Metric vs Imperial

Hello everyone!

I hope you’re having a great end of February.

Today I want to talk to you about the units we measure our weight and height in the UK and the US, have you ever thought about it? Continue reading “Metric vs Imperial”

American English vs British English

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I hope you have had a good Carnival!

Today we are going to talk about a common problem for intermediate (and above) students. In our day to day life we are exposed to English but there are two main issues that I would like to address: Continue reading “American English vs British English”

Christmas words and expressions!

Hello everybody and Merry (almost) Christmas!

In a couple of days we will be celebrating Christmas and some of our students have decided to spend it in the UK! How great is that???? 😀

We know how traditions are different there (click here for more info) but there’s something we hadn’t addressed before, special vocabulary and expressions used these days! So I’ve prepared a little quiz for you to find out some of the most used. Continue reading “Christmas words and expressions!”

The UK and the poppy

Hello everyone!

Have you seen people wearing poppies on their clothes lately? Even though we’re in November it has nothing to do with Thanksgiving but with World War I.

Our teacher Stephen Murphy has written an article so that you can know more about the origin of this tradition. Read on! Continue reading “The UK and the poppy”

Language Interference in the UK

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How did those passives go? How many did you get to form? Remember, you can leave your exercises at the reception desk and I will correct them and give them to your teacher so he/she can give it back to you!

Today I’d like to address a recurrent students’ issue. Often, when our students go to the UK they come back a little bit discouraged because they say they didn’t understand a word of what people told them! Although this seems to be a common head scratcher there’s a very simple explanation to it! I often tell my students that the English language is an alive language, it’s not fixed, every month new words start to be used in different regions of the country and it is just not possible to keep track of all of them! It’s not that you don’t understand the language, what happens is that the different accents and slang words make it more difficult! That’s why, from very low levels, at Euroschool we insist on the importance of understanding meaning by context, because English is relentlessly growing. Continue reading “Language Interference in the UK”