Even though it's already the middle of January, everyone in France is still saying Happy New Year. If you're French, you know all about these customs, but could you explain them to someone in English? This video will help you. Who knows what we do in England when it's New Year?
Top Tip! This is a great way to practise your listening: If you are French, this is a topic you already know, which means that watching the video will be much easier. In general, if you have difficulty with listening, listen to things that you already know some information about. If you have to listen to something new, try to guess what it could be about before you start listening. Your brain starts working to predict what it will hear and it makes listening much easier.
In this day and age, not only do you have to speak English for work, but you also need to be able to present in English. I've been running some better presentations training recently, and I found this wonderful TED talk aimed at scientists and IT professionals. As many of my own students work in the perfume industry or are IT students, this is a very encouraging talk with lots of practical tips. Please watch and enjoy! And if you want to see the transcript, or watch with subtitles (English of course!) you can find all of that on the TED site.
(Do you know what "nerdy" means? A nerd is another word for a geek.)
I grew up in the 1980's so I was a big Wham fan. When I heard George Michael had died, I was very sad and rather nostalgic, so I listened to some of my old favourite Wham songs, from when I was a young girl.
Here's one I particularly like: Everything She Wants
And here are the lyrics for you to print out and read, along with some comprehension questions. (And of course for you to sing along to.)
Enjoy this blast from the past!
A blast from the past is something that makes you feel really nostalgic, or something from the past that surprises you because you had almost forgotten about it.
Maybe you're going to make some New Year's resolutions for 2017. One resolution that I should make is to work on my French. How about making a resolution to improve your English? If you're reading this, you've already made the first step.
Here are some suggestions for a New Year's English resolution:
Here's a great video about the man who slept through 2016. The version here is shorter and has subtitles (to make it much easier for all of you who haven't practised English over the holidays) but if you'd like to see the long version without subtitles, it's here.
to sleep through something means you don't wake up and totally miss something. We very often use it with alarm. I have a feeling that tomorrow I'm going to sleep through my alarm - getting up at 6.45am is going to be very tough after this holiday.
Have you ever slept through anything important?
My blog has changed! If you're looking for my English-practice exercises, they're all still here, just look in the archives.
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