Sign time

I have recently started learning British Sign Language (BSL), and what a wonderful language it is! Spoken English seems to actively delight in confusing its users (see, for example, my previous post on plurals, where so-called ‘regular’ forms are often anything but). With BSL, by contrast, it is generally (although, admittedly, not always) instantly clear… Continue reading Sign time

The ‘joys’ of English spelling

Isn’t the English spelling system a wonderful thing? It’s so regular and predictable: who could look at words like knight, house, flour, debt or colonel and not know instantly how they are pronounced? My apologies for the sarcasm, but the English language really is a deeply confusing and frustrating thing. ┬áThere are languages where spelling… Continue reading The ‘joys’ of English spelling