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(Updated on 17/01/2017)




  • 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
    "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
    "Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
    Dies and diet, lord and word,
    Sword and sward, retain and Britain..."

  • An English Pronunciation Poem - Listen to it. - Difficult English
    "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."






  • 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..."


  • English is cuh-ray-zee by Pete Seeger :
    "English is the most widely spoken language in the history of the planet.
    One out of every seven human beings can speak or read it.
    Half the world's books, 3/4 of the international mail are in English.
    It has the largest vocabulary, perhaps two million words,
    And a noble body of literature. But face it:
    English is cuh-ray-zee!"


    Pete Seeger sings "English Is Crazy" (YouTube)