EnglishConversations.org provides language learning materials to a global audience. We believe that education is the key to making this world a better place.
In addition to all of the free language learning resources we make available on the site – all under a Creative Commons share-alike license – we also offer some more comprehensive lessons in our store.
We believe strongly that education is the key to a healthy, thriving society. In the long term, a society that provides free knowledge will be able to solve all its problems. A society that limits the free flow of knowledge, however, places internal divisions on itself and thus hampers human growth.
Human knowledge is stored and transmitted in human language. This means that language is a key to understanding, and in order to act wisely we need to understand our situation and our neighbors first. Understanding is the key and because of this, language learning, in many ways, must be the basis of an educational system.
That goes for every language. We should all try to master other languages, not just English, in order to expand our outlook. Language is not just a means of communication. It is also the framework upon which we build our ideas; the operating system we use when we think.
Why has English become the world language? It is not because of any innate superiority of English culture. It is the result of an historical accident. Both the British Empire and the English language economic empire which America developed in the vacuum after World War Two have greatly contributed to the spread of the language. In some parts of the world, Russian, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Swahili or Mandarin are more effective as the regional lingua franca. English however is the second language that is most widely spoken on earth
We recorded most of our early podcasts with a variety of different people. All of the participants were fully aware that we would use the recordings on this site and we have their permission to do so.
The header is a collage of creative commons photos from Flickr. They are (from left to right):
Yuki – http://www.flickr.com/photos/semansco/69424291/
Diwali Sadhu #1 – http://www.flickr.com/photos/meanestindian/160791405/
Natural Beauty – http://www.flickr.com/photos/bigblonde/361192173/
Big B Fan – http://www.flickr.com/photos/meanestindian/333519903/
Untitled (Connie) – http://www.flickr.com/photos/babasteve/168875315/
Malawi n001 – http://www.flickr.com/photos/babasteve/5398817/
My New Employee – http://www.flickr.com/photos/frischmilch/99659191/
sally – http://www.flickr.com/photos/72146625@N00/621415883/
California Girl – http://www.flickr.com/photos/babasteve/210262232/
Aiden – http://www.flickr.com/photos/lidarose/227514578/
Mason I – http://www.flickr.com/photos/elroy/130966340/
Kashmir – http://www.flickr.com/photos/babasteve/1302175379/
p – http://www.flickr.com/photos/renfield/516829325/
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