Varieties of English

Varieties of English are the different kinds of English used around the world. Often these are geographically based. The varieties are more or less similar and while most English speakers can understand each other, there are occasional problems. The four people in the picture (Whoopi Goldberg, Kylie Minogue, the Queen […]


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Different Types of English in TEFL

When you teach English as a foreign language you don’t just teach “English”. No, you teach a specific type of English depending on your class: different people need different English. You can view this in the same way as dance. If you go to a dance class you don’t just […]


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What is a Lexeme?

LEXEME is the term used in Linguistics‏‎ to refer to a word (a minimal unit of language) with a distinctive meaning (a semantic value) and often a specific cultural concept attached to it. banana, love, animal, run These are all lexemes. Lexemes can be seen as the basic elements of […]


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The English Alphabet

The English Alphabet contains 26 letters. These can be divided into vowels and consonants‏‎. The vowels are: a, e, i, o, u The consonants are: b, c, d, f, g, h, j, k, l, m, n, p, q, r, s, t, v, w, x, y, z Every word has at […]


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Puns in TEFL Teaching

Puns are ambiguous; they are words (or phrases) which sound the same but which have two very different meanings used for humorous effect. (A traditional explanation of a pun is a “play on words” but since this defines everything from puns to Spoonerisms to Malapropsims to Pig Latin it really […]


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