Language: Twelve English tenses and a Partridge…

Sounds like the end of that Christmas song; the one with the Partridge, yet English has twelve, yes 12 distinct tenses. In essence they are quite simple, with 3 temporal periods (Past, Present and Future), doing a great job of lumping together 4 different temporal meanings. However, there is some complexity! The ‘present’ particularly complicates things,… Continue reading Language: Twelve English tenses and a Partridge…

Language: Why Learning a Language is like Freestyle Rap

So when camping the other weekend, at around 1am, whilst Karl lay down a sweet beat, the group started freestyle rapping, and it got me thinking; Learning a language is a lot like Freestyle Rap. Now I’m happy to admit I’m not Eminem, nor Wordsworth and my rhyming abilities are questionable at best, but I… Continue reading Language: Why Learning a Language is like Freestyle Rap