Communication

What Did the Ancient Greek Language Sound Like?

June 26, 2017

The Ancient Greek language is a language like no other. It records an astonishing array of great works in different genres, stretching across a thousand years of history. Watch lecture 1 from the series Greek 101: Learning an Ancient Language, and you’ll learn the 24 letters of the Greek alphabet using the restored classical pronunciation. […]

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Business Skills

A More Powerful Argument: The Toulmin Model

April 4, 2017

One of the most widely studied models of argumentation was designed by Dr. Stephen Toulmin, a British philosopher and scholar of formal logic. The beauty of the Toulmin model is its simplicity, yet it reveals that truly mastering argumentation requires a series of high-stake decisions to be made in the moment. […]

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Featured

Wonderful Words: How to Describe Liars and the Lies They Tell

March 11, 2017

Unfortunately, we’ve all encountered someone who’s tried to con, lie, deceive, hoodwink, bamboozle, dupe, scam, bilk, or fleece us at one time or another in our lives. But fortunately, English has some wonderful words to describe these liars and the lies they tell. […]

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Language

The Japanese Language: Context Is Everything

February 14, 2017

Japanese language is highly contextual. It’s hard to know how to say something in Japanese unless you know the details of the social context. And that reflects a long-standing Japanese concern with order, with hierarchy, and with consensus. […]

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Communication

What is Linguistics?

February 9, 2017

A great many things about language that seem apparent, in fact, are quite otherwise upon examination, and this is what makes linguistics a fascinating field. […]

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Communication

Why The Word ‘Cool’ Has Stayed Hot For So Long

January 27, 2017

The word “cool” is used as a synonym for almost anything good. Music can be cool and restaurants can be cool. Every so often even a minivan seems cool. But why has its popularity lasted over hundreds of years? […]

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