English All Around Us
English is the unofficial language of our country. English can be considered one of the harder languages to learn. The following photos are examples of Italian in our community.
The Language Links sections provides links to wonderful resources that will help teachers teach students and parents the basics of English.
Language Links: English
The following websites are wonderful links to audio and videos that will assist teachers in learning basic English language skills and survival terminology. The greatest thing is they are all free. Happy Learning!
Overview of the English Language
English is spoken by one out of every six people in the world. It is the primary language of the United States, Australia, the U.K., and the anglophone territories of Canada, making it second only to Mandarin Chinese in number of speakers.
English belongs to the Germanic branch of the Indo-European family of languages. The great number of words found in the English vocabulary is in large part due to extensive borrowings from other languages, including Latin, French, Low German, and the Scandinavian languages.
A dialect can be defined as a "variation of a language used by a group of speakers set apart from others geographically or socially." Using this definition, it is easy to identify English as a language with many dialects. Not only are there variations due to geographic differences (American English, British English, Australian English), but there are more subtle shadings that identify someone as being from a specific region (the southern drawl, the midwestern twang). Not to mention the differences between urban and suburban speech, educated diction and slang.… The rainbow of variations is part of what makes English an endlessly interesting pursuit!
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