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Chunk of the day: having some work done

Those of you who follow my ongoing series of ONE-MINUTE ENGLISH videos on YouTube or Instagram may have noticed that I've recently started filming them from the chaos of my attic. You'll have seen the piles of boxes behind me,…

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Word of the day: whitewash

By the 18th of June 1984 – thirty-seven years ago today – miners in England had been on strike for three months. In what has been called "the most bitter industrial dispute in British history", the National Union of Mineworkers…

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Phrase of the day: How the other half lives

May has been a truly miserable month with the rain bucketing down day after day, the wind howling like it was the middle of March and temperatures more akin to November than the onset of summer. When will it all…

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Word of the day: Blimey!

I have to begin with a bit of a confession: I'm quite a nosy person! Sometimes I can probably be a bit too interested in what other people are doing and I always want to find out more about them!…

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Phrase of the day: What’s the damage?

Last month, I had to take my car in to the garage to get the annual MOT done. An MOT is basically a check you have to have done every year to ensure your car is still roadworthy – it's…

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Chunk of the day: Needs must

After class yesterday, I popped out to grab a bite to eat from one of the little cafés near where I live. As I was walking back, I bumped into an old friend of mine who I hadn't seen for…

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What’s in a name?

Almost as soon as I started teaching, I realised that there were plenty of countries out there that took names a bit more seriously than we do here in England. When meeting new classes, I'd often be told things like…

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