Monday, 12 October 2015

Do you know this ELF?

Story of Stanislav Řezáč

The man below is Stanislav Řezáč, famous Czech cross-country skier. Not his sports performances but interviews with him (which are always in 3 languages) made him well known on the internet, which you can see in the video below.

He is trying hard but he probably doesn't know how to use ELF... Oh wait, we don't even know what ELF is.. 

ELF- English as a Lingua Franca

  • ELF is currently the most common use of English world-wide
  • mixture of languages
  • is a kind of English used as communication between people of different languages

How to speak ELF? 
  • leave out articles 
  • increased explicitness, for example how much time instead of how long
  • freely mix ‘who’ and ‘which’ to refer to people
  • make a question out of a statement with question tags as in you’re very busy today, yes?

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