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.
An expats perspective on Polish holidays
We all love a day off work. I’m always fascinated by the articles in Polish media about how best to use your holidays each year – you know, the 1st and 3rd of May fall on such and such a day, so if you take 3 days from your annual leave you can get a whole week off work. You guys really know how to squeeze the most out of national holidays. Czytaj całość »
The British have always loved a good spy story, real or imaginary. Stories of blue-blooded patriots battling the Empire’s foes stirred the imaginations of schoolboys for decades. In more recent times, the James Bond novels and films together with icons of popular culture (The Avengers, The Persuaders) ensured that the genre never went out of fashion. Czytaj całość »
Britain’s LGBT community
Things have not always been easy for Britain’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Nevertheless, in less than sixty years from the dark days of homosexuality being criminalised and members of the community being treated extremely poorly, Britain is now consistently ranked as the best place in Europe to be LGBT. Strong legislative protections guaranteeing the rights and dignity of LGBT people, coupled with generally accepting societal attitudes, mean that LGBT communities and people are thriving across Britain.
Six Leading or Influential LGBT people
In this blog post, we’ll be taking a look (in no particular order!) at six British LGBT people who have made leading or influential contributions to fields as diverse as sports, business and entertainment.
In today’s blog post, I’ll review the top five traditions from different parts of Europe, give suggestions about creative resolutions for 2017, and also give you lots of nice language for you to experiment with.
So, are you are still nursing that lingering(1) hangover, generally feeling sorry for yourself(2) and wondering what joys the New Year will bring? It’s time to reflect on(3) the previous year and smile inwardly (4) at your New Year antics. Czytaj całość »
We have officially entered the festive season. Advent has started and the countdown to the end of the year begun. One of the most popular English carols to celebrate the festivities is ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas.’ The rhyming chant was first published in 1780 and the standard tune we now sing the lyrics to in the UK came much later in 1909. Here is our BritIt version of the lyrics to help us all get into the festive mood. Why don’t you play the tune as you read along? Enjoy your English gifts and forgive us if the carol gets stuck in your head all day!
Christmas advertisements start in late October, shopping centres start putting up their decorations in early November, but I personally don’t believe in starting to think about Christmas until December starts. Luckily, we’re now there, so let’s get festive!