English Language

Twenty-Seven Annoying Sayings and Phrases in One Article

Stephen Hamilton | Posted 14.04.2014 | 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 11.04.2014 | 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 20.03.2014 | 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 11.03.2014 | 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...

Rethinking Language with Russell Brand

Katie Found | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Found

Last week, I had the pleasure of seeing Russell Brand perform at Soho Theatre. It was an intimate affair; a test run before he shoves his jokes into a duffel bag and sets off on tour.

The Upward Turn for English Language Teachers in Turkey

Alana MacPherson | Posted 12.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alana MacPherson

Despite a shaky economic past which saw the country go through a period of instability - involving the devaluation of the Lira - things have very much taken an upward turn in Turkey and this is a very positive thing for TEFL teachers.

So Are You a Co-founder or Cofounder?

Paul Quigley | Posted 02.10.2013 | UK Tech
Paul Quigley

once you've nailed your startup idea, gathered a founding team, grabbed the domain name and Twitter handle. What's next? Why, it's time to print some business cards and give yourself a title. So assuming you've found a buddy to join your venture, what are you? A co-founder? A cofounder? Or maybe a Co-Founder? Yes, you should care about the answer!

A Verb Is Not 'a Doing Word'

Melanie Kendry | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK
Melanie Kendry

Grammar is drilled into us at school with rules that don't make sense. So what hope do we have? In writing, we make mistakes that we'd never make in speech. This is the clue. Verbs are tricky, even nightmarish if you get up close.

The Wonders of the Language of Shakespeare's Time

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 13.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Annie Martirosyan

Shakespeare was living in an era full of linguistic diversity and growing innovation. It is acknowledged that the English language of our times is closer to Shakespeare's than Shakespeare's language is to Chaucer's.

Do You Consider Yourself 'English' Or 'British'?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK

Do you identify as English, rather than British? If you do, you are much more likely to be Eurosceptic, according to new research. It is those who ...

The Best and the Worst Meals I Have Ever Eaten

Melanie Kendry | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Melanie Kendry

My mum's a magician in the kitchen. She can take a soft pink steak, put it in a pan and out comes the stuff of dreams. Slapped on the plate, on a bed of yellow lettuce is half-charcoal brick, half meat-ice cream. Did I say dreams? I meant nightmares.

Rejoice, Twitter Grammar Pedants!

Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK Tech

You can now Tweet in safety, grammar pedants: the word has been officially entered into the Oxford English Dictionary for its social media implication...

What's the Best Book to Revise AQA GCSE Language Exam Higher? Advice Straight from a Senior Examiner

Melanie Kendry | Posted 19.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Melanie Kendry

The AQA GCSE has changed, and now, so has the textbook. Brand new for this year, 2013 students have the competitive edge with this brilliant book, full of worked examples, and tips straight from senior examiners on how to raise your grade in the Language Exam.

The Importance of English Grammar

Alana MacPherson | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alana MacPherson

The newly introduced testing of school pupils throughout England in a bid to determine their understanding of grammar, spelling and punctuation has sparked widespread debate about grammar in general. How much do we know about our language? How can we learn it? And does it even matter?

What the F**k Is Wrong With Swearing?

Adam Croft | Posted 16.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Adam Croft

I'll level with you: I'm on the fence somewhat. I'm very much of a mind that gratuitous swearing is best avoided. That's why it's gratuitous. Whilst I'm being honest, I may as well throw in that I spend a lot of time in pubs. Gratuitous swearing is rife in many pubs, which I'm sure will not be particularly shocking news to you.

Dollars, Booze and Hashtags: The Global Past, Present and Future of English

John Worne | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK
John Worne

It's time to let go of the idea that English 'belongs' to anyone - let alone English speaking countries. "No way!" as the rest of the world regularly exclaims - after all far more people now speak English around the world as a second language than as their mother tongue.

Ned Simons

Translating Documents Stops Migrants Learning English, Says Eric Pickles

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 18.03.2013 | UK Politics

Eric Pickles has ordered local councils to stop translating documents into foreign languages in order to encourage immigrants to learn English. In ...