Did you know that the letter “e” is the most frequently used letter in English?
One of the interesting facts about English is that the most frequently used letter in this language is “e”. How does it help to know this? Well, first of all it is interesting not only to know what is helpful in speaking English, but also what makes it what it is; this helps to satisfy our linguistic curiosity.
Besides stirring our (our students’) interest, knowing such facts about a language may be of use to linguists who decode languages. For example, if an archeologist finds a text in a language which is lost, a linguist who relies on this and other techniques can help to translate this text. Also if parts of an ancient text are lost, a linguist can help to reconstruct some parts knowing the structure and the way in which this language functions.
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