Maltese

Maltese is primarily the language spoken in Malta (alongside English). The language comes from Siculo-Arabic which is the form of Arabic spoken in Sicily about 1,000 years ago. The vocabulary of Maltese is about 50% derived from Italian‏‎ and Sicilian with around 15% English words.


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Lingua Franca

Here’s a scenario for you: a ship sinks at sea and 10 survivors manage to struggle to a desert island. Each survivor comes from a different country and speaks a different language. And none of them speak any other language other than their own. Ten years later a rescue boat […]


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Lemmas in English Vocabulary

Simply put, a lemma is the base form of a word, typically found in a dictionary where it’s known as a headword. From the lemma we can form many related words. So, for example, here are a few lemmas and their forms: do: do, does, did, doing run: running, ran […]


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Latin vs English

Latin was the language spoken by the Ancient Romans around 2,000 years ago. It developed in the Italian peninsula specifically in Latium, the region of central western Italy, in which the city of Rome was founded and grew to be the capital city of the Roman Empire. The original people […]


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Language Register in TEFL Teaching

In linguistics‏‎, the term Language Register is used to talk about the type of language a person might use in a certain social context, in other words, how formally they will speak. For example: A speaker might say I never done nuffin’ when talking to their friends, but when presented […]


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