How our attitudes to work might change… forever because of corona virus?

Before the crisis we are currently enduring took hold, just a few weeks ago in fact, everyone who worked, or at least most of us who work, probably spent several hours of each week sitting in cars, or on busses, or on trains, or even flying in and out of airports, because of work-related commitments.Continue reading “How our attitudes to work might change… forever because of corona virus?”

Three words in English rooted in Paganism

The other day I wrote about Valentine’s Day (BIG thank you to those who read and liked it). So thinking about The Roman’s and their pagan practices, traditions and holidays that have somehow managed to find their way into some of our modern-day customs, made me want to dig into whether any of the wordsContinue reading “Three words in English rooted in Paganism”

Valentine’s Day – How did it begin?

I have two stories that might help answer that question and believe it or not, both tales are firmly rooted in Ancient Rome. One describes the typical kind of love story we frequently watch today in cinemas across the globe. The only difference being instead of it ending all happy-ever-after as Hollywood films like PrettyContinue reading “Valentine’s Day – How did it begin?”

Frantic January… so busy!

Ok all, I know I’ve not spent any where near as much time on this as I should have but life this January had been very busy and full of fresh challenges almost every day. We’re now in February and finally, it looks like things will calm down a little, at least enough for meContinue reading “Frantic January… so busy!”

Why Is Anti-freeze Dangerous —

When the weather changes from warm to cold, our cats are in danger of becoming fatally ill. To be a responsible guardian, we need to be aware of their surroundings and make them totally safe for our furry friends. Anti-freeze is one danger that can be deadly to our cats due to the chemical, ethylene […]Continue reading “Why Is Anti-freeze Dangerous —”

Gossip – LOVE it or HATE it? It has its pluses & minuses.

The origins of the term gossip some say began with Shakespeare (who was singlehandedly responsible for a great number of words we have in English today), while others think it has roots in the French language. Personally, I think there must have been a term for this knocking around for hundreds even thousands of years.Continue reading “Gossip – LOVE it or HATE it? It has its pluses & minuses.”

Have you ever been short of cash?

Haven’t most people at some point been short of money? Could be for any number of reasons, the actual reasons rarely matter, what is important to people at the time they’re experiencing a lack in funds is that they have NO MONEY. It can be embarrassing, awkward, even humiliating. People can and do feel aContinue reading “Have you ever been short of cash?”

Seasons Greetings (Happy Holidays) Let’s look at Alcohol Idioms…

Now there will be a few (just kidding, they’ll be more likely millions!) of people around the world today who might be feeling a little out of sorts, off colour, not quite their best, under par, peaky, queasy, et, etc… after their Christmas festivities… All the above are words we can use to describe howContinue reading “Seasons Greetings (Happy Holidays) Let’s look at Alcohol Idioms…”

Why are you learning English?

Ask five different English language learners why they are studying English and you’ll probably get five different answers. Everyone has their own motivations for learning another language and over many years of teaching I’ve had students give me a wide variety of reasons including: I want a better job I would like to live abroadContinue reading “Why are you learning English?”

Speaking exercise (forming and giving opinions) Intermediate/advanced

I like recycling and I decided to reuse an idea from an older post to form this one. In “33 ways to say walk” you practiced your past participles. Well, sticking with a ‘walking’ theme, please read on… Now many years ago (too many in fact) when I was an undergraduate, I had a friendContinue reading “Speaking exercise (forming and giving opinions) Intermediate/advanced”

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