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genevieve



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 5:22 am    Post subject: English lessons Reply with quote

My dear Friends; I know I forsook the French lessons we had begun some months (or years!) ago... Would you forgive me?
Today I ask some of you if you would teach me some lessons about English words... Here is what I mean.
In French, for example, we can " classifie" the words by their origin, latin or greek, or by their formation, root, suffix and prefix...
Is it the same thing in English? If so, is it among you someone who accept to answer my questions?
Maybe it is not a subject interesting for all, so maybe you can answer me by a private message?
Anyway, I thank you very much.
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Geneviève
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 6:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Genevieve if you mean you can guess at the meaning of the word by root, suffix or origin, then yes in many ways it's the same in English- pre- meaning BEFORE- for example. Are there words you would like help with? We're happy to help.
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genevieve



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 5:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, Mary Ann and Nadya.
Yes, for example, about the adverbs... How are they made? By the adjective + Y ? if it is , can you tell me some examples and also if they are other ways, can you tell me?
And I think ..... if it is a book, used in the schools for the young pupils, could it be possible I buy one? Here in France these kind of books are for children at 9 or 10 years old.... ( I had them in my classroom!!!)
Maybe it could be possible????
Maybe if it is among you a young mother with children at this age.....
You know, I love your language, and even if I do many mistakes, I would like to not only "write" it but "understand" its rules...
Thank you.
Geneviève
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genevieve



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 5:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I forgot that... Of course, if it was a book, I shall pay it!!!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Genevieve, perhaps one of the Made Simple books like English made simple? I know they have them for other languages. As for adverbs - how something is done, yes usually ly is added to the word such as

nice- nicely
quick- quickly

I'm certain there are lots of websites out there that teach English online as well just as I've found for German and also French. I will see what I can find.
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Cécile



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 2:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very interesting ! good idea Geneviève !
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 5:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Mary Ann, I suppose it is what I need.... Of course it is not grammar lessons, for that I have books ( and..... I have to say I don't read them very often!!!) it is really about the formation and the origin of words...
When I was "active" I gave once a week these lessons to my pupils, and they liked that!!! ( in French, of course!!!)
So I would know the same in English!
Thank you for your appreciation, dear Cécile! Do you imagine I can find such a book in France?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it can be possible, will search Geneviève.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see a dictionary that is the origin of english words, is that what you want Genevieve?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, I think it is not really that... In French it is called " Formation and Etymology of the words"....
Once again, thanks for your help.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well Romy is our expert on that- I bet she could help you find something!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 4:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, thank of you, I have had the idea to go on Wikipedia... There, I found a terrible long information about my search... I think I have to do something with that, maybe print it or copy.... I am sure I shall find a way !!!
Thanks again.... My quest is going on, but I know I shall find!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2010 6:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As I told, I found a long report on Wikipedia, with many explanations.... And after that I have had the possibility to command a dictionary, in the "Oxford Collection" with all the origins and formations and etymology of the English words.... I got it this morning. Absolutely what I wished!!!
I am afraid I shall not write a better English, but, in my head, it could be a pleasant thing!!!
Love.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2010 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good for you Genevieve, I'm glad you found what you wanted!
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romy



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2010 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm glad that you found what you were looking for Geneviève!!! I had some lessons in middle english at the uni so if you have any questions, don't hesitate to e-mail me...I'LL try to help out. Wink
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