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Pet Peeves #2 Badly Composed Tweets

As a language teacher, I'm used to dealing with all kinds of badly framed sentences: incorrect tenses, missing articles, wrong prepositions and invisible (I really mean absent) punctuation marks. I know it infuriates my colleagues, but not me. I understand that my students ' work is just that - students' work. It's in a classroom … Continue reading Pet Peeves #2 Badly Composed Tweets

FranceSay: The Chatbot

There are several ways to learn a language - the old-school method of joining a class, using text books and other traditional study material, through immersion and speaking to locals exclusively in their language, or the more modern method of apps, like DuoLingo. But how do you go beyond the textbook / app? And how … Continue reading FranceSay: The Chatbot

My Students And Other Animals

The urban animal population seems to have an affinity to me, invading my home and even classrooms with little regard for my feelings. We've always had a dog at home, and briefly welcomed turtles, fishes and even birds - all adopted by my brother. But we've also played host to many uninvited animal visitors: lizards, … Continue reading My Students And Other Animals

Pet Peeves #1: The Usage of “Would” In Indian English

Once a student of English Literature, I tend to be a bit of a stickler for correct usage of grammar. As a language teacher, I have learnt to turn a blind eye to some common mistakes my students make. But there are some things that bother me too much to be shoved to the back … Continue reading Pet Peeves #1: The Usage of “Would” In Indian English

How I Sold A Site

I didn't think it could happen, even though I'd read about it happening, and if it could, definitely not to me! But it did happen. I developed a site...and sold it! The idea for What Are Chatbots was germinated one summer afternoon last year when we were brainstorming with the founders of Skilla on how to … Continue reading How I Sold A Site

Boozy Fruit Cake

I've been baking cakes for nearly over two decades now and though I'm a stickler for following recipes, I've started taking liberties and doing my own thing (within the pre-defined limits of a recipe of course). Last week's boozy fruit cake came from a random mélange of recipes of fruit muffins and Christmas cake that … Continue reading Boozy Fruit Cake

Handy Tips for Translating a Corporate Web Site

I recently translated (French → English) the entire website, ticket booking platform and marketing material for Mystifly. It was the first time that I was handling such a big project. But more importantly, it was also my first translation assignment since 2011. I was quite obviously nervous when I started, so I spent a long … Continue reading Handy Tips for Translating a Corporate Web Site