Longest English Word

Here is something that will make you laugh. National Public Radio recently posed the following question: what is the longest word in the English dictionary?

This is no simple question as language constantly changes and evolves. Of course, that makes you wonder, are they making words long just because they can?

According to Wikipedia, the longest word in English is actually a chemical forming the largest protein known to man. How long is it, you ask? 189,819 letters long! Because the name is so long, we have decided not to post it since it would take up multiple pages on this blog. However, here is a link to someone who posted the longest English word in full. You may wonder how it is pronounced. Well, the good news is in! The word has been shortened to Titin.

If you disagree that this is the longest word – how about another science term?

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. Should I say it 5 times fast? This has been dubbed the second longest word in the English dictionary at 45-letters long. At least you might be able to say this word in one breath – or maybe two! This word dates back to 1935 when the National Puzzlers’ League described symptoms related to silicosis, a disease experienced by coal miners.

Thank you, medical terminology, for making a commonly used word seem so simple! The good news is for all of you learning English, these terms are not commonly used in every day speech. More than likely, you may never see this word again. But in case trivia pops up, you will be prepared!


International Students Take the TOEFL Exam

The TOEFL exam is advertised as a test that  “Gives You an Advantage: Most Widely Accepted, Most Popular and Most Convenient Choice”. So what happens when a long history of politics gets in the way of your college application?

For a period of two weeks last July, that’s what Iranian students had to deal with. Due to some U.S. sanctions that didn’t allow Education Testing Services (ETS), the company that administers the TOEFL, to process payments from Iran, the test was suspended in the country.

As you can probably imagine, this created a bit of a stir for a young generation of Iranians who were eager to study abroad in U.S. and European colleges. Without the TOEFL, that is required in most of these colleges, Iranians saw their futures put at an incredible risk.

This got me thinking. Why hadn’t I heard about this when it was going on?  Then I remembered I myself was in Italy, studying Italian at a school I had easily registered into, because I just felt like it. But what if Italy and the U.S. had a feud and I wasn’t allowed to have gone? Imagining my life without those experiences abroad is well, unimaginable.  And that’s exactly why young Iranians stood up and protested. Because the TOEFL exam represents something bigger than an exam score: it represents a new life filled with opportunities and adventures.

Thankfully though, things got resolved more or less, and Iranians were once again granted the opportunity to register for the TOEFL.

If we can learn anything from this linguistic fiasco (other than politics are stupid), it’s that we shouldn’t take the opportunities we have in front of us for granted. If you’ve been considering/debating/putting off taking the TOEFL, what exactly is stopping you? Just imagine if you couldn’t register for it tomorrow. If you need any more convincing, check out The 5 W’s of the TOEFL to have all your questions answered.


Welcome to ESL Directory Blog

ESL Directory is excited to launch its new blog to help keep you informed about important changes in the industry! Today, more than 375 million people speak English as their primary language, and approximately 470 million speak English as a second language. If you are looking to become one of these 470 million people, we here at ESL Directory would like to help you achieve your goal!

Once you have decided to embark on your journey of studying English, you will find that the process can be complicated. That is why we have created the ESL Directory Blog, to discuss new changes and help guide you through the process. We will look at topics relevant to you—from English language exams to visas to choosing your school.

There is no doubt that in today’s international climate, studying English is important. After all, learning English may help you study abroad, get into your dream school, or help you advance in your career. Forty five nations across the world, along with the European Union, have named English as the country’s official language. After Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, English is the third most popular native language. With such widespread importance, it is no wonder why people devote time and resources to learn English!

We work with students learning English on a day-to-day basis and want to provide a one-stop resource for your ESL needs. Check out our ESL Directory Blog, as new information will be added frequently. Or, subscribe to our blog to get the latest posting automatically sent to you. We look forward to helping you toward your future goal!