Language Arts & Disciplines

English the language of knowledge

English the language of knowledge

There are several factors that make the English language essential to communication in our current time. First of all, it is the most common foreign language.

English is also essential to the field of education. In many countries, children are taught and encouraged to learn English as a second language.

English is the dominant business language and it has become almost a necessity for people to speak English if they are to enter a global workforce.

Former prime minister of Malaysia, Dr Mahathir Mohamad said: “In the past, it was Greek, then it was Arabic, then it was Latin and from Latin, European languages became the language of knowledge, the most common being English”.

“If we want to wait until that knowledge is translated into our own languages, there’s a possibility that not everything will be translated. There is also a possibility of things getting lost in translation.”

Although many people think that it is very difficult and confusing, English is actually the easiest language of the world to learn because there are so many resources available.

As soon as you decide you want to learn, there are thousands of resources on the Internet and in bookstores.

With good understanding and communication in English, you can travel around the globe.

Although learning English can be challenging and time consuming, we can see that it is also very valuable to learn and can create many opportunities!

Demography of the United States

Demography of the United States

As of May 27, 2017, the United States has a total resident population of 325,120,392, making it the third most populous country in the world.

Although a high proportion of the population is known to have multiple ancestries, in the 2000 census, the first with the option to choose more than one, most people still identified with one racial category.[citation needed] In the 2000 census, self-identified German Americans made up 17.1% of the U.S. population, followed by Irish Americans at 12%, as reported in the 2000 U.S. Census. This makes German and Irish the largest and second-largest self-reported ancestry groups in the United States.

Russian American population is estimated at approximately 2.9 million people. Second largest ethnic market representing 10.3% (2.9 Million people) of the total foreign-born population of 28.4 million.

From the U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2000
Internet release data: February 25, 2003
Detailed List of Languages Spoken at Home for
the Population 5 Years and Over by State

Russian 706,242
Alabama 1,220
Alaska 2,952
Arizona 4,073
Arkansas 571
California 118,382
Colorado 10,737
Connecticut 8,807
Delaware 542
Dist. of Columbia 1,110
Florida 19,729
Georgia 7,175
Hawaii 432
Idaho 1,113
Illinois 38,053
Indiana 3,736
Iowa 2,233
Kansas 1,994
Kentucky 2,162
Louisiana 936
Maine 896
Maryland 17,584
Massachusetts 32,580
Michigan 11,701
Minnesota 9,629
Mississippi 567
Missouri 5,469
Montana 610
Nebraska 1,559
Nevada 1,883
New Hampshire 1,009
New Jersey 38,566
New Mexico 722
New York 218,765
North Carolina 4,109
North Dakota 331
Ohio 16,030
Oklahoma 1,251
Oregon 16,344
Pennsylvania 32,189
Rhode Island 1,922
South Carolina 1,618
South Dakota 411
Tennessee 2,928
Texas 11,574
Utah 3,093
Vermont 554
Virginia 9,147
Washington 31,339
West Virginia 371
Wisconsin 5,362
Wyoming 172

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2000, Summary File 3, Table PCT10.
Internet release data: February 25, 2003


Angkor Wat

1. Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

2. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

3. Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, Cordoba, Spain

4. St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, Italy

5. Taj Mahal, Agra, India

6. Church of the Savior on Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia

7. Great Wall at Mutianyu, Beijing, China

8. Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu, Peru

9. Plaza de Espana, Seville, Spain

10. Duomo di Milano, Milan, Italy

11. Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California

12. Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC, District of Columbia

13. Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

14. Parliament, Budapest, Hungary

15. Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France

16. Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

17. Big Ben, London, United Kingdom

18. Acropolis, Athens, Greece

19. Main Market Square, Krakow, Poland

20. El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires, Argentina

21. Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho), Bangkok, Thailand

22. Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

23. Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Kyoto, Japan

24. Ruinas Mayas de Tulum, Tulum, Mexico

25. Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia

How to Learn English

How to Learn English

Before you begin, or go back to, studying English, ask yourself one question. Why do I want to study English?

Like every decision in life, studying English must be something you want to do.

Set goals
If you know why you want to study, setting goals is easy. For example, maybe you want to travel to an English-speaking country. Great. Your goal might be to learn “Survival English”.

Make an agenda
How long do you need to study to achieve your goals? This answer is different for every student. The important thing is to be realistic. If you work 60 hours per week, don’t plan on spending another 40 hours a week studying English.

Make a commitment
Learning English requires a lot of motivation. Nobody is going to take your attendance when you aren’t in class. If you are sure you are ready to begin studying, make a commitment.

Study a Balance of the Four Key Skills – listening, speaking, reading, writing
Most students want to communicate better in English. If this is one of your goals, it is important to study a balance of the four major skills. Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing are the main (macro) skills you need to communicate in any language.

