Teach English in Huanggang Zhen - Heze Shi

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People around the world use a lot of languages and every language has its own distinctiveness. Each language has its own grammar rules for sentence structures and of some languages, it is quite complex. There are languages spoken by millions of persons and some are spoken by just only a few hundreds of person. English is the third most-spoken native language in the world, after Standard Chinese and Spanish [1]. England, as we all know, is the birthplace of the English language and throughout the years it has spread to many parts of the world. It is the most widely learned second language and there are more people who have learned it as a second language than there are native speakers. Being an international language spoken around the world, English is growing in different directions day by day and hour by hour and so it is not possible for a single person to write down all the peculiarities of English language. This writing is to presents a few peculiarities of the English language. The English language is quite simple. For instance, English only have five vowels which are a, e, i, o, and u while French vowels have six which are a, e, i, o, u and y. Moreover, English has just only have twenty-one consonants compare to other languages that have more than thirty consonants like Bulgarian, Belarusian, Lithuanian etc.,[2]. Another distinctive of the English language is that it has a sense of equality. Pronouns just like he, she, you, etc., are applicable to everyone no matter what is their age and status to the society. In many other languages such as Korean, Japanese, Chinese these pronouns take different forms that sometimes causing inconvenience. In the English language, there are also some exception terms just like Your Majesty, Your Excellency, Your Highness and His Lordship which is commonly use in the United Kingdom. Also in a democratic country such as America, they addressed their president as Mr. President. The English language has a self-contradictory statement or words and that is called a paradox. For instance, there is no egg in eggplant, no ham in hamburger. Pineapple is not a pine nor an apple. French fries were not invented in France. A guinea pig is not from Papua New Guinea and it is not even a pig. These words are confusing and not logical especially if English is not your native language or even if so, it is still not easy to explain. Here are more example of paradoxes in English. Boxing rings are square; you drive on a parkway and park on a driveway. People recite at a play and play at a recital; We have noses that run and feel that smell; A wise man and a wise guy are opposites; An alarm goes off by going on. From these examples of paradox, we can say that paradox creates a humorous effect on the readers because of its ridiculousness [3]. In these paradoxes examples, it may bring out the question. "Why we need to used paradoxes words wherein a message can be conveyed in a simple manner?" The answer will depend upon the purpose of literature. In literature, the function or purpose of it is to make readers enjoy reading when they extract the hidden meaning out of the writing rather than something present to them in an uncomplicated manner. Thus the main purpose of a paradox is to give pleasure and color in a sentence. Nowadays, when information of any kind travels as quickly as light, it is safe to say that it is realistically impossible for a language as overly-used and exposed, such as English to be delivered in an error-free mode. Therefore, for a while now, we have been constantly made aware of the fact that English is paying the price of being used in such an extensive manner and its peculiarities make the language unique that make its identity. References: 1. https://www.ethnologue.com/statistics/size 2. https://www.eupedia.com/linguistics/number_of_phonemes_in_european_languages.shtml 3. https://hubpages.com/education/More-English-Language-Peculiarities