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" Brevity is sister of a talent "( A. P. Chehov)
Краткость- сестра таланта ( А. П. Чехов )
Nice to hear from you again. The English for Beginners Forum is
Torstens idea. There are many people out there that are enjoying the
Forum by reading it but are not confident enough to write.
We want to encourage everybody to participate at their own level.
In so doing we need to create platforms where students of the
appropriate ability can jump on and contribute. We don?t want to
exclude anybody. Lots of people out there have got valid questions
about the English Language but don?t know how to get it across.
The English Beginners Forum is not just for beginners. It will be
interesting for all levels to Advanced. You would be surprised how
some basic information can slip through the net of your collected
knowledge … or you may even have understood a part of it, or missed
the appropriate lesson in the school and just never got back to clearing
up that nagging question which has been missing for years. You may
even be using some English terminology incorrectly for many years.
I?ll give you an example :
There are two words in English which are often used incorrectly by Journalists
of TV and Radio Shows in relation to Music. The two words are -
LIFE and LIVE
Many gig, concert, music festival posters (in Germany certainly) always
write the words LIFE MUSIC. This is not correct. It?s LIVE MUSIC.
The word LIFE means exactly that - LIFE per se. LIFE on earth.
My LIFE, your LIFE, LIFE as it is, not on your LIFE, LIFE saving etc.
That athlete has got no more LIFE in him. That stunt man is not
showing any signs of LIFE. He?s not ALIVE, he?s dead.
This is a Noun. (Naming Word)
The word LIVE means, it?s ALIVE, it?s moving, it?s happening now,
like an electric wire or cable… it?s LIVE,
and because it?s LIVE - it?s potentially dangerous.
Because the Music is LIVE, you can here it right now.
It?s used as an Adjective in this form. (Describing Word)
There is another form of the word LIVE.
Example : To LIVE, to LIVE a long time, to LIVE in Russia or Europe.
I want to LIVE in the sunshine. We haven?t got any money - how are we going to LIVE. LIVE dangerously.
This is used as a Verb. (an Action/Doing Word)
LIFE is an Abstract Noun, because it?s not something physical that you can touch (although that could be arguable).
There are four main types of Noun (Names - Nyms - Naming words)
Proper Noun - All names of People, Places, Institutes, Products, names of the Seasons, Days of the Week, Months, Religious Holidays,
Titles of Buildings and Books etc. etc.
(all are written with a Capital Letter)
Abstract Noun - All things intangible, like emotions, feelings, thoughts,
states of mind, states of awareness, events, situations, metaphysical subjects etc. Example : Energy, Love, Fear, Anger, Jealousy, Grief, Laughter, Confusion, Intrigue, Independence, Politics etc.
Collective Nouns - All things which come in groups. For Example : family, company, team, group, collection, pack, troop, platoon, regiment,
parliament, fleet, gaggle (of geese), litter (of puppies) etc. etc.
Common Nouns - All other nouns (not in the above catagory). An example would be every day objects - table, chair, window, house, dog, cat, horse, field, meadow, tractor, car, truck, bus, flower, tree, sky, planet, drink, sandwich, cup of tea etc.
Nouns can also be classified into Countable & Uncountable … but we can do that next time. To be able to identify each word type is a great help in learning English (or any language for that matter). There are about 12 main types you need to know which can also be sub-classified. It?s great fun to do that too. You?ll enjoy it because it will give that AHA experience.
A little bit of enlightenment everyday. You?ll feel the energy rushing up and down your spine. You?ll then have small experiences of success every day which will give you more and more confidence in putting it into practice. I?ve written alot again, but I hope that was OK.
Has it helped? Do you like it? Shall I do some more?
Anymore questions please? Torsten and I will be answering them,
and don?t forget Alan is also there if you need him.
Best Wishes, Bruce.
Hi Bruce! Currently you live in Germany, do you like German?
Torsten, I like this your thought ( about new forum)
Yes, Germany is a nice place to live, the Germans are OK, the German language is OK to speak
but the Grammar can sometimes be a problem
because it?s not so flexible and sometimes just plain difficult.
A language should be easy to write, speak and understand … otherwise what?s the point.
Why make life more difficult than it is.
If a language is to heavy to learn and practice it is a burden to the soul.
A language will also form your way of thinking, behaving and looking at life.
There are somethings I like about the way Germans think and their language … but not all of it … sometimes I have difficulting in writing because my thoughts are easier expressed in English. I could even mix English and German together.
I can think in German of course, but like to write in English.
I assume you are living in Germany now, Ariadna.
If you are … learn the language. It looks exhausting at first, but it?s really not that hard.
If you think it?s hard - it is. If you think it?s easy - it is.
It?s that simple.
Thanks Bruce! I am not living in Germany. I heard that German is close to English. That do you say?
Yes, there are alot of German words in the English Language.
If you read about the history of England and the rest
of Great Britain (GB) you will see that the Angles,
Saxons and Jutes, who were North German people,
came over to England about 400AD and started to settle.
They brought their own language with them of course.
After beating up the island people of Gaelic (Celtic)
origin and Briton (Iberian/Spanish) origin, they began
to dominate the island and you can see today that England
itself is dominated by Angles, Saxons and Jutes.
Where do you think the word England came from?
Yes, you?ve guessed it. Angle-land.
Angleland is England. If you look at the name of the
southern counties of England the answer is clear.
East Anglia = East Angleland
Norfolk = North folk (German = Nordvolk)
Suffolk = South folk (German = S?dvolk)
Sussex = (Sus) South (sex) Sax … Saxon
Essex = East Saxon
Middlesex = Middle Saxon
Wessex (does not exist anymore)
Kent = the county where the Jutes settled, and they are a little different.
Maybe it should be called … Jent … instead of Kent, because they are supposed to be the typical English Gentleman in behaviour.
That means … Jent … for Jentleman - Gentleman.
That was my play on words - by the way.
Does that clear up some answers Ariadna.
Best Wishes, Bruce.
alot? instead ofa lot? because in English we have many
words which are used together so often that they naturally become
There are many examples of this and this usually happens with most of the small words called - Prepositions.
… on to = onto
… in to = into
… a lot = alot
other examples are -
… some more = somemore
… ever more = evermore
Phrasal Verbs also have this character.
A phrasal verb is the bringing together of a Verb and a Prepostion.
But note that phrasal verbs should be joined together with a hyphen.
A hy-phen… because they produce an Adjectival expression.
But even this rule is slowly fading out.
… back up = backup
(this should be written back-up - a phrasal verb)
… take off = take-off … becomes … takeoff
… touch down = touch-down … becomes … touchdown
… drive in = drive-in … becomes … drivein
… take away = take-away … becomes … takeaway
You get the idea??? Hope that answers your question.
Hi! I got it . Thank you