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If one were to take the 25,000 word Oxford Pocket English Dictionary and take away the words with the same senses of English and take away the words that are able to be said by putting together simpler words, we see that 90% of the ideas in that dictionary are able to be done with only 850 words. The shorter word-list makes simpler the work to learn his letters and the ways of saying things that are not regular. The rules of using words are the same as in full English so that the Basic user is able to talk in good - but simple - English.

The name of this simple language is Basic English, the developer was Charles K. Ogden, and it was given in 1930 with the book : Basic English: A General Introduction with Rules and Grammar. He started the Orthological Institute to develop the ways for teaching Basic English.

The purposes of Ogden is made clear in the name of his book, Basic English: International Second Language. English is the most widely distributed language; it is the language of Science, Entertainment and International Business, and is a language of simple structure. A learner will be able to learn the smaller language in 40 hours, that is to say, a good learner giving three hours of a night school, is able to learn the words, ways of saying, and special uses in a month.

We offer you here to learn - or start learning - the Ogden's Basic English. We transcripted the book Basic English: A General Introduction with Rules and Grammar online so that you can learn Basic English in 40 hours. We provide some complentary content such as thematic vocabulary lists. Good luck !

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