With 20% of the planet speaking and learning English, almost everyone will know at least a few words in the language. It is a global language, and according to Babel.com, there are more non-native English language speakers and ESOL learners in the world than there are native English speakers. This is fascinating and shows why it has been adopted as the language for business, work and communications worldwide.
The popularity of English has led to a huge demand for the ESL teacher. Teaching opportunities to teach English language learners and students abroad in ESL programs are plentiful. With the largest requirement for being hired that the English language teacher has completed a Teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate program or has some teacher training experience. Native language skills can also get you a job on the spot in many schools abroad. Which is a great teaching and learning environment if you enjoy working in a language school.
The popularity of English has led to a huge demand for the ESL Classes. Photo Source: Unsplash
These English teachers work for ESOL English language programs and ESL classes to support the students to master their listening skills, reading skills, writing skills and most importantly their English Proficiency through speaking skills. Teachers and tutors commonly teach English into English language learners in group learning environments in the school or classroom. Despite how talented the class is, due to the complexities of the English language there will always be a few students who struggle with understanding. This will be especially true for Language students with limited English or basic English skills.
Like all foreign languages, ESL English vocabulary, English grammar, English conjugation, or English expressions have some unusual terms and meanings. When you take a look at them or try to understand them at face value, they look very weird to the ESL Learner or people who speak English as a second language. Often when learning a language, we can take many words. Literally, English has a whole host of words that when you take them literally can be very funny, weird and unusual. Some of these words are not used in conventional communication, but some words and phrases are used very heavily in the language and culture.
Bear in mind, that depending on where you live or visit in the English speaking world, the terminology will change. For example as a native English speaker, even when I go to Australia or the united states, I can hear funny phrases or local English idioms that make little sense to me but are accepted into the local area. These could be categorised as slang, idioms, expressions, words or phrases and while some words are universal throughout the English speaking world, others are native to the geography of the country.
Let’s take a look at Unusual terminology from the United Kingdom (UK)
In all foreign languages of the world, there are extremely short words, for example ‘I’ or ‘a’, but there are also very long words. The average school teacher is working with international students and cross-cultural education programs. Wouldn’t introduce these long and unusual words as they would surely intimidate English students. The best strategic teaching method for students is to ease them into the language slowly with short words, to help them gain basic skills and confidence.
But today we are going to rip the plaster off quickly and introduce you to the longest words that you will see in the English language. Thankfully these words will not be a part of any of your English classes or English language learning as they are not used in common verbal communication nor in reading or writing.
Categorised as English slang, idioms, expressions, words or phrases. Photo Source: Unsplash
So the last weird and long words is actually countless letters long and is actually a medical term and a technical word which details the DNA of a virus.
As a native speaker of English even I would require special education or at least some tutoring by a qualified English language teaching master, to learn to read those words. So I hope that brings a smile to your face to know that you are off the hook and especially for nothing else than for the fact that you will never have to learn to say, read or write these monstrous words. If you tried you will likely make lots of mistakes in English.
Whether you speak British, American, Australian or New Zealand English, it’s a safe bet for some words to come together and be untranslatable into your native language. Let’s take a look at some weird English words.
Unusual English expressions and words can be hard to learn and even harder to understand. Photo Source: Unsplash
Learning native language idioms and funny expressions can be an excellent way to study. Especially when you feel like you are blocked or need a break from your traditional grammatical English language development. Here are some weird and wonderful British English expressions to bring a smile to your face. Most of these expressions are very much used today, and you may hear a few of them in conversation with a native English speaker.
These are wacky words and expressions, but they are used in the English language regularly. They literarily don’t make much sense, but they have an understandable meaning to English speaking Brits. So if you plan to visit the UK brush up on some of these terms or listen out for them and smile when you do because you now know their meaning. Welcome to the club!