Category Archives: Vocabulary

Who lives the longest?

Have a look at these amazing but depressing maps – see what people in different countries are most likely to die of! There are lots of other interesting facts about life expectancy here. Where should you move to to have … Continue reading

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Becoming an Adult

When we talk about becoming an adult, what do we mean? Is it the legal aspects of being an adult, or the emotional and psychological aspects? How do we know when we have crossed into adulthood? Practice your reading skills … Continue reading

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Going camping

Camping is a great cheap holiday – but you do need certain equipment and knowledge! Wherever you are planning to go camping, use your language skills to check you have everything you need. You’ll need stuff! There’s a print out … Continue reading

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Jamie Oliver

Have you heard of Jamie Oliver? He’s a chef from London who’s written lots of recipe books and made a lot of TV series about cooking.  Have a look at Jamie’s website – get recipe ideas, find out about seasonal … Continue reading

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Musical instruments

Do you play a musical instrument? Which one? What’s the name in English? Check here in this picture dictionary. Listen to different musical instruments here, and find out more about the history of different instruments. Do you want to buy … Continue reading

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World Cup English!

Start off with the basics – football vocabulary at the excellent British Council Premier Skills. Make sure you explore the whole site here – lots of fantastic learning resources.       To get the World Cup news every day, … Continue reading

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Linking words

The correct choice and usage of linking words can make all the difference to your writing. Do you know all the linking words in this table? TIME/ORDER: At first, eventually. Finally, firstly, in the end, in the first place, in … Continue reading

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Shakespeare!

April 23rd was Shakespeare’s birthday – and the day of his death – so why not have a go at understanding Shakespeare’s plays yourself? Romeo and Juliet might be the most famous of his stories – but do you also … Continue reading

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Word families

Having a good understanding of word families will help your comprehension and production skills – you should be able to make better guesses about what new words mean, and have a broader vocabulary base to choose from when you write … Continue reading

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Short stories

Excellent reading practice, great for building vocabulary, seeing real English in context and hopefully fun, interesting and maybe inspirational! Before you start reading, make sure you’ve got a good dictionary ready to help out with new or forgotten words. For … Continue reading

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