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March 07, 2005

Got English Indigestion?

In her latest humor column in the Japan Times, Amy Chavez looks at the possible use of "punctuation soup" for English language teaching. Her less than serious suggestion follows an observation of how the Japanese version of Animal Crackers actually have the names of the animals written on them in English. The idea of learning "all about punctuation by ingesting it" stems from her frustration in trying to teach the correct and restrained use of things like exclamation marks, semi-colons and ellipses.
Get! Strunk & White's punctuation soup

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