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The Mother Tongue


Bill Bryson's Mother Tongue is a hymn to the English language. In examining how a second-rate, mongrel tongue came to be the undisputed language of ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000

The difficulty of English for others

by bukwrm on Feb 13, 2014

Bryson gives an informative, light-hearted view of our crazy language and how it evolved and is still evolving today. Well worth the time and effort to read.


Bill's tongue and ours

by Shasta on Aug 18, 2007

Bill Bryson is not just a writer but a former newspaperman. He brings a journalist's eye to what he writes about and is not afraid of facts and figures. He takes the history of the English language and makes it interesting. This isn't a scholarly journal filled with phrases and abbreviations only known to graduate students. It is very readable and understandable and when you're finished, you feel you've learned something in an enjoyable way.

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