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World Cup 2014

Average: 3.4 (30 votes)

What are the ten missing words we need to complete this text?

We are less than one week _1_ from the start of the 2014 World Cup.

This is the twentieth time the tournament has taken place and Brazil is the host nation for the first time _2_ 1950.

The _3_ competition was held in Uruguay in 1930 with the host nation beating Argentina 4-2 in the final.

World Environment Day

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World Environment Day ('WED') is _1_ every year on June 5 to _2_ global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect _3_ and the planet Earth. It is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Storytelling - Simple Past Tense

Average: 3.5 (86 votes)

When we talk about past events we usually use the simple past tense. Read this famous children's story and change the simple tense verbs (in orange) to the simple past tense:

Jack and the Beanstalk

Once upon a time there _live_ a poor widow and her son Jack.

All they _have_ was a cow called Daisy.

When the cow _stop_ giving milk, Jack's mother _tell_ him to take their cow to the market and sell it.

Summer Blockbusters

Average: 4.5 (21 votes)

(Paragraph 1) It's a Hollywood trend for major film studios to release big-budget movies in the summer.

(Paragraph 2) A blockbuster is a lavishly produced film that has or is expected to have wide popular appeal and financial success. They usually have well-known actors, the strong possibility of sequels and are heavily advertised for months before they are released.

(Paragraph 3) The top three summer blockbusters of all-time are Marvel's The Avengers (2012), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).


Read the following sentences that create a lot of trouble for me:
"The first is both intangible and more accepted than the other.It is derived from the verb 'sufiya',"it was purified"."
What difference will create if I use 'acceptable' in stead of 'accepted' in first sentence. In last part of last sentence,'it was purified' is separated from its previous part by comma and " ". Why it has been separated?Is it (it was purified) indicating to 'sufiya'.


"The Sufi is thus the perfect initiate,the yogi of the Hindu tradition,the being who has succeeded in climbing back up the arc of divine manifestation and who "reached god"."
The third part of sentences contains 'the being........'. What does mean the 'being'?

"One thus distinguishes the 'sufi',the realized man,from the 'mutasawwif"the aspirant who still undergoes the tribulations of the path and who makes an effort through spiritual discipline to reach the state of Sufi."
I think the last part starts with 'from the mutasawif..........." is indicating to 'mutasawif'. Am I right?

In the news: Metallica

Average: 3.4 (29 votes)

The organisers of Glastonbury festival have ended months of _1_ over who will headline the Pyramid Stage on Saturday, by announcing that Metallica are to fill the spot. _2_ began circulating the other week when Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis said the final headliners were "one of the biggest-selling bands in the world".

About EC

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Our first school was established in Malta _1_ 1991 and quickly became one of the country's leading English language schools. Today, we help more than 45,000 students _2_ year reach their language goals in 18 breathtaking destinations around _3_ world.

Culture Lesson: Easter

Average: 3.8 (32 votes)

As we enter the Easter period, let's take a look at its meaning and traditions.

What is Easter?

Easter is the most important festival in the Christian calendar. Christians believe, according to the Bible, that Jesus came back to _1_, or was raised from the dead, three days after his death on the cross. It is said that Jesus _2_ on Good Friday and rose from the dead on Easter Sunday.

Synonyms and vocab

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As you read through this text, pay attention to the orange words:

My Day

Well, I had a full day, today. First I woke up early and took my dog for a walk before I tidied up my apartment and did some laundry.