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Emeritus Professor Roly Sussex walks you through the linguistic mindfield, explaining the weird and wonderful aspects of English and many other languages.

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    • Education
    • 4.7 • 132 Ratings

Emeritus Professor Roly Sussex walks you through the linguistic mindfield, explaining the weird and wonderful aspects of English and many other languages.

    A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

    A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

    Which words are most frequently mispronounced and why are those words so difficult in the first place? Professor Roly Sussex says simplifications like vulnerable have a good phonetic explanation, but that's not always the case.

    • 26 min
    A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

    A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

    According to the official Wimbledon website, Queensland's Ash Barty won the ladies singles final and Novak Djokovic won the gentlemen's final, so why not women and men's? Allow Professor Roly Sussex to explain.

    • 25 min
    A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

    A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

    How do we know where to put the word stress in English and are there any rules about which words have a stress in specific parts?

    • 29 min
    A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

    A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

    Is it atypical or untypical of Roly to return to a topic? Once again, Professor Roly Sussex is talking about prefixes.

    • 29 min
    A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

    A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

    The humble prefix: IMpossible to understand how they work or UNpossible to learn them all one by one? Allow Professor Roly Sussex to explain.

    • 33 min
    A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

    A Word in Your Ear with Roly Sussex

    The sense of smell as in a dog with a keen nose or a special kind of smell as in a wine with a good nose. In this case, 'nose' is a polysemy. Professor Roly Sussex explains.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
132 Ratings

132 Ratings

Barkly Dweller ,

G/day

Great show and I have learned a lot about our language . Thanks Roley .

Port Macquarie fan ,

Fascinated by language

Roly is a star, so informed and knowledgeable I feel intimidated!
Love listening to his podcasts and love not having to suffer through adverts. Well done Roly!

Frogger3.0 ,

Annoying female presenter

Rolly is great. Pity that the female presenter speaks over him and makes unintelligent comments - she ruins the program!

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