English Language

English Language: A Persistent Issue in Indonesia

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Whenever she is called, Celina says frequently, 'Pardon', to clarify our utterances. With her authentic smile and shy character, she then said; 'I am sorry, my English is not good'. Celina arrived in Manchester with obsequious English skills and a simple dream; to work as a cleaner in a restaurant.

Punctuation - From Heated Debate to New Possibilities

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK
Annie Martirosyan

Punctuation has triggered some of the most heated arguments ever arisen in the English usage throughout its history. Whilst some punctuation marks hav...

Response of an Immigrant Muslim Woman

Fariha Khan | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK
Fariha Khan

I understand governments need to tackle radicalisation and extremism. I understand that they have a difficult task on their hands. But please try and find real reasons behind these acts instead of making a scapegoat out of an immigrant Muslim woman like me.

'Extremism' and Muslim Women - When Did Language Come into Play?

Yasmin Khatun Dewan | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Politics
Yasmin Khatun Dewan

The Prime Minister accepts that there is no clausal link to language and extremism but still resolved to make the link during his proposal. It might be an idea to look at credible strains of opinion around what leads to 'extremist' thought before he lays out his next proposal.

Welcome to the United Kingdom - How About Some English?

Daniel Singleton | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Politics
Daniel Singleton

Am I the only one whose ears prick up when I hear phrases like 'One Nation' and 'Big Society'? Next to the stoic mantra of George Osborne's 'long-term economic plan', these phrases seem to hint at a sense of vision rather than a 'building society' advert.

English Language and Community Cohesion Isn't Just a Muslim Thing

David Taylor | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Politics
David Taylor

It was former DCLG Minister Sir Eric Pickles who once said "Without English, you can't belong" and it was on that basis that programmes across the country began to build communities using English language teaching.

Don't Link Muslim Women Who Don't Speak English To Extremism, Cameron Warned

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK

David Cameron has been accused of conflating education with radicalisation after announcing a £20m fund to improve the English skills of Muslim women...

You Can't Fit Hospitality in a Box - Refugees, Communities and Integration

Daniel Singleton | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK
Daniel Singleton

It is the very nature of our modern news cycle that while the crisis remains, our attention has been moved on. The Paris attacks, the parliamentary vote to bomb Syria, the ructions in the Labour Party and now Christmas and the EU renegotiations all serve to distract the media and therefore us.

Learn, Apprendre, Imparare, Aprender, Lernen

Kate Holliday | Posted 17.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Holliday

Recently, I was asked to help a young student in my school from France with some of her classes. She's in the process of learning English, but isn't q...

2015's Word Of The Year Isn't Even A Word

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK

Oxford📕💖word is😂, many👩are😡, some are😀, be most think it's💩. In an age where people are limited to 140 characters and reply to...

Let's Get Rid of These Irritating Expressions

Kathryn Berens | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kathryn Berens

In recent times there have been some unwelcome intruders, masquerading as meaningful expressions. They have crept into our everyday conversation and have got rather too settled. They are over-used, largely meaningless and highly irritating. It's time we stood up, banished these banal expressions and reclaimed our language.

Larmy, Mirligo, Betwittered - Resurrecting the Sexy Old Words

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK
Annie Martirosyan

In 2014, Pan Macmillan published You Say Potato - a book on English accents by Ben Crystal and David Crystal. It was complemented by an innovative map...

Words Have the Power to Change Lives, Both Human and Animal - We Should Let Them

Mimi Bekhechi | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK
Mimi Bekhechi

As people have come to recognise the power of words, we've worked hard to eliminate hate speech and the prejudices that usually accompany it, including sexism, racism and bigotry. It's high time that we also recognised the devastating effects of speciesism and worked to counteract it and the words that fuel it.

Bilingualism Is the Norm - And Now Being a Good Lover Is Too

Lucy Bell | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK
Lucy Bell

So I would say that Riotta's article attracted a large amount of attention not only because he brought the hot topic of relationships and romance into the less media-friendly (but nonetheless extremely important) topic of language-acquisition, but also because - very simply - there are a lot of bilinguals out there. And following on from Riotta's logic, a lot of good lovers.

English Language Key to Egypt's Future

Ciaran Devane | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK
Ciaran Devane

I was there to sign an agreement between the British Council and Al Azhar to continue a partnership we have had since 2007. The agreement supports the teaching and learning of English for the University's star theology students, allowing them to take the voice of moderate Islam to non-Arabic speaking audiences internationally.

'Accidence Will Happen' - A Brilliant New Grammar Book for Anyone Who Loves English

Bill Coles | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Bill Coles

What is so insufferable about the sticklers is that they will brook no argument. They primly purse their mouths. They stop you mid-anecdote and then they trot out this mealy-mouthed line that they have been using for decades and decades: "I think you mean 'fewer' rather than 'less."

New Grammar Test For 11-Year-Olds Unveiled

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Comedy

Following the Education Secretary's announcement that new maths and grammar tests will be introduced for 11-year-olds, HuffPost UK Comedy can exclusiv...

The Problem With the 'G Word'

Anna Tippett | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Tippett

From my experience, many people who use this term have gay friends or even family members and are not in the least part homophobic. Why, then, do they continue to use the word gay in a negative context?

Patients Worried By Foreign GPs Who 'Don't Speak Good English' Says Farage

Press Association | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK Politics

Nigel Farage has claimed there is a problem with foreign GPs not speaking good English despite all NHS doctors having to pass a language test. The ...

Seeking Latin-Speaking Lover and A Perfect Day

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 03.02.2015 | 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 31.12.2014 | 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".