Shocking facts about the English language

Shocking facts about English
Level: Intermediate
Author: Tutor Kudzai Ramhewa

"We never stop learning because life never stops teaching", this proverb is also true regarding the English language. No matter how much you think you know about English, there is always something new to learn; even for natives! Here are more fascinating facts about English that can help you understand the language better.

For long, people have mistakenly believed the word 'supercalifragilisticexpialidocious' was the longest English word. This word was popularised in the movie Mary Poppins, and as a result was added to the dictionary. The longest word is actually 'Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis' which refers to a type of lung disease cause by inhaling very fine ash and sand dust. Now, try say it!

Even though most Americans speak English, English is not the official language of America. Some, but not all, states have made English their official language, but the U.S government has not declared English or any language for that matter as it's official language. English is only a de facto primary language in the country.

Most widely spoken languages have an official organisation that decides language standards. English, however, does not have such an organisation. The need for such an organisation has been debated for centuries without consensus, but most believe it is better to not have one.

Lastly, the shortest grammatically correct sentence in English is a word made up of two letters: "Go". It's a command- a phrase that tells people to do something.

Now, which of these facts surprised you and which one's did you already know🤔?
March 25, 2019
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United Kingdom
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English
Native
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French
A2
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German
PRICE SLASH🤸‍♂️🤸‍♂️🤸‍♂️ with a bubbly, certified and highly experienced QUALIFIED CAE/TOEFL/IELTS instructor🎁😎 You want to improve your English skills in a fun and relaxed way, then I am your person :). I graduated with a law degree and have lived in many countries. I enjoy reading about law, business, philosophy, current affairs and social trends. I am a hiker, traveller and cheerful soul. I have tutored many students from different countries with overwhelming positive results for over 4 years. I have tutored company CEO's to 6 year old darlings. I integrate humour with my tutoring material to create fun and engaging lessons. If you'd like to have stimulating conversations, GROUP LESSONS, share and debate ideas, prepare for a big job interview, improve your business English or study for IELTS /TOEFL/CAE then you've come to the right place. Hurry and book whilst my low price special lasts 🤸‍♂️
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