- Why English is Important
"From time to time English teachers contact me and ask if I can write or record something that will motivate their students to work on their English.
Here’s what I told a group of students from Siberia whose teacher reached out to me."
- 50 Foreign Terms That Aren’t Foreign
"English is a very welcoming language, adopting terms indiscriminately from other tongues.
Many publishers observe a distinction between naturalized words and those still considered foreign, honoring the assimilation of the former by refraining from using any visual emphasis and italicizing those in the latter category.
The careful writer will honor this distinction, but how is one to know to which class a particular word or phrase belongs?
Adopted words will appear in the dictionary, while words or phrases that have not received a green card remain relegated to a print dictionary’s appendix, if any. Or, check out this virtual cheat sheet, which lists words and phrases (with brief definitions) that do not merit italicization."
ex.: à la carte, bona fide, doppelgänger...
- French Words with New Meanings in English
"Thanks to the Norman Conquest, and to the long dominance of France in European culture and politics, almost half the words and phrases in the English lexicon (including that of its American variety) are derived from French. The list below consists of words used in American English that acquired one or more senses distinct from that or those of the French words from which they are descended. After each term, the American English meaning(s) is/are listed, followed in parentheses by the French meaning(s)."
What Washington Politicians Are Really Saying - Text + Audio + Video - 9 October 2016
"Officials in Washington, DC often use their own language. Two authors wrote a book trying to explain the real meaning of these Washington words.
For example, when elected officials call other elected officials “my good friend,” they might really mean “my enemy.”
5 Things Keeping You From Learning a Language
"How often have you tried to learn a language and given up? Maybe you unconsciously committed a few “strategic” mistakes."
- 20 Ways to Improve Your English - a slideshare
"Here's a presentation I did for the new intake of FC (= Continuing Education) students at the EM Normandie,
some of whom will be taking the e-learning version of our Master's Degree.
Click on the logos and screenshots for more information. You can download the PowerPoint version here."
- Aphorisms, Mottos and Sayings
"Here are a few more English words that mean “an often-repeated wise saying.”
The dates in parentheses correspond to the earliest citations in the OED."
- 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..."
- 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. (dailymail.co.uk)
"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..."
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."
- The English Language
A site with thoughts on why using sound English is important and
on just what "sound English" is.