English-language singers Essays

  • The King James Bible And How We Speak

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    Webster was quoted saying, “The language of the Bible has no inconsiderable influence in forming and preserving our national language.” in more recent times, theologian Alister McGrath declared that it “is a model English text, which can be studied as a landmark in the history of the English language, and is to be seen as a major influence on English literature.” For 400 years the question remained, did the King James Bible actually influence the English language or does it merely serve as a cultural

  • The Influence Of Popular Music

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    lyrics integrating themselves into our language. Bryson says that some of the ways we adopt and make up new words is by “adding to them, by subtracting from them, by making them up, and by doing nothing to them” (811) as well as by “borrowing them from other languages and creating them by mistake” (811). Popular music follows the same pathway that Bryson presented into our ears and out of our mouths. Popular music

  • The Case for Non-native English Speakers in the ESL Classroom

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    English is one of the world's fastest growing languages. What's interesting is that this increasing number is comprised of non-native speakers. Simply put, a non-native speaker of English is one whose first language is not English. It's no surprise then that that there are more non-native speakers than native speakers of English seeking employment in the TESOL field. However, in looking at job postings for ESL teacher positions most (about 80%) of these positions require that the candidate be a native

  • What Does The Word Really Mean?

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    In recent history, the English language has been exposed to many extravagant changes. Words are constantly being created due to millennial slang and media trends. In 2013, Oxford Dictionary named the word “selfie” as the word of the year (CNN.com). The word “selfie”, originally slang for taking a picture of oneself, has exposed itself to the masses spreading like wildfire. The popularity of these millennial terms are shaping and changing the english language. However it is not just the millennial

  • Moving To U. And Amassing A Fortune By Kirk Semple Summary

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    Kirk Semple, the author of “Moving to U.S. and Amassing a Fortune, with the help of Jeffrey Singer. The two men tell use the success stories of three men who immigrated to this country. These men all made their fortunes without the ability to speak English. “And while generations of immigrants have thrived despite language barriers, technology, these days, has made it easier for such entrepreneurs to attain considerable affluence.” Semple writes this article to elaborate that it is difficult to

  • Culture Clash

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    demonstrated the importance of one’s own private culture, and language. From this experience with my friend, Hong, I realized that families who had a strong cultural, and language practice at home had a very stable and functional family. Individuals who embrace their culture, and language broadly tend to pass on the wisdom of a rich culture on to the next generation. Hong’s family demonstrated how out of sync, I was with my own language and culture. My family was losing its Vietnamese roots. Hong’s

  • Importance Of Foreign Language Essay

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    we often find ourselves interacting with people from a wide variety of cultures and languages. Naturally, it is becoming more and more important to be able to communicate in more than one language as a result. I often regret that I can not learn to speak a second or even third language in childhood. Fortunately, it is never too late to begin learning another language. There are many ways learn a foreign language easily while having fun. Doing the things you like, such as travelling, watching TV

  • Future of English

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    English has established itself as a world language. Like no other language English dominates different aspect of our lives. These aspects are culture, politics, finances and many others domains related to public and international life. I will have a look at some scenarios such as English losing the status of a world language or English becoming a so called dead language. I will consider English not only as a world language, but also as a language of culture. In fact, I will have a closer look at

  • Spanish Dual Language

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    Spanish has a very large and present role in the United States, as it claims the status of second largest language in the nation. Not only does Spanish hold such a title in the United States, but the United States is also the second country with the largest Spanish speaking population in the world, second to Mexico, and this population of Spanish speakers is expected to continue growing. California is one of the states with the largest Spanish speaking populations and the Los Angeles county is home

  • Nigerian Hip-Hop and Youth Identity

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    social media, etc. During person’s youth, they are trying to figure out their identity. Nigerian hip-hop music is growing in popularity and has a lot of influence on the Nigerian youth and beyond. It has a large emphasis on incorporating English and Nigerian Languages in their song which allows them to connect with youth all over. Nigerian music today is able to send out positive or negative messages to the youth. It can send out music about women, money, power, and sex or holding your government responsible

  • Conquer English To Make China Strong, By Henry Hitchings

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    Many people have learned the language of the country that they are traveling to so they will be able to understand what is being said. In today’s times, one can travel overseas and find tons of people who can speak English and who have adapted to some of the English culture. While some countries are encouraging the people to learn English and the culture that comes along with it, other countries are trying hard not to adapt to the culture of English.

