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What is one good habit that has changed your life?

Here is a talking point: What is one good habit that has changed your life?

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The one-minute time machine

What if, at the push of a button, you could travel back in time just one minute? That is the premise of this short film. In the opening scene we see a woman sitting on a bench in a park with her eyes closed, relaxing. A man approaches her…

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A British story translated for Americans

There are a variety of differences between British and American English: spelling, vocabulary and more… Here is a funny by a cartoonist. It has a simple : a story which was originally told in British, is now retold in American, with a result, which could result in laughter. But we first need to understand what … Continue Reading

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What is one of the funniest sketches or film or series scenes you have ever seen?

Here is a talking point: What is one of the funniest sketches or film or series scenes you have ever seen?

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What’s the difference between Covid vaccines?

The three Covid-19 vaccines that have been approved in the UK are from Pfizer-BioNTech, the University of Oxford and Astra-Zeneca and Moderna. These vaccins are similar in some ways but there are many differences between them. Here is a video from BBC health correspondent Laura Foster that looks at how much immunity they give, how … Continue Reading

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MEMBER CONTRIBUTIONS:

Take a Listen!!!

It’s really interesting to follow the NEWS and jot down the new words and phrases that are made and added to the vocabulary by the media on a daily basis!!  One of these is the expression “Take a Listen” which is the same as “Listen” and is used a hundred times a day by news anchors. And right … Continue Reading

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QUESTION TIME:

Question about The/The Comparatives

In the Question Time series, we discuss your language-related questions and problems. I have a question about one of the structures used in the English language. Here is the structure: The comparative adjective, the comparative adjective For example: The older we grow, the wiser we become. The higher you climb, the colder it gets. He … Continue Reading

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TALKING POINTS:

Who is the guilty one?

What do you think of this quote? Do you agree with Victor Hugo?

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WRITING WORKSHOP:

Writing Workshop: a housewarming party

In the Writing Workshop series, we work together to improve our writing skills: to learn how to write better and more correctly in English. You see below a poorly written text with quite a few mistakes. Our task for this workshop is to spot the mistakes and write a correct version of the text. My … Continue Reading

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READING CLUB:

Reading Club: The Spy Who Came in From The Cold (1.2)

In the Reading Club series, we read books together, enjoy them, and learn from them. This is the second part of John le Carré‘s The Spy Who Came in From The Cold. Chapter 1: Checkpoint PART 2 “Agents aren’t airplanes. They don’t have schedules. He’s blown, he’s on the run, he’s frightened. Mundt’s after him, … Continue Reading

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FROM THE ARCHIVES:

The server is down

In this post we’ll have a look at a very short exchange between a customer and tech support about a server problem. Let’s first start with the word “server”…

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CORNERSTONE:

You’re welcome!

When someone says “thank you”, one of the most common replies is: You’re welcome! If you want to sound warmer, you may say: You’re most welcome! Or:

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