Category Archives: Reading

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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Little-known Punctuation Marks

According to the peeps at Mental Floss it was National Punctuation Day in the US yesterday, September 24th. We’ve already covered commas and apostrophes a while ago, so here are some punctuation marks for advanced language nerds: If you’d like … Continue reading

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“I want to break free”: Scottish Independence

If you haven’t been living under a rock these past weeks and months, you know that tomorrow is a big day in Scottish history. The Scots are going to vote on their country’s political and economic future in the Scottish … Continue reading

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Apps for Learners of English

There are loads of apps for learners of English out there, so we’ve done some research and tested a few for you. Language apps are perfect to take on holiday with you (if you’re staying somewhere with an internet connection … 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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London School Bans Slang

In October a school in south London decided to ban slang: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/16/banning-slang-harris-academy-alienate-young-people Basically, silencing your students is never a good idea, yeah? But you should still know the difference between informal and formal language registers. The British slang terms below, … Continue reading

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Remembrance Day

In case you’ve wondered about all the poppies you see these days adorning the lapels of  many jackets in Britain and in other Commonwealth nations, here’s an article for you: http://jezebel.com/5858449/what-the-hell-are-those-poppy-pins-for. It briefly explains the significance of the poppy pin. … Continue reading

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