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Culture Lesson: April Fools' Day

Average: 3 (6 votes)

April 1 is known as "April Fools' Day" in many countries although the origins of this unusual day are obscure. One theory of its origins is that during pagan times the first day of summer was celebrated on May 1and only 'fools' would get the date wrong celebrating it one month early (April 1).

Weekend Reading - Tom Thumb

Average: 3.8 (12 votes)

Read the first paragraph of the famous children's story 'Tom Thumb' and choose the correct missing word to complete each sentence:

A poor woodman sat in his cottage one night, smoking his pipe by the fireside, while his wife sat by his side spinning.

In the news: World's Cheapest Car

Average: 3.4 (9 votes)


Indian car maker Tata has just launched the world's cheapest car: the new 'Tata Nano' will cost an estimated $2000 and is being aimed at the Indian market where it's hoped that the cheap price will tempt motorcyclists to trade up to cars.

What does 'Jump the Shark' mean?

Average: 4.2 (16 votes)

I was reading something online the other day when I came across this interesting expression: 'jump the shark'.

Weekend Reading - Do You 'Work Out'?

Average: 3.1 (8 votes)

Danny's Piece 'Seeing a Doctor'

Average: 4.1 (10 votes)

Culture Lesson: 'White Day' in Japan

Average: 4 (10 votes)


Cultural Lesson: Friday 13!

Average: 2.7 (7 votes)

Superstition tells us that Friday 13 is an unlucky day.

There are many different theories why people think this is a bad day.

One common belief is talked about in the Dan Brown's bestselling book 'The Da Vinci Code'.

The book states that there once existed a rich and powerful group called the Templar Knights, who protected pilgrims on their way to the Holy Land.

In the news: Germans prefer internet to love!

Average: 3.3 (6 votes)

Quick Tip - Thinking in English

Average: 3 (32 votes)

Imagine that you started to wear your wristwatch upside-down. At first it would seem strange and it would make telling the time slower than usual. Then, after a short time, it would become natural and you'd be able to tell the time quickly. The same rule applies to thinking in English.