This is a notebook and guide for learners of English as a second or overseas language, all over the earth. Most of the writings here are in Basic English, first designed by C. K. Ogden, using 850 necessary words and a number of international words only.


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The Violin Connection: In Basic English
The committee of experts working with Ogden
put, on their list of international words,
the name of a frequently used
instrument of music:

It has a head, a neck, a body and a tail.
They are made of wood,
with four strings put from the
head to the tail.

The strings make
quick, wave-like moves,
which are the cause of the sound.

A violin without strings
will be no instrument of music at all.

So, the violin is a stringed instrument.

The violin, in addition, has a family:
the viola and the cello.

They have an older relation named the double bass.
The word "bass" is sounded like "base."

The violin family and the double bass,
when they are used together,
go by the name of "strings."

There are other,
a bit different,
sorts of stringed instruments.
The most frequently used one
is the guitar.

The trouble with them and Basic English
is that the word "string" is not on the list.

So when I made my first attempt for
writing about those instruments,
I was at a loss.

"What may I do?
How do I put strings into
Basic English?

Tomorrow, you will see the rest of the story.

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The Violin Connection 2
How do I put strings in Basic?

I got a key to the answer
from French men of music.
Printed music by Frenchmen
like Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel
have some words in French.
So I had some chances for
learning some French words for music.

How do they put
stringed instrument
into French?

For more...
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Basic Words for Drums?
A drum

The most frequently used instruments in
music for mass market
may be drums.
Nearly every band in the business
has someone on drums.

The drum, or the general form of it,
is a thick and very short pipe
made of wood or metal,
whose two ends are
covered with animal skin or plastic,
made tight with metal rings.
The round cover over the upper end
goes by the name of "head."

For more...
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Keyboards: Or, Making New Words
Words are sometimes like
men and women.
They make friends,
and two of them have a
fall in[to] love with
one another.
The two who are in love
go out and
seen together
When they are together
they make it public that they
have a strong connection.
They even become a
family and
have a baby.

For more...
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The 850 Words: From Short to Long
I have made a list, or the list, of the 850 Basic words ordered from short to long. The first, and one of the shortest, word is "a." What is the longest?
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Upcoming: The Basic English Society's Training
The Basic English Society, Japan, together with the GDM group, is going to have a two-day meeting for hands-on training.

Time: From 13:00, 11 February 2006, Saturday, till 12:00, 12 February 2006, Sunday. The ending time might be changed.

Place: Hamakyo (045-531-7161, 7162). This might be changed. Hamakyo is 5-minute walk from the Tsunashima Station of Tokyu To-Yoko line. Tsunashima Springs are between Shibuya and Yokohama.

A part of the training hours is to be a regular meeting of the GDM teachers. GDM is Richards-Gibson system of teaching language.

Payment: 8,000 yen for bed, meals and printed material. 5,000 yen for meal and printed material only. 3,000 for meal and a part of printed material.

What You Will Do: 1. You may take one material from the common book and give a talk, an example of teaching, or have a discussion on it. 2. You will have a training of putting a Japanese writing or a full-English writing into Basic English. 3. You will take part in discussion using Basic English. It will be all right if you are to be in 2 and 3 only.

This 2-day meeting is for ones who are on the Basic English Society or the GDM group. Outsiders may take part in some of the trainings, or you may be one of them there on the day. Overall number of persons will be limited within 20.

For details in Japanese, see the lower part of the bookmarked page:

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Longer Words: In Addition to the 850
Charles Kay Ogden, in
books like The Basic Words or The
Basic Dictionary
let the readers see that a
number of longer words like
"straightforward" might be
used in Basic English,
in addition to the
850 listed words.

For more...
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Different Readings
An interesting discussion is going on at
Ohyamasan's Japanese daybook on Basic English
It is over some details in
King James Bible and The Bible in Basic English.
Reading their discussion gave me some ideas:

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More Paper on Basic English
Bill Templer, an American who is teaching English lanugage at Rajamangala University of Technology, Thailand,
gave out a reading of his paper on Basic English,
at an international meeting of language teachers,
in Penang, Malaysia, 2005.

It was about the value of C. K. Ogden's Basic English
and I. A. Richards's Every Man's English.

Now the paper is online!

For more...
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Pianist, Piano Player, and Piano Man

C. K. Ogden's list of international words
has the name of that keyboard instrument:
So we may have some talk on piano music
in Basic English.

But the trouble is that the
list does not have the
frequently used word for the
piano expert: pianist.
Why not?

For more...
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