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Revision: Cellular Structure and Function

This post was written for my biology students as revision for the unit on cellular structure and function.  Definitions for keywords were adapted from Biology (Glencoe, 2008). Advertisements

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Notes of Passivization

One construction students of the English language inevitably encounter in their course of study is the conversion of an active sentence into a passive one (passivization), e.g.: John bought a car. (active) –>  A car was bought by John. (passive) … Continue reading

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Mahjong Seating, Rotation Problem

About two months ago, I was invited to join a Mahjong party that involved three square game tables and twelve players (four players per table). After each (of the six) round(s) the seating assignment changes: the goal being to maximize the … Continue reading

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[b]/[p]/[ph]-Series and [d]/[t]/[th]-Series in Thai and English

When touring around Thailand, it isn’t uncommon to encounter attractions with a most disagreeable double pricing system (higher admission cost for non-Thai nationals, you would never find this in Europe… Anyway…).  I imagine three categories of non-Thai tourist: those who … Continue reading

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Thai Pradesh

ประเทศไทย or [prà.thê:t.thai] (Thailand) is probably one of the first words a student of Thai would memorize.  In this post, I explore the ประ [prà] and เทศ [thê:t] of Thailand.

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Usage of เผื่อ and เพื่อ

In this post, I’ll be discussing the usage of เผื่อ /phɯ̀a/ and เพื่อ /phɯ̂a/, which is often confused by learners of Thai due to their similar phonological and semantic values.

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Apollonius’ Theorem

An interesting relationship found in geometry involves the measurements of the sides of a triangle and the measurement of the triangle’s median.  In the following diagram the median of the triangle (with sides X and Y) is indicated by Z.  … Continue reading

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The Plural(s) of Asparagus

In a recent post, I had originally mentioned asparagus/asparagi as an example of hypercorrection due to the common Latin pluralization rule of –us –> –i .  However, from further investigation I’m not so sure that asparagus/asparagi is actually so “wrong” after … Continue reading

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