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Things are cooking around here, and it's more than just the turkey! Our new website is getting ready for launching, while November Easy English NEWS and its Teacher's Guide have gone to press. I've been making preparations for a workshop presentation on Passionate Eclecticism in the Teaching of Reading at the New York State TESOL in White Plains, New York on November 13, 14. If you're a New York ESL teacher, and planning to go to the conference, please come to my workshop and stop by my booth to say hello, and get a free gift.

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This month's E-News Contents:

How many words are in the English language?
Special: ESL Phonics for All Ages free offer
When will my subscription to Easy English NEWS end?
Coming Attractions in November’s Easy English NEWS

How many words are in the English language?

This seems like a very simple question. However, no one has answered this.

It is impossible to accurately count the words people speak and write.

First, what do we mean by words?

Should we count variations of a word? See, sees, seeing, saw, seen? Are these five words? Or one word with four tense markers? How about unseen?

Should we count all the meanings of a word? Run, for example means to go fast; it also means operate a machine or a computer program. As a noun it can mean a score in baseball, or a long tear in a stocking. Dictionaries have dozens of meanings for run. Does each meaning of run count as a word? What about runner and rerun?

Should we count snow, man, and snowman as three words or two?

Should we count run over, run into, run out of, run up, run on as five words, even though each "word" has two words in it? These, and many others seem to be "two-word words."

What about proper names of people, places and things?

Are abbreviations words?

Do we count idioms as "words?" such as to quit cold turkey which gives us a meaning that requires three words to express.

What about medical terms and scientific words that very few people use?

And then, we'd have to decide what we mean by English language.

Do we count very old and obsolete words that no one uses anymore? Do we count words used only in Australia or only in the U.K., or only in the U.S.? Are they "in" the English language?

What about slang words that are only used among teens or the army, or sports or in jail?

Each dictionary maker decides on which words to include. College dictionaries generally include around 200,000 head words. They don't count derivative words as extra words. That is, see, saw, and seen are one word by them. But unseen is another word.

The largest dictionary of English is the Oxford English Dictionary. The OED lists 616,500 word-forms.

By any measurement, however, English has more words than any other language. We'll explain why next month.

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When will my subscription to Easy English NEWS end?

Starting around February, many people call us to ask when their subscription to our newspaper ends. We're glad to let you know, if you email us, but for faster results, take a look at your label when your November Easy English NEWS comes, and jot the ending date down. There is a code on the top line of your address label telling the beginning and ending dates of your subscription, and the quantity. Example: 9/09 – 5/10 35 means: your subscription began in September and will expire in May, and you get 35 copies per month. We send out ONE brightly colored reminder with your last shipment, so you can remember to renew.

Unlike many commercial magazine subscriptions that depend on money from advertisers for part of their income, who send out a series of mailers and postcards asking you to renew, we keep costs down by asking that you renew when you get that reminder. This has worked well, and we haven't had to raise prices or fill up pages with ads. Many companies request ads in EEN, and all are politely turned down. Thus 95% of the space in the newspaper is content for your classes. I count on increased circulation to take care of rising costs.

One of my goals is to have every high school, community college, and adult ESL program in the country know about Easy English NEWS…you can help. Tell colleagues about us and send them to our website to request a free sample. We can send free samples for all of the ESL teachers, reading teachers, Basic Ed teachers, and Bilingual teachers at your or their school.

Easy English NEWS for November 2009

  • November's current events feature article is "The U.S. Supreme Court begins new term" helping students understand a bit about the court, what it does, how it decides a case, and a sample case, plus calling attention to our newest justice, Sonia Sotomayor.
  • Life in the U.S.A. Shopping for clothes, part I-- vocabulary and conversation about men's, women's, children's sizes in clothing.
  • Covered Events in November are
    • American Indian Heritage Month
    • All Saints’ Day; All Souls’ Day
    • El Dia de los Muertos
    • Election Day
    • Veterans Day
    • The Great American Smokeout
    • Thanksgiving
    • Black Friday
Ask Elizabeth features a discussion of reasons the U.S. is so slow to change to the metric system. (Click here for a printable Metric/US Measuring system conversion chart.)

A brand new feature we hope to continue is "Your Health" by the well-known Dr. Majid Ali (which I rewrite in easy English.) The first column: What is Health? A motivator for discussion, and great start on vocabulary building in the area of health.

America the Beautiful shows a popular November tourist attraction: Plimoth Plantation

Heroes and History features the life of Squanto-- how he came to learn English, and how and why he helped the Pilgrims to survive.

Plus the regular features: This Is Your Page (readers' stories), Ask Elizabeth, Funny Stuff, Idioms, Crossword Puzzle, Let's Talk about It, and Word Help.

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Elizabeth Claire
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