May 29, 2023

Exploring English: language and culture

Published May 22, 2023, 10:20 a.m. by Jerald Waisoki

When you learn a new language, you also learn about the culture that uses that language. It's impossible to learn a language without also learning about the culture of the people who speak it.

That's why the British Council's learnenglish website is such a great resource for anyone interested in exploring english language and culture.

The website is packed with articles, videos, and activities that will help you learn about the english language and the cultures of english-speaking countries.

You can learn about the history of the english language, the different varieties of english spoken around the world, and how the language is used in different contexts.

You can also explore the cultures of english-speaking countries through articles, videos, and activities on topics such as food, music, and art.

So whether you're interested in learning more about the english language or you want to explore the cultures of english-speaking countries, the British Council's learnenglish website is a great place to start.

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My name's Nicole and I'll be working with you

on this course.

Now, people often say that English is a world language

and it's true that English is spoken - and studied -

all over the world.

This week, we'll look at some of the reasons

why English is a world language.

By the end of the week, you'll be able to talk and write

more fluently about why - and how - you're learning English,

and what English means to you.

We know that people learn English

for many different reasons - to help them communicate

at work, to help them study courses in English

or perhaps just for fun.

We also know that learning English is not always easy

- it can be hard work.

We asked three people who've learnt English how they feel

about speaking English.

Let's have a look at what they said.

Fernando from Brazil said: "In English I see myself

as a stronger and more confident man.

I can hear changes in my voice.

It gets deeper and more 'serious'.

I think of myself as an older person when I speak English".

And this is what Anne-Lise from Denmark

said: "English is a much richer, more subtle and more beautiful

language than my mother tongue.

Speaking it makes me feel I'm the person I was always

meant to be."

And finally, Mahwish from Pakistan

said: "Speaking English helps me to understand British culture

and at the same time gives me a better understanding

of my own culture from other people's perspective."

We've heard some interesting ideas and opinions there.

Speaking English can make people feel like a 'different, older

person' or, as Anna said, 'Speaking English makes me feel

like the person I was meant to be' -

those are quite strong feelings.

But how about you?

Did you agree with any of our learners?

Or perhaps you completely disagreed.

I'd like you now to think about how you feel about English


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