Friday, 30 March 2012

Mondays with Crazy English

Why we love and why we hate English
(Intermediate/ Upper-Intermediate level)
Read these sentences and you'll understand why:

1.  The bandage was wound around the wound.
2.  The farm was used to produce produce.
3.  The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
4.  We must polish the Polish furniture.
5.  The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
         6.  Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the  present.
7.  I did not object to the object.
8.  The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
9.  There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
   10. They were too close to the door to close it.
   11. The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
   12. After a number of injections my jaw got number.
   13. Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
   14. I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
   15. How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

1.  to wind /waind/, wound, wound /wound/ = to wrap around ; wound n. /wuːnd/= injury
2.  to produce /prə ‘dju:s/ = to make, create, manufacture; produce n. /’prɒdju:s/ =
farm products
3.  to refuse /re'fju:z/ = to say you don't do sth.; refuse n. /'re fju:s/ = rubbish
4.  to polish = to clean a surface and make it shine; Polish = belonging, related to Poland
5.  to desert /di’zз:t/ = to abandon; dessert /di’zз:t/ = sweet food eaten at the end of a meal;
    desert /dezət/ = area of land with little water and few plants growing on it
6.  present /preznt/ = the time now; to present /pri’zent/ = give sth. esp formally ; present /preznt/ a thing given as a gift
7.  to object /əb’dʒekt/ = to protest; object /ˈɒbdʒɪkt, -dʒɛkt/ = solid thing that can be seen and touched
8.  invalid /inˈvalɪd/= not officially acceptable; invalid /ˈɪnvəlɪd/ = made weak by illness
9.  row /raʊ/= violent argument; row /rəʊ/ = a violent argument
10. close /kləʊs/ near; to close /kləʊz/ = to shut

11. wind /wind/ air moving; to wind /waind/ = to turn, to coil
12. number /ˈnʌmbə/ = an arithmetical value; number /nʌmə/ = deprived of physical sensation
13. tear /teə/ a hole, a split;  tear /tiə/ = drop of water coming from the eye
14. to subject /səbˈdʒɛkt/ to bring under control   the subject /ˈsʌbdʒɛkt, ˈsʌbdʒɪkt/ person or object being discussed
15. to intimate /ˈɪntɪmət/ to make known subtly; intimate /ˈɪntɪmət/ closely related

This is just an example why we both love and hate the English language.The characteristic called flexibility and has developed over the last five centuries due to the loss of inflections.

On the other hand, being relatively uninflected (analytic), English conjugation is not difficult to learn.

English is also characterized by free admission of words from other languages and the ready creation of compounds and derivatives (derivation).

Do these characteristics - any many more - make the English language difficult to learn? Tell us about your experience as a language learner.

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Mondays with Crazy English

Georgie Porgie and the Three Musketeers 
Georgie Porgie pudding and pie,
Kissed the girls and made them cry,
When the boys came out to play,
Georgie Porgie ran away.

Georgie kissed the girls. Naughty. But why did he run away when the boys came out to play?


Have you taught your children the well-known rhyme "Georgie Porgie"? Of course, you have, but you probably omitted to mention that Georgie, the real character was quite naughty. According to Linda Alchin Georgie  is connected to George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingnam (1592 - 1628), a man of suspect morals. Although his good looks appealed a lot to the ladies, it is believed that King James I took George as his lover. "Georgie' was notorious for his love affairs and political schemes. His behaviour and attitude was often overlooked due to his "friendship" with King James I. He was involved in many scandalous relationships with married queens and married ladies. One of them made him literature character for the second time. Alexandre Dumas featured George Villiers's romance with Anne of Austria in his novel "The Three Musketeers".
It seems there's a lot of murderous history behind English Children's Nursery Rhymes. Despite the murder, greed or betrayal in these poems, reciting these verse help children develop their pronunciation, intonations and vocabulary skills.

And one more example:

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Dear European Leaders

EU aid budget has saved millions of lives and enrolled children in primary education. The budget is now under threat and could be cut by 30%. You can help to prevent this by signing a petition that reads:

Dear European leaders,
During your negotiations on the next seven year EU budget please agree to the level of international aid proposed in 2011, to ensure the EU continues to build on the amazing progress it has achieved in the fight against extreme poverty.
(excerpt from original message sent by Stuart McWilliam, ONE, org)

Please sign our petition calling on European leaders not to cut back on the proposed EU aid budget:
Read the petition
Please spread the word 

Thursday, 1 March 2012

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