#210 | The Illogicality of The English Language

English Learning for Curious Minds

11-11-2021 • 22 minutos

There is a lot about the English language that makes very little sense at all.

In this episode we look at some of these illogicalities, paying close attention to homonyms, homographs, homophones, and even something called lonely negatives.

  • How many words are there in English?
  • English: The Mongrel Language
  • A quick history of the English language: Anglo-Saxons, Vikings & French
  • The scribes making English spelling very complicated
  • The typesetters introducing new spellings
  • Finding classical ancestry for words in English
  • Confusing English #1: Homophones
  • Fork candles vs. Four candles
  • Confusing English #2: Homophonyms
  • Confusing English #3: Homophographs
  • Confusing English #4: Lonely Negatives
  • An extremely confusing sentence

Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/illogicality-of-english


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