Archive for September, 2017

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Fact: Languages aren’t writing systems.

Yin Liu Myth: English is written using the English alphabet. There is no English alphabet. English is a language, not a writing system. It can be represented in writing in many different ways: by using an alphabet, by using Morse Code, by Braille, whatever you wish. Most commonly today, it is written using the Roman […]

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Fact: Everyone who speaks English speaks it with an accent.

Yin Liu Myth: It is possible to speak English without an accent. No, it isn’t. What we call an ‘accent’ is a way of pronouncing a language — in technical terms, the phonetics of a dialect. If you speak a language, you have an accent. And, unless your language is spoken by a very, very […]