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June in the UK! Sunshine, flowers and lots of exams!

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Lots of you are busy practising for your exams this month.  Only practice makes perfect your speaking, listening, reading and writing. So just remember,   if you practise you will pass . I don't want to hear you say "If I had practised I would have passed." (Although grammatically it is a  well-constructed 3rd conditional sentence it would mean you didn't pass because you hadn't studied so that is why I don't want to hear it!) The three conditional sentences: If you bring me flowers I will be happy ( You could bring me flowers and I think you will.....) If you brought me flowers I would be happy ( You could bring me flowers but I am not sure you will.....) If you had brought me flowers I would have been happy. ( You didn't bring me flowers so I was unhappy) Present + future Past + conditional Past perfect + conditional perfect Practi s e or Practi c e? Practise ( verb)  some of your own. Remember practice ( noun) makes perfect! Good luck with the exa

May in the UK and it is raining cats and dogs!

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That means it is raining a lot! Practise English idioms here. There are lots! Perfect for a rainy day!

JOBS WITH LANGUAGES : Would you like to be an Interpreter?

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  Would you like to be an Interpreter? Becoming an interpreter involves a lot more than fluently speaking another language. Although there are a number of ways to start working as an interpreter, and different types of interpretation involve different skills, interpretation agencies will look at certain qualifications and attributes before taking on a new member of their team. All top interpreters share certain characteristics. We will identify and discuss those characteristics, the difference between a translator and interpreter, and the types of interpretation services and jobs available, so aspiring interpreters can establish whether or not a career in interpretation is right for them. What qualifications do you need? Qualifications and accreditation are not mandatory for interpreters, however, there are courses you can take that will benefit your career in the industry. For conference and consecutive interpreting, a degree in languages or a related field, and/or a postgraduate degr

Welcome to May 2021!

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                                                                                     Dance around a Maypole to celebrate Spring Mayday is the 1st day of May. It is a celebration of Spring and also known as the International Day of the Workers. Old traditions included crowning a May queen and dancing around a pole with ribbons known as a Maypole. More recently it has become an opportunity for parades and political demonstrations on the theme of work. Practise your reading skills with the poem below by W.H. Davies. It is set in the month of May. There's lots of useful vocabulary and some good grammatical structures. Read it slowly - notice how the words at the end of each line rhyme . Find the meaning of any new words and try and use them in your conversations or write some sentences!                IN MAy                                                              w.H. Davies Yes, I will spend the livelong day With Nature in this month of May; And sit beneath the trees, and share M

April sunshine and showers!

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 The Weather - always a topic for conversation! Once you have learnt the basic weather vocabulary you can start conversations with your neighbours and anyone you meet! It's a great way to practise your speaking skills!  Did you know there are also lots of expressions and idioms based on weather words. Take a look at the  weather worksheet  and learn some useful idioms.

April 23rd is St George's Day

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St George's Day The most famous legend is where George slays the dragon although there are many versions of this tale. A pagan town was terrorised by a dragon and demanded two sheep every day to eat. When there were no more sheep, the villagers started to offer young women to it. The young princess was offered to the dragon and when George heard about this he rode into the village, slayed the dragon and rescued the princess. In 1222 the Oxford Council named 23rd April as St George's Day and he was adopted by England as a patron saint around the 14th century. The English flag displays the cross of St George which is red on a white background. George is not only the patron saint of England, but also of Georgia, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Malta and Palestine, amongst others, although he is celebrated on different days.

Read a poem and learn new vocabulary today

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Learn some new vocabulary by reading a little every day. Here's a short poem for you. Find the meaning of any words you don't know and try and use them yourself in your conversations or writing.                                                              Leisure by WH.Davies What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare. No time to stand beneath the boughs And stare as long as sheep or cows. No time to see, when woods we pass, Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass. No time to see, in broad daylight, Streams full of stars, like skies at night. No time to turn at Beauty's glance, And watch her feet, how they can dance. No time to wait till her mouth can Enrich that smile her eyes began. A poor life this if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare.