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Translation table explaining the truth behind British politeness becomes internet hit

Translation table explaining the truth behind British politeness becomes internet hit | 16s3d: Bestioles, opinions & pétitions | Scoop.it
The British trait of being too polite to speak one's mind has led to a table translating numerous hollow English phrases becoming an internet hit.
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Un outil complémentaire pour mieux comprendre l'anglais (surtout au Royaume Uni).

Pour mémoire, il y en a un autre ici: http://www.scoop.it/t/16s3d/p/4006907196/rewordify-com-understand-what-you-read?

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Rewordify.com: Understand what you read

Rewordify.com: Understand what you read | 16s3d: Bestioles, opinions & pétitions | Scoop.it
Rewordify.com helps you understand more of what you read, faster. It translates hard English into easier English.

Via Nik Peachey
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Une solution bien pratique pour passer d'un anglais soutenu à un anglais courant!

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Gabi Witthaus's curator insight, September 3, 2013 4:47 AM

Interesting idea - this could be useful in EFL teaching or just for people who are reading in English as a second language and need a bit of help.

 

I tried it on the Adobe Connect website to see if it would demystify some of the 'Marketese' though, and it didn't help much! A sentence such as 'Powering mission-critical web conferencing solutions, end-to-end, on virtually any device' is full of everyday words which are being used in an unnecessarily obscure way. Which is why I'm in favour of simply writing in plain English (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plain_english).

 

On that subject, I recently discovered the absolutely wonderful Simple English Wikipedia (http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page), which does just that.

 

ytchquelia cargill's curator insight, September 7, 2013 9:37 PM

This website is made for children that have a hard time understanding a word or sentence in the English language. By breaking down a word or difficult sentence into word that the child will be able to know.

 

Info: Rewordify.com

Mikev Techpage's curator insight, September 20, 2013 12:49 PM

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