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    Realia

    Can this word be used to designate a new object or phenomenon which appeared in people's life which did not exist before (like the Internet)? Or is there some other word?

    The context may be as follows: New realias appeared in our social life an the end of the 20th century.
    Last edited by englishhobby; 29-Jun-2014 at 21:30.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: Realia

    No, it's not natural in everyday English. It is used in education to refer to teaching aids, though.

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    #3

    Re: Realia

    I've only heard it used in teaching contexts.

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    #4

    Re: Realia

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I've only heard it used in teaching contexts.
    That means I've not been taught enough!
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: Realia

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    That means I've not been taught enough!
    It could also mean you've been spared the postmodern pedagogical classes.

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    #6

    Re: Realia

    So, what word should I use to describe new phenomena, like the Internet, which appear in our life? New (something) appear.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: Realia

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    So, what word should I use to describe new phenomena, like the Internet, which appear in our life? New (something) appear.
    things, phenomena, media modes, complications, novelties, electronic marvels ...
    How do you want to describe them?

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    #8

    Re: Realia

    I think "novelties" will do for my context (just any newly invented objects), thank you
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    Re: Realia

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    That means I've not been taught enough!
    Spared possibly- people used to take things like tickets and receipts into class to use as a way of brightening things up in the bad old days before we had technology.

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