Although speakers of the two versions can communicate with each other, there is a saying (commonly attributed to the writer George Bernard Shaw) that ‘The United States and Great Britain are two countries separated by a common language’. There are some word differences between the two forms of English – particularly in topics such as […]
This fascinating article confronts a developing issue for native speakers (US/UK/Australia etc.) as English becomes the world’s standard business language – all the idioms and slang which we pepper our speech with cause difficulty and confusion on both sides of the English/English divide. There is probably a need for native speakers to start learning business […]
The English language is full of things which just seem to be there to catch us out (even proofreaders and editors make mistakes sometimes!). Here’s an interesting and lively article which might help you to avoid a few of the more common mistakes that we all make.
This very useful article by James Harbeck explains how we ended up with our seemingly illogical English language spellings, but unfortunately has no suggestions about how to make it any easier to learn them! If English is not your first language, you may find that the article helps in understanding some of the complex background […]