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Culture Lesson: Father Christmas

Average: 3.5 (10 votes)

We have all heard of Father Christmas (or Santa) and you have probably known for a long time that he doesn't exist. But did you know that the character of Father Christmas is based on a real life person? That's right, Father Christmas is based on a person called St. Nicholas.

Christmas vocabulary match

Average: 3.3 (8 votes)

Take a look at the seven Christmas images and match them to the words:

What does it mean?

What does it mean:

"It stands to reason that"?

"to fight against inner cringing"

"You can pull it off" [Context:Use any of the above mistakes all in one sentence if you can pull it off]

"Here goes nothing..."

"All in all"

"On speed-dial"

"A dashing and heroic uniform" [Dashing?What's the exact meaning?]

"To chuck in real stuff"

"They might wind up splashed across the front page of every trash mag" [I don't understand to wind up splashed]

Verb Tense Review

Average: 4.2 (16 votes)

It's time to review your knowledge of verb tenses. All you have to do is read through the ten sentences below and choose the correct missing verb in each one. Use the base form of each verb in brackets to help you and only use one word in your answer.  Make sure you spell the words correctly.


Link: Verb Tense Review

Learn Extreme Adjectives

Average: 4.1 (31 votes)

Machu Picchu: ancient and fascinating

Test your Pronoun knowledge!

Average: 3.4 (51 votes)

'This is her' or 'This is she'?

His and Hers

His and hers are possessive pronouns. They are used to substitute a noun and to show possession or ownership.

Example: This hat is hers.

Top-ten favourite words

Average: 3.2 (17 votes)

A few years ago the BBC reported that 15,000 British people voted for their favourite English word. Below you can see the top ten words. Strangely, this list contains 2 words which are not real English words, but come from the Harry Potter books! The information on this list does not reflect the views of English language learners, so what is your favourite word? Tell us favourite English word in the comments box below (no bad or rude words, please)!

English in the airport

Average: 3.8 (23 votes)

Are you planning to take a flight anytime soon? Here are some of the questions you'll probably hear in the airport and some example answers:


How many pieces of luggage do you have?
Only one.

Did you pack your luggage yourself?
Yes, I did.

Has anyone given you anything to take on the flight?
No, they haven't.

Do you have any hand-luggage?
Yes, I have one bag.

Prepositions plus '-ing'

Average: 3.9 (72 votes)

Take a look at the following two sentences - which one is correct and why?

Are you interested in studying English?
Are you interested in study English?

That's right, the first sentence is correct. But why?

Prepositions To and At

Average: 3.6 (13 votes)

Take a look at the two sentences. They are similar; yet, they have different meanings. What is the difference?

'Throw it to him.'
'Throw it at him.'

As you can see the prepositions in each sentence are different. Here's how the prepositions change the meaning: