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R.0 - Reading (receptive)

Culture Lesson: East London

Average: 3.9 (12 votes)

Street sign in London's famous East End.

Whenever you hear the words 'London' and 'shopping' you probably automatically think Oxford Street, Regent Street or Covent Garden. But there is a kaleidoscope of possibilities and next time you’re in the capitol I suggest you get out of the centre and head East to get a real taste of what London has to offer.

Culture Lesson: Presidential Inauguration

Average: 3.9 (8 votes)

Obama-mania hit America as Barak Obama officially became the 44th president of the USA at his inauguration.

High Intermediate Reading: The 380kg Teenager

Average: 3 (15 votes)

British television recently showed a programme on the plight of 19 year-old Texan teenager, Billy Robbins, who weighed an unbelievable 180 kg.
Officially the world’s heaviest teenager, Billy was housebound for 3 years after gorging himself on junk-food. At the peek of his food addiction he was eating 8000 calories each day.

Top 10 passwords

Average: 3 (7 votes)

Danny's Junk Mail

Average: 3.3 (6 votes)

“What are you doing up there, sweetheart, darling and love of my life?” my wife calls up the stairs... “not to mention, possibly the greatest man alive on the entire planet today?”

Okay... so I may have taken some poetic liberty with the direct speech there, but you get the gist...

“I’m just writing the October ‘What I Mean Is’ section for ‘English In Your Inbox’” I call down.

Culture Lesson: Christmas Traditions

Average: 3.2 (22 votes)

Merry Christmas!

Read the following information on Christmas and then answer the questions below:

Christmas Reading

Average: 3.9 (28 votes)

Danny: Common Mistakes Made by English Learners

Average: 3.4 (7 votes)

James Baldwin was an American writer and a civil rights activist who was born in 1924 and died in 1987 at the age of... well, you do the maths. He wrote a number of novels which dealt mainly with sexual and racial issues in the United States...

How to use tact

Average: 1.7 (231 votes)

The time has come to speak of Uncle Len. Those of you with a better than average memory may remember me mentioning him in passing a couple of months ago. Uncle Len is a lawyer, and he sort of warned me that if his name ever appeared in any of my articles, he would sue me so hard that my children’s children’s children would still be paying his children’s children’s children damages long after the two of us were dead and gone.

Upper Intermediate reading exercise 'The Happy Prince'

Average: 4 (29 votes)

Read the start of 'The Happy Prince' by Oscar Wilde and answer the comprehension questions:

High above the city, on a tall column, stood the statue of the Happy Prince. He was gilded all over with thin leaves of fine gold, for eyes he had two bright sapphires, and a large red ruby glowed on his sword-hilt.