Category Archives: Pop Culture

Crash Course

With the end of the winter term just around the corner, most of you are probably busy preparing for your exams. Do not let the internet get in your way (too late if you’re reading this…), unless it will actually … Continue reading

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What’s The Most Important Thing About Halloween?

…Candy, of course. If you really need to be reminded of this, watch Jimmy Kimmel’s annual Halloween YouTube challenge. For the past three years, TV host Jimmy Kimmel has asked parents across the US to film their children’s reaction to … Continue reading

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Are You Posh?

Can you be posh, even if you’re not British? You probably know that the word means “smart, elegant, or fashionable” or “upper class”. According to the Collins English Dictionary, the word “posh” originated in the 19th century: “Often said to … Continue reading

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English to English

Check out this Tumblr project initiated by the Guardian: It is called English to English: Translating a Cultural Divide and features over 400 entries on everyday differences between American and British English. Amongst other things, you’ll find short video clips … Continue reading

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Remember, Remember vs. Trick or Treat

“Remember, remember the Fifth of November Gunpowder, treason and plot; I know of no reason why gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot.” Did you celebrate Guy Fawkes Night this year? No? Did you go to a Halloween Party? Uhm, yes? … Continue reading

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Take a Walk on the Wild Side

“Only a thousand people bought the Velvet Underground’s début, but they all started bands.” The New Yorker pays homage to Lou Reed (yes, as a student of English you should know who that is): http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/sashafrerejones/2013/10/postscript-lou-reed-obit.html?utm_source=tny&utm_campaign=generalsocial&utm_medium=facebook So here’s some listening comprehension … Continue reading

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Grammatical Wrecking Balls: Lie vs. Lay

Everyone seems to be very concerned about Miley Cyrus these days. After Sinéad O’Connor’s and Amanda Palmer’s open letters, Sufjan Stevens has joined to club, this time to lecture Miley on her grammar: “Dear Miley. I can’t stop listening to … Continue reading

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