English words borrowed from India. By English with Stephen

Word Stories: India in English

In this week’s episode, we dive into the amazing country of India and look at just some of the words that the English language has borrowed from that rich and vibrant culture.

What happened when a French-speaking king took over the English crown. By English with Stephen

Reasons for English: 1066 and all that language

Last week, we looked at the events of the year 1066. This week, we examine how the English language changed after a French-speaking king took over the English crown.

Two knights galloping on horseback. Text: Reasons for English - The Year 1066 by English with Stephen

Reasons for English: The year 1066

They didn’t know it at the time, but the year 1066 was going to change everything in England; the king, the culture, the government, and the language.

Picture of a football or soccer goal. Text: Learning Strategies - SMART English learning goals

Learning Strategies: SMART English learning goals

Setting yourself language learning goals is vital to keep motivated. This week we will look at how you can set SMART English learning goals and why they are so important.

The origins of the words "hello" and "goodbye". By English with Stephen

Word Stories: Hello and goodbye

Today we tell the story of two of the most common words in English: Hello and Goodbye! Used by people who have never studied English, and, of course, by The Beatles!

The implications of English as a lingua franca on students. By English with Stephen

Learning Strategies: English as a lingua franca for students

What do students of English need to learn if they never talk to another ‘native’ English speaker? In this episode, I look at some of the implications of using English as a lingua franca, or world language.

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