Ogden's Basic English
Tidbits about Basic English
Last updated September 24, 2008.
Richards cites an interesting experiment where 65 people were given a True-False test :
"Is the following paragraph True or False ?" -- half the original test and half
translated into Basic (32.5?). The original group took 23 minutes and got
11 of 24 paragraphs correct. The Basic group took 15 minutes and scored
17.9 paragraphs correctly.
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Therefore Basic was 35% faster to read and got 60% more correct answers !
Basic English is limited in its words and its rules, but it keeps to the regular forms of English. And though it is designed to give the learner as little trouble as possible, it is no more strange to the eyes of my readers than these lines, which are in fact in Basic English
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