Lessons in the "English" Category

Cripes! Spiffing English words dying out

Cripes! Thanks to the Twitter generation some spiffing words in the English language are slowly dying out. Traditional words like ‘balderdash’ and ‘cripes’ are being replaced with modern trendy shortened text-style terms like ‘lol’, ‘jel’ and ‘soz’. In fact, a quarter of us use these terms in verbal conversations, as well as using them in written communication on mobile phones, emails and social media sites.

There has been a significant decrease in the words which our parents and grandparents used to utter on almost a daily basis. According to researchers ‘bally’ and ‘swell’ are among words that Brits said they don’t use anymore. Just nine per cent used the word ‘bogus’, ten per cent have used ‘fiddlesticks’ and only three quarters have used ‘oopsy-daisy’.

Category: English / Language / Disappearing Words

South Sudan adopts English as its official language

Africa’s newest country South Sudan has adopted English as its official language. Why? Because its new leaders believe English will make them “different and modern”.

After decades of civil war, the widespread learning of English will present some serious challenges for a country brought up learning a form of Arabic. It represents a major change after decades of Arabisation and Islamisation by their former rulers in Khartoum, Sudan. The predominantly Christian and African south by opting for English as its official language has taken a bold decision, as most of the country’s education system is very short of resources and most people are illiterate.

Edward Mokole at the Ministry of Education: “From now on all our laws, textbooks and official documents have to be written in that language. Schools, the police, retail and the media must all operate in English.”

Category: Africa / South Sudan / Learning English

NFE General Knowledge Quiz - October 2011

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 General
  3. The World Today
  4. Sport
  5. World history
  6. South America
  7. Famous People
  8. Pot luck
  9. UK
  10. Geography landmarks
  11. Authors / books / plays
  12. Film

Category: Quiz / General knowledge / English

NFE General Knowledge Quiz - September 2011

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 General
  3. The World Today
  4. Sport
  5. World history
  6. Canada
  7. Famous People
  8. Pot luck
  9. UK
  10. Geography landmarks
  11. Authors / books / plays
  12. Film

Category: Quiz / General knowledge / English

NFE General Knowledge Quiz - July 2011

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 General
  3. The World Today
  4. Sport
  5. World history
  6. USA
  7. Famous People
  8. Pot luck
  9. UK
  10. Geography Caribbean
  11. Authors / books / plays
  12. Film

Category: Quiz / General knowledge / English

NFE General Knowledge Quiz - June 2011

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 General
  3. The World Today
  4. Sport
  5. World history
  6. Europe
  7. Famous People
  8. Pot luck
  9. UK
  10. Geography USA
  11. Authors / books / plays
  12. Film

Category: Quiz / General knowledge / English

NFE General Knowledge Quiz - April 2011

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 General
  3. The World Today
  4. Sport
  5. World history
  6. Asia
  7. Famous People
  8. Pot luck
  9. UK
  10. Geography Africa
  11. Authors / books / plays
  12. Film

Category: Quiz / General knowledge / English

NFE General Knowledge Quiz - March 2011

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 General
  3. The World Today
  4. Sport
  5. World history
  6. Europe
  7. Famous People
  8. Pot luck
  9. UK
  10. Geography Middle East
  11. Authors / books / plays
  12. Film

Category: Quiz / General knowledge / English

NFE General Knowledge Quiz - February 2011

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 Middle East
  3. The World Today
  4. Sport
  5. World history
  6. Europe
  7. Famous People
  8. Pot luck
  9. UK
  10. Geography General
  11. Famous authors / books
  12. Film

Category: Quiz / General knowledge / English

NFE General Knowledge Quiz - January 2011

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 General
  3. The World Today
  4. Sport
  5. World history
  6. Europe
  7. British History
  8. Pot luck
  9. UK
  10. Geography Central America
  11. Famous People
  12. Film

Category: Quiz / General knowledge / English