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THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

 

The great English divide

Estuary English

British accents and dialects

Bushism

Texting

Tongue twisters

Onomatopoeia

Slang 

Internet slang

Vocabulary

Origins of words or expressions

Common errors in English

Numbers 

Phonetics

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The English language

The Great English Divide
In Europe, speaking the lingua franca separates the haves from

 the have-nots

A very interesting aticle published on August,13, 2001 in the

 European issue of

 BusinessWeek 

http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/01_33/b3745009.htm

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British accents and dialects

http://www.collectbritain.co.uk/collections/dialects/

 

Estuary English  

is a name given to the form of English widely spoken in and

 around London and,more generally, in the southeast of England 

-- along the river Thames and its estuary. ...

http://www.phon.ucl.ac.uk/home/estuary/home.htm

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 "Bushisms"

US President Proves How Difficult English Really Is! 

Can you correct his mistakes...

http://esl.about.com/homework/esl/library/weekly/aa032301a.htm

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Texting

Acronyms such as 'URT1' (Translation: You are the one) which young people (and some old) are using when sending SMS messages, speaking in chat rooms or sending e-mail. Here is a resource for English learners that provides a definition and an explanation in simple English.

http://esl.about.com/b/a/035020.htm

Is txt ruining the English language?

some points of view

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/talking_point/2815461.stm

The joy of text

Collection of fun features related to text messaging,  facts and figures , video clips,
examples of emoticons and abbreviations + hundreds of funny, romantic, and weird text messages.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/joyoftext/

 

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Tongue twisters

more than 300 tongue twisters to keep your tongue busy

http://www.uebersetzung.at/twister/en.htm

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Onomatopoeia

Here are some more examples of onomatopoeia in context

http://www.worsleyschool.net/socialarts/onomato/poeia.html

A dictionary of comic book words

a browsable list of some of the vocabulary of sounds found in traditional comics

http://collection.nlc-bnc.ca/100/200/300/ktaylor/kaboom/

 

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Internet slang

short text

http://esl.about.com/library/weekly/aa100597.htm

BTW,ASAP etc…what do they mean ?

 check in a dictionary of acronyms

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Dictionary of slang

http://www.peevish.co.uk/slang
English slang and colloquialisms used in the United Kingdom

Hip Hop vocabulary

http://www.manythings.org/voa/wm/wm259.html

Rap dictionary

http://www.rapdict.org/terms/a

 

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vocabulary

Origins of words or expressions

http://www.worldwidewords.org/

World wide words
http://www.quinion.com/words/

The Word Detective on the Web is the online version of The Word Detective, a newspaper column answering readers'

 questions about words and language.

http://www.word-detective.com/backidx.html

Origins of phrases

http://members.aol.com/MorelandC/Phrases.htm

English sayings and customs

 http://www.rootsweb.com/%7Egenepool/sayings.htm

a guide

http://esl.about.com/homework/esl/cs/vocabulary/index.htm

words listed by themes

http://www.englishclub.net/vocabulary/index.htm

 Learn expessions

http://www.talking-about.net/


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Common errors in English

Here we're concerned only with deviations from the standard use of English as

 judged by sophisticated users such as professional writers, editors, teachers, and

 literate executives and personnel officers. The aim of this site is to help you avoid

 low grades, lost employment opportunities, lost business, and titters of amusement

 at the way you write or speak.

http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/

A collection of some of the most frequently misspelled, commonly confused and easily misused words

http://www.common-mistakes.net/

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Numbers 

This article gives information about how to say and write numbers in English. It also outlines some of the differences in the use of numbers between British and American English.

http://www.macmillandictionary.com/med-magazine/july2004/21-Language-Awareness-Numbers-UK.htm

 

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