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Culture Lesson: 2013 Year of the Snake

Average: 2.8 (31 votes)

This Sunday, February 10, is the most important traditional Chinese holiday. This weekend is Chinese New Year.

Homophones

Average: 4.3 (28 votes)

"My father taught me how to sail a boat."

"There's a great sale on in the department store."

Sail and sale have the same pronunciation although they are spelled in different ways – and have different meanings.

Can you find these mistakes?

Average: 3.6 (26 votes)

Read through these ten sentences. Each sentence has one mistake. Find the mistakes, tell us why they are mistakes and what should the correct sentence be? Write your answers in the comments area.

You can see  the answers by clicking Show Answers below.

In the News: Lance Armstrong

Average: 4.4 (24 votes)

The world's media has been captivated by Oprah Winfrey's recent interview with _1_ cyclist Lance Armstrong. Watched by tens of millions, In his first interview since he was stripped of his Tour de France titles, Armstrong admitted using _2_ drugs or blood transfusions during all seven of his victories.

Talking about relationships

Average: 2.8 (33 votes)

What type of person do you go for (what kind of person are you attracted to)? If you hit it off with someone then you immediately like and become friendly with them. When you talk in a way that shows them that you are attracted to them and you try to make them attracted to you, you chat up that person. You pair off with someone when you start a relationship with them.

Vocabulary Lesson: Using your Local Library

Average: 3.8 (24 votes)

Read the following article about libraries and fill the gaps with the missing words. I hope you take the advice offered!

Happy New Year - Have a Great 2013!

Average: 4.5 (20 votes)

Wow, where did 2012 go? It seems like it was only a short time we were _1_ the start of 2012.

Last night from the _2_ New Year's ball dropping in Times Square to fireworks in London, the world was already welcoming 2013!

Did you celebrate the new year, if you did, how did you? Did you _3_ a party or stay at home with friends?

Danny's Reading: The End (Danny's Final Article)

Average: 4.9 (14 votes)

And so here we are, at the beginning...

I'm writing this on the fifteenth of December. It's twenty to three in the afternoon, it's Saturday, and it's ten days away from Christmas Day. If, of course, we make it that far - if the Mayans are to be believed, it’s six days away from the end of the world, or, at least, the end of the world as we know it...

The School System in England

Average: 4.6 (10 votes)

Read the following article about the English school system and see if you can choose which word correctly fits the gap. This lesson will test grammar, collocations and your understanding of context. Let us know how you do! Good luck!

Lesson by Caroline

Winter Wonderland Activity

Average: 4 (11 votes)

If you learn English in London this winter, why not visit the famous Winter Wonderland? I'm planning on taking my daughter this year, though I'm sure she will be too young to appreciate it!

Head to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park for traditional Christmas markets, Santa's grotto, a spectacular ice sculpture show, a giant observation wheel, funfair rides and London's largest outdoor ice-rink.

There is so much to do and see there to get you in the festive spirit.