Monthly Archives: October 2013

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Language/Writing Tip 3

“Express your most powerful thought in the shortest sentence” is pretty solid advice.

The above quotation is taken from:

Check it out. You will learn something. Or you might find the advice glib. But do consider it.

The advantage of short sentences for your main idea: no one will lose your thesis is a forest of other ideas.

The disadvantages: it can sound like brow-beating, a harangue or politicking. In other words, expressing complicated ideas in short, short sentences is often over-simplifying. Nobody can express nuance in a five-word sentence. As I hope to have shown in the “Check it out” series of sentences, a series of short sentences is death to rhythm.

On a side-note: keep your e-mails brief. If you want to ask me something, don’t hide the request within 150 words of fluff. Just ask. Be direct but not accusatory (stay tuned for more on this).

Also, check out last year’s series of language notes at:

101 English Tips: A Quick Guide to Avoiding “Slovenglish” is available at:

and (in a groovy page-turning form) at:


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Darja Hribar, Professor of English and American Literature at the Faculty of Arts, University of Maribor, Slovenia, passed away in May this year. She was an accomplished scholar, a devoted teacher, an experienced literary translator, and, above all, a noble person. Apart from early American literature, her main areas of research and teaching were contemporary drama and theatre studies as well as literary translation, both from the point of view of literary stylistics. She was among the founding members of the Slovene Association for the Study of English. She participated in SDAŠ conferences and meetings and published in ELOPE. Her article about Harold Pinter in Slovene translation appeared in the first issue of this journal. To honour our colleague and friend, the Spring 2014 issue of ELOPE will be dedicated to her memory.
Submissions are welcome from all subject areas of English studies:
  • Linguistics
  • Literatures in English
  • Language Teaching
  • Translation
  • English for Specific Purposes (ESP)
  • and other related fields.
The papers should be sent as Word attachments to the following email address: For formatting and documentation, please refer to the notes for contributors available on the ELOPE web site ( The submission deadline is 15 January 2014.
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Izzivi poučevanja in raziskovanja tujih jezikov stroke

Vabimo vas, da se udeležite konference SDUTSJ ( z naslovom Izzivi poučevanja in raziskovanja tujih jezikov stroke.
Konferenca bo potekala 7.. februarja 2014 na Fakulteti za upravo (FU) Univerze v Ljubljani, Gosarjeva 5, Ljubljana, predavalnica P5.
Konferenca SDUTSJ je namenjena izmenjavi izkušenj in strokovnih znanj ter predstavitvi raziskav na področju poučevanja tujih jezikov stroke
v srednješolskem, višješolskem in visokošolskem izobraževanju. Konferenca predstavlja izvrstno priložnost za izmenjavo mnenj, zato vas vabimo, da sodelujete s svojim prispevkom, in o dogodku obvestite tudi kolege, ki bi jih srečanje zanimalo.
Več informacij: klik.
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Book Reviews for The Messenger

Have you ever thought of writing a review for The Messenger? The list of books for review has just been considerably added to, and is available, as always, on the ESSE website:

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12th ESSE Conference – UPJŠ Košice 2014

Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, Slovakia, The Department of British and American Studies, Faculty of Arts
and SKASE (The Slovak Association for the Study of English)

look forward to welcoming you to the




Friday 29 August – Tuesday 2 September, 2014