Tag: English

Languages in the Star Wars universe

Languages in the Star Wars universe

I love languages. That doesn’t mean it is easy for me to learn new languages (just ask my old French teacher) but I do love studying them. Here are some statistics for you: There are over seven thousand recognised languages spoken on Earth today. Out of these seven thousand languages half of the world’s population …

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Spitfire Review: Tolkien

Spitfire Review: Tolkien

Hello everyone, I know I said that my next article would be “Five historical speeches that you’re glad you haven’t heard of” and that is still going ahead. That post is currently in draft form, due to be published in a week or two. On Bank Holiday Monday I watched the film Tolkien at the …

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Spitfire Review: Hamlet performed at Shakespeare’s Globe

Spitfire Review: Hamlet performed at Shakespeare’s Globe

On Saturday 12th May, the day after I published my previous website post about Shakespeare’s influence on the English language, I had a day of culture trekking around London. I went to The Globe Theatre in the morning for a tour, I visited the Sir John Sloan museum in Holborn to admire his artefacts, I …

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Top Five misunderstood lines in Literature

Top Five misunderstood lines in Literature

Your English teacher probably told you that every line of literature has meaning. I think that’s half true, the line has meaning if you give it meaning. There are some sentences that everyone knows what the meaning is. Then there are also sentences that everyone thinks they know what the meaning is. Here are five misunderstood lines from …

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Review: The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Review: The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Hello everyone, I’m not normally a fan of poetry, it isn’t my forte (although I did achieve a first in my poetry module at uni) but one of the poems I do know is The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. This poem is taught in schools in the UK (I remember a copy of the poem being …

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Lexical Gaps and Lacunas.

Lexical Gaps and Lacunas.

It is said that a child raised in England should be able to speak English fluently by the time they are twelve years old. The English Language is an incredibly hard language to master but it’s by no means the hardest. According to the BBC the hardest languages to learn for a native English speaker …

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