Here at Rogue Language, we focus on lessons that are useful and relevant to our students. We pick interesting topics that challenge our students to think, and give them opportunities to discuss real issues that may have on impact on their lives in living, practical English. No boring textbooks here!
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Modal verbs are some of the trickiest parts of a language considering how unique they are and how they can drastically change the meaning of a sentence when used incorrectly. Also, they follow their own set of rules which you need to understand in order to wield them properly - in this lesson, we will discuss how and when to use modal verbs and in which cases you should use certain modals to precisely express your thoughts and ideas.
How much does your average Ukrainian know about IT? L'viv is often considered to be the "Silicon Valley" of Ukraine, but it seems that a surprisingly large amount of people still do not understand what it means to be a programmer. One young JS developer recently conducted a social experiment here in the City of Lions that yielded some interesting results on how much people truly understand the IT sphere, as well as showed how people perceive homeless people.
Mandatory military conscription is a fact of life for many citizens of countries around the world. Although a few countries are able to maintain a standing professional army, there are others who rely on drafting young men to provide the manpower in order to protect their borders. However, is it better or worse for the country as a whole to have a professional army? Should people experience service to one's country in order to appreciate it more? Can conscription be used to "free up" professional soldiers for more important tasks? Is there any benefit for the person being conscripted? We'll discuss these questions and more!
Should we work to preserve endangered languages? Some people believe so, while others think that it is a fact of life that minority languages will go the way of dinosaurs and eventually become extinct. Linguists tend to argue that language is a part of culture - and by letting languages die, we lose a part of our history and knowledge. In this lesson, we take a look at both of these viewpoints and ask the question - is it worth saving a language?
What is utopia? A question often asked but rarely researched, considering how difficult it is to create such an environment for humans. However, one brave researcher figured out how to make such a place for a colony of mice. His results, alas, were slightly more disappointing than one would expect - after only a couple years, the colony went extinct. How could this happen? Are utopias really that "Utopian" after all?
This lesson is about some particularly difficult nuances of using possessives, including some commonly mixed up phrases. How do you explain to someone that you don't want to share? How can you express your desire to do something without external assistance? Worry not, this lesson will show you how!
When is a verb not a verb? When it is a gerund! One of the more difficult parts of obtaining an advanced level of English is memorizing the myriad different verbs which sometimes demand a noun in order to be used correctly - because in these cases, if you want to use a verb, you'll need a gerund! This introductory course on gerunds is designed to introduce the idea to English learners and practice a few words that require the use of gerunds. Enjoy!
Prisons, factories, power plants, and airports - all things we need to live in a modern society, yet nobody seems to want to live anywhere near these facilities despite their great importance in our lives. How can we agree on where we should put these things without angering local communities and destroying property values? Should the government ultimately decide where to put them, or should we put it to a vote - and in the end, where will these important facilities end up?
At what age are people allowed to make decisions about their own sexual activity, and with whom? In the U.S., it is a very arbitrary decision, usually varying from state to state. However, if someone breaks this law, the consequences can be severe and life-destroying. Is it necessary to have such strict laws regarding sex and minors in order to keep our communities safe, or are sex offender registries doing more harm than good?
The passive voice in English is a fairly complex grammatical structure that a lot of foreigners have difficult with. Fortunately, we have a nice lesson which explains the basics of speaking in passive with basic tenses - if you're interested in more advanced usage (with perfect tenses, for example), stay tuned for a future lesson based on upper-intermediate passive voice usage.