English in the Movies by David Crystal

I hear pop songs in English in every country I visit. Just back from a lecture tour around Italy, and I heard them in taxis, in hotels playing background music, and in cars passing in the street with the radio on loud – in every city. Often, the listeners are singing along, demonstrating a level of English ability that is sometimes well beyond their general level of competence. It’s a great language-learning tool – and I’ve had exactly the same experience in my own encounter with other languages. When I was learning Portuguese in Brazil, my samba-ese far exceeded by general skill. But the musical dimension had all sorts of benefits. It gave me confidence. I felt I was beginning to . . . → Read More: English in the Movies by David Crystal

David Crystal: Champion of the English Language

The Guardian have written a brilliant article about David Crystal and the 30 years of ‘language gems’ he has given the world.

Read the full article at http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/dec/13/david-crystal-champion-english-language

Books by David Crystal… click on the jackets to view inside the books and find out more

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David Crystal: “It’s amazing how much has happened in just twenty years.”

The world’s most successful book on language has launched its third edition after a raft of revisions that took even the author by surprise.

“It’s amazing how much has happened in just twenty years,” writes David Crystal, author of seminal work, The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language. For the third edition, he has had to revise every one of the thousands of language statistics in the text and bring it up-to-date for the digital age – and for an age in which ‘language death’ is increasing.

Whole new content areas have opened up since the book was first published in 1987. Two new sections now deal with the rise of electronic communication in all its current forms from internet and email to texting, and . . . → Read More: David Crystal: “It’s amazing how much has happened in just twenty years.”