2000 most comon words

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Re: 2000 most comon words

Post by Erik_Kowal » Sun May 16, 2010 11:13 am

Perhaps libelling rather than slandering.

Uh-oh... There's that ring again!

Incidentally, when Edwin says "You will probably find the first occurrence most illuminating", he means the first on the list chronologically, not the hit at the top of the page (unless he's just trying to tease you :-).
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Re: 2000 most comon words

Post by Edwin F Ashworth » Sun May 16, 2010 11:35 pm

Yes. Thank you for clarifying, Erik, and correcting slandering illuminating.
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Re: 2000 most comon words

Post by PhilHunt » Thu Jun 03, 2010 1:00 pm

Sorry to return to this thread but I was thinking about this subject the other day.

A few years ago I was visiting a French friend of mine in Provence. He introduced me to an EFL teacher he had met in his village. This guy had obviously been teaching English too long as he started getting on my case about a certain lesson plan that had recently become popular on EFL websites. The lesson plan was called ‘The daily routine of monsters’ and encouraged children to write about the daily actions of vampires, zombies and other creatures. I had used the lesson myself with school children in Italy and always found it a great success; kids love gore. This EFL teacher argued that it was a pointless lesson as kids don’t need to know vocabulary such as blood, guts, zombies etc. At the time I argued that anything that got school kids interested was useful, and anyway, the core vocabulary were actually action verbs.

This memory came to mind the other day while I was playing with my two year old. It struck me the number of books, toys and games available to teach kids the names of animals. Kids are bombarded with programmes telling them about dinosaurs, tigers, space creatures but not things like office furniture. It also got me thinking, how often do I use words for exotic animals? When I’m in the zoo, teaching my children perhaps. It also got me thinking, when was the last time I used the word ‘guts’…hmmm, ‘you’ve got guts’, ‘I feel gutted’, ‘that film was all blood and guts’. What about ‘zombie’…’zombie banks’, ‘I feel like a zombie today’, ‘zombie satellites’.
I came to the conclusion that if I were to follow the logic of this embittered EFL teacher I would throw out the animal books and start teaching my kid the IKEA catalogue whereas I want my child to know the names of animals, planets, dinosaurs, though they will be almost useless to him in later life.
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Re: 2000 most comon words

Post by Wizard of Oz » Fri Jun 04, 2010 1:42 am

.. PhilH may I recommend to you the wonderful collection of Richard Scarry books .. for example The Best Word Book Ever or What People Do All Day .. although he couldn't spell, he was an American, (naughty, naughty WoZ), his books contain page after page of diorama like drawings where he draws absorbing pictures with small furry animals as the actors, then labels everything in the picture .. children are drawn in by the pictures then can see the words in a kind of natural environment .. they are also available as foreign language books to give children an early introduction to a foreign language .. my granddaughter in particular still likes to read the French version Pop and Yaya gave to her and her brother ..

WoZ who is a furry animal
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Re: 2000 most comon words

Post by PhilHunt » Fri Jun 04, 2010 1:12 pm

My wife has a copy of one of his books in Italian. I've used it myself. Very nice.
When my son is old enough to have a sense of British irony I'm going to start him on the books of Edward Gorey (even though he's an American). The Gashlycrumb Tinies is a favourite of mine.
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Re: 2000 most comon words

Post by christinecornwall » Sat Jun 05, 2010 3:09 am

couldn't spell, he was an American
Isn't this a bit redundant/ent?
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Re: 2000 most comon words

Post by PhilHunt » Mon May 16, 2011 6:15 pm

When you say 'we' John, are you including yourself in that collective pronoun?
Perhaps what you're looking for is the impersonal 'you', or better still a passive construction.
In the English world, thousands of word are used everyday..... Among those being used are .....
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Re: 2000 most comon words

Post by Edwin F Ashworth » Mon May 16, 2011 7:23 pm

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Re: 2000 most comon words

Post by Erik_Kowal » Mon May 16, 2011 7:35 pm

The apparent non-sequitur is due to my mass deletion of postings by a spammer. Apologies for the excessive zeal in deleting that particular posting.

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Re: 2000 most comon words

Post by Edwin F Ashworth » Mon May 16, 2011 10:17 pm

Better safe than sorry, Erik. You can't be too careful - you don't want a spammer in the works.
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