  • Appalachian English and its Influence on George Thorogood

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    known to use the Appalachian dialect. However, Thorogood embraced the Appalachian dialect due to his love for southern blues artists and their vernacular. Throughout this essay, I will analyze the differences between Standard American English and the Appalachian English used throughout the song. Lyrics: about the house-rent blues I come home one Friday, had to tell the landlady I'd done lost my job She said that don't comfort me, long as I get my money next Friday Now next Friday come I didn't get

  • Importance Of Pronunciation Essay

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    the importance of pronunciation and language. A common misconception is that many think pronunciation is all about how you speak and if you have an accent or speak like a native. English being a system of class distinction also leads to this conclusion. There is also confusion about the differences between pronunciation and accent. “Pronunciation can be good or bad, but accent is accent and there isn't a good or bad accent really” (Sruton, 2012). All languages have accents and dialects depending

  • A Comparison of the Scop in Beowulf and Widsith

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    what that role was. The 142 verses of Widsith are the oldest in the English language, and form the earliest output in verse of any Germanic people. Widsith contains a huge catalog of 70 tribes and  69 important people, many of whom are proven to have lived in the third, fourth and fifth centuries. The vast knowledge of history which was required of a good scop, just amazes the reader. The Cambridge History of English and American Literature(v1,ch3,s6,n30) states that so many princes and peoples

  • Communication Breakdown: An Analysis of Regional Dialects in Blues Music

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    subject of intense debate to try and say one style of music does this the best. Blues music, one of America’s greatest exports, is a contender for this title, and is also interesting in a linguistic sense. This is not understood without understanding language: the ever-changing medium by which human beings communicate ideas. Some might argue that this ability is what differentiates us from other animals. The function of this is to be able to understand each other, whether we are trying to say, “Look out

  • The Terms Multiple Identity and Virtual Identity

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    through playful stances where they assume diffe... ... middle of paper ... ...people internationally and learn about other cultures. Most youngsters are keen on Korean media, and therefore, they are learning to read and write in Korean. Language wise, English, Korean Arabic, Arabinglish and features of netspeak is used when they virtually communicate. In spite of the freedom they have in virtual worlds, they still show great care for their ethnic identity by writing religious quotes in Arabic and

  • Jamaican Patois and the Power of Language in Reggae Music

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    Power of Language in Reggae Music Introduction Creole languages are found all over the world on every continent. When two or more languages come into contact to form a new language a Creole language is born. Some type of human "upheaval" that forces people to find a way to communicate, without using their own languages, stimulates the creation of a Creole language. In the case of Creole languages in the Caribbean, the "upheaval" is the past history of slavery. Most Creole languages are based

  • Essay On Selena Quintanilla

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    Selena Quintanilla Pérez was a famous woman Tex-Mex singer. Her life was filled with music, singing, joy, and fame. She had many accomplishments in her musical career. Unfortunately, she lived a short life and her music career wasn't as long as she would've hoped. Shot by her fan club president, Selena died at the age of 23. She may not have had a long music career, but she will go down as one of the most famous woman Tejano singers in history, known as the “Queen of Tejano Music”. Selena’s

  • Is Proper English Necessary?

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    Proper English Necessary? For some reason, proper English has become very important. From elementary to graduate schools, English is stressed above mathematics, history, and the sciences. Whereas these disciplines are universal, English is limited. These subjects can be found all over the world, and beyond, while English remains contained to those who know it. Our language is contained almost completely within speaking and the written word. Thought, the original source of all language, is restricted

  • Multiculturalism and Technology

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    Multiculturalism and Technology Everything in life changes with time, and the same can be said about teaching methods that are used across the United States. At one point in time, students wrote on small chalkboards and were punished if answering a question wrong. Now days, a lot of learning is being done on computers, and students are encouraged to make mistakes so that the entire class can learn from them. With today's diversity and the growth of technology, classrooms are far from what they