Posts Tagged ‘Learn English’

Aiming for average

An amazing feat, but that's it I recently watched  the film about the super-endurance swimmer Diane Nyad who swam from Cuba to Florida. I like these kinds of stories, and their achievements are pretty amazing – but I'm turned off…

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More fictional characters who appear in everyday English

After the positive reception that my last post on literary figures in everyday speech got, I figured it made sense to write a follow-up exploring the way the names of some more fictional characters are used in daily conversation. Today,…

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Word of the day: Harry Pottered out

I spent last Friday and Saturday in Bologna, Italy, where I was talking at an excellent conference for English-language teachers. In one of the talks that I saw, a teacher was describing a one-week summer school course for kids that she'd helped organise.…

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Everyday English drawn from Greek mythology

A while back, I wrote a blog post about words and expressions that come from literature, but which have passed into everyday use. Today, inspired by a recent conversation with my daughter, who's currently obsessed with Greek mythology, I wanted…

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