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 …

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 …

Smiling teens

Slang and Teenagers

Are you one of t he 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.

Central Park aerial

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 …

Halloween

Halloween

Halloween is the second most popular holiday in North America after Christmas. Falling on October 31, it’s a day on which children and even adults …

European Day of Languages

European Day of Languages

The International Day of Languages is something I did not know much about, since most people in the US do not know what this is, …

Gratitude

Gratitude

Gratitude is one of the most powerful happiness producers. Sometimes, it’s easy to feel consumed by hatred, anger and despair …

World Teachers’ Day 2020

World Teachers’ Day 2020

Before reading
Do the preparation task first. Then read the article and do the exercises. Preparation task …

PATRIOT DAY

PATRIOT DAY

11 September
On 11 September each year, you can see the national flags at the White house and on all U.S. government buildings flown at half-mast in memory of those who died in the September 2001 ….

Idioms of change

Idioms of change

You’re undoubtedly well aware of how much people’s lives have changed due to the Corona virus crisis in 2020. I also had to make some tough choices as the situation became worse. …

COVID 19 – Vocabulary

In the last couple of months, coronavirus has fundamentally changed our lives. It has had an impact on school attendance, work, pastime activity, all aspects of our lives. We still come across a number of jokes and cartoons presented on various social media.

Read a Book Day

Read a Book Day

Grab your favourite book, or perhaps a new one you’ve been dying to read, grab your favourite beverage, curl up in a good spot, and enjoy; it’s Read a Book Day! …

Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel

The world of superheroes is constantly growing. This month the Marvel Cinematic Universe is going to release its twenty-first film. However, this time it is going to be unique. …

Poppy Day and Remembrance Sunday

Poppy Day and Remembrance Sunday

November is the time of the year when people in the UK wear a red poppy in memory of those who sacrificed their lives for us during wars.
The tradition began after …

World population hit 7 billion on Oct. 31

World population hit 7 billion on Oct. 31

It took only a dozen years for humanity to add another billion people to the planet, reaching the milestone of 7 billion on October 31 — give or take a few months. …

The X Factor

The X Factor

For those of you who missed it or want more information about this singing competition, here’s a little history: …

The Premier League starts again

The Premier League starts again

The Barclays Premier League kicked off on Saturday 13th August with Manchester United out to defend their champion’s position from last season. ….

London Riots

London Riots

Riots and vandalism have broken out in many cities and towns in England. Many of the people involved in the criminality and looting are teenagers with …

BRITISH MUSIC FESTIVAL

BRITISH MUSIC FESTIVAL

One of the most well known music festivals in the UK is the EDINBURGH  FESTIVAL, held in August. It dates from 1947 and is mainly a celebration of the …

Easter

Easter

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

Earth Day

Earth Day

Every year on April 22, the world recognizes Earth Day. Earth Day is a special day that is intended to make us think about our relationship …

Record low temperatures in North America

Record low temperatures in North America

The way some holiday customs and traditions translate across different cultures varies from place to place.  The further apart two different cultures are, …

Best Wishes

Best Wishes

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

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill CarnivalIn England the last Monday in August is a public holiday and many thousands of people take the opportunity to travel to West London …

FAST-TRACK KIDS

FAST-TRACK KIDS

What can I say?  At 12 years old I wanted to be bad.  My family had moved from the country to the city, and for some reason I still don’t understand, …

Jack the Ripper

Jack the Ripper

In the poor East End district of London in 1888 a number of murders attracted wide attention, especially from the press. The person who …

2 Apps you don´t want to miss

2 Apps you don´t want to miss

Want to make the upcoming school year easier? Learn about apps designed for writing down your time table and homework or sharing of documents …

THAR SHE BLOWS!!!! Frankenstorm 2012

THAR SHE BLOWS!!!! Frankenstorm 2012

Sandy. Such a nice, friendly-sounding name. But if you asked the residents of the eastern US what they thought about Hurricane Sandy, I’m sure most …

ONE SMALL JUMP FOR FELIX…

ONE SMALL JUMP FOR FELIX…

Did you watch it?  Were you one of the eight million people on earth watching him live on YouTube (breaking a record of 500,000 watching a live event) …

Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl was born near Cardiff, South Wales on September 13th 1916, and is one of the most unusual fiction writers of the 20th century. …

February a big month for Awards

February a big month for Awards

Kanye West received the most nominations with seven. Adele, Foo Fighters, and Bruno Mars each received six nominations. Lil Wayne, …

FLP

Olympic Village Handed Over

That is not the end of the story though because organisers now have the job of fitting out the 2,818 flats where the 16,000 athletes and …

CHINESE NEW YEAR 2018

CHINESE NEW YEAR 2018

This year Chinese New Year falls on February 16,2018, when we ring in the Year of the Dog. New Year’s Eve is a time for family get-togethers for …

Tribute to motherhood

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 ….

Earth Day around the world

Earth Day around the world

On April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day was recognized. It involved thousands of people in the U.S rallying in celebration of the planet and …

Two Birthdays of the QUEEN

Two Birthdays of the QUEEN

In many ways, it seems that the Queen of England has a special royal privilege. She celebrates two birthdays each year. Although her actual birthday is …

Bullying in British schools

Bullying in British schools

What is bullying? Bullying. You know it from films, news and radio. But maybe it is happening at your school, in your class and maybe to ….

Halloween Traditions

Halloween Traditions

Halloween is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off …

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela who died on 5th December 2013, aged 95, from a lung infection was a Black South African who rose to become …

Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher

(1925-2013) Margaret Thatcher was probably the greatest politician since Winston Churchill.  Worshipped by conservatives and despised by the left, she …

The Hobbit

The Hobbit Movie

Three new action films based upon J.R.R. Tolkein’s 1937 novel The Hobbit are currently being worked on.  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is due …

The Great Storms – December 2013

The Great Storms – December 2013

The United Kingdom has more than 11,000 miles (17,700 km) of coastline. The surrounding seas and oceans can be useful for defence but …