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  • English In Use - 'It's Wayne Crooney'

    A selection of headlines from stories in the news. They use English in a way that you might think is intended to confuse but it's all perfectly clear to the native speaker.

  • Interesting Fact Question

    Which language has influenced English the most?

     

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    What makes up one third the weight of your pillow?

     

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    What is unusual about the surface of the brain?

     

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    Where was J.R.R. Tolkein born?

     

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    At what time does the average Britain go to bed?

     

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    Who invented the Roulette wheel?

     

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    What time do most Britains wake up?

     

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    Do you think there is a President of the Isle of Man?

     

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    What is the 'Google effect'?

     

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    Why is it not a good idea (for your wealth!) to play Roulette?

     

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    Where do scientists think the English, French, German and Hindi languages originate?

     

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    What is the English for 'vermicelli'?

     

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     How many English words have Latin roots?

     

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  • Is Immersion Better Than Learning English Online or in an Academy?

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    It’s a dream for many people to spend a summer break in an exotic foreign country, hanging out with the locals, making a friend or two (or even a summer romance!) and returning home refreshed and fluent in a foreign language.

     

    But can someone just pick up a language simply by being in the country in which it is spoken? Many companies that organize immersion exchange programmes, summer camps or English language courses in an English-speaking country would have you believe that it’s so much easier than with traditional English academies or online English classes. Even the wordimmersion itself sounds so, well, easy. Justimmerseyourself in the language, like standing under a waterfall, and everything will just seep into your skin.

     

    I’m afraid to say that in my case this just did not happen. Before I spent four months travelling around South America, everyone had told me I would ‘pick up’ Spanish as easy as ‘uno, dos, tres’. I took an Ipod full of Spanish songs, somehow hoping that the language flowing through my ears would end up stuck in my brain. But after a month or two, I couldn’t do much more than order a beer and have a basic conversation. So why was I ‘failing’?

  • News Round Up 269

    A painting which was sold for £300 in 1964 is now set to fetch up to £1m when it is auctioned by Sotheby's in London.

    The Guardian reports that When A Dawn, a painting by CRW Nevinson of haggard French troops marching to the front in 1914, is now regarded as one of the English artist’s finest works, and as one of the great paintings of the first world war.

    “I hesitate to say a career-best, because it makes the rest of my career seem rather boring, but I never expect to handle a better painting by Nevinson,” said Simon Hucker, an expert at Sotheby’s on 20th century British art. “It is a great painting, every inch of the canvas fully resolved, down to the way the men break down at the very back of the picture into mere geometric forms.”

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