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“On the list” or “in the list”?

In a comment, Azadeh said: Today I have been sluggish which is strange for the middle day of the week and alongside all the things in my to-do list. Which was shortly followed by this comment from Hassan: Shouldn’t it be “on my to-do list”? To which I answered: What can I say… what can I … Continue Reading

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Password (with Emma Thompson, Michael Cera and…)

Password is an American television game show. In the game, two teams, composed of celebrities, attempt to convey mystery words to each other using only single-word clues, in order to win cash prizes. Here is one of the best Password shows with Emma Thompson, Michael Cera and Jim Parsons. Watch the video first. Don’t worry … Continue Reading

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My daughter is as stubborn as a mule

In the Writing Workshop series, we work together to improve our writing skills: to learn how to write better and more correctly in English. The following text contains some mistakes and is not very well written. Let’s see if we can correct the mistakes and improve the text… My daughter, who has only 8 years … Continue Reading

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Hold my beer and watch this

HMB or Hold My Beer is a hashtag for a series of often funny animated gifs, short videos, and memes. It usually takes the form: Hold my beer and watch! Hold my beer while… Hold my beer! I got this! It’s mostly about people doing silly things or failing to do things because they are … Continue Reading

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A priest, an imam and a rabbit walk into a blood bank

Here is a tricky little joke about a priest, an imam and a rabbit who walk into a blood bank.

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Reading Club: The Spy Who Came in From The Cold (1.1)

In the Book Club series, we read books together, enjoy them, and learn from them. Let’s read a bit of John le Carré‘s The Spy Who Came in From The Cold together. Chapter 1: Checkpoint PART 1 The American handed Leamas another cup of coffee and said, “Why don’t you go back and sleep? We … Continue Reading

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MEMBER CONTRIBUTIONS:

A reminder about the American presidential election mechanism

In his clear and informative post, Philippe describes the American presidential election mechanism.

A good read in preparation for the upcoming American presidential election…

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FROM THE ARCHIVES:

Questions only! An advanced listening activity

Difficult to understand but pure fun, this video pushes you to your limits. If you like a challenge, you are certainly going to enjoy this…

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TALKING POINTS:

Since the husband-wife relationship is…

Since the husband-wife relationship is so controversial and interesting at the same time, I have an idea for a topic: What makes you pick “A” person as a wife or husband and not “Another” one? In other words, what is behind our reasoning when we are choosing the other half?

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QUESTION TIME:

Helicopter crash? But ‘helicopter’ is a noun…

In the Question Time series, we discuss your language-related questions and problems. Talking about the way one of her comments was corrected, Blandine asked: But what about “helicopter crash”? I wanted to write it but I thought that helicopter is a noun and not an adjective.

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WRITING WORKSHOP:

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! I never said I will buy you jewellery! Stop to have such unrealistic expectations. You … Continue Reading

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CORNERSTONE:

Don’t pick a fight you can’t win: a life and vocabulary lesson

In this post, we are going to talk about some of the more common meanings of the verb pick, and we are going to learn a life lesson too! :-)

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