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Before you start
or continue, learning English, can you say the alphabet? This is essential, even for advanced learners of English. To speak without thinking, or saying "er" it helps to learn the alphabet in such a way that it is easy to remember
Take a pen and tap it on the table in front of you. Now read each seperate line below and tap the table with the pen for each letter, twice for "W" - take a very short break after you finish each line. Create a rythm for ABCDEFG then HIJKLMN then OPQRSTU and finish with VWXYZ remembering to tap twice for W. To listen how to say each letter, click on the alphabet below - link goes to British Council Pages. When you have practiced speaking the alphabet and learning the rythm, try it without any help and we are sure you will notice the difference




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" The bandage was wound around the wound.

" The farm was used to produce produce.

" The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse (British English).

" He could lead if he would get the lead out.

" The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

" Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.

" A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

" When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

" I did not object to the object.

" There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.

" They were too close to the door to close it.

" The buck does funny things when the does are present.

" A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.

" To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

" The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

" After a number of injections my jaw got number.

" Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.

" I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

" How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

Let's face it - English is a crazy language.
There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England nor French fries in France.
Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat.

We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig. And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend, that you comb through annals of history but not a single annal? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it? If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?

Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Park on driveways and drive on parkways? Have noses that run and feet that smell? How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which an alarm goes off by going on.

English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race (which, of course, isn't a race at all). That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible? And why, when I wind up my watch, I start it, but when I wind up this essay, I end it? English is a silly language - it doesn't know if it is coming or going.

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This list is very important—you should know at least 90% of this list

according to
ahead of
all over
amid or amidst
as of
as to
+ as
as early as
as late as
as often as
as much as
as many as, etc.
away from

because of

by the time of

close by
close to

due to

except for



in between
in front of
in keeping with

in place of
in spite ofin view of
instead of



near to
next to

on top of
other than
out of



similar to

thanks to (because of)
toward or towards

up to


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Learning English - Beyond the Postcard - the places and the people ... BBC... A series that looks at some not so well known features of some very well known places. There are audio and video passages for you to listen to and watch. There are also exercises to help you improve your English
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Click here Voices - BBC Voice Archive of Interviews from all over the UK
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Click here NEWS PAGE - see Audio-Video section - Good language practice
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