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This blog is about the fascinating, fun, and challenging things about the English language. I hope to entertain you and to help you with problems or just questions you might have with spelling and usage. I go beyond just stating what is right and what is wrong, and provide some history or some tips to help you remember. Is something puzzling you? Feel free to email me at wordlady.barber@gmail.com.
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To book, please contact me at wordlady.barber@gmail.com

Hello all Wordlady fans!

I am offering Wordlady talks online via Zoom! If you haven't used Zoom before, it's pretty easy.

Payment is by PayPal. You can use your PayPal account if you have one, or if not, you can simply use your credit card. Just click or tap on the buttons below to take you to your shopping cart. Once you sign up, I will send you the link to connect to Zoom.

Tip: if you don't know what time 2pm Eastern is in your time zone, just type "2 pm Eastern Time" into Google and it will convert it for you.

Looking for one of my online courses but it's sold out or you can't make it for that time? I will be rescheduling more sessions. Drop me an email at wordlady.barber@gmail.com and I'll notify you as soon as the new session time is  up. Thanks for your patience. 

First up:

"English Schminglish: Hebrew and Yiddish Words in English" 
Hebrew and Yiddish words have enriched the English language for much longer than you may think, and continue to do so. From messiah to maven, sabbath to schnook, English wouldn’t be the same without its Jewish heritage. Whether you are familiar with Hebrew and Yiddish or not, this fun lecture will open your ears to an important source of English vocabulary.

Part 1:

  • Day: Thursday, May 7th, 2020
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Eastern Time (please join the waiting room by 1:50 pm)
  • Location: online on zoom.us. Once you have paid for the talk, I will send you the meeting link
  • Fee: $15.00 Cdn (HST included)

Hebrew and Yiddish Words in English Part 1

Part 2:

  • Day: Friday, May 8th, 2020
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Eastern Time (please join the waiting room by 1:50 pm)
  • Location: online on zoom.us. Once you have paid for the talk, I will send you the meeting link
  • Fee: $15.00 Cdn (HST included) 

Hebrew and Yiddish Words in English Part 2

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About Me

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Canada's Word Lady, Katherine Barber is an expert on the English language and a frequent guest on radio and television. She was Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary. Her witty and informative talks on the stories behind our words are very popular. Contact her at wordlady.barber@gmail.com to book her for speaking engagements; she can tailor her talks to almost any subject. She is also available as an expert witness for lawsuits.