Keeping Exotic Pets

Well, hello there! How is everybody doing? I hope school is treating you well! Keep working hard!
This month’s topic is about keeping pets,…

Dress Up!

Fashion does not seem to be a widely popular topic, especially among boys. Somehow we find it natural for ladies to love discussing the matter of clothes and …

Family and Society

Pre-reading questions: 1) What is the best environment to raise a family in (e.g. apartment, village, etc)? 2) Why do marriage and family matter?..

Mark Twain and Huckleberry Finn

OK, who’s the author and who’s the character here? It takes less than a second to answer that, doesn’t it? Well, although you may not be a keen reader, the name of the writer (Mark Twain) and…


What on earth is COP26? (COP stands for The Conference of the Parties) At the beginning of November, delegates from 197 countries will meet in Glasgow, Scotland, to discuss the climate …

Are You a James Bond film fan?

Are You a James Bond film fan? In total Ian Fleming wrote twelve novels and two short story collections. Such was the success of the books that after Fleming’s death in 1964 other authors were invited to write Bond novels…

Vydavateľstvo FLP podporí vzdelávací projekt pre školy!

Vydavateľstvo FLP podporí vzdelávací projekt pre školy! V druhej polovici októbra odštartuje na slovenských a českých školách tretí ročník medzinárodnej online jazykovej súťaže s názvom Jazykový WocaBee šampionát…..


Canada. Have you been there? I am American, and I live near Seattle, Washington. It is only three hours south of the Canadian border, and Vancouver is not far from there. I live on the west coast, only an hour from the Pacific Ocean….

Canada Day

From the History Canada Day is the national day of Canada; it celebrates July 1, when the union of three British colonies into one single country called Canada took place…..

Do You Speak Emoji?

Pre-reading: Do you use emojis in your communication with friends? How many emojis are you familiar with? Sketch some of them, pass it to your neighbour and he will describe…

Drink Your Tea like a Brit!

Tea drinking is a cultural phenomenon in Britain. No other European nation consumes as much tea as the British. Although it seems the popularity of tea has almost been replaced by espresso nowadays, it…

Independence Day

What is Independence Day? Independence Day is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption and publication of the Declaration of
Independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776…

Don’t Let Coke Choke Our Oceans

Recently Coca Cola Company has been challenged with a strong public criticism by Greenpeace. There is a campaign with the main slogan: “Don‘t let Coke choke our oceans!” The pollution of our oceans is enormous. …

Father’s Day

Biologically, everybody has two parents. However (and sadly enough), there are millions of families in which one of the two is not around for various reasons. …

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This article is about something that seems to be a big issue amongst young people these days – smoking. Do you belong among the people who wrinkle their noses when there is a smoker near them? Or are you a smoker everyone looks down on?…


Before you begin reading, answer the following questions: • What do you know about e-cigarettes?…

World No Tobacco Day

BEFORE READING:: What do you imagine from when you hear “World No Tobacco Day”? How do you feel about smoking (or using tobacco products)? What do you think is the reason people smoke?…

Why Did God Create Mothers

School children were asked to answer the following questions. You have a possibility to give your own answer to each of the questions below:..


We all make history just by the mere fact that we exist. However, there are people who seem to have an incredibly huge influence on the course of history and on the lives of millions of people….

Fun with New Words

FUN WITH WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (1564-1616) Let’s make it clear at the beginning. You can’t have FUN with Shakespeare. At least not the sort of fun you probably expect. Shakespeare is simply not funny according to today’s standards. ..

Tribute to Motherhood

WHAT DO YOU THINK? Mothers are a unique species. Combine love, tenderness, courage, self-sacrifice, stamina and creativity and you get a creature you are ashamed of being hugged by in front of your friends…

Mother’s Day

Let us help you with it. We have several awesome Mother’s Day quotes that will inspire you to tell your mom the words she deserves….

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, 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…


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


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

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….


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 …


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


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…



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 …



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



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….


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?