MissionAssist

There are many people in the world today who use English as a second, third or even fourth language because it is in such widespread use around the globe. Very soon after our charity was established, just over twenty years ago, it became clear that many people, who do not have a copy of the Bible in their own language, are still able to read it in English. So it was decided to produce a simpler form of English for those whose first (or "heart") language is not English. And so, "EasyEnglish" was born.

"EasyEnglish" is a type of normal English. However, it uses only some parts of normal English. And it is a language system that has distinct rules. Our rules control the vocabulary that we may use. In addition, the rules allow only simple forms of grammar. This helps us to express complex ideas in simpler words and sentences. In addition, the rules help us to make clear how various parts of the sentence or paragraph relate to each other in a sensible way. There are two levels (types) of Easy English.

In level A, we use a vocabulary of only 1,200 words. Level A is for people who have learned English as a second language. It is for people who can manage in normal social and work situations.

In level B, we use approximately 2,800 words. Level B is for people who have a greater knowledge of English ("Intermediate level").

We wanted to translate the Bible into an easy form of English. This was our primary purpose in the development of Easy English.

You can see find out more by visiting two of our websites. The first deals only with the Bible. It has the full text of the Bible. It also has commentaries, Bible studies and other materials written in EasyEnglish. The second site is more recent and offers other books in EasyEnglish on the history of the church and Christian teaching. Click on either of the buttons below to go to these sites.

 

EasyEnglish Bibles   EasyEnglish Books

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About Us

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Join Us

  • Director of Partnerships - Provide oversight of both formal and informal relationships linking MissionAssist and partner organisations.
  • IT expertise - Enquiries welcome from people with experience in technology such as Microsoft 365 admin, CiviCRM, Drupal, WordPress, Unicode, Paratext and the Digital Bible Library (DBL).
  • Recruitment Assistant - Assist in the search for new volunteers, including key roles such as team leaders and directors, as vacancies arise.
  • Welcome Team - Friendly volunteers to welcome new members to MissionAssist and update the database records as required.
  • Conference Coordinator - Organise the annual conference for MissionAssist members - next event May 2022.
  • Events Administrator - Organise MissionAssist’s attendance at external events such as the Keswick Convention.
  • E-Learning Developer - Design and deliver online resources to enable home-based volunteers to build up their knowledge and skills.
  • EasyEnglish Partnerships Coordinator - Experience of client management and contracts, plus an interest in resourcing world mission.
  • Bible Translator - Qualified and experienced Bible translator help check the EasyEnglish Bible.
  • Magazine Service - Subscribers - Either send on your magazine, comic or journal that you would otherwise put into the (paper recycling) bin, or start a subscription (paper or electronic) specifically requested by a mission worker.
  • Illustrators - Create realistic line drawings to communicate an idea clearly, to illustrate short literacy booklets.
  • Proofreaders - Skilled, experienced proofreaders able to find errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation and format of English language documents.
  • Linguistic Checker - Apply specific linguistic training and experience to help the EasyEnglish team maintain high quality standards.
  • Trustees - Enquiries particularly welcome from people who have prior experience as an effective trustee, and/or recent experience in overseas mission, or younger people who have a passion for worldwide mission and Bible translation.
  • ... other opportunities also available.

To find out more about how you can help, contact Volunteer Enquiries: volunteers@missionassist.org.uk