Lindsay Lewis

English/ ESL consultant: Word worker, writer, teacher, mentor and poet. Author of This Won’t Hurt a Bit! on writing clear content.


The Goldfinch: A must read

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I have just discovered Donna Tartt- and if you love literature, her novel The Goldfinch is a must read. The novel is luminescent- every word evokes a place, a feeling, a character. Set in New York , the novel explores the world of Theo, the teenage protagonist whose mother has been tragically killed in an accident. Aside from being a riveting plot, it’s the beauty of each word that makes the novel so noteworthy. Reading it reminds me of learning to dance tango. After mastering the most difficult steps, I finally realized that dancing is...

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Could you say that again please?

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I was looking at runners the other day and the employee at the shoe store had his lovely Labradoodle with him. When his dog began pawing me (he could smell treats), the owner called him.  I was somewhat astonished, however, when he said, “Come here Bastard! ” I thought gosh, that’s an odd name for a dog! Finally I asked the fellow why he called his dog Bastard. “His name isn’t Bastard”, he replied, “It’s Buster!” It all made sense since the gentleman had a very strong German accent. My...

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Thinking of my friends and colleagues in Belgium

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I am horrified to see the latest attacks against humanity and send a big COURAGE to all of my friends, colleagues and students in Belgium . Je t’envoie beaucoup de courage. Je pense a toi.

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Speech: Your business suit

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A few years ago, I was in New York, returning from a Yankees vs Mariners baseball game. On the subway, fans were discussing the game. I was listening to one man speak and within 30 seconds, I had ascertained that he was from Seattle. I said to him, “Oh, you are from Seattle!I’m from Victoria.” Shocked, he asked, “How do you know?” “I’m a linguist”, I replied. “What else can you tell?” he asked. “Pretty well everything “I said,” but you might not like what I tell...

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Portmanteaus and other creative words

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I like to challenge myself to make up new words, so these are a few of my latest. Dentrification: Being wealthy enough to afford invisiline braces, porcelain crowns and lovely teeth. Dentrified:  adjective. I’ve been dentrified!Look at my lovely new crowns! Textibitionist: One who clutters the sidewalk in order to text, forcing others to walk around him. Glaciers have lovely teeth- sharp, shiny and blue. Like sharks, the glacier seems to grow new teeth when a chunk calves, or falls off. Lovely creatures. I took this photo in El...

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Hello dear readers. Why am I blogging about babycoyotes? Because one of my amazing philanthropic students created this baby and I’m so proud of her. Meet Vellar Chou and her fabulous ecologically friendly products. Part of her sales go to the Canadian Cancer Society. I’m impressed, and you should be too. As I just finished blogging about Daniel Pink and the new business model, along comes my brilliant student with a classic example. Enjoy, and support a good cause!

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The dynamic nature of language.

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English, our much maligned language, has been criticized for centuries for its irregular grammar and guestimate spelling. Hundreds of years ago, before literacy was widespread, monks slaved away in candle-lit caverns, writing announcements with up to three variants of a word. Later, when Gutenberg invented the printing press, English was forced to comply -to a degree- to create a standardized alphabet. However, the more we try to pin down our bad boy of the romance languages to make it conform, the more our slippery English changes to reflect...

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time: Mark Haddon.

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If you have not read Mark Haddon, the brilliant British author, you are in for a wonderful surprise. I could not put down his amazing work The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, and I’m sure you will be burning the midnight oil. Haddon explores the world of autism by demonstrating every thought, sensation, and sense through his protagonist’s eyes. The novel explores life through this lens- which is no better or worse, and in fact appears to be far more logical than the experiences of his crazy parents and their...

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My website is having a face lift, but no Botox!!

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You will be happy to know that my website will soon be even more user friendly for your cell phone or android as my webmaster performs a few surgical tweaks, but have no fear. Your one and only language lover is not a fan of artificiality- there will be no Botox! Just a few minor changes to make your life easier. SPOILER ALERT: I will be posting my grammar dominatrix song soon- yes, it’s a song about grammar but not too racy. Clothes remain on, but it’s guaranteed to give you a good laugh. I’ve performed it several times and...

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Motivation: Why do we learn? Daniel Pink’s theory.

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I am currently engrossed in Daniel Pink’s book Drive which discusses our reasons for being motivated. In fact, intrinsic motivation is the most important aspect of learning, and ideally, is linked to the greater good. Pink cites many examples of new companies such as Tom’s shoes which are both for profit, and charitable. Pink suggests that we move beyond a “carrots and sticks” mentality into one of joyous productivity. People need to explore their interests to grow, and the more flexibility the employees receive, the...

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