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Language Problems

A couple of language related problems that just won’t go away!

1 Pre-reading

Onomatopoeia refers to words that imitate sounds. What sounds do you think the following words or expressions are describing?

2 Reading I

Read over the questions below. Discuss your answers with a partner. Then, read the article once to compare your answers.

1. What is the origin of language?

2. How do we acquire our first language?

3 Reading II

Read the article again and answer the questions.

1. When did humans and chimpanzees begin to evolve separately?

2. How was the Neanderthal’s brain different to ours?

3. What can the expression “mmm” be used to communicate in English?

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Great news! The latest issue of Hot English (205) is out now! Learn over 1,000 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month we’re looking at body language in presentations. Plus, 30 words for pets, 10 useful words for talking about the theatre, idioms, phrasal verbs... plus: • Jokes – jokes in English. • Animals – pet trainers. • Grammar – would & used to. • Music – Justin Bieber. • Language – how to write. • Celebrities – Elizabeth Taylor. • Cinema – Pirates of the Caribbean. • Hollywood – celebrity couples. • Art – tattoos. • Cuisine – fajitas. • Business – CVs. • Transport – the segway. • Words – etymology. AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 1,000 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!