The Pompous Dictatorship of Nouns

What type of vocabulary is most useful to learn; nouns, adjectives, or verbs?

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The most difficult language of the world

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 I Strip Myself of the Network of Language?

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

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.

The History of English in Ten Minutes

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.