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Introduction to Algilez
Latest News 1 November 2016
University of the Third Age (U3A), Bournemouth
We ran our first course of 20 lessons (1 ½
hours per week, total 30 hours) from January to June 2016.
Although the class was very small, by the end
of the course, the 'students' (all retired people) were able to
write good quality essays and have reasonable conversations.
Test scores were over 85%.
We'll be running the course again starting in
January 2017 with a few minor changes (suggested by the first
class) that should hopefully increase the speaking content and
make the course a bit more fun!
If you live in the Bournemouth area and would
like to join us, please contact me at
firstname.lastname@example.org or for more information click on
I'm pleased to report that the Algilez App is now
available for Android.
The free app is suitable for all mobile devices
which use the Android operating system. It is intended
that the app for Apple devices will follow soon.
The app provides links to most of the Algilez
website pages and documents and, most importantly, contains
on-line Algilez lessons. The free app contains
lessons 1 to 4 and additional lessons will become available
through a paid app to be released over the next few weeks.
The on-line lessons provide an ideal way for individuals to
start learning Algilez using their mobile devices.
See the Algilez Forum below for more information and updates.
The Reason for Algilez
Knowledge of another language is not just a convenience
for tourists wanting to order a coffee.
For many people in the world it is an economic necessity – their
livelihoods depend on being able to communicate with other language
the learning time for a new language would be an economic benefit that
would impact on millions of people and is the ultimate target of Algilez.
To achieve this, the aims of Algilez are quite simple – to provide an auxiliary language for world use, that is simple to use and learn, that is unambiguous in use and, by basing the vocabulary
where possible on English, providing a language that is most familiar to the maximum number of people.
1.2 The Problems with English
At the present time, English is the major second language
of the world. It is the only language that fills an international role. The English language, although easier to learn than some others, is still complicated and illogical. To speak English well takes a very long time. A universal second language that is quicker and simpler to learn would be of benefit to all who need to learn a second language.
If that universal language also uses a vocabulary that is similar to
English, it would make the learning process easier for those with a
knowledge of English.
The Features of Algilez
Algilez is intended to provide the following features:-
To be unambiguous - there should be no
doubt or confusion over intended meanings.
To be comprehensive - anything that can
be said in any major world language can be said in Algilez.
To be regular - grammatical and
vocabulary items follow simple regular patterns to ease learning.
To be compact - words are shorter and
fewer words are required than English (which is already one of the
more compact major languages).
To be flexible - grammatical rules permit a variety of different
ways to express the same meaning (some more compact than others).
This enables people of different language backgrounds to express
meanings in a way that feels more intuitive and natural for them.
1.4 The main features of
Algilez follows the word order convention of English, Chinese etc (i.e. Subject, Verb, Object) but with a simpler grammar and vocabulary.
The vocabulary is based on 'condensed'
English, providing maximum familiarisation for those people who have
some knowledge of English as a first or second language and short
simple words to learn for those who don't.
The whole vocabulary is logically categorised by the meaning of the words.
There is a single meaning for each word.
Words are pronounced as they are spelt.
The grammar is 'logical', in that qualifiers (adjectives & adverbs) follow the word they are qualifying, enabling the listener to begin to understand the meaning of each sentence as it is spoken or read, rather than having to wait until the end.
International conventions for numbers and Latin based plant & animal genus names are retained (but transcribed into phonetic
The optional Algilez alphabet, using a single symbol matched to each sound, overcomes many of the difficulties associated with the well used, but far from uniform,
Latin alphabet. See Algilez Alphabet for more details.
For information about the specification of Algilez and the Rules of
Algilez see Information.
Last updated 22 November 2015