- Too Much French Vocabulary Is the Haute of Hauteur
"Thanks to the longstanding political and social influence of France on what is now the United Kingdom, French and its dialects have had a significant impact
on the English language. Linguists estimate that nearly one-third of English words are derived from French, and though some are more efficient or evocative
in meaning than words that evolved from Old English, terms that ostentatiously signal their place of origin should be used in moderation..."
WHY LEARN ENGLISH ?
- Franglais row: Is the English language conquering France? - 22 May 2013
"The French parliament is debating a new road map for French universities, which includes the proposal of allowing courses to be taught in English.
For some, this amounts to a betrayal of the national language and, more specifically, of a particular way at looking at the world - for others it's just accepting the inevitable..."
- 12 Types of Language
"A variety of terms distinguish the kinds of languages and vocabularies that exist outside the mainstream of standard, formal language.
Here are twelve words and phrases that denote specific ideas of language usage..."
- 'Watergate' and 'Chillax' among top 100 most influential English words - 19 August 2012
"David Crystal, Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor, has picked out 100 words to illustrate the changing face of the language from medieval times.
His choices reflect popular culture over the centuries and the development of the internet and text messaging in recent decades...
'Watergate', referring to the scandal which led to Richard Nixon being forced to surrender the US presidency...
'chillax', a recent introduction combining chill and relax."
Anglo-EU Translation Guide - Nik Peachey: What Brits say and what they mean
What the British say : "I hear what you say"
What the British mean : "I disagree and do not want to discuss it further"
What others understand : "He accepts my point of view"
How is your English? Research shows Americanisms AREN'T taking over the British language.
Planet English - INFOGRAPHIC
"The title says it all: English is everywhere you look, listen, shop, work and walk your dog.
Speakers of English as either a first (L1) or second language (L2) comprise 27% of our world’s population.
Even more noteworthy, perhaps, is the astounding fact that non-native speakers currently outnumber native speakers by a ratio of three to one. Planet English is indeed expanding – and quickly!..."
- The Queen's English Society, "made up of professionals, academics and self-confessed pedants, has created an English Academy "as a good English reference for everyone".
According to an article in The Times, the aim is to "to protect the language from impurities, bastardisations and the horrors introduced by the text-speak generation", in much the same way as the Académie Française does (or tries to do) for French."
(The English Blog)
"Powered by the Internet and the global media, English has evolved into the world’s language...
Contagious, adaptable, populist, and subversive, the English language has become as much a part of the global consciousness as the combustion
engine. And as English gains momentum as a second language all around the world, it is morphing into a new and simplified version of itself..."
Languages smarten up your brain
"Most people learn languages to help them communicate.
Now a study of recent research into brain function reveals that students could be gaining a lot more from their pursuit of linguistic skills."
English lessons for 'Polish' dog
"A dog caused confusion in an animal home when he failed to respond to basic commands - until staff realised he could only understand Polish...
Staff ( at the RSPCA centre) brushed up on Polish commands and, four months on, they say Cent is now bilingual and ready for a new home. "
- British regional accents 'still thriving'
"Britain’s regional accents are becoming more widespread despite the increasingly homogeneous nature of society, according to academic studies...
Experts found that Geordie, Scouse, Mancunian, and Brummie accents are, if anything, becoming more distinct...
Accents are more varied in northern England because they have not been subjected to the mass levelling of speech caused by London and its commuting hinterland."
- The death of language?
"An estimated 7,000 languages are being spoken around the world.
But that number is expected to shrink rapidly in the coming decades.
What is lost when a language dies?...
The largest single language by population is Mandarin (845 million speakers) followed by Spanish (329 million speakers)
and English (328 million speakers)."
"Eunoia is the shortest word in English containing all five vowels - and it means "beautiful thinking". It is also the title of Canadian poet Christian Bok's book of fiction in which each chapter uses only one vowel.
Mr Bok believes his book proves that each vowel has its own personality, and demonstrates the flexibility of the English language."
+ extracts from each chapter.
"Speaking English is not only about using proper grammar.
To use English effectively, you need to understand the culture in which
it is spoken.
Here are a number of important tips to remember when speaking English
in the United States."
