Resources for English as a Second Language

English is a fascinating language, but its study can become an overwhelming task for an adult student. There are so many difference from Spanish, my mother tongue, that I must practice a lot to grasp the language. I want to write about some English particularities, and its origins and history, but now I'm in a middle of a moving, and I'm far from my English books.

Web is a great source of English resources, and I'm compulsive link collector (you can view my delicious cloud at http://www.ajlopez.com/en). Thanks to Mariano Szklanny (a good guy), I have a new link to explore and share:

http://www.usingenglish.com

I used to say "readen" instead of "read", influenced by "written" vs "write". Now, I can learn about irregular verbs:

Irregular verbs

A list of 211 basic English irregular verbs, including their base form, past simple, past participle, 3rd person singular, and the present participle / gerund. Click on a verb to view extended information about it.

Irregular verb definition

An irregular verb is one that does not take the -ed ending for the Past Simple and Past Participle forms. Some irregular verbs do not change; put put put, while others change completely; buy bought bought, etc.

Irregular verbs fall into 5 categories:

  1. Base Form
  2. Past Simple
  3. Past Participle
  4. 3rd Person Singular
  5. Present Participle / Gerund

Curiously, there are many kind of verbs:

Auxiliary Verb; Ditransitive Verb; Dynamic Verb; Finite Verb; Inchoative Verb; Intransitive Verb; Modal Verb; Non-finite Verb; Phrasal Verb; Regular Verb; Stative Verb; Transitive Verb; Verb Group; Verb Phrase

There is a free dowload

Irregular Verb List Viewer

I'm amazed that some verbs has no future tense ("can" is an example). Verbs with incomplete conjugation are called defective verbs, more info at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defective_verb

I want to improve my English, starting from my "Anglish", Angel's English. This blog is dedicated to practice, keep tuned, and feel free to send suggestions, corrections and comments.

My collected links about English, at:

http://del.icio.us/ajlopez/english

Angel "Java" Lopez
http://www.ajlopez.com/en