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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Tricky English

If one ever had any doubt about how difficult our native tongue is, check out the sentences below from the Educational Cyber Playground:

● The bandage was wound around the wound.
● The farm was used to produce produce.
● The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
● He could lead if he would get the lead out.
● The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
● When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
● I did not object to the object.
● They were too close to the door to close it.

Is English your second language? What did you find most difficult in learning this complex tongue? Let us know.

Since the turn of the 20th century, libraries have been the place where newcomers come to improve and practice their English skills. Today, we still are. Adults who wish to practice their English language skills might want to visit these upcoming groups at various Fairfax County Public Library branches. No registration required:

John Marshall Library, Thursday, May 24, 7:00 P.M., Practice Your English.

Kingstowne Library, Wednesday, May 23, 10:15 A.M. and Wednesday, May 23, 7:30 P.M., Practice Your English.

Patrick Henry Library, Friday, May 18, 10:00 A.M. and Friday, May 25, 10:00 A.M., English Conversation.

Richard Byrd Library, Monday, May 21, 3:00 P.M., Practice Your English.

Thomas Jefferson Library, Friday, May 18, 4:00 P.M. and Wednesday, May 23, 7:00 P.M. Practice Your English.

Woodrow Wilson Library, Thursday, May 24, 6:00 P.M. English Conversation.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

break doesn't rhyme with freak!