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TOP-30 facts about English that encourage to study a foreign language

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TOP-30 facts about English that encourage to study a foreign language

Sometimes interesting information about it can lead to learning a language. Let's check? What if, after our facts, you will want to rush headlong into learning English?

  1. One of the most spoken languages in the world is English. Its peculiarity and value also lies in the fact that it is constantly spoken by people for whom it is not native.
  2. The most used letter of the English alphabet is E, the rarest is Q.
  3. Four is the only number in all languages of the world (well, practically) where the number of letters coincides with the meaning of the word.
  4. The name of the Google company comes from the English word for a number followed by one hundred zeros ( googol in Russian).
  5. In English, there are words that can simultaneously be different parts of speech. For example, water - "water, water" and "to water".
  6. The most-used English word version Oxford - the article the.
  7. Uncopyrightable ( not subject to copyright law) - a word consisting of 15 non-repeating letters.
  8. William Shakespeare introduced over 2 thousand words into the English language.
  9. Girl recently began to call girls: earlier this word was gender neutral, so they called both boys and girls, a child in general.
  10. Pronunciation (translated as pronunciation) is an English word that is most often pronounced with errors.
  11. The longest English word that has one vowel is strengths .
  12. Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is the longest English word with 45 letters. Denotes a lung disease caused by a mixture of ash and sand.
  13. Every two hours a new word comes to the English language.
  14. English is recognized as an official language in 54 countries.
  15. Smiles is the "longest" word: there is a mile between its first and last letter. Pun!
  16. The words abstemious , abstentious , arsenious , arteriosus and facetious have the vowels in the same order as in the alphabet.
  17. The words diamond , silver ,   purple ,   month ,   skeleton ,   limited ,   ninth   and   poem not have rhymes .
  18. The word set has 192 values.
  19. All continents in English begin with the letter A.
  20. All inanimate nouns have no gender.
  21. All the variety of English words in 1930 was abolished by the linguist Charles Ogden, who compiled the basic language for international communication, consisting of 850 words.
  22. A common mispronunciation of the initial k in know was formerly a linguistic norm.
  23. More people speak English in Nigeria than in the UK .
  24. In the United States, there is not a single American version of English, but 24 dialects.
  25. The legendary saga of the boy who survived was translated from English into American, replacing, for example, biscuits with cookies .
  26. Modern English is the result of a mixture of French and Old English.
  27. The dot over the letter i is called a tittle - a droplet .
  28. If you drop everything from the word queue , leave only the first letter, its pronunciation will not change.
  29. I am and I do are the shortest full sentences in the English language.
  30. Despite the fact that the vocabulary of English is 1 million words, the average Englishman uses only 20-30 thousand.
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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