Ogden's Basic English Institute Forum

Selected Letters - 2000

    From: Yuzuru Katagiri 
    Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2000
    Subj: Dear friends of Basic English,
    I have been teaching Basic English in Japanese high school and universities
    since 1955.  There is a strong group of teachers interested in Basic
    English in Japan.  Most of them are using I.A. Richards and Christine
    Gibson's English Through Pictures, which makes use of 500 words out of the
    850 words of Basic English.  With John Constable of Cambridge University,
    I put together I.A. Richards' writings in a book named "A Semantically
    Sequenced Way of Teaching English" in 1993, and the book came out from
    Yamaguchi Publishing House in Kyoto, Japan.  A number of books on Basic by
    Ogden were newly printed by Hokuseido Press in Tokyo.
    Yuzuru Katagiri
    [ I asked Yuzuru for the addresses.  Here is his prompt reply.]
    Here are the addresses of the publishers:
    Yamaguchi Publishing House		The Hokuseido Press
    72 Tsukuda-cho			32-4 Honkomagome 3-chome
    Ichijoji, Sakyo-ku			Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0021
    Kyoto 606, Japan			Japan
    Good luck,
    [ I wrote to each for availability and price information.
    See the texts page. ]
    Date: Tue, 13 June 2000
    Subject: Basic English
    Dear Sir
    Thank you for the Basic English page.
    I have found an interesting article:
       "K.E. Garay: "Empires of the Mind? C.K. Ogden, Winston Churchill
    and Basic  English," Canadian Historical Association Historical
    Papers, 1988."
      I always thought that "Basic English" could have been more popular,
    where it not for this British Empire undertone (especially when
    they explain why English is best suited as a world language)...
    Anyway, it turns out that Churchill was sponsoring Basic English with
    the aim of promoting the Idea stronger cultural ties between
    commonwealth countries, i.e. to strengthen British cultural influence.
    Quote from the article:
      "What would have been the fate of Basic English had Churchill not so precipitately fallen from office? It is at least possible that post-imperial Britain might have assumed a very different face and that, as the Commonwealth fed upon the bones of what once had been, the mother country might better have been able to preserve the less tangible but more precious Empire which Churchill had envisioned. In that Harvard speech of September 1943, having outlined in glowing terms the possibilities of Basic English, he exhorted his listeners, "Let us go forward in malice to none and good will to all. Such plans offer far better prizes than taking away other people's provinces or land or grinding them down in exploitation. The empires of the future are the empires of the mind."
    Lots of thanks for your page Michael
    Date: Thu, 1 Apr 1999 14:16 EST
    Subject: Basic English
    I have been interested in Basic English for many years and would like to
    correspond with others who know about it or about C.K. Ogden or about the
    Orthologic Society that promoted it in the thirties. Please reply if you
    can help me get in touch. Thanks. Paul Donner, MD
    From: AD863 
    Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2000 13:03:46 EST
    Subject: Information
    You may be interested in knowing that I recently made a
    purchase of  The ABC of Basic English  from the below book store.
    This book was an original used copy with the original insert
    of the 850 basic words. I am satisfied with the purchase.
    This is not an endorsement of the store, but for your information only.
    From: "Takahiro Kaneko" <
    Subject: About Basic English
    Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2000
    How do you do.
    I am Japanese and very much interested in Basic English.
    In Japan, the publisher, Hokuseido Press still has C.K. Ogden's
    original works. For example, The ABC of Basic English, The Basic Words,
    The General Basic English Dictionary.