What’s your English dialect? Got words?

Today, I’m sharing with you three simple, short and even fun tests to test your dialect and your vocabulary in English. Which English? (5 min) English grammar is different around the world and influences of your own language—if it’s a different one—may show on your performance. This test consists of three parts. First you’re presented…

‘No fotis!’ – Catalan-English slang dictionary

PONS Idiomas. No fotis! Barcelona: Difusión Centro de Investigación y Publicaciones de Idiomas, 2010. ‘It includes words that don’t appear in conventional dictionaries or textbooks, because they’re taboo, politically incorrect or recently invented.’ Indeed, No fotis! is a Catalan-English and English-Catalan bilingual dictionary of slang and vulgar speech. It’s good that someone takes their time…

Not all abbreviations are acronyms: shortenings, contractions, initialisms and acronyms

In scientific texts, especially those for master’s degrees and PhDs, there’s a widely spread wrong habit to introduce abbreviations under the title ‘Acronyms’. Enough! Abbreviations are short versions of words or phrases. However, briefness mustn’t be at the expense of clarity. They make language simpler and save space and also ease international communication. Therefore, they…

‘The Fox’ song lesson plan

This is a musical lesson plan about animals and the sounds they make. It’s based on an advert for Adventure Time, which kids—and lots of adults—love. The advert itself is a parody of a song by a Norwegian comedy duo. The fox (15/30 min) a) Try to fill in the blanks before listening to the…

‘Hairspray’ musical lesson plan – 1/4

This is the first part of a lesson plan based on some songs from Hairspray. It’s not about any specific grammar point, it focuses on speaking and listening skills and expressing personal opinion. 1. Good Morning, Baltimore (30 min) a) Conversation with the students. – What would you like to be in the future? –…