Bookcase, football team, car door, water bottle. We use these kind of compound nouns in English a lot. So if you want to speak natural English you need to know how to use them:
Here's a great song from the English band Arctic Monkeys. They're from Sheffield, in the north of England and you can sometimes hear the northern accent in the song (listen to how he sings "something".)
There's a lot of great vocabulary in this song, so in the download you'll find the lyrics with a glossary and some questions.
Down here on the Cote d'Azur, we've just finished the Cannes festival. (A relief for a lot of people as we can now go into Cannes without facing a huge traffic jam and millions of people.)
So the winner this year of the Palme d'Or was Ken Loach, a 79 year-old British film director. Here's what the BBC says about his film:
Here's a case which was all over the news in the UK last week : a father took his daughter out of school for 1 week during term-time, to take her to Disneyworld Florida. In the UK, parents are fined for taking their children out of school in term-time - £60 per child, per parent, which rises to £120 if you don't pay the fine within 21 days.
An oldie but a goodie. Joey has to learn French for an audition...Phoebe speaks French so she takes on the task of teaching him.
I'm sure your efforts in language learning are much more successful than Joey's...
How many vegetables do you know the name of in English?
And which ones are different in American and British English?*
Have a look at this video and see if you can do better than this elementary class in the US...
*Answer to this in the comments
Shock horror here in France as the French team's Euro 2016 anthem is a song in English!
Andre Vallini, the French Minister Development and Francophonie, said choosing a song in English was “incomprehensible”.
April 30th was the annual Correspondents dinner in Washington, where POTUS* gets to give a light-hearted speech, making fun of himself, his opponents and his colleagues. Obama didn't disappoint in his eighth and final Correspondent's dinner speech.
Here's the BBC article and a video of his funniest lines. My suggestion: read the article first to give yourself some context and information to help you understand the video. Watch the video after you've read the article.
*President of the United States
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