Do you know which languages Shakira speaks? (A hint - she speaks 5!)
Do you know what "he has monkeys in the attic" in Portuguese translates as in English?
Did you you know that kiss means pee in Swedish? (That could cause some confusion if the Swedes didn't speak such good English!)
Find out all of the above and more on the European Day of Languages facts and fun page (Ok, so I know it's no longer the 26th September, but it's still fantastic.)
Apparently, 8.12am is the minute of truth that could make or break your day. By this time in the morning, you know if you are going to have a good day or not. Do you believe it?
Well, even if you don't, here is a great vocabulary exercise for you, based on this article from the Guardian. Download it below.
How do you introduce* other people in English? It's very easy and here's a nice video to help you. Sorry, the picture quality is not great, but the sound is good and whoever made it also added subtitles to help you. (And there is Joey, who is always funny.)
So watch and write down 3 expressions to introduce someone, and 2 questions you can ask someone you've just met.
*in English we use the verb to introduce when we meet someone. You can introduce yourself or introduce someone. Do not use the verb to present. This is a false friend in French and English. In English it means to introduce a topic, or make a presentation.
Here's a nice song to listen to on a Friday afternoon. There are the lyrics and a vocabulary exercise to download below.
For more advanced learners, here's an interesting article about where Lukas Graham grew up, Christiania in the middle of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Once I was 7 years old...we use this expression once very often to start a story (I expect you all know once upon a time...) Can you think of a story about yourself that begins Once I was 7 years old?
Here's a little story from my life: Once I was 7 years old, and I decided to put my coat on back-to-front and put the hood up over my eyes. This was really fun, until I walked down to the end of the garden and walked straight into a brick wall. (Yes, I did know the wall was there.) I got two black eyes.
Did you have a good holiday this year? I had a lovely staycation* this year. As we live in the South of France, we decided to enjoy our holiday here, along with a lot of Parisians and English!
Or maybe you had a holiday from hell, like the very unfortunate people in this video. Try the listening exercise that goes with the video to help you improve your listening skills.
And feel free to tell me about your holiday from hell in the comments (although I really hope you weren't stuck in a cave for 5 days like the poor family in the video.)
* a staycation is a vacation at home.
Here's a video comparing meals in France and meals in America, with some useful vocabulary to talk about cultural habits.
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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