Author Archive | Matthew Jones

How to Say Thank You in 100 Different Languages

Here at Magoosh, our primary focus is the English language. However, we are fascinated by everything related to language — from linguistic origins to translation technology. More than anything, we believe in connecting people from all different backgrounds. One way to do this is to show kindness through language. So, what’s the easiest way to show […]

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Ad Nauseam: What It Really Means & How to Use It

Click below to listen to a recording of this passage about ‘ad nauseam.’   English borrows a lot of words and phrases from other languages. Unfortunately, this can make it difficult for non-native speakers to figure out the meaning, pronunciation, and proper usage of certain borrowed terms. If you’ve ever read or heard someone speak […]

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Faux Pas Meaning & How to Use It

Click below to listen to a recording of this passage.   English borrows a lot of terms from other languages, just as other languages borrow many terms from English. For example, French uses the word “sandwich” all the time (with a slightly different pronunciation), even though the word originated in England in the 18th century. […]

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Albeit Meaning & How to Use It

Click below to listen to a recording of this passage.   There are hundreds of thousands of words in the English language, but many are obsolete (no longer useful). When you search for any English word on the Internet, you can find a definition, synonyms, and example sentences. Additionally, you can often find how common […]

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Vice Versa: Its Meaning & How to Use It

Click below to listen to a recording of this passage.   Like many English phrases, “vice versa” is borrowed from another language. Other examples of this in English include, “wanderlust”, originally a German word, and “karaoke”, borrowed from the Japanese language.  Despite being a pretty common term, vice versa is often misused, mispronounced, and misunderstood […]

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Affect vs. Effect: How to Know the Difference

Click below to listen to a recording of this passage.   Have you ever tried to talk about “change” in English? If so, you’ve probably run into issues involving affect vs. effect.  The two words sound nearly identical. They’re spelling only differs by one letter. As a result, things can get confusing when you’re speaking, […]

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