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How to pronounce pizza

I recently watched a great online course about machine learning from UC Berkeley. The course started pre-COVID19 and included a dinner break for which pizza was ordered in. The fact that the lecturer, who is not a native English speaker, mispronounced pizza motivated me to write this post. As always, things are more interesting than

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Don’t put your money on dice

A remarkably common mistake across many different levels of English speakers is the incorrect use of dice as a singular noun. Even though it may appear to be the other way around, we have the singular die and the plural dice Perhaps it helps you to remember by reminding yourself of the singular-plural pairs mouse-mice

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Naughty notifications

While listening to an online lecture about software engineering presented by a German, I noticed a systematic, incorrect pronunciation of the words notify and notification. The correct pronunciations are readily found online, for example in the Oxford Learner’s Dictionary: notify: [ˈnəʊtɪfaɪ] (BE), [ˈnoʊtɪfaɪ] (AE) | listen here notification: [ˌnəʊtɪfɪˈkeɪʃn] (BE), [ˌnoʊtɪfɪˈkeɪʃn] (AE) | listen here

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How to pronounce Linkedin

Linkedin is a widely used platform for online networking. Personally, I believe that part of its popularity is partly due to the fact that it is often accessible at work whereas other social media websites are typically blocked. Regardless of personal opinions regarding the widespread overselling of personal skills and achievements on Linkedin, this post

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