- a simplified form of English, proposed by C. K. Ogden and I. A. Richards, containing
a vocabulary of approximately 850 of the commonest English words, intended as an international
Example Sentences Including 'basic English'
' British Sign Language (BSL) isn't just basic English language in signs.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
Many critics claim today's students have a poor gasp of basic English.
Sun, News of the World (2002)
We put on a play in basic English , using a plot and the very stylized gestures of Chinese opera; this helps get the message across.
TUNING UP AT DAWN: A Memoir of Music and Majorca (2004)
``If you think that 99.2 per cent of kids that sit the HSC pass the basic English standard, well you believe in the tooth fairy.
The Australian (2005)
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