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Word of the day: woke

Burger King have recently launched their first plant-based burger - the Rebel Whopper – a move that you might imagine would please many vegetarians and vegans. However, the new offering has caused controversy for two reasons. Firstly, there's the fact…

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Word of the day: pandemic

Wherever you are in the world, the news over the last few weeks has almost certainly been dominated by one story - the ongoing efforts to stop – or at least contain – the spread of Covid-19, a disease better…

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Chunk of the day: room for improvement

This afternoon I interviewed someone who's applied to do one of our language courses this summer. We like to Skype people who are coming to study with us because it helps us get a feel for their level of English,…

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Back to school: Part One

As you may have noticed, we recently wrote a Beginner’s book and I have written a series of posts exploring the ideas behind it. One thing that's driving this two-man campaign (you can decide for yourself if that means it’s…

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Chunk of the day: on the wagon

This Friday I'll be meeting an old friend of mine called Jon. I'm looking forward to seeing him as it's been a while since we last met, but I'm also slightly worried as ever since we arranged to go out…

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Word of the day: (the) MSM

MSM sounds like an unfortunate disease that someone might suffer from - a cancer that's spreading and eating away at your insides, for instance. Maybe that similarity is deliberate, because what we are talking about here is the mainstream media,…

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Chunk of the day: on an industrial scale

On Sunday evening, as I was getting dinner ready for my kids, I listened to a programme on BBC Radio 4 about money laundering – the process of hiding the origin of money that's been obtained from illegal activities by…

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