THE LOUISIANA PURCHASE

When you look at the map of the USA you see that this country stretches from the Atlantic in the east to the Pacific in the west….

I’M THE YOUNGER KID

‘Hello! I’m Lucas and I’m 12 years old. I have a brother, Tobias. He is three years older than me. My problem is my parents. They think I’m a baby! My brother has much more freedom1 than..

THOMAS JEFFERSON

Thomas Jefferson was the 3rd president of the United States. He was the author of the Declaration of Independence, first Secretary…

THE TITANIC

The Titanic was a famous ship that sank on its first voyage on April 15, 1912. Much has been written and many films have been made about this great tragedy….

Titanic II

Everybody is aware of the tragedy that happened on April 15, 1912. Titanic hit an iceberg and more than 1500 people died. Since then, Titanic has been a symbol of hubris, an excess of pride….

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Everybody knows the name of William Shakespere… Shackspere… or was it Shaxper? Well, forget it. There are 27 different spellings of his name. (Willm Shakp is top.) If you can’t remember any of them,..

The Royal Albert Hall

Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s husband, suggested that the profi ts from the 1851 Great Exhibition (read more on pages 8-9) should pay for new museums, libraries, schools and exhibition rooms….

EASTER IN ENGLAND

After a few months of winter, we all joyfully welcome spring. Easter, the most important event for all Christians, comes with the beginning of spring. Easter is primarily a Christian festival, marking the death of Jesus Christ, and many people go to church….

1 APRIL – TIME FOR FUN

It’s the first of April, a day of fun and pranks. It’s April Fool’s Day. Some people love it and some hate it. How about you?…

EARTH DAY

Earth Day, April 22, is an annual event to celebrate our planet’s environment and raise public awareness about pollution. Earth Day is observed worldwide with rallies, conferences, outdoor activities, and service projects…

English Language Day

UNESCO chose April 23 – the day of Shakespeare’s birth and death – as the date for English Language Day. …

Branches and Bunnies: An American Easter

Palm branches, ashes, the Easter Bunny, Easter bonnets, painted eggs, baby chickens and church services at sunrise are symbols and images of US Easter celebrations. These traditions, which vary greatly according to religion and geographical location in the States, are quite different from those in your country…

Easter

Each holiday celebrated worldwide has its specific features1 that vary from region to region. However, none of those events is as controversial as Easter. …

Easter

The way some holiday customs and traditions translate across different cultures varies from place to place. …

FAMOUS FICTIONAL TEACHERS

FAMOUS FICTIONAL TEACHERS

Teacher’s Day is coming. Let’s read about six book and film teachers all kids and teens know. 3 FICTIONAL TEACHERS WE ALL LOVE A perfect teacher is what all students dream about. Read about three teachers we love in the films…

MARCH IN HISTORY

ASPIRIN DISCOVERED What do you do when you have a headache? Most people take an aspirin. It’s a famous pain killer. In the past, people used willow bark. Later they learned how to use the chemical in it, and that’s how aspirin was born. It also helps with heart attacks. But that is not all…..

MARCH 13 UNCLE SAM

UNCLE SAM’S BIRTHDAY On March 13, 1852, Uncle Sam first appeared in the press. He became so popular that he became the personification of the American nation….

EARTH HOUR

Last Saturday of March Turn off your lights between 8.30-9.30 p.m., it’s Earth Hour. Join millions of people all over the world and show that you care. People turn off the lights in their homes but also famous buildings and landmarks stay dark, such…

TEACHERS’ DAY

March 28th Different nations celebrate their teachers on different days of the year. In our countries, we honour our teachers’ work on the day when John Amos Comenius was born. What do you do on this day? Do you bring flowers or sweets to your teachers?…

MARCH IS READING MONTH

March is Reading Month It’s March, the Reading Month. Honestly, do you read books? Do you think your parent’s generation reads more than you?
Lots of experts are worried about people not reading enough today, …

SAINT PATRICK – PATRON SAINT OF IRELAND

Saint Patrick’s Day, a national holiday in Ireland, is commemorated on 17th March, the anniversary of Saint Patrick’s death.
Saint Patrick was born to Scottish parents in Wales….

ANIMAL RECORDS

Animal Records THE FASTEST ANIMAL The cheetah lives in Africa and some parts of Iran. This cat is smaller than other big cats but it is the fastest. The cheetah can run at over 100 kilometres per hour (kph) but not very long. …

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

One of the most beautiful places to visit in the U.S.A. is Yellowstone National Park. Located mainly in Wyoming, it was the first national park in the world. The park extends over into Montana and Idaho too. The wildlife there is famous, along with Old Faithful, a geyser…

WORLD WILDLIFE DAY

3 March the day to go wild for wildlife Our planet is home to millions of animals and plants. So far about 1.7 million have been discovered and named, but we don’t know about millions more! The planet is a real treasure that should be protected….

