"There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning." -Jiddu Krishnamurti

You couldn't have said it any better Jiddu; we fully and completely agree with you! The learning process in life doesn't have an end and continues for years until the end of a person's course on earth. The assumption that acquiring knowledge finishes after graduating from secondary school or Uni is entirely false.

The majority of learning experiences occur outside the conventional classroom in our formative years. 

The writer of "On the Road", Jack Kerouac, couldn't have summed it up any better when he said, "The best teacher is experienced and not through someone's distorted point of view." The more we continue on our life course, the more practical things we learn that help us to make wise decisions and do what is right.

Also, it is essential to state that there are some individuals who have the enduring desire to continue to learn more and more about academic disciplines long after the years of structured schooling have ended. Subjects such as maths, sciences, and languages are determined by adults all across the UK.

Also, since England is one of the most populous English speaking areas in the world, there are many people who seek residence in the UK's largest cities such as Manchester to acquire a basic understanding of English; immersion is critical.

If you're reading this article, you already possess a relatively high level of English; nonetheless, it is a worthy read since we will also explain the origins of English and it can be suggested to friends that wish to acquire fluency in English. Therefore, Mancunians, sit back, relax, and enjoy today's article!

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Origins of the English Language

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The British Empire was worldwide; therefore, English adopted words from many distinct languages. (Source: Unsplash)

Where did English come from? 

Although there are more than 1.5 billion native speakers worldwide (that's 20% of the world's population!), we rarely stop and think about how our beautiful English language came to exist. As is the case with so many foreign tongues, English was influenced by many different cultures and ancient tongues.

Nonetheless, English is a West Germanic language that originated from Anglo-Frisian dialects that found their way to Britain in the mid 5th to 7th centuries AD. But, by whom? The Anglo-Saxon settlers. It is essential to state that the language of the Anglo-Saxon settlers is now commonly known as Old English.

The reason why "Old English" spread so rapidly throughout the 5-7th centuries in the areas now called Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, and the British Isles is that since the Roman Empire had fallen and the Latin language didn't have as strong of a hold as it once did.

Those who spoke the Celtic language were pushed away by invaders to areas such as Scotland, Ireland, and Wales which made room for the tongue of the Anglo-Saxons to indeed prosper. 

It is essential to mention that those who speak "Modern English" have great difficulty understanding any words of "Old English." However, little do people know that about half of the terms we use on a daily basis have roots from the "Old English" that the Anglo-Saxons brought over to UK territory. Words such as be, reliable, and water all have Old English origins and were initially spoken around the 1100s.

After some centuries of "Old English" being spoken frequently, in the late 1000s, William the Conqueror invaded England and brought a sort of French with him. This "French" became the prominent language used in business, commerce, and trade with the higher classes of society speaking French and the lower levels regularly conversing in English.

Although English was used as a class distinction, in the 14th century, English became the prominent language used in Britain again after some political and social changes. Nevertheless, it is essential to mention that the French language did have quite an effect on English and many new French words were added into Middle English.

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During the Middle Ages, after William the Conqueror invaded England, there were many French influences in English. (Source: Unsplash)

After Middle English was widely spoken in the late 1400s and early 1500s, there was a very distinct change that occurred and contributed to the Modern English we use today. Such as? Pronunciation was sharpened, and vowels were pronounced shorter and shorter.

As the works of Shakespeare and many other authors of the Classical Learning period received worldwide acclaim, a new common language of English with new words and expressions became mainstream.

Also, since publishing houses were based in London, the London dialect became the standard, and the first English dictionary was published in 1604. However, it is essential to mention that Modern English has drastically evolved since the days of Shakespeare. The Shakespearean language of the 1500s shaped Modern English today yet many of its words and expressions are no longer used in late Modern English from the 1800s onwards.

The main contrasts between early Modern English and late are the amount of vocabulary that has been removed and added. Why did this occur? The British Empire became a mighty nation that, with its colonies, covered a quarter of the earth's territory; therefore, distinct words and expressions from various countries were adopted.

English is currently recognised as the official language of 67 countries and 27 non-sovereign states. The following are some examples of where English is frequently spoken today:

  • Antigua, 
  • Australia, 
  • Barbados, 
  • Belize
  • Botswana, 
  • Canada, 
  • Guyana, 
  • Ireland,
  • Nigeria, 
  • New Zealand, 
  • The United States, 
  • The United Kingdom. 

It is also worth stating that English is the world's most spoken second language since it is learnt at an ESL level by people all over the six inhabited continents.

Where to learn English as a Second or Third Language in Manchester? The following subheading explains all you need to know!

Glasgow is another wonderful place in the UK to learn English as a Second Language.

The Best English Language Educators in Manchester

Manchester is a city of international appeal that attracts tourists from all over the world. Why? Famous for many well-known musicians such as Oasis, The Smiths, and The Chemical Brothers, many football clubs like Manchester City and Manchester United, and the place where Rolls met Royce.

Manchester is often referred to as England's second city and an intriguing option for tourists and inhabitants who think that London is too crowded. 

Also, since Manchester is a major city with many working professionals, there are many further education options to sharpen skills in distinct academic disciplines such as ESL.

Without further delay, we shall consider the best academic institutes and private online tutoring options to learn English as a Second Language in the Greater Manchester Area. 

Best English Language Schools

Like many of the UK's major cities, Manchester does not disappoint in providing various ESL schools for immigrant learners who want to acquire fluency. The following are the best ESL institutes in the Manchester area:

  • MC Academy, 
  • EC Manchester English Language School, 
  • Britannia English School, 
  • The Essential English Centre, 
  • Manchester Grammar School, 
  • Exceed in English Ltd, 
  • Berlitz Manchester. 

The previously mentioned schools are only a few of the options available in and around Manchester. Through further research, more professional institutes may be found to be an English pro in no time!

Superprof Language Tutors

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The Superprof ESL tutors offer language lessons for competitive prices. (Source: Unsplash)

Why hire an online language tutor? Online tutoring sessions have been more and more popular in recent years since they are more personalised and can be conducted at a place and time that is most convenient to the student in question.

Superprof is by far the best tutoring website for Europeans, especially Brits, who want to brush up on a variety of academic disciplines, skills, and hobbies. Our professional educators offer competitive prices and boast fantastic qualifications from reputable educational centres in and outside of the UK.

For instance, in the Manchester area, according to our website, there are 218 English tutors offering face-to-face lessons and over 38,800 educators in other parts of the UK providing online tuition via FaceTime, Skype, Zoom etc. 

We hugely suggest that ESL students browse through the tutors offered in their area to determine which might suit their educational needs and level of English speaking skills. Also, prices much depend on years of experience teaching and accreditations received from the educators. Nevertheless, prices per hour can be as low as £8 and as high as £50; the choice is entirely yours!

Also, we haven't even mentioned the best part about Superprof tutors yet, the first lesson they offer is always 100% free of charge! Why? To attract potential learners and have them try out a few tutors before settling on the first one they might come across.

Therefore, in conclusion, learning English as a second or third language in the city of Manchester is entirely possible due to the talents of our Superprof educators who dedicate their working life to your success!

Also, try to find an ESL tutor in Leeds or a fantastic educator in Birmingham.

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