Posts Tagged ‘the UK’

That British humour of theirs

24 June 2017

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Ten tips for modern students of English language

20 January 2017

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10 tips for modern students

of

English language

1.get used to listen to BBC radio alive, e.g: BBC5live while doing some other tasks

2.select, watch, listen and read two or three pieces of news from euronews twice a week

3.download a couple of BBC podcasts from the learning section at http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts every week

4.pick up some news from The Huffington Post UK, The Independent or The Daily Mail

5.start an account on social links such as twitter, facebook, G+, LinkedIn to practise interaction

6.always study handbooks of grammar and vocabulary

7.try adapted readers (Oxford Bookworms, Burlington, Itaca, Collins, Penguin)

8.get a good bilingual dictionary and use it

9.go to the United Kingdom whenever you have the opportunity

10.make British friends and talk to them very often. Use skype, facebook, twitter or any other social link to keep in touch

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On knowledge and use of lexis

9 July 2015

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Text taken from page 32 at

Tim Falla and Paul A. Davies, Solutions

Upper-intermediate student´s book-

(Oxford)

“Although teenagers in the UK generally understand about 40,000 different words, the number of words they actually use is far smaller than you might think-sometimes only 800 words. An inability to distinguish between formal and informal language is almost worrying. Ever since the 1950s, speaking correct English has been nowhere near as important for teenagers as sounding cool.

But experts are worried that today´s teenagers are even worse at talking in formal situations than previous generations were.

The language that teenagers use is nothing like as varied as you would imagine, with the twenty commonest words representing about a third of all words spoken. And if you look at younger age groups, the situation is just as worrying: children are developing speech problems more and more frequently. Children watch a lot of TV, as do adults. This creates background noise; and the noisier their surroundings, the harder it is for babies to hear conversations around them.”

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