For example you need to be able to read well before you can write well. You also need to be able to listen before you can speak. It helps to think of these communicative skills in two groups.

INput <<< Listening (in through your ears) Reading (in through your eyes) OUTput >>>
Speaking (out through your mouth)
Writing (out through your hand)

It’s simple. Think of it this way. First you have input. Next you have output. First you listen to someone ask you a question. Second you speak and give them your answer. First you read a letter from someone. After that you write back to them. These are examples of communicating.

1. How to learn LISTENING
Listen to the radio
Watch English TV
Watch English-language movies
Use Internet listening resources

2. How to learn SPEAKING and pronunciation
Talk to yourself
Record your own voice
Understand the sounds that your language doesn’t have

3. How to learn READING and vocabulary
Read something every day
Read what interests you.
Read at the appropriate level

4. How to learn WRITING and spelling
Keep a diary/journal
Write emails in English
Rewrite your local news in English

English: Correct Spelling

Correct Spelling

Learning how to spell is considered a fundamental skill, and it takes time to memorize spelling rules and exceptions.

Some helpful tips:

  • visualize what the word looks like, and then try to spell it
  • notecards in a box can make creating this reference easy and fun
  • create your own lists of words they find difficult to spell
  • However, even the most experienced editors, who are checking spelling and grammar very thoroughly, are apt to overlook certain mistakes from time to time.
    To get around the problem of human error, you should put an online spell checker and grammar tool to work for you:-)

    What languages should children learn if they want the best chances of success in life?

    English remains firmly at the top of the list of languages useful for travel (spoken in 106 different countries).

    If sheer numbers of speakers is our primary consideration, and we want our children to learn languages that have the most speakers, then – excluding English – the three most commonly spoken languages are Mandarin (898 million), Spanish (437 million) and Arabic (295 million).

    Young children are still using their individual, innate language-learning strategies to acquire their home language and soon find they can also use these strategies to pick up English.

    Children who have the opportunity to pick up a second language while they are still young appear to use the same innate language-learning strategies throughout life when learning other languages. Picking up third, fourth, or even more languages is easier than picking up a second.

    Nasa launches a free public library of 140,000 iconic images and recordings from space

    140,000 iconic images and recordings from space

    In the 59 years since it was first founded, Nasa has taken some of the most iconic videos and images of space.

    Now, in a bid to make this media as accessible as possible, the space agency has launched its new image and video Library.

    Members of the public can now search and download more than 140,000 images, videos and audio files, including stunning views of Mars, and the famous first steps on the moon in 1969.

    The Angel’s Corpse

    With the great merit of Aristotle’s Poetics , poetic logic became a theoretical activity endowed with a philosophical nature allowing it to be more philosophical than the pure representation of existence. Today, however, the theoretical status of poetic logic has been greatly demoted. The Angel’s Corpse restores to poetic logic (or lyric philosophy) the cognitive and epistemological significance attributed to it by Aristotle. The Angel’s corpse (the central metaphor in this restoration) is a sign-post beyond which there exists an uncharted terrain of human signification. This terrain is expressed in terms of lyric philosophy and its universal trait is a shocking into reawakening, which is linked to the dissolution of the repetitive logic of history. With this book, Colilli aims to bring to life the traits that are close to the Angel and which amount to a new philosophy of culture and interpretation. This philosophy is free from the ideological burden of previous systems, but pivots its cognito-epistemological premises on the idea of reawakening.

    The Angel’s Corpse

    Sport, Rhetoric, and Gender

    Interested in the nexus between sport, gender, and language, Sport, Rhetoric, and Gender: Historical Perspectives and Media Representations contains 21 wide-ranging chapters examining sport vis–vis the language surrounding and incorporated by it in the world arena.

    Sport, Rhetoric, and Gender

    Language Policy and Modernity in Southeast Asia

    Source: CIA World Factbook, 2005 In this book, our goal is to understand how the language policies of various nation-states in Southeast Asia grapple with the challenge of modernity. Our focus will therefore be on language policies as these are explicitly articulated either in the form of constitutions or public proclamations made by political leaders. We do not RAPPA AND WEE: LANGUAGE POLICY AND MODERNITY IN SOUTHEAST ASIA 2 deny that language policies can be implicit (Spolsky, 2004:s) since ideologies about language are prevalent regardless of whether these lead to overt policy formulations or not. However, our interest is in the attempts by Southeast-Asian nation-states to maintaidlegitimize particular ‘nationalist imaginations’ (cf. Anderson, 1991), and such attempts are best seen in the kinds of explicit declarations made by agents of the state. It seems clear that our objective includes the question of how these nation-states manage the spread of the English language, since English is often seen as the language of modernity par excellence (May, 2001).

    Language Policy and Modernity in Southeast Asia

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