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15 facts you didn't know about English


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15 facts you didn't know about English

What do you know about English besides the fact that it is the most popular in the world?

  1. By the way, this is not the case. Today, English is the third most widely spoken in the world, and will soon be in fourth - overtaken by Hindi.
  2. " & " Is an ampersand. It stands for the letter "and" and used to be a letter of the alphabet.
  3. The difference between British English and American is great, and this fact is not exaggerated. For example, J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter saga has been translated from English into American.
  4. There are twice as many words in English as in Russian: 1 million versus 500 thousand. His "poor" status is unfair.
  5. Punctuation marks are rarely used in English. Until the 15th century, they did not exist at all, but today we do it by analogy with the Russian.
  6. Shakespeare and Pushkin are brothers. Not by blood (lift your jaws off the floor), but by function: both are legendary and each brought many new words to their language.
  7. In English, gender-neutral terms have appeared that claim to supplant the familiar he and she. These are ze and hir .
  8. In all languages of the world, pineapple is pineapple (something like ananas), and only in English it is pineapple .
  9. The most common word in the English language is good .
  10. In English there is a word in which one vowel is repeated 6 times - indivisibility (unity).
  11. The most ambiguous word in English is set , which has 44 interpretations.
  12. In the English language, there is a ghost word that existed from 1932 to 1940 due to a typographical error. This word is dord , it has no meaning.
  13. Hardest tongue twister in English: The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick.
  14. The shortest English sentences containing subject and predicate are I am and I do .
  15. The word drunk has 2241 synonyms. They also say that Russians drink a lot!
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Kuban State University, Russia (World Economics); Westminster University (Business & Management).
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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