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  • LEARNING

    Children on the margins

    Outlook, Vasana Chinvarakorn, Published on 07/01/2010

    » There is light in the eyes of these children as they laugh. It shines out of the darkness that surrounds them. Under the fluorescent glare, the youngsters are giggling or convulsing with laughter at the performances of their peers. One by one, they take turns staging one-of-a-kind shows - shadow and hand puppetry, a live theatre and singing skit, and even traditional ethnic Shan dances during which some appreciative audience members present the amateur performers with small cash gifts. The memorable night will no doubt be cherished by the youths for years to come. It's a rare opportunity for the 30 stateless children in Chiang Mai to spend three days learning the basics of art and producing this unique "festival" together.

  • LEARNING

    Be a part of taking grammar apart

    Learningpost, Published on 19/01/2010

    » 'A part of you has grown in me. And so you see, it's you and me together forever and never apart, maybe in distance, but never in heart.'' _ Author unknown

  • LEARNING

    Accept this!

    Learningpost, Heather Vlach, Published on 26/01/2010

    » The two English words accept and except are often confused by non-native and native speakers alike. Perhaps it is due to their somewhat similar spellings and pronunciations. However, upon gaining a better understanding of the respective meanings for the two words, it may actually seem rather strange that there is confusion over them, because the meaning of accept and the meaning of except, when used as a verb, are more or less opposites.

  • LEARNING

    Which is it: 'It is I' or 'It is me'?

    Learningpost, Heather Vlach, Published on 23/02/2010

    » The grammar police caught US President Barack Obama improperly using the two English pronouns "I" and "me" in public speeches. Since his election, the president has been bluntly criticised by grammarian bloggers for using "I" instead of "me" in phrases like "a very personal decision for Michelle and I" , "the main disagreement between John and I" and "graciously invited Michelle and I".

  • LEARNING

    Lords of the air

    Learningpost, David Canavan, Published on 06/04/2010

    » Predators always arouse our interest whether we see them on TV or in the wild. What is truly amazing about predatory animals is their wide choice of lethal weapons and their varied techniques for catching prey. This article highlights some incredible aerial hunters. The next article will feature land predators, and following that we will review killers of the sea.

  • LEARNING

    Taking the science path

    Learningpost, Purich Trivitayakhun, Published on 20/04/2010

    » Once again, MSD Thailand (MSD), in collaboration with Kenan Institute Asia, the Office of the Basic Education Commission, and the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology, organised the "MSD In-Step Fun Science Camp" (Fun Science Camp) at Rajaprajanugroh 35 School in Takua Pa district in the southern province of Phangnga.

  • LEARNING

    Don't lose accuracy with loose grammar

    Learningpost, Heather Vlach, Published on 20/04/2010

    » The words loose and lose are often mixed up and misused in place of one another. Many people write loose when they really mean lose. Perhaps the source of confusion is related to the obvious visual resemblance, or occasionally shared verb status.

  • TECH

    Petite and sweet

    Database, Wanda Sloan, Published on 21/04/2010

    » It is extremely humbling to be a Database columnist temporarily (or, I suppose, permanently) sidelined. The email enquiries have been somewhat overwhelming.

  • TECH

    Taking charge of the PC

    Database, Wanda Sloan, Published on 28/04/2010

    » These blasted machines are out to get us. But so are some of the programmers, and I don’t mean the hackers, either. Some of the most insidious attacks on our computers come from companies which claim to be responsible, don’t do any evil, etc.

  • LEARNING

    All ready to study grammar

    Learningpost, Heather Vlach, Published on 18/05/2010

    » Let's face it! English can be confusing. Many English words are similar in sight or sound, but possess very different meanings. While it is difficult to completely avoid making mistakes in English, here are some tips that might help prevent a few common errors.

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