmons, via 24 April 2009)

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“They got this […] almost pathological need to speak like a native. They sorta think they can do it just by practice. If it’s just a linguistic matter, everyone in the rest of Europe would be speaking like a true-blue Englishman.”

(On Chinese learners of English, 23 April 2009)

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“Katie’s a very good liar. She had me fooled. […] when you work as a lawyer, lying comes with the territory. There is a lesson to be learnt here. […] Trust no one.”

(26 April 2009)

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