There are many words in English which cause confusion because they are similar to another word or because they look like a word in your own language but have a different meaning. Here are some words that often cause confusion.
British Costume Dramas
Along with Royal weddings, cream tea and pop music ‘the costume drama’ is something the British feel they excel at – and they are right. Today, I’m going to review four famous British Costume Dramas and as an added bonus have included some useful language too.
Costume dramas are in essence modern stories in which the characters wear costumes from past eras. Historical foreknowledge isn’t needed to enjoy these TV series, indeed most are very loosely ‘based on historical fact’. Czytaj całość »
Parkrun – what?
All over the UK on Saturday mornings, thousands of people, old and young, male and female, head to their local park to take part in a parkrun. It’s a timed 5km run (or jog, or even walk) which is completely free of charge, thanks to sponsorship.
5 Pledges for International Women’s Day. #BeBoldForChange
Today is International Women’s Day. This year’s campaign theme is #BeBoldForChange with a call for everyone to create a more inclusive, gender equal world. The campaign gives five bold actions you can pledge to work on to make a difference:
By Iwona Piecyk
Hello Matura students! I’m sure you have been studying hard for your exams. With stress levels increasing, it is good to remember some basic exam strategies which will help you pass the English exam with flying colours. Here are my 5 top tips for the basic Matura.
Talk about your family? “Well…they’re just there”, we say. Our families are so ordinary to us that we even think they’re boring. Not a bit of it! Families are the most exotic things on earth.
Valentine’s Day – the perfect day for …
To celebrate all things connected with love and romance we are bringing you one British bloger’s view on Valentine’s Day and lots of useful English language resources on the theme.
Some people aren’t interested in poetry. They say it’s boring, irrelevant, that it always talks about love and nothing else. I disagree. I think poetry can verbalise feelings that we could not otherwise express, and especially contemporary poetry. There are many spoken word artists, like the Button Poetry collective in the USA, who vividly discuss important issues to do with social justice, feminism, gay rights, racism, as well as love, friendship, mental health issues … the list goes on. It’s empowering just to watch them, and I highly recommend checking out their YouTube channel (with subtitles!). Czytaj całość »
By Samuel Broncho
We asked Shoshone speaker Samuel Broncho.
What are the particular challenges of learning a language that isn’t written down?
If you are used to learning languages in a classroom setting, an oral language is hard to master. For example, my Native American language, Shoshone, lacks a standard writing system that everyone can agree to use. Shoshone people have worked with linguists to develop writing systems, only to have them rejected by traditionalists within the various Shoshone tribes. Some people strongly believe the language shouldn’t be written down at all, while others think writing it will push the language forward and preserve it.