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A world of words

Shakespeare’s words

Shakespeare’s influence on the English language is present in the many phrases we still use, some of them invented by the playwright. Here are some collected by The Independent on … Continue reading

23/04/2014 · Leave a comment


“A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website”. “Selfie” was named as word of the year by … Continue reading

03/03/2014 · Leave a comment

Borrowed words

Words taken  from another language. Alligator, sheep, trekking, zombie . All of them are words which English has taken from other languages. Have a look and find out which languages are those. 70 … Continue reading

02/10/2013 · Leave a comment

Our shared journey

The BBC has been teaching English for 70 years. In this video, learners from around the world talk about their shared journey. What about you? Why did you start to … Continue reading

11/09/2013 · 1 Comment


People using the social networking site, Twitter, in a particular place. “Researchers have been analysing the Twitter traffic in London, to identify which languages people are tweeting in. English still … Continue reading

07/06/2013 · Leave a comment


A word or phrase expressing love or affection. Everybody has their favourite terms of endearment to tell their love.”Chouchou” is Carla Bruni’s; ” babe” is Samantha Cameron’s; and “honey”  Michelle Obama’s, … Continue reading

31/05/2013 · Leave a comment


I have always envied -and enjoyed- the creativity of British people to play with their language producing new words all the time. Terms in which you can appreciate their sense of … Continue reading

19/11/2012 · Leave a comment


1. An expression that is used in Great Britain (especially as contrasted with American English). 2. A custom that is peculiar to England or its citizens. Ginger (red hair), sell-by … Continue reading

29/10/2012 · Leave a comment


To cause food, drink, pills, etc. to move from your mouth into your stomach by using the muscles of your throat. “A drug which could implant the entire vocabulary of … Continue reading

30/04/2012 · Leave a comment


This short film is based on an archival sound recording taken from the 1945 Linguaphone series ‘English Pronunciation – A practical handbook for the foreign learner.’ by Peter A.D. MacCarthy … Continue reading

20/02/2012 · Leave a comment


In important financial newspapers we have recently seen a lot of acronyms , abbreviations consisting of the first letters of each word in the name of something, pronounced as a word, to … Continue reading

18/02/2012 · Leave a comment

The Alphabet

Alpha, alpha and omega, alphabet, alphabetic, alphabetical, alphabetical order, alphabetically, alphabetize, alphabetization……. alphabet soup: a confused, confusing, or unrelated mixture of things, ( so called because of a type of … Continue reading

01/02/2012 · Leave a comment

Ice cream

Strawberry, vanilla, chocolate…. we all enjoy this iced dessert found in Marco Polo’s descriptions from his travels in China. In “Down by Law” , the story of three different men in … Continue reading

23/01/2012 · 3 Comments

Crazy English

Our students in 2º Bach know what Crazy English is, a different method to learn English as quick as possible, getting over shyness and avoiding the embarrassment of making mistakes. I’m … Continue reading

22/01/2012 · Leave a comment