2 Classification and related languages
3 Geographical distribution 3.1 English as a global language 3.2
Dialects and regional varieties 3.3 Constructed varieties of English
4.1 Vowels 4.1.1 See also 4.2 Consonants 4.2.1 Voicing and aspiration
4.3 Supra-segmental features 4.3.1 Tone groups 4.3.2 Characteristics
6 Vocabulary 6.1 Number of words in English 6.2 Word origins 6.2.1
Dutch origins 6.2.2 French origins
7 Writing system 7.1 Basic sound-letter correspondence 7.2 Written
8 Formal written English
9 Basic and simplified versions
10 Notes 11 References 12 See also 13 External links 13.1 Dictionaries
- The English Language
A site with thoughts on why using sound English is important and
on just what "sound English" is.
- The English
"English is well-positioned to become the universal language spoken
by all, which would eliminate the harmful language barrier that separates
countries and peoples."
of Words (askoxford.com)
"English is a language on the move, with many hundreds of new words
and phrases coming into existence every year. Although these are picked
up by Oxford's worldwide monitoring programme, many of these coinages
have only a fleeting lifespan and may never appear in the dictionary.
This monthly feature takes a look at some of the most recent and interesting
words, phrases, and other language changes which have caught our eye
and which could be vying for a place in one of our future dictionaries."
INTERACTIVE ACTIVITIES :
EXERCISES TO PRINT :
LESSON PLANS :
- Being bilingual may delay dementia - a lesson plan with AUDIO (November 12, 2013)
"A new study shows that being bilingual may delay dementia by five or more years. This is according to researchers from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland."
Being bilingual may delay Alzheimer's and boost brain power
"Research suggests that bilingual people can hold Alzheimer's disease at bay for longer, and that bilingual children are better at prioritising tasks and multitasking."
- ''Omnishambles'' is Word Of The Year (November 15, 2012) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"The Oxford English Dictionary has chosen the neologism - new word - ''omnishambles'' as its Word Of The Year for 2012."
- English is a strange language - a poem
"Let's face it.
English is a strange language.
There is no egg in the eggplant,
No ham in the hamburger,
And neither pine nor apple in the pineapple..."
- English is crazy! - A Poem about Plurals - UPDATED
"We'll begin with box, and the plural is boxes,
But the plural of ox should be oxen, not oxes..."
- Learn English
Pronunciation Poem (a joke) - with AUDIO (anglaisfacile.com)
"Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain..."
English Pronunciation Poem - Listen to it. - Difficult
"I take it you already know
Of tough and bough and cough and dough?
Others may stumble but not you
On hiccough, thorough, slough and through."
"Vous avez beau vous appliquer, cela ne veut pas rentrer : impossible de manier la langue de Shakespeare !
Alors ne désespérez plus : avec des phrases françaises adaptées, vous arriverez à vous faire comprendre par les Grands-Bretons !"
- English is Crazy
ex : "When the stars are out, they are visible, but when the
lights are out, they are invisible."
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- The Linguists - We Are the World
"Some of the professors and students of the last 20 years of the Budapest ELTE-MTA Theoretical Linguistics Programme sing on the occasion of the 20th birthday of the department."
The full lyrics are available in the YouTube pulldown box.
"We are all a part of
God's linguist family,
And the truth, you know, grammar's all we need."
- Pete Seeger - All Mixed Up (YouTube)
+ the LYRICS
"You know this language that we speak
Is part German, part Latin, and part Greek
With some Celtic and Arabic all in the heap..."
1943: Grandad Teacher looks to the future
"The Teacher has been at a party celebrating 70 years of English language teaching by the BBC. He discovers a film from 1943 presented by his own grandfather. In it, Grandad Teacher makes predictions about the future of English teaching. But which ones came true?"
- Inflationary language - Humour
" Comedian and entertainer Victor Borge used to do a bit where he'd muse about the application of economic inflation to language.
See, we have hidden numbers in the words like "wonderful," "before," "create," "tenderly." All these numbers can be inflated and meet the economy, you know, by rising to the occcassion. I suggest we add one to each of these numbers to be prepared. For example "wonderful" would be "two-derful." Before would be Be-five. Create, cre-nine. Tenderly should be eleven-derly. A Lieutenant would be a Leiut-eleven-ant. A sentence like, "I ate a tenderloin with my fork" would be "I nine an elevenderloin with my five-k."
English may become one tool
that opens windows to the world,
unlocks doors to opportunities,
and expands our minds to new ideas.