The English Language Is The Number One Spoken Language In The World

Learn how to master the English Language

A Grain of Salt | ElbyJames

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The Tricky English Language . . . and how to use it correctly. Read on to find out how to master it.
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The English language is a tricky language to master, even native speakers have issues at times.

Even though the dialect originated from the West Germanic languages, the modern standard English language originated in England. It has become the dominant language of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and various island nations in the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean.

English is the first choice of foreign language in most other countries of the world, and it’s this status which has given it the position of a global lingua franca. It’s estimated about a third of the world’s population, some two billion persons, now use English.

I would say the English language is a hard language to master but, it’s the written part to master. Speaking it isn’t as hard as one thinks after all a third of the world’s populatioin speaks English.

HOMOGRAPHS? HOMOPHONES?

A homograph is a perfect example of why the English language is hard to master when it comes to writing. A homograph is a word that shares the same written form as another word but has a different meaning.

I’ve provided a short list of homographs for you and the list of homographs is endless. Once you can recognize homographs, you will see them everywhere.

1. Bear (animal) and bear (carry)

2. porter (a weak beer) and porter (a man who carries luggage)

3. lean (thin) and lean (rest against)

4. lap (to drink with tongue) and lap (a circuit)

5. plane (a tool) and plane (a tree)

6. plain (ordinary looking) and plain (flat country)

7. skip (to jump) and skip (to miss out)

8. miss (unmarried woman) and miss (to overlook)

9. pluck (to remove feathers) and pluck (bravery)

10. type (to write via keyboard) and type (a sort)

11. train (a loco and trucks) and train (to teach)

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A Grain of Salt | ElbyJames

ElbyJames is an American disabled combat vet exiled in the UK & a free speech absolutist. He’s an occasional Top Writer