modals for deductions

English language learners are often confused by the many different uses of modal verbs.  Each modal verb can be used for several different reasons, and sometimes we can use more than one modal verb for the same reason. One important…

The other day someone asked me how many English expressions and idioms we had featured on the World of Words since it started. With several hundred articles each featuring at least five new English expressions or idioms, there must be…

Growing up in London has made me realise that the correct English language is a bit of a myth. The only person I remember ever speaking the correct English language in my entire life was my Secondary School Head Teacher….

A Beginner's Guide to Cockney Rhyming Slang

What is Cockney rhyming slang? If you’ve ever been to London and witnessed people speaking a strange kind of English that you didn’t understand, you were probably hearing Cockney rhyming slang. CRS replaces one word with a pair of words…

Will English soon die out as the most dominant language on the Internet and be replaced by Chinese language? According to data gathered by Today translations English still retains the number one spot among Internet users. However, China has the…

Today’s article is a guest post by Ivana. A proverb is a simple saying popularly known and repeated throughout time, which conveys a truth, a thought or a reflection, often metaphorically, based on the practical experience of humanity. A proverb…

For those of you who are new to the World of Words and missed out on the advanced vocabulary quizzes I posted a couple of years, here is a list of them in order. Taking the quizzes is simple, click…

Using the London Underground

I was discussing getting around London with some of my students last week and they all said they found it a little difficult when they first came here. To help them, I put together a little lesson on how to…