Barbie’s Birthday

The dolls landed on toy store shelves in 1959 and became an image of the ideal role model for all young girls. She was thin, had a perfect boyfriend, family, house, and luscious locks – who wouldn’t want to be like her?
The Barbie doll was invented in 1959 by Ruth Handler, a co-founder of Mattel,…

Charity and Kindness

Charity and Kindness “Red Nose Day is a campaign dedicated to raising money for children and young people living in poverty1 by simply having fun and making people laugh. …

SAINT DAVID’S DAY

Visit Wales  Wales lies in the west of the UK and is also called Cymru. Cardiff is the capital city. Wales has a lot of mountains, too. The official animal is a red dragon. Catherine Zeta Jones is Welsh, and so was Roald Dahl. Wales has more castles per mile than any other country…

JOE BIDEN

Meet the 46th American President name: Joe Biden birthday: 20 November 1942 became president: 20 January 2021 Meet Joe Biden, the 46th president of the United States. His full name is Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. He was born in Scranton,…

Groundhog Day

I was not aware of Groundhog Day until my son, a kindergartener, brought a groundhog paper puppet on a Popsicle stick, which he had made at school on February 2…

FIRST PHONES

March 10 marks the day when the first phone call ever was made. Before you read on, think a little. How a phone? What do you use you mostly use your phone for? ..

LOVE IS IN THE AIR ON ST. VALENTINE’S DAY

Love is in the air on St. Valentine’s Day February 14th Called the most romantic day of the year, St. Valentine’s Day is the holiday for all people in love. Shops get ready with roses, sweets and ….

FEBRUARY IS AWARDS MONTH

Each year in February we see the celebration of the best film, television and music at various awards1 events. These events include the BAFTAS, Grammys and Brits awards ceremonies….

DAVID COPPERFIELD BY CHARLES DICKENS

Charles Dickens was one of the most prominent English writers, and his novels are famous. Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, A Christmas Carol and other …

CELEBRATE THE CHINESE NEW YEAR!

Celebrate the Chinese New Year! 2021 is the Year of the Ox. This holiday celebrates the beginning of Spring and is popular in China,…

IT’S GROUNDHOG DAY!

Groundhog Day is a funny US holiday. Groundhogs are little animals that live underground. If a groundhog comes out of …

How to Keep Fit at Home

I believe we all understand how important it is to be physically active, especially today, when people don’t move as much as they should to keep their bodies (and minds) in good shape. However, there are some notorious excuses for not doing any exercise at all,….

Australian English

When people talk about different “Englishes”, they often concentrate on British and American English. But there are other varieties. Today I’d like to focus on some of the words and phrases …

We Don’t Say That

Today I would like to look at some expressions which work well in Czech or Slovak but don’t work so well if you translate them word for word into English and can even cause you real problems….

Food

Why Do We Eat Junk Food? Think of all the people you know… Do any of them not like food? Probably not, because food is wonderful…

Every Band Name Tells a Story

Almost everybody likes music, but have you ever stopped to think where the people who make it decided upon their names? Classical music and jazz are often quite transparent – the London Symphony Orchestra..

William Shakespeare

“To be, or not to be, that is the question…” Today, there is probably no person in Europe who has trouble with recognising these famous words. Written by the English poet, writer, playwright, …

St. Valentine’s Day

February 14 is dedicated to St. Valentine and the celebration of love and affection. However, the holiday itself doesn’t have a long tradition in Slovakia or the Czech Republic. …

Unusual Australian Creatures

The box jellyfi sh. It’s lethal1 and beautiful at the same time. It looks relatively harmless, but it can kill a healthy human within 2 -5 minutes….

Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870)

Charles Dickens, one of the greatest English writers of all times, was born in Portsea, near Portsmouth. His father was a poor clerk in the Navy Pay Office. When Charles was nine, the family moved to London and Mr. Dickens very soon got into debt….

Uluru – also known as Ayers Rock

When I was a ‘little tacker,’ just over four years old, I visited Ayers Rock. It has a deep orange glow to it, with temperatures rising to forty degrees Celsius regularly. It truly is in the middle of nowhere, …

Be My Valentine

Although some people don’t feel happy about it, Valentine’s Day has found its way into our culture as well. This is …

Happy birthday, Grand Central

Grand Central Terminal in New York City was built in 1913. It is the largest train station in the world, and has plenty of secrets. …

Charles Dickens

It’s been 151 years since the death of one of the most famous English writers – Charles Dickens. His books are so important that they found their way into obligatory…

On Your Marks, Get Set, Go!

Although in sport, practice is incomparably much more enjoyable and fun than the theory, this article will give you some useful and inspirational tips and ideas before you put on your tracksuit, tie up your trainers, get on your marks, and …

Presidents’ Day

Washington’s Birthday, also known as Presidents’ Day, is an annual holiday celebrated on the third Monday …

International Mother Language Day

Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage. All moves to promote the dissemination of mother tongues will serve not only to encourage linguistic diversity …

Chinese New Year 2021

This year Chinese New Year falls on February 12th. Chinese Year 2021 is the year of the Ox. For people born in the year of the ox ….

