It's back to school and back to English! If you're ready to practise your English, watch this video from France24 about "back to school and work" in France. There's also a vocabulary worksheet to download if you'd like to do a bit of extra practice.
And for all my readers who are French, watching "French Connections" on France24 is a fantastic way to practise your English: short videos in English about French culture. It's easier for you to understand because you already know the topics.
Want to practise your English listening but don't know what to listen to? Here's a great website with lots of true stories, told by real people. Most of them are between 5 and 14 minutes, which means you don't need lots of time to listen to one.
Did you ever do something when you were younger, that you were afraid to tell your parents about? Here's a lovely story from Chrissie Graham about something that happened to her when she was in her early teens.
A few words you'll need to know:
a dork someone not very socially aware, a bit silly. You'll often see this in terms of teenagers at school. A dork is someone who is not part of the popular gang, probably dresses strangely and has strange habits
cool In French, this word is used to mean relaxed, but in English it refers to someone who is socially adept, part of the popular gang, fashionable...
thick glasses what you wear on your face to be able to see, but if your vision is really bad you have ones with a big piece of glass.
contact lenses the tiny things you put into your eyes to be able to see, instead of wearing glasses
What do you need to be able to speak a language? Words. That means you have to remember words. A lot of them. And this is not going to happen by itself, you have to put some effort into it. Your brain is a muscle and you have to train it.
As you may know, Britain had a General Election about a week and a half ago. This video will help you understand why and how we had an election:
And after the results, what is going to happen? Well....no one seems to know for sure. Here's an easy explanation of what happens when there's a hung parliament and what could happen now...
hung parliament = when no political party has a clear majority
I've just spent a wonderful weekend in the Netherlands, where I was amazed at how well everyone speaks English. And by everyone, I mean old and young people alike.
Do you have to take the TOEIC test? Or maybe you want to, to have a score to put on your CV.
Which English words do you have trouble spelling? And which words do you think Americans can't spell? Make a list of the words you think you would find on a list of misspelled words in the US.
Here is a map showing the most misspelled word in every state, taken from Google searches. It's quite an interesting insight... Were you correct?
Were you always taught to use indeed and moreover at school? I think all of my students were. And they use these words - a lot!
Today's post is about a typical French mistake:
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