I'm in shock. And feeling really disappointed in my country. I can't believe that 52% of voters chose to leave the EU. On a personal level this affects me, but it's something that will affect millions of people in the UK, especially young people who might not get the same opportunities I've had to live, work and study around Europe. And I'm also afraid for the rest of Europe. What will happen to the EU now that one of the big parts of it is breaking away?
Here's a great article with very clear and simple cartoons illustrating Brexit, the reasons for it and the consequences.
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Clue: it's not the English.
Read this article from the Local with lots of videos showing Euro 2016 at its best. (And it's a nice change from hearing about football fans at their worst. )
Barack Obama has to be the coolest President ever - just take a look at this video.
Some language questions:
Which tense do we use to talk about things we have achieved or tasks we have finished over a certain period of time? Watch from 2:41 to check your answer.
At 5:59 Jimmy talks about netflix and chill. Chill means relax. But don't use this expression until you've googled it!
At 6:08 Jimmy talks about the same job for eight years straight. This is an expression meaning eight years without stopping. You can use this whenever you talk about doing something for a long time:
I've been writing this report for 4 hours straight.
I watched Breaking Bad for 9 hours straight yesterday.
Here is an excellent video from the Guardian, explaining Brexit to non-Brits. Just looking at the people on the Brexit side, I am quite happy to say I'm in the Remain camp.
I'll be voting to remain in the EU (as long as the British government remember to send me my voting papers this time.) On a personal level as a British citizen living in France, it's a no-brainer. Even if I wasn't living abroad, I would still vote in favour of staying in the EU. I think that ideologically, the EU is a great institution. Europe is a country of small nations who have a history of fighting each other, but the EU has brought peace and economic growth.
Of course the EU bureaucrats like to make plenty of rules, such as how curved a banana should be, which many people see as interference. But the EU has allowed us to live, work and retire in any other EU country; we have greater protection from terrorism and cyber-crime; and the EU has put into place many initiatives to protect the environment.
I don't think stability and peace is something we should take for granted. Yes, the EU has some problems, but in the end, we are stronger together.
Have you ever looked up a word in the dictionary and 5 minutes later had to look it up again because you've forgotten it? This used to happen to me all the time. I thought I was never going to remember any vocabulary.
Following on from yesterday's post, here's another video about Brexit, but this time it's in New York. Watch and see what some Americans think Brexit is. (Or should that be breakfast?!)
A nice and relaxing song for a Friday. This time I've got a challenge for you - it's quite a difficult listening exercise, even though Bill sings slowly.
I adapted this exercise from a similar exercise by Miguel Miguez of onthesamepageelt.wordpress.com. Thanks Miguel!
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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