Queen Elizabeth II

England’s Longest Reigning Monarch 

Recently Queen Elizabeth II became the longest reigning1 monarch in the history of England. The previous record holder was Queen Victoria,…

HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS IN JANUARY

JANUARY IS THE NATIONAL HOBBY MONTH
I think it’s a great idea to start a new year with a new hobby. A hobby is an activity you do for pleasure. You can do sports, crafts, read, or have a pet… Anything that you like doing…..

WINTER

Winter is here! When winter starts, the whole world changes. How about you? Do you like summer or winter better? Explain why…

AUSTRALIA DAY

Australia Day 26 JanuaryOn the other side of the Earth it is hot right now. It’s summer in Australia. Australians celebrate Australia Day on 26 January…..

Pancake Day

IT ´S PANCAKE DAY!

It ´s Pancake Day! It’s a day where people make lots of pancakes with all sorts of toppings and play all sorts of pancake-related games. Why do we have a day where everyone eats the same thing…

Travels with Friendship

ACROSS THE EQUATOR Although Australia is the smallest continent in the world (however, not far behind Europe, which is the second smallest), …

Edgar Alan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) No American writer has been as mysterious and strange as Edgar Allan Poe. And no other English-speaking writer has produced writings as mysterious, scary, disgusting, horrifying, and yet beautiful as him…

Aussie Slang

Australia, the Land Down Under, is a country like no other in the world. And with the inimitable landscape comes a unique way of speaking English….

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

It’s been 53 years since the tragic loss of one of the most remarkable1 figures in American history. You might have heard …

British Measurements

British Measurements

Britain has always had a strange relationship with Europe, part of it but not fully part of it, clinging passionately …

How to Avoid Cyberbullying

How to Avoid Cyberbullying

Social media has become a part of teens’ lives. Yes, there are certainly a lot of advantages. However, sharing your life online might be risky. There are individuals …

Let's Be Thankful

Let’s Be Thankful

Before continuing with this article, let’s do some brainstorming. Take a piece of paper and …

The Tower of London

The Tower of London

The Tower of London, one of the most famous historic castles in Britain, is situated on the …

Valuables

Close your eyes for a few seconds and picture all your belongings. Can you see them? …

THANKSGIVING

Presidential Turkey

Ever since 1947, the National Turkey Federation has presented a turkey each year to the President of the United ….

The Changing Faces of English

The Changing Faces of English

All living languages change over time. It’s a fact of life. But some things change faster than others, and some ….

Time Square

Times Square

Times Square is a major commercial intersection and the busiest square in New York….

Celebrities as Role Models

Celebrities as Role Models

Role models are people who motivate us to improve our qualities in both our private lives and work. It would be silly to think we can’t be better at who we are…

Big Ben

Big Ben

The Elizabeth Tower is the name of a famous tower of the British Parliament – more …

English is Easy

English is Easy!

But why does learning it take for ever? You are reading this because you are learning a foreign language. In your case that foreign language is English…

Guy Fawkes Night

Guy Fawkes Night

Four hundred and ten years have passed since the events of November 5, 1605, which became known in history as Guy Fawkes Night or Bonfire Night…

friends

Friends

This topic is about how friends change your behavior, how much influence your friends …

Language Learning

Language Learning

Verbal communication is based on language usage. Even though we are also able to communicate without words, language makes us special ….

Books and Reading

Yo, it’s me again! Long time no see! Missed me, huh? This month we’re gonna talk about books and reading. Do you like reading …

Kick The Habit!

What do you like doing? is perhaps one of the most frequent questions asked in elementary English classes (partly as an example of a grammatical phenomenon called “Verb Patterns”, …

Money is not funny

Money is not funny

It is said that money is the root of all evil. People want it even if they don’t actually need it, they oft en do crazy things to get it, and they fi ght for it and ….

The Admiring and the Admired

The Admiring and the Admired

The Admiring and the Admired It is said that we all need something to believe in. There are a lot of different ideas and creeds….

What is Friendship

What is Friendship?

Aristotle wrote, “The desire for friendship comes quickly. Friendship does not.” The truth is that time is not the only factor that aff ects ….

The History of London

The History of London

London, the capital of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, is a city of over seven million inhabitants. It covers an area of 1,606 square kilometres…..

Colorful Idioms

Colorful Idioms

Pre-reading activity: Translate the following idioms into your language: – in black and white…

Animal Idioms

Animal Idioms …

There are definitely many animal idioms used in all languages. You may have come across many of them….

Today You’re Irish_3

St. Patrick´s Day

That day is St. Patrick’s Day. Your colour is green. Your culture is Irish. Your celebration is St. Paddy …

More False Friends

More False Friends

Today I want to return to a topic I have already written about in this column: false friends, i.e., expressions …