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….

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….

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. …

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….

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. …

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…

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,…

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….

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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 …

time

Time

Telling the time is easy. Isn’t it? It’s something seven- and eight-year-old kids have ….

Christmas

Christmas

There are numerous occasions on which people wish each other well. The tradition of sending cards and wishes has never disappeared ….

Animals Idioms

Animal Idioms

Idioms are rather like salt in cookery: not needed all the time, not enough and it’s boring, …

Best Wihes

Best Wishes

There are numerous occasions on which people wish each other well. The tradition of sending cards and ….

False Friends

False Friends

My first contact with a Slavonic language was just before I came to what was then Czechoslovakia. I was offered a job in …

Dubbing and Language

Dubbing and Language Learning

My smart TV has hundreds of channels. Although digital TV has been with us for some years now, almost everything is still either already in the local language or dubbed….

traveling

When Is The Right Time To Leave Home?

Hey guys, it’s me again! In this article, I’m going to talk about leaving home, that is moving out, etc. When would you like to leave your home?

Buy Nothing Day

Buy Nothing Day

Could you get through a day without spending a cent? What do you think? Is the following article related to a) shopaholism; b) environment; or c) a healthy lifestyle?

Two school debates

Two School Debates

Debate 1: To Pay Kids who Earn Good Grades?
Students at several middle schools in Washington, D.C., have an unusual incentive1 to get good grades.

World Food Day

World Food Day

World Food Day is a worldwide event designed to increase awareness1, understanding and information. It is a year around action to alleviate2 hunger.

Mark Twain

Mark Twain

Mark Twain lovers are celebrating 2020 as the 110th anniversary of this beloved author’s death, the 185th anniversary of his birth, and the 135th anniversary of his famous …

Slang and Teenagers

Slang and Teenagers

Are you one of the teenagers who use the word “matika” more frequently than matematika? Do you think the expression “Mám v paži!” is cool?

Are you happy

Are You Happy?

We all want to be as happy as possible and everyone wants an extra reason to smile. But, let’s …

Compulsory Education

Although the idea of educating children goes back to ancient times, it took many centuries before it was legalized.

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Central Park

On July 21, 1853, the New York State Legislature decided to dedicate more than 750 acres (over 3km2) of land in the centre of Manhattan to create ….

Gender Sterotypes

Gender Sterotypes

Some time ago I came across a campaign focusing on helping girls increase their self-confidence. A number of boys and girls of various ages …

A Great Month of Books

A Great Month of Books

When people discuss spare time activities1 or hobbies, reading is always named along with doing sports, listening to music …

Reflecting on Friendship

Having good friends is an important part of our lives, but at times making friends and keeping them isn’t easy. Of course, one of the basic things …

correct language

Politically Correct Language

A student of mine once wrote: “In the USA they have political correctness; here, we prefer to have good manners.” I have nothing against good …

Cheating

Cheating

A friend of mine used to teach physics at secondary school. Once, as she was watching her students take a test, she noticed …

Digital detox

Do You Need a Digital Detox?

Can you live without your mobile, or do you need a digital detox?
Teenagers spend more than 11 hours a day in front of screens.

Bullies, Targets and Others

Bullies, Targets and Others

Bullying is like a dangerous disease. If you don’t pay attention to the first signals, it spreads quickly and can do huge damage.

christmas

Christmas

Christmas is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. For two millennia, …

Work Out and Be Happy

Work Out and Be Happy

Many people forget or ignore both the short – and long-term benefits of exercise and avoid it due to a comfortable lifestyle. Two primary chemicals involved in making exercise feel …

Friendship Testy

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