Category Archives: Advanced

Tongue Twisters

This is SO fun!! Let’s try some tongue twisters and improve both our fluency and pronunciation:

Tongue Twisters

“Listening to tongue twisters is one way to improve your English pronunciation. It’s very difficult to say tongue twisters in English so don’t worry if you can’t do it very well at first, just have fun!” – British Council

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Law & Order

Three interesting videos from businessenglishpodIn these episodes of Video Vocab we’re going to look at some English vocabulary related to the law.

Part 1:

This is the first in a three-part series: part 1 covers basic legal terms.  Key Vocabulary: Law (civil, criminal, contract, property, trust, tort, constitutional, administrative & international), Lawyer, Defense, Prosecution & Legal Case.

Part 2:

This is the second in our three-part Video Vocab series on legal English vocabulary for law. Today we focus on the vocabulary used to describe the actions and people involved in a court case.

Part 3:

This video podcast introduces definitions and collocations related to commercial law, including: contract law; copyright; intellectual property rights, arbitration, lawsuit; to sue; to litigate; plaintiff; defendant; damages; settlement; injunction & to appeal.

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Bonfire Night

Howdy,

Today is holiday!! On 5 November every year, it iscelebrated Bonfire Night (or Guy Fawkes’ Night). 
People all around England lit bonfires    and enjoy fireworks displays.
 
On top of the fire is a “guy” (like a scarecrow ).

They do these things because they’re remembering when the King of England, James l, and the Houses of Parliament were nearly blown up   with gunpowder .

Let’s learn more about this vocabulary. Lessons on:

Let’s party!!

Silvia

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Shakespeare’s birthplace: Stratford-upon-Avon

Cheers!!

Today we’re reporting from Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, a city about 2 hours of bus drive from London:

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Stratford-upon-Avon is a beautiful small city where most of the houses were built during the Tudor Style, which  is the final development of medieval architecture during the Tudor period (1485–1603). It’s lovely, really.

City of William Shakespeare, whose writings greatly influenced the entire English language. Prior to and during Shakespeare’s time, the grammar and rules of English were not fixed. But once Shakespeare’s plays became popular in the late seventeenth and eighteenth century, they helped contribute to the standardization of the English language.

So, let’s take this opportunity to learn a little bit about this poet and dramaturg on this online class I’ve selected just for you on BBC Learning English.com:

Shakespeare 

Shalespeare

William Shakespeare

Some of the vocabulary we’ll see in this program are: 

dramaturg
an academic who works with theatre companies as a consultant

timeless
an adjective describing a work of art that has an effect on an audience that doesn’t change over time

to stand the test of time
a phrase used to describe a work of art that retains an appeal over time

to last
stories which ‘last’ are timeless stories

I hope you all enjoy.

And, as they say arond here: I see you if I see you!!

Silvia

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WHETHER or IF?

Hey yo, sup?

I’ve come across to a very good explanation about the usage of WHETHER or IF at Grammar Girl’s Website and I’d like to share it with y’all. It’s cool!

Yo man! check it. why dont ya?

If Versus Whether

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Airbus and the future

Hello students,

In times of downgrading our business travels, Airbus releases to the media what would be the aircraft of the future. Enjoy!

Read more on: US Today Travel: Science fiction? Airbus shows off aircraft of the future

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So, Neither, Either and Both

Additions are clauses or short sentences that follow a statement. They can express similarity to or contrast with the information in the statement. The additions are used to avoid repetition. For that, we can use So, Neither, Either and Both.

Neither and Either have 2 different pronunciations:

Neither: http://pt.forvo.com/word/neither/#en

Either: http://pt.forvo.com/word/either/#en

 

Let’s practice them:

Now a little challenge:

That’s it guys!

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