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25 Curiosities of English

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on 12 March 2014

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Since you studies English as a sencond language, you have been taught its main important points in grammar and pronunciation
Grammar is very interesting but in some case, it is a little bit boring.
So you should know that English has its funny side.
For this reason,
this prezi presents to you....
25 Curiosities of English
Will you know all of them

12. The shortest and most complete sentence in English is "I am". It has subject and predicator in only three letters.
11. Do you know count from 0 to 999?
Surely, you have not noticed that there isn't any "a" in none of numbers from 0 to 999
10.What is the meaning of "Set" ?
9. Letters "E" and "R" are called "The crown jewels" because they are the most used in English.
6. English has 1,000,000 words.
Only 350,000 words of these are recognized in the dictionary.
Finally, an English speaker use an average of 2,800.

17. The words "Ewe" (oveja) and "you" (tu/ vosotros) are pronunciated the same way although none of their letters coincide.
16. "Dreamt" is the only word in English that ends in "mt".
15. The word "Rhythm" is the longest word without vowels in English.
13. The word "Goddessship" (a woman who is adored or idealized by a man) is the only word that has a triplicate letter.
20. In English, all names of continents start and end by the same letter.
19. The word "chilled" (refrigerado) is the longest monosyllabic word in English
18. Everybody knows that the plural of "life" is "lives" but do you know what is the plural of "still life"(naturaleza muerta)?
8.But do you know how many letters has the longest word in English?
7. Do you know which is the longest word in the dictionary?
Can you pronounce it? I guess you can't, It is a lung disease and there is hardly anyone who can pronounce it.
The longest word in English has 1909 words and it names to a specific part of DNA
The meanings best known of "set" are "decorado", "aliñar" o "reglamentario", but this word has more than 25 meanings
14. There are three pangrams (a text that uses all possible alphabet letters of a language) in English :
"Jackdaws love my big sphinx of quartz" (A las grajillas les encanta mi gran esfinge de cuarzo)
"The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" (El veloz zorro marrón salta sobre el perro perezoso)
"Grumpy wizards make toxic brew for the evil queen and Jack" (Brujos gruñones preparan pócimas tóxicas para la malvada reina y Jack)
The plural of "still life" is not "still lives" is "still lifes"
1. English is the language with the greatest international presence: It is an official or co-official language in more than 60 countries.
2. It's rainning cats and dogs.
3. Kangaroo
When the English conquerors arrived in Australia, they were amazed to see some strange animals which gave incredible jumps. Immediately they called a native of the place and they tried to ask by signs and gestures. Noting that the native always said "Kan ghu ru", they adopted the English word "kangaroo"
4. O.K
The truth is that this word appears in the English language during the American Civil War. When the troops returned to their positions and reported what happened, the history tells that if they were victorious without victims written on a blackboard "0 killed" or what is the same, no dead.
5. English is the first language more taught as second language in the world.
What is the origin of this idiom?:

This expression is related to the ancient beliefs of sailors and with Norse mythology, cats are related to the heavy rains and dogs with storms and wind.
21. The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick
Can you pronounce this? It is the most difficult tongue-twister to pronounce in English.
22. How do you say in English "La gota que colma el vaso" ?
"The straw that broke the camel's back"
What it is translate as :
"La paja que rompe la espalda del camello".
23. How do you say in English "Dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres" ?
"Hunt with cats and you catch only rats"
The translation is: "Caza con gatos y solo cogerás ratas"
24. What do you think when you hear the word "Travesty"?
In English "Travesty" means "Parodia", and the word that is used to name "a man that dress as a woman o a woman that dress as a man" is "Treavestite"
25. Squalid
When you say someone that is "squalid", you aren't saying him/her that needs some hamburgers. You are saying him/her that need a bubble bath because he/she is disgusting.
Come up with another Idiom!
Expressions and meanings
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