The English language initiated from a small cluster of islands off the coast of Western Europe and slowly developed and got spread through a few permutations. Over time, with an explosion of colonialism, this language suddenly spread across the world like wildfire. And now, the English language has become the language of commerce in countries all over the world. Hence, English Language Day celebrates this worldwide famous language, its history, and its oddities in the month of April.
We don’t just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.
With hard work, learning English, and getting involved, there is no limit on what you can achieve.
To me it is very important to understand the nature of English and how it works.
Speaking English is like a tongue-twister for me. I can speak each word perfectly, but then you have to string them together, like "Blah, blah, blah." That's when I get crazy.
Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.
-Rita Mae Brown
The English language is like London: proudly barbaric yet deeply civilised, too, common yet royal, vulgar yet processional, sacred yet profane.
The barrier of language is sometimes a blessed barrier, which only lets pass what is good. Or, to put the thing less cynically, we may be better in new clean words, which have never been tainted by our pettiness or vice.
-E. M. Forster
Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.
– Margaret Fuller
English is the language of a people who have probably earned their reputation for perfidy and hypocrisy because their language itself is so flexible, so often light-headed with statements which appear to mean one thing one year and quite a different thing the next.
Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.
Language is “the infinite use of finite means.”
– Wilhelm von Humboldt
Is it not enjoyable to learn and practise what you learn?
English is flexible: you can jam it into a Cuisinart for an hour, remove it, and meaning will still emerge.
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
– Joseph Addison
To have another language is to possess a second soul.
Language is wine upon the lips.
– Virginia Woolf
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
– Benjamin Franklin