The Colourful History of the English Language

Ever wonder why English has so many bloody synonyms? If you have ever wondered about this question, then this blog post is for you. In this blog post, I’m going to focus mostly on two sources of English vocabulary (Germanic and Latinate) as well as a few examples from Greek (which shares a social status with Latin) and the perception that these words have in the common English-speaking psyche. Words derived from Germanic roots (Anglo-Saxon, Norse) tend to have a more everyday feel to them, and words from Greek or Latinate roots (Latin, French) tend to seem more elevated and formal. The History … Continue reading The Colourful History of the English Language

Writing Task 1 – Sequencing for Process Diagrams Words used for ordering time sequences Filed under: Improving English language skills — rliberni @ 4:08 pm When writing and speaking in formal situations it is important to demonstrate versatility in our use of language. If we use a restricted range of vocabulary and structures our results will be repetitive and boring. A useful exercise to do in an idle moment is to select a word and then find a handful of synonyms to use instead of that word – make sure you know how to use them correctly! One group of words that can help us demonstrate variety in our language … Continue reading Writing Task 1 – Sequencing for Process Diagrams

Exercises     When you’ve finished the exercises, you can do this reading about the brain. This will be our topic in the next lesson: Write the answers 1-13 in your notebook, then check your answers at the bottom of the page where it says “Show/Hide Answers”. Continue reading Exercises