Category Archives: English as an International Language/ Lingua Franca

Janglish which we should all start using

What I prefer to call Janglish is better known as Japlish, Japanese English or wasei eigo. The direct translation of the last term is “English made in Japan”, but a more correct explanation would be Japanese words and expressions made … Continue reading

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Proof of acceptance of English as a Lingua Franca?

The recorded announcements in the Heathrow Terminal 5 monorail have a distinct Eastern European accent, if one that is a lot easier to understand than most British accents would be (perhaps the reason for it?) Any other evidence for or against … Continue reading

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British English which is not worth teaching

I’ve been writing about teaching have/ have got*, and despite using the form myself I’ve started with a strong recommendation to not teach “have got” if at all possible. It might be just because I haven’t taught in Europe for … Continue reading

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The RP straw man

This point struck me again when I was reading Teaching the Pronunciation of English as a Foreign Language by Robin Walker, which started as a much more balanced and practical view of that area but started to go downhill with … Continue reading

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Me vs Vicki Hollett on functional language and ELF

I originally started writing up my questions about functional language as just a statement of the issues involved in this vital but tricky area of language, but as I was doing so I suddenly thought “Come to think of it, … Continue reading

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English for Lingua Franca Purposes?

While reading Point and Counterpoint in the latest ELT Journal (what can I say, loooooong train journey), it occured to me that a lot of such silly debates on the topic could be ended by completely ignoring what English as a … Continue reading

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Similarities between Konglish and Janglish

People who looked at the Konglish list I mentioned in my last post might have noticed how many of the words and phrases are marked “same in Japanese”. If English as a Lingua Franca does/ will exist, I would guess … Continue reading

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Complete A to Z of Janglish (Japanese English)

PDF version for easy storing and printing: Janglish A to Z dictionary The TEFLtastic Janglish – English Dictionary – Updated January 2014 Janglish, more often called Japlish, Japanese English or Wasei Eigo, is used here to mean English words and … Continue reading

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That's perfect, but don't use it

I gave this piece of EIL/ ELF advice for the first time last week, and it was particular painful as it was about something I had championed a lot in the past. I’ve always had problems with the now universal … Continue reading

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Japlish dictionary Part 8 – T to Z

UPDATE: Complete Janglish dictionary now here. Part Seven is here and Part One is here, with links to the other parts. You could also have a look at my recent article giving an overview of the topic, and loads more articles … Continue reading

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