What type of vocabulary is most useful to learn; nouns, adjectives, or verbs?
On Call You And Yours we ask: Is it worthwhile learning another language? What are the biggest advantages of being multilingual and why do many of us struggle?
Despite being the world’s lingua franca, English is the most difficult European language to learn to read. Children learning other languages master the basic elements of literacy within a year, but British kids take two-and-a-half years to reach the same point.
Can we strip ourselves of this network of language which is driving us, shaping us, and unemotionally use words that are simple, direct and therefore a word that doesn’t bring about psychological reactions? Right? Can we do this, first of all? If we can, then we can enquire together because we are free of the word which drives us, but we are using the word directly.
A Way with Words is an upbeat and lively hour-long public radio show about language examined through history, culture, and family about slang, grammar, old sayings, word origins, regional dialects, family expressions, and speaking and writing well.
Where did the phrase ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’ come from? And when did scientists finally get round to naming sexual body parts? Voiced by Clive Anderson, this entertaining romp through ‘The History of English’ squeezes 1600 years of history into 10 one-minute bites, uncovering the sources of English words and phrases from Shakespeare and the King James Bible to America and the Internet.