The story of English starts more than a thousand years ago. Richard goes to the British Library to hear – and see – how the language has changed over the years.

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Which of these things do Richard and Roger discuss at the British Library?

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Type in the missing words or numbers.

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Can you turn these SMS messages into correct English?

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Choose the best phrasal verb to complete the sentence.

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-Chinese is one of biggest historic languages the belonging to Sino-Tibetan languages, and have been invented for over 5000 years.
-I think I can read Middle English for about 50 percent, because it still have respectable similarity with Modern English from the video.
-I believe that English will be more and more popular in the future. Your know, Chinese is perhaps difficult for non-native people to learn, so it's incovenient to be used as a global language. English is deeply impacted by French in history, and it will be affected by other langhages in the future.

it will be affected by other languages in the future.

Hello Team.
Help me with this, please.
I can't catch what Roger says in the video with time code 1:45 - 1:50.
But the transcript says :
"And so what you can see is how this changed and evolved over time."
Is it correct to use the sentence in past tense rather than present perfect?
"What you can see is how this has changed and evolved over time."
Would you like to explain, please?
Thank you in advance.

Hello Nizam,

What the transcript says is accurate. Yes, the past simple is fine here, as he's really talking about changes in the past, some of which are quite old. It's true that he speaks about English still changing, so I can see why you might prefer the present perfect (and that would also be fine), but the past simple is also OK here.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello everyone.
☆ What do you know about the history of your language?
- 'Melayu' is a major language of the Austronesian family. It has an official status in Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunai and Singapore. It's spoken since a thousand years ago and now by 290 million people nearly across southeast of Asia.
The Indonesian language is a variant of Melayu and is the official language of Indonesia. It's primarily used in commerce, administration, education and the media.
☆ Do you think you could read Middle English? Why or why not?
- Yes I do, when we look up to Middle English, say, Shakespear's periode, where printing has come in and the begining standart of the language has been used, it indicates that it's not difficult like old english anymore but of course it's also not as easy as to read modern english. Definitely, It will take more time.
☆ How do you think English will change in the future?
- Technology enable people all over the world speaking English with each other but impact of them will change the language. However, the changing takes a long time, at least a hundred years or maybe more. People often to speak in easy way, the main idea of the communication is the message across. So I guess, the future of english is it will be shortening words, it will be communicated in less grammers and adopts many words from other languages.

Hello, Team.
I'm trying to correct some of mistakes of sentences above (only for the third question). Do you think you could get me some advices, please?
- Technology enables people all over the world speaking english with each other in the internet but impact of it is it will change the language.
- However, the changes will takes a long time, at least a hundred years or maybe more.
- People often to speak in the easy way. The main idea of communication is that message across.
- So I guess, the future of english is it will become shortening words, it will be communicated in less grammar and adopts many words from other languages.
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Thank you in advance.

Hello Nizam Balinese,

The correct sentences would be as follows:

 

Technology enables people all over the world to speak English with each other on the internet but its impact will change the language.

However, the changes will take a long time, at least a hundred years or maybe more.

People often speak in a simple way. The main idea of communication is to get the message across.

So I guess the future of English is that it will have shortened words, it will be communicated with less grammar and adopt many words from other languages.

 

Please note that we do not generally correct sentences for our users. WIth so many users it is just not something we have time to do.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Richard sad "what impact has technology had on the English language?" what means "had". Here we have "has". so for what is required - "had" ?

Hello soxumi1995,

The form here is present perfect (see here for more infomation on this form). It is made as follows:

have/has + past participle

For example:

have looked

have eaten

has gone

has been

When the main verb is 'have' we use the past participle 'had' and so we have 

have had

has had

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you so much

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