Learning a language can be a tough enough activity all on its own – all the grammar rules, the new structures, perhaps even an entirely new alphabet and writing style, depending on what your first language is. So that should be it right? Wrong. You arrive in your respective English speaking country ready to use the language you have so formidably learned only to discover that the people speak, what sounds like, an entirely different language.

First things first, it is the same language so don’t panic. The next thing to remember is that language, as with pretty much anything in life, needs to adapt or face the risk of becoming stale and unnecessary. The English language, it may be stated, is at the forefront of such a theory. The world is constantly changing and advancing and with these advances needs to come understanding – As English is the global language it needs to stay current with every technological change, every new product and even the silly stuff like selfies and celebrity gossip.

Talking about selfies – The word selfie is now acceptable to use in all forms of communication and has even been defined by The Oxford Dictionary as “A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media.”

While seemingly small, this addition to The Oxford English Dictionary means it is now an acceptable part of the language and can be placed in any sentence as the noun.

Selfie is not the only word to make it into the language via modern culture and a list of words will follow next week, including where and when to use them and just where exactly they came from.

In conclusion we need to remember that while we do build a foundation for the rest of our language learning from books and by adhering to all the grammar rules that come along with them, we must remember that it is just that, a foundation. To take yourself up a level you need to immerse yourself in an English speaking country and mingle with the people and find out what the word on the street is.