'What Is England?' Asked St. George

Daniel Singleton | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK
Daniel Singleton

It's one of those amusing quirks of history that we have a national patron saint who never visited England, would not have spoken the language of these isles at that time and probably could not even name this little island - which was not to be known as England until another 500 years after his death.

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.

Do You Know What These 'Bizarre' English Phrases Mean?

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK

Many foreigners coming to Britain are often left scratching their heads at some of our strange turns of phrase - but even Britons themselves sometimes...

English or British?

Mark Robins | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Sport
Mark Robins

Well that is the end of another Rugby Six Nations weekend. England are crowned as champions with a game to spare and the whole championship has seen s...

Much Ado About Muslims

Julian Bond | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Politics
Julian Bond

Muslims have been in the news a lot lately, in fact for a minority community they receive a lot of coverage. We have heard the Prime Minister bemoanin...

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.

Sorry Mr Cameron But We Do Not Need Your English Classes and We Are Not Extremists!

Sahar Al-Faifi | Posted 21.01.2016 | UK
Sahar Al-Faifi

David Cameron wrote an article in the Times that I found absurd, inaccurate and Islamophobic. In his article Cameron suggested that concerns of forced...

Be More British, Speak More English, Dress Like This - Another Normal Week for British Muslim Women

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK
Dr Chris Allen

A forceful and vengeful political vehicle that seeks to differentiate, demarcate and subsequently discriminate against Muslims and their communities this week's political approaches and their appropriation of British Muslim women are little different.

Britain Monolingulism Theatened by Foreign Kids

Kate Milner | Posted 22.12.2015 | UK Comedy
Kate Milner

As one bigot explains "All these foreign kids coming into our country and speaking more than one language are giving our kids ideas. They're starting to think that maybe they'd like to speak foreign languages too and not just bellow English at people while sporting a lobster tan."

National Mission: Improving Literacy

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK
Carey Ann Dodah

So, alongside this initiative let's keep driving reading every day. It doesn't matter who's doing the reading - parent or child - ideally both - let's make it happen. And if you have an hour to spare let's get more and more adults sharing their love of reading with children at their local school - every interaction will help.

In Ireland: English as a Foreign Language

Layli Foroudi | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Comedy
Layli Foroudi

If someone says "I'm after going to the shop" it means "I just went to the shop", which I guess makes sense because you are now inhabiting a time, after going to the shop.. but when first hearing it I had no idea what was going on.

Why Bilingual Education Is Expanding Our World

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK
Preetam Kaushik

English is necessary. But to what extent? All the way? Just because something is not in every day usage doesn't mean that it is not being used elsewhere and may not one day come in handy for you.

The English; Do We Have an Identity?

Jake Mills | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK Comedy
Jake Mills

People search their family trees looking for a tenuous connection to a long forgotten Irish heritage. A great grandfather's, friend's dog - born in Ireland and providing the licence to enjoy a guilt free Guinness.

My First Day as a Writer

Furquan Akhtar | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Furquan Akhtar

I start to think about the writer I want to be. Maybe I'll get really good at Twitter. I could become one of those writers who has their finger on the pulse and can talk about Newsnight and the latest series of Ex on the Beach, Yeah, maybs. I turn the wifi back on.

Fear of the Future

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

For the next four months, I will be completing my university degree. Then, from the end of May, for possibly the first time in my life, I have no idea what I'll be doing. I'm both excited and completely terrified.

'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."

To Read or Not to Read... E-books

Kadie Regan | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kadie Regan

However effortless and economical an e-text might be (once you have purchased the expensive electronic device, of course), readers are far more likely to remember, enjoy and engross themselves in a book you can really grab hold of.

Alex Salmond Is Having A Change Of Heart Over Scottish Votes For English Laws

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK Politics

Alex Salmond has hinted at an SNP vote deal with Labour over English only laws. Salmond suggested in an interview with The Independent that SNP MPs...

Idioms Of The World

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK
Read More: Idioms, English, UK News

"Beat around the bush", "spill the beans" and "under the weather" - if there's one thing the English language isn't short of it's idioms. But we Br...

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."

Patriot Games: In Defence of Britain

Tom Johnson | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Politics
Tom Johnson

Unless you've been living inside a black hole since the early 1990s, the allusions to the current referendum must be apparent. For as a child of Britain, unable to affect the potential break up of the United Kingdom on Thursday, the naïve response is to feel this is unfair...

The Ramifications of Disliking a Shakespeare Play

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ioan Marc Jones

I was paradoxically condemned to be both pretentious and a philistine. I was both too smart and too dumb. I was, ultimately, just plain old wrong. My family's condemnations were, much like A Midsummer Night's Dream, rather bland and confusing.

The New Curriculum: The Implementation May Be Messy But There Is a Definite Need for Change

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK
Carey Ann Dodah

This September a new national curriculum will be taught in schools across England. This could lead to testing times for parents, teachers and children alike, as they embark on the challenge of getting to grips with new expectations and new ways of learning.

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...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Talking To Tehran

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Tuesday 17 June 2014... 1) TALKING TO TEHRAN The rise of al Qaeda offshoot Isis in Iraq has turned ...