English Language

Seeking Latin-Speaking Lover and A Perfect Day

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 06.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

Two years ago I began learning Latin when I spied a grammar book on sale for 50p at my local train station (they do a recycling thing where second-hand books are sold for a small fee and the money goes to charity).

Things That Turn Writers Off

Sadie Brown | Posted 02.11.2014 | UK Comedy
Sadie Brown

As my budding writer displayed so beautifully in point two, text talk drives me insane. It is really so taxing to write, 'I am' as opposed to 'ima' (vomit), or another favourite among word thieves, 'yea'. I think they mean 'yeah' but by that point, I've lost interest.

14 Words We'd Like To Make A Comeback, From Piffle To Wally

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Comedy

Things these days might be so good, they're 'sick'. Or people might be so keen to disrepect someone that they'll 'throw shade' at them. Presumably if ...

The Rise of Like

Adam Hamdy | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK Comedy
Adam Hamdy

During a packed day of filming I realised that I've come down with a serious affliction: I'm a 'liker'. Likers are people who use the word 'like' in a variety of ways that have nothing to do with a comparison or expressing a fondness for something. I had that Matrix moment of self-awareness when I heard myself saying the words, "I was like, you can't do that."

'Thou Art As Loathsome As A Toad': If Shakespearean Insults Were Used Today

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK Comedy

Anglophenia's Siobhan Thompson has already shown the world how to insult someone like a Brit. Now, she's taking it one stage further - and taking i...

Cute... But Wrong!

Mik Scarlet | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

The piece revolves around the concept that when trying to confront the issue of talking to disabled people the advice is always negative, always a list of "don't"s and rarely "do"s. Mr Hoge then states that most of these are the opinion of the authors and then gives a list that he states are things "you can say to someone with a disability".

10 Incredibly British Insults

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Comedy

"If you ever get into an argument with a British person, you'll wish you'd have watched this video," writes Anglophenia. And we have to agree. From...

If British Conversations Had American Subtitles

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Comedy

In the words of George Bernard Shaw, Britain and America are "two nations divided by a common language". And this gem by Rita Chin - discovered for...

10 Epic Apostrophe Fails To Celebrate International Apostrophe Day

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Comedy

Or should that be: epic apostrophe fail's? Yes, it's International Apostrophe Day and thus time to celebrate one of our most useful, yet sadly misu...

15 British Phrases That Confuse Americans

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Comedy

Siobhan Thompson of Anglophenia is back! Yes, the woman who brought us the brilliant 17 British accents video is now edumacating our American frien...

Words, Terms and Phrases We Need to Lose From Our Vocabulary NOW!

Leigh Clark | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Comedy
Leigh Clark

 "If thought can corrupt language, language can also corrupt thought".  George Orwell, 1984.   The choice of words in which you use to communicate ...

This Twitter Account Has Been Tweeting Every Word In The English Language - And It's About To Come To An End

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Comedy

And it's due to reach the end this weekend. Yes, ever since November 2007, the Twitter account @everyword has been doing what it says on the tin: f...

The Rabid Dog and the Dead Mockingbird

Charley-Kai John | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charley-Kai John

Michael Gove's intention to axe American Classics (To Kill A Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men and The Crucible) from the GCSE English Literature syllabus ...

Twenty-Seven Annoying Sayings and Phrases in One Article

Stephen Hamilton | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Comedy
Stephen Hamilton

If you are like me you'll hate clichés, annoying repetitive sayings and phrases. We can't hide from them as they are everywhere we look and everywhere we turn. The only way to combat them is to fight back, and with vengeance.

Language Is Not Mere Words

Howard Milton | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK
Howard Milton

Last week, facing a blank blog page, I distractedly tuned in to Radio 4. Fortunate in my timing, I caught the book of the week - 'The Unexpected Professor', John Carey's gentle reminiscence of his days as an Oxford undergraduate in the 50s.

How to Help Autistic Kids With English

Melanie Kendry | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Melanie Kendry

As a private tutor, I often work with autistic spectrum children in English. Many of them 'don't get' English. They might struggle to understand what they're supposed to do for homework and can become so frustrated they give up. Though they may not be dyslexic, they might not read...

Wordsmiths and Warriors the Book Every English-Language Tourist Needs

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK
Annie Martirosyan

No less valuable are the helpful directions at the end of each chapter on how to get to the places by the most convenient and time-saving route.

Languages Are Sick

Jo Rourke | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK
Jo Rourke

Our language courses need to focus on language fluency, perhaps by other subjects being taught in the language, thus killing two birds with the one Rosetta stone, so to speak. Starting to learn them a bit earlier wouldn't exactly hurt either. We already make such an effort to raise global citizens, children of the world - let's now make sure their voices can be heard, a

Undercover Investigation Reveals Mass Fraud On Student Visa Tests

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK

The Home Office has suspended English language tests run by a major company after a TV investigation claimed that Britain's student visa system is rid...

Is the 'Skills Shortage' Actually a Language Barrier?

Donavan Whyte | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Donavan Whyte

Businesses are struggling to fill the skills gap but could lack of English language training be the problem? According to the government's skills watchdog, a sharp rise in skills shortages in the UK threatens to hold back the pace of recovery in parts of the economy.

'You Need To Be Able To Speak To Your Neighbour'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Conservative minister Eric Pickles has once again insisted that immigrants must be encouraged to learn English -- or face the consequences. Immigra...

British And American English: A Guide To Some Of The Differences

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.11.2013 | UK Comedy

Americans! Are you unsure of the right British translation for words like 'pants', 'fall' and 'mailman'? Why, look no further than this handy guide...

Foreign Language Learning in Babies and Toddlers Boosts Academic Results.

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Jasmine Dotiwala

On all my travels I note that children globally can speak up to four languages as their norm. Why are the UK's youth the worst at wanting to and being able to speak not only good English, but any other language?

The Deadly Sins of Corporate Communications - and How You Can Avoid Them

Lynn Shepherd | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK
Lynn Shepherd

It really is possible to produce corporate communications that actually communicate. It's not easy, and you'll be caught between the irresistible force of 'we've always done it this way', and the immoveable object of fifteen rounds of tedious approvals that will slowly bleach out any interest or readability your bold first draft might once have had.

Immigrant Children 'Are Good For School Standards'

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK

Academics have scotched fears that non English-speaking children hold back British-born youngsters in the classroom. In fact, in some cases, immigr...