Most of the work that we do is geared to a specific service but some of our work has taken on something of a life of its own and may best be described as an ongoing project. Click on the tabs below to find out more about two of our biggest areas of service.
This project developed out of a desire to produce a simple form of the English language, designed specifically for those whose first language is something else. 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 more than thirty 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.
EasyEnglish uses only some parts of normal English. It is a language system that has distinct rules. These control the vocabulary that we may use and, in addition, 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 EasyEnglish.
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 at an intermediate level.
Find out more by visiting either of two of our websites. The first deals only with the EasyEnglish 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.
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