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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Chunk of the day: You’re best … -ing

I overheard an awkward conversation between a native speaker and some tourists this morning in the centre of London. It was one of those exchanges that, as an English language teacher, I often feel compelled to intervene in, although this…

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Chunk of the day: go through a rough patch

According to some recent research I read, the number of divorces in the UK last year was highest among men and women aged 40 to 44. I mention this because this afternoon, I had one of those depressing kinds of…

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Chunk of the day: dark horse

A week or so ago, I gave a talk at a conference for English language teachers in Liestal, in the north of Switzerland. While I was there, I bumped into an old friend of mine that I hadn't seen each…

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Chunk of the day: the last-chance saloon

As part of our Lexical Lab summer school, we offer a full and varied social and cultural programme, but most Sundays, students are free to go off wherever they please. Last weekend, a couple of people went on a day-trip…

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Chunk of the day: baptism of fire

If you've been following the series of blog posts I did about the World Cup, you'll know that I love football. Now that the World Cup has finished, I'm suffering withdrawal symptoms. Like a lot of other fellow sufferers, I'm…

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Chunk of the day: high drama

And then there were four! So we've now had the quarter-finals of this year's World Cup, and we know who the semi-finalists are: France, Belgium, England and Croatia. Incredibly, this is now the first World Cup ever in which not…

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Chunk of the day: a spate of

In our most-viewed post of recent weeks, we reported on the fact that there had been a spate of incidents involving people dressed as ‘killer clowns’ and that people dressed as scary clowns had been terrorising innocent members of the…

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Chunk of the day: heavy workload

If you have a heavy workload, it means you have a lot of work to do and you probably work very long hours. Recently, a report revealed that, on average, teachers in the UK work 40-58 hours a week and…

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Chunk of the day: get sidetracked

Last year we wrote a book called Perspectives. It's aimed at secondary school students and is loosely based around TED talks – and part of what you have to do for any book you write, but especially for one like…

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