Lessons in the "English" Category

Oxford compiles top 10 irritating phrases

Researchers have recently compiled a list of the most irritating phrases - Britain’s Daily Telegraph reported. Heading the list was the expression ‘at the end of the day’ which was followed by the phrase ‘fairly unique’. In third place was ‘I personally’. This expression BBC Radio 4 presenter John Humphries has described as “the linguistic equivalent of having chips with rice.”

Also making the top ten is the grammatically incorrect ‘shouldn’t of’, instead of “shouldn’t have”. These phrases appear in a new book called Damp Squid, named after the mistake of confusing a squid with a squib, a type of firework.

The phrases were compiled by researchers onto a database called the Oxford University Corpus, which comprises papers, magazines, books, broadcast material, the internet and other sources. The database alerts them to new words and phrases. It can also tell them which expressions are disappearing. In addition it shows how words are being misused.

Category: English Language / English / Phrases

NFE CHRISTMAS QUIZ - DECEMBER 2010

Score 10 points for every correct answer – Score 5 points if half right! Play a JOKER in one round and get DOUBLE points in that round. Show it before you start the round. There are 12 rounds with 6 questions in each round.

Topics include:

  1. Christmas Music
  2. Santa
  3. International Xmas
  4. Christmas general
  5. More Christmas Music
  6. The Nativity story
  7. A Christmas mix
  8. Christmas Pot luck
  9. A UK Christmas
  10. Christmas History
  11. Famous Carols
  12. Another Christmas Mix

Category: Quiz / General knowledge / English

General Knowledge Quiz - November 2010

Score 10 points for every correct answer – Score 5 points if half right! Play a JOKER in one round and get DOUBLE points in that round. Show it before you start the round. There are 12 rounds with 6 questions in each round.

Topics include:

  1. Music
  2. Geography Oceania
  3. The World Today
  4. Sport
  5. World History
  6. Europe
  7. British History
  8. Pot Luck
  9. UK
  10. Geography Northern Europe
  11. Business
  12. Film

Category: Quiz / General knowledge / English

General Knowledge Quiz - October 2010

Score 10 points for every correct answer – Score 5 points if half right! Play a JOKER in one round and get DOUBLE points in that round. Show it before you start the round. There are 12 rounds with 6 questions in each round.

Topics include:

  1. Music
  2. African Geography
  3. The World Today
  4. Sport
  5. World History
  6. Europe
  7. British History
  8. Pot Luck
  9. UK
  10. Central Asian Geography
  11. The British Royal Family
  12. Film

Category: Quiz / General knowledge / ESL English

Studying English abroad

Many students want to learn English, as it is the business language of the world. One can blame the British Empire for that! Of course, there are 101 other languages out there to learn but where to learn English?

In England is the obvious answer! However, many students in non-English speaking countries enroll on local courses in their country. At each level - be they a beginner, pre-intermediate, intermediate, upper intermediate or advanced level they learn grammar, reading, writing, listening and speaking. Having a conversation in English is a vital part of the learning process.

Many students will probably be taught by a non-native speaker, as in some countries there is a shortage of native speakers. These teachers have themselves learnt English and are happy to pass their knowledge on to others. Some students however will get the opportunity to practice their English with a native English speaker.

Category: Languages / Studying a Language / English

The most commonly misspelled words in English…

The most commonly misspelled words in English were recently published. A survey of 3,500 Britons by the market research company www.OnePoll.com discovered that ‘Separate’ is the most commonly misspelt word in the English language. The eight-letter word came top due to regular placing of an ‘e’ where the first ‘a’ sits. Second in the list was ‘definitely’, which often falls victim to a string of mistakes including mixing up the second ‘i’ with an ‘a’.

Another common error is dropping the final ‘e’. ‘Manoeuvre’, which is problematic due to the unusual combination of ‘oe’ and ‘u’, came third and ‘embarrass’, in which an ‘r’ or an ‘s’ often falls by the wayside, was fourth. ‘Occurrence’ emerged as the fifth most commonly misspelled word due to confusion over the double ‘c’ and double ‘r’. Words just outside the top 20 include ‘calendar’, ‘pigeon’ and ‘changeable’.

Category: English Language / Survey / Spelling

General Knowledge Quiz - September 2010

Score 10 points for every correct answer – Score 5 points if half right! Play a JOKER in one round and get DOUBLE points in that round. Show it before you start the round. There are 12 rounds with 6 questions in each round.

Topics include:

  1. Music
  2. North American Geography
  3. The World Today
  4. Sport
  5. World History
  6. Europe
  7. British History
  8. Pot Luck
  9. UK
  10. South Asian Geography
  11. Special Feature - Maths
  12. Film

Category: Quiz / General knowledge / English

English lessons for today’s diplomats!

English is the business language of the world. You can thank the British Empire for that, not to mention today’s internet. So it is vital for those in international business to be able to speak English. It doesn’t matter whether it’s British English, American English or Australian English, so long as it’s English is all that matters.

The English language is one of the preferred choices of the diplomatic community; French being the other. However, in today’s world if you are a diplomat, or wish to be one, then knowledge of the English language is vital! Taking English lessons is an important way of learning the language.

Category: Diplomatic English / Diplomats / Learning English

General Knowledge Quiz - August 2010

Score 10 points for every correct answer – Score 5 points if half right! Play a JOKER in one round and get DOUBLE points in that round. Show it before you start the round. There are 12 rounds with 6 questions in each round.

Topics include:

  1. Music
  2. South American Geography
  3. The World Today
  4. Sport
  5. World History
  6. Europe
  7. British History
  8. Pot Luck
  9. The UK Today
  10. General Geography
  11. England
  12. Film

Category: Quiz / General knowledge / ESL English

General Knowledge Quiz - July 2010

Score 10 points for every correct answer – Score 5 points if half right! There are 12 rounds with 6 questions in each round. A total of 720 points!

Topics include:

  1. The UK
  2. European Geography
  3. Music
  4. Sport
  5. World History
  6. Film 1
  7. Europe
  8. Pot Luck
  9. The UK Today
  10. South East Asian Geography
  11. British History
  12. Film 2

Category: Quiz / General knowledge / ESL English