MOOCy Monday: My Write101 online course

1A few weeks ago I wrote about an online course, Write101 on EdX, from the University of Queensland. It focuses on grammar and style. I announced that I’d audit it actively (this means no pay, but participating in the assignments), but I’ve since changed my mind.

I’ll continue auditing the course, but I’m not going to submit the assignments. This is not an easy course. There are grammar MOOCs out there where you can simply rush through with a minimum of work, and the quizzes are simple enough. Not so this one. Continue reading “MOOCy Monday: My Write101 online course”

Struggling With “Whom”, And Now It’s Going Away?

whomeme1While learning a second language, there are often little things that present unexpected barriers to getting it just right.

Who versus Whom is such a thing. When you learn English as a second language at school, you are taught that the object form of ‘who’ is ‘whom’. The proud advanced English learners will use throw their ‘whom’ at whoever is willing to listen. Or was that whomever? No, I don’t think so…

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Reblogged: A Public Service Announcement: Common Grammar Goofs

Adi, the Happy Lifeaholic reblogged this on her blog, but I felt compelled to reblog it, too, because I find it so useful. If you try to learn a foreign language, things like that help a lot. I feel comfortable with most of these examples. What makes trouble for me is the I, Me, Myself thing which I still don’t fully understand. Dangling participles, oh my, and most of all, punctuation, comma splits and spaghettis sentences. This comes from German, since we usually use long, convoluted sentences, with many commata and few semicolons. Enjoy the post, maybe you find it just as helpful as I did.

Nicholas C. Rossis

Copyblogger and BlueGlass have created this awesome infographic with some common grammar mistakes, and how to avoid them. Enjoy!

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

My children’s book, Runaway Smile, is mercifully free of grammar goofs. Don’t believe me? Read it for free and find out for yourself!

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