It's almost Christmas! And I have a lovely Christmas song to put you in the Christmas mood, brought to you by Mariah Carey. You can do the worksheet while you listen (just download the PDF file), and some of the missing vocabulary is in the pictures below. Enjoy!
Something for all Game of Thrones fans: Jon Snow at his friend Seth's dinner party. Jon Snow might be good at fighting for the Night's Watch, but he isn't very good at making conversation or making friends.
Here's a worksheet to do before you watch, to help you understand the video.
The big news? The next Star Wars movie is out. Here is my very favourite unofficial Star Wars video. If you can't catch all the words, you can find a transcript here.
Get your kids to be good (at least until Christmas Day) with a personalised message from Father Christmas. Or you can send a video to a grown-up in your life, if they haven't been too naughty this year. Get into the spirit of Christmas and practise your English at the same time.
Here are the answers to yesterday's post and some rules on silent letters.
English pronunciation is not easy or logical, because of its Germanic origins and the way the speaking and writing developed. If you speak a language like Japanese, Turkish or Italian where every letter that is written, you pronounce, then English pronunciation might seem crazy.
Just look at these words: though, through, tough, cough, borough, bough. Same spelling, totally different pronunciation. Not easy, huh?
At least knowing which letters not to pronounce is helpful. Try this quiz on silent letters. Which words have a letter that is not pronounced? And which letter is it? (Answers in the comments from tomorrow.)
I have started to understand that a work Christmas party in the UK, and indeed in many other English-speaking countries, is very different to the kind of parties that happen in France. For a start, they usually involve a lot of alcohol. And sometimes they really take place in the office. This depends on how generous your company is, but I know when I worked in London, we had a wild and crazy Christmas party in the office.
If you ever have the chance to go to work party hosted by British (or Irish or definitely our party friends the Australians,) this is what you might expect. Just stay away from the photocopier...
Anyone reading this who has a little girl, or who knows a little girl has surely seen this film. And you surely know this song. So I am sorry if you have already watched the film a thousand times and have really had enough of it.
But this song is just too good not to share. It's the perfect song to sing along in your shower, in your car, at home by yourself...just let yourself go! (And yes, singing is very good for your prononciation. And your spirit.)
Vocabulary focus: The cold never bothered me anyway.
This phrase - it doesn't bother me or it bothers me - is one you will hear a lot. It means that it doesn't disturb me, I'm ok with it.
For example, "making lots of mistakes when I speak French doesn't bother me."
Or "My noisy neighbours really bother me."
What doesn't bother you? What bothers you? Hopefully this song doesn't bother you!
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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