A conversation involves at least two people. But how does it actually work? In English we respond to each other in subtile ways to make sure we are really communicating. Learn about "confluence", the relationship aspect of language, in this week's grammar exercise.
How do you tell someone's from Ireland? Listen carefully to how the letters I, R and L are pronounced. We look at these and other elements of the musical-sounding speech heard in Ireland in part 3 of our series on varieties of English.
To the untrained ear, Australian, New Zealand and South African accents are rather similar. A New Zealand accent is easy to recognize, however, by its high pitch, unusual vowel sounds and the speaker's choice of expressions. Part 2 of our series.
"I thought they spoke English here!" Has this ever happened to you? An unfamiliar accent or dialect gets in the way of communication. Luckily, some simple tricks can help. Join us on a tour around the world as we introduce various ways that English is spoken.