by extramarks - Academics - June 27, 2019 English is a Fun Language English, with its battalion of nouns, verbs, proverbs, subject and predicate, rules of word-order, superlative forms, and punctuations can seem a little intimidating. In trying to learn and understand the aspects of this language, students often end-up scratching their heads. They develop a phobia of English and are not able to articulate their thoughts confidently in this language which is the lingua franca of the world. So, we thought it was high time that we introduced students to the fun side of English, and make the language more enjoyable to study and converse in. Here are a few fun concepts that lend English its richness and substance. 1. Have Fun with Puns A pun is a joke that plays with multiple meanings of a single word (tear drops/ tear in shirt) or similar-sounding words (mail/male). It is generally used to induce a humorous or a rhetorical effect. To cite an example, let’s look at a sentence from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carol: “Mine is a long and a sad tale!” said the Mouse, turning to Alice, and sighing. “It is a long tail, certainly,” said Alice, looking down with wonder at the Mouse’s tail; “but why do you call it sad?” And she kept on puzzling about it while the Mouse was speaking.” Here, “tale” (a story) is confused with “tail” (a mouse’s tail). Now, why don’t you try using puns like these in your daily life and see what fun times you’ll have with your friends. 2. Play with Anagrams Anagram is all about forming a new word, name, or phrase by rearranging the letters of another. For example, in Gulliver’s Travel by Johnathan Swift, Gulliver visits Tribnia, also called Langden, which are anagrams of Britain and England, respectively. There are plenty of Anagram games out there. You can create one every day to boost your vocabulary. It will be a great exercise for your mind and will help you in getting a better grasp of the language. 3. Give Shape to Shape Poetry Shape poetry, or concrete poetry, is another fun aspect of English. Here, the visual representation matches the topic of the poem. ‘Easter Wings’ by George Herbert, for instance, was a poem printed sideways in the shape of wings. It talked about the resurrection of Jesus Christ and was, thus, arranged in the form of angelic wings opening and closing. Now, why don’t you try and write a concrete poem on a topic of your choice. It can be a poem on your pet dog, your favourite fruit or even a hat kept in your room. English is a fun language when you really get a hang of it. Approach it with a clear head and a strong will to create magic with just 21 consonants and 5 vowels. Happy fun learning to you!