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Friday, October 5, 2012

Levels of Language

Lesson from the Shenzhen Daily:
http://szdaily.sznews.com/html/2012-04/02/content_1987826.htm

Practice the conversation; study the vocabulary; then discuss the questions with a friend in English.

Questions:
1. Think of some examples of each kind of word: literary language, formal and informal expressions, slang, offensive expressions, and taboo expressions.
2. Does your language have these different levels? Can you give examples and translate some of them?
3. What is the purpose of "taboo" words, such as swear words? How are they used in English? In your language?

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