You already know English is a language that’s spoken all around the world, and one that is important to employment, communicating, and expanding your horizons. As a top English language school in Hawaii, we’re sharing a few facts we think English language learners will find interesting and fun!
Which word is used most, “you” or “me?” Even if you’re just learning the language you probably already know these words are used a lot. You may be surprised to learn that, while the word “you” is the 18th most commonly used, the word “me” falls far down the list at the 50th most commonly used word in the English language. The word “the” is the most commonly used word, which you can probably tell from reading this paragraph!
What’s the shortest sentence in the English language that’s grammatically correct? Go.
All pilots speak English. That’s right! In order for pilots to be able to communicate and identify themselves while in flight, they must be able to speak English, no matter where they are from. This is one example of why the language is so important to your career and employment.
A pangram sentence is one containing every letter of the alphabet. It’s difficult to come up with a sentence that includes every letter from A-Z at least once, but here’s one: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
Crutch words are those that don’t add meaning to a sentence or value, but that we use often. These include ‘basically,’ ‘honestly,’ ‘actually,’ and even ‘like.’ For instance, “I was like dude, what are you doing?”
What are ambigrams? They’re words that remain the same word, even when you turn them upside down. Turn the word “swims” upside down and you’ll see it’s still ‘swims!’
How often do you think a new word is added to the dictionary? Every two hours! Nearly 4,000 new words are added every year, so be thankful you don’t have to learn every word in the English language – it would be exhausting.
Hopefully you will find these facts fun and interesting enough to share them with friends and family. If anything is for certain about the English language, it’s that it’s constantly changing!