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Hungry, Peckish, Starving and Famished

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Hungry? It's a word we use a lot. Here's how we can say a little hungry and very hungry in English. Time to build up your vocabulary.


Peckish - to be a little hungry. This is a casual word, mostly used in British English.

"There's some biscuits here if you are feeling peckish."

"I'm starting to feel a little peckish. I'm going to buy a sandwich"

Reading and Vocab: Charles Dickens

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This month sees the release of a new film, 'The Invisible Woman', about the life of Charles Dickens directed by Ralph Fiennes. The film focuses on the writer's relationship with Nelly Ternan, but how much do you know about Charles Dickens? Read the following text and match the words in orange to their definitions.

In the news: The BAFTAS

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Hollywood A-Listers including Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Cate Blanchett _1_ the 2014 BAFTAs held at London's Royal Opera House.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTAS) are an annual film awards ceremony which reward the best work of any nationality seen on British cinema screens during the preceding year. They are often considered Britain's _2_ of the Oscar's.

Find the missing words

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Peanut Allergy

Thousands of people suffering from peanut _1_ could be saved from possible fatal allergic reactions thanks to a new therapy started by British doctors.

Doctors say the treatment for peanut allergy has _2_ the lives of children taking part in a large clinical _3_.

Learning English in London

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Have you ever been to London? Would you like to? Read through this text and guess what you think the missing words are.

Learn English in London

Learning English in London is popular with students who come because they know they will have an _1_ experience.

In The News: The Grammy Music Awards

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French dance duo Daft Punk have _1_ top honours at the Grammy Awards, winning five prizes including album and record of the year. A Grammy Award (or Grammy) is an accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to recognise outstanding _2_ in the music industry.

Dark Idioms

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Dark is an adjective which is the opposite of bright. Dark things have very little light. In idioms, dark often refers to mystery.

Let's take a look at these four common dark idioms.

In the dark

When you are in the dark about a situation, you do not know anything about it. You are uninformed about it. When we keep someone in the dark about something, we do not tell them something or keep a secret from them.

Adjectives Quiz

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Adjectives are used to describe things, usually used to modify nouns and pronouns. Adjectives describe how something looks, acts, feels, tastes and sounds.

Adjectives come before nouns and we can use more than one:
A beautiful, big painting.

They can also come after the verb be.
Sara is tall.

Review how much know about adjectives, take this quick quiz. How many can you get right?

Reading and Vocab Lesson: HUGE blue diamond found in South Africa

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Read this article about a recent discovery in South Africa. Do you know the meaning of the orange words? When you have finished reading, match the words to their meanings.

A rare blue diamond has been found at a South African mine famous for being the location of some of the most valuable gems ever unearthed.

Subordinating Conjunctions

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Subordinating conjunctions are conjunctions that are used at the beginning of subordinate clauses.
Some examples of these conjunctions are; although, after, before, because, how, if, once, since, so that, until, unless, when etc.

Here are examples of their use;