English, even basic English, is a rather tricky subject. I use the word subject, instead of language, because we’ll analyse the English language from a scholar’s point of view.
The History of basic English
The history of English is famous for being a touch confusing and quite difficult to pin down. The language has roots in Arabic, Latin, Norse and even Greek. If it all does sound like Greek to you, you can rest assured that at least some of it is.
While this may help in assuring you that the fault lies with the language itself and not with you, I can confirm that in modern times the language has been broken down into its specific parts. Each word is defined by where it came from (its etymology) and how it has come to be used in its modern form.
English Etymology with Google
Here’s a little test. Go to Google, type in any word plus the word “definition”. The first thing that should come up will give you the definition (or definitions) of the word. After that how it can be used in a sentence, some synonyms and antonyms as well as pronunciation. If you scroll down or click “more” it will show you where the word comes from and how popular it has been over time.
So, for example the word ’academy’ pronounced /əˈkadəmi/, comes from the Greek word akadēmeia. It later turned into Latin – academia, and then French – académie before transforming into the word, Academy, which we now use in English. We can do the same by using Google to look up ‘basic’ or even ‘English’.
Learn Basic English with Oxford English Academy
Learning English has transformed from a way of basic communication between many languages into a language all of its own. It has its own rules and structures but, it’s always good to remember where it came from. You will also soon realise that the English language is not that basic at all. Also remember that you will be able to learn Basic English with Oxford English Academy in Oxford and Cape Town. It is our mission to help you to navigate the complexities of the English language.