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The race of hell

In this post, Blandine tells us about how she suddenly decided to take part in the famous Maroilles race, the 20 kilometres of Maroilles. Not an easy race by any means, and to make it worse, she was not all that ready…

“Maybe” versus “may be”

This is a source of confusion but it shouldn’t be, because the difference is clear-cut! As usual, I am not going to provide a grammatical analysis. Instead, we’re just going to look at some typical sentences together. Read the sentences… Continue reading →


As we have a couple of days of vacation, I and my family decided to visit our relatives in Sanandj, the center of Kurdistan province. While we were there, we had to go to the countryside with a friend one… Continue reading →

Writing Workshop: birthday present

What you see below is a poorly written text with quite a few mistakes: You don’t seem happy of your birthday present. Don’t you like it? What?! You wanted diamond necklace?! Who do you think am I? Bill Gates? No!… Continue reading →

Why Indians don’t rob banks

Note: This is a rewrite of an older post originally published on 10 July 2016. When was the last time you heard of Indians robbing a bank in the United States? It just doesn’t happen! And here is why…

Question about the relationship between tenses

I have a question: Would you please explain about how we should deal with the problem of the correct usage of tenses in relation together, or a grammer text that we can refer to when we get caught in making… Continue reading →


Whatever the results will be tonight, just one thing which is obviously certain is that we could say: “Good bye Mr. President!” I think it was the most unpopular of the 5th French republic, but he was so floppy, inconsistent,… Continue reading →

The upcoming French presidential election and why it is so important

The French will elect a new president in two rounds of voting, the first on 23 April, i.e. in two days’ time and the second on 7 May. Here is why this could be a historic election for France…

Confusables 9: “because” vs “because of”

What is the difference between because and because of? To answer the question, we must talk a little about conjunctions and prepositions first. A conjunction /kənˈdʒʌŋkʃn/ is a word like ‘and’, ‘or’, ‘but’, ‘while’, ‘although’ that joins words, phrases, or… Continue reading →

World’s best obstacle course performance

Are weapons manufactured to fight wars, or…

Here is another “Russian Doll”, an interactive text in which more and more is revealed as you engage with the text, answer questions and unlock more of the text…

Suzanna Arundhati Roy is an Indian author best known for her novel The God of Small Things, which has won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. She is also a political activist involved in human rights and environmental causes…

Get a Bright Language Certificate

Bright Language Test has become the standard language assessment tool in many multinational companies, which use the test for recruitment purposes and also in the organization and budgeting of language courses. It is eligible for CPF. I am a certified… Continue reading →

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