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English as a Spoken Language

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´╗┐The history of the English language started with the arrival of three Germanic tribes who invaded Britain during the 5th century. These tribes were the Angles, the Saxons and the Jutes. At that time the population of Britain spoke a Celtic language. But most of the Celtic speakers were pushed west and north by the invaders - mainly into what is now Wales, Scotland and Ireland. The Angles came from England and their language was called Englisc. The invading Germanic tribes spoke similar languages, which in Britain developed into what we now call Old English. Old English did not sound or look like the English we speak today. ...read more.


This language was called ?Middle English?. From the late 15th century, the language changed into Modern English, often dated from the Great Vowel Shift. After this, there was an official way of speaking English. Spelling and grammar also became fixed and so did the dialect of this country. Many people these days get confused with Modern English and modern English. The main difference is that the vocab is slightly different. Reading books, magazines and newspapers of fine quality are good ways of improving my English. On the whole, most of them are grammatically correct. We may speak incorrect English and get away with it, however not so much when we a reading words which are meant to be read in a particular way. ...read more.


Some of the words and phrases are what we call slang. For instance, instead of me saying; ?he?s lying?, I say; ?he?s gassing?. I try not to say these street terms, however, since I hear these things often from the people around me, I now have the habit of saying these words. Furthermore, spoken English is mainly spontaneous, so we don?t really think about how we are going to say something. Spoken English is unplanned unlike written English. On the other hand, you can also put forward that one can speak slang when they are writing. For example, when someone is on Facebook, MSN, or is texting someone, they may use slang or abbreviations. An example of slang would be;? Wassup??, which is short for ?what?s up?, meaning; How is it going? So it is a slang-abbreviation. ...read more.

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