October 12th, 2015

"Yummy" not "Yammy"...and other English lessons

I see a constant mistake on Facebook and in comments to posts, when Russians are trying to refer to something as delicious or tasty. They use the term "yAmmy," when the correct word is "yUmmy." I'm not sure if this is a teaching error from Soviet times, but I'm offering a rare English lesson because this mistake is so widespread. A "yam" is a vegetable, similar to a sweet potato.

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Also, many people ask me the correct way to refer to black people in the U.S. I simply call them "black," although African-American is also commonly used. NEVER use the word "nigger." This seems to be an acceptable term in Russia, but in the U.S. it's very offensive and derogatory. Also, you will look like a fool if you call them "Negroes." This term is outdated.Collapse )