Some literary terms #1simile
of our blog asked us if we could explain some literary terms.
So, here is
the first term to describe features used in literature. Keep in mind that these
features are almost never used in academic writing. Academic writing is
intended to be clear, supported by evidence, and impersonal.
literary features are used in creative or imaginative writing and they are very
useful to make your writing more exciting and vivid. Here is the first.
probably the easiest one of all.
The following article was written by Cherie Harder and appears athttp://www.ttf.org/blog-post/revolutionary-readers
. It raises some extremely important issues about the teaching of reading that every person interested in a literate generation should consider. Lindsey
Mon, Jun 17 2013 by: Cherie Harder
“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture.
Just get people to stop reading them.”
-- Ray Bradbury
It has long been an assumption that the act of
reading is not only foundational but formational: that what and how we read
helps determine how we think, and thus, who we are.
Sorry, but this lesson is definitely for advanced students only!!
Increase your vocabulary – adjectives ending with ‘-escent’
adjectives are formed from the Latin wordcrescothat means I grow.
all adjectives that end with –escent.
So, in general these words mean‘becoming
example, the wordobsoletemeans old, or out of fashion. The wordobsolescentmeans becoming old or becoming out of fashion.
guess what the following words mean?
You're still kidding!
Sorry, no, I’m not!
There are many words in
English that have letters that arenot pronounced.
For example, in the
word ‘debt’ the ‘b’ is not said.
But some English words havetwo
lettersthat are not said! This is very crazy!
One group of such words are
words that have the letters ‘gh’ in
them and neither of them is pronounced. (There is a reason for this - but to explain I would have to go back into the history of the English language - and you don't need to know that!!)
Fortunately, there are not
too many of them.
You're kidding, aren't you!
No, I am not
kidding. The English language pronounces some letters in four different ways!
This is true with the sound that we have in the word hate or wait
or weight or way.
One of the
problems with English spelling is that we have 44 different sounds but only 26
letters in our alphabet. And some of the letters are not much help. For example, 'Q,q' is hardly ever
means that often we use different letters for the same sounds.
So, I have
made four lists of words that have the same vowel pronunciation that you will
probably already know –
This article is a thought-provoking analysis of the status of modern English. It is aimed at native speakers of English but also is relevant to those who are non-native but advanced users of English. Condensed from remarks given on December 19, 1989, at the presentation of the Thomas Cranmer Schools Prize, at St James’ church, Garlickhythe, London. Printed in the Reader’s Digest, December, 1993.
IN DEFENCE OF GOOD LANGUAGE
BY H.R.H. THE PRINCE OF WALES
I would have
liked to begin this speech with a ringing phrase from the King James Version of
the Bible: “Hearken to my words.
This article is not written by us but comes from the UK newspaper, the Manchester Guardian. It raises very important questions concerning unrealistic expectations of English learners' progress in the language. Lindsey
How many hours does it take to be fluent in English?ManchesterGuardian, 23 July, 2013
Published: 23rd Jul 2013 – Manchester Guardian
Immigrants are always being told by politicians to learn the language. But how long does it take to speak good English?
Assure – ensure – insure – what’s the difference?
These three words – assure, ensure and insure – are often a headache for non-native speakers of English. Even native speakers of English sometimes get them wrong!
assure–to tell someone that something is definitely true or something will definitely happen.
Iassureyou that I would not propose marriage to your daughter unless I intended looking after her and protecting her for her whole life.
Neville Chamberlain came back from Berlin in 1938 and
Those weird French words! #2
The English language has two groups of French words.
There are those words that came into the language hundreds of years ago and became such a part of the language that everybody thinks that they have always been English words.
But there is another group that came into the English language fairly recently that still ‘look’ French and sometimes are pronounced in the French way.
There are hundreds of these words. If you are learning English it is hard enough to learn how to pronounce ‘native’ English words – then you are asked to learn how to pronounce French words as well!