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The Spirit of Sportsmanship

Average: 3.1 (23 votes)

Winning is important in sports, especially in the Olympics, but sometimes, good sportsmanship is more important. In the 1964 Winter Olympics, sportsmanship won the headlines in the two-man bobsled competition. The British team was in second place when members discovered their sled had a broken bolt. It was impossible for them to continue.

Music Video Lesson: Joss Stone

Average: 3.2 (21 votes)

Let's learn English through songs. It's a fun and simple way for you to brush up on your listening skills. You can listen to the words over and over again until you can fully understand them. Learning English through songs is also a good way of picking up some natural English expressions especially slang words.

Word of the Day: Funny

Average: 3.8 (24 votes)


When something is funny it makes us laugh. For example, a comedy movie is funny or a joke is funny.

Funny is also used to describe something that is strange or unusual.

Should young children learn two languages?

Average: 3.3 (20 votes)

You are probably on this page because you want to learn English. How old were you when you first started to learn? Do you think the younger you are when you start to learn a language, the easier it is?

Read this article about a new father whose baby girl will grow up speaking two languages.

Are bilingual speakers more intelligent?

My wife and I recently celebrated the birth of our first baby. Baby Lucy has two loving parents and will grow up in a in a house where two languages are spoken.

Grammar Review - Future Tense: Will/Will Be

Average: 3.9 (35 votes)

Fill in the blanks with the words in brackets, paying attention to the particular tense. Write your answers in the comments area. You can read the answers by clicking on the link below the questions.

1. A. Will ___ be home this afternoon? (Judy)
B. Yes, ___ will. ___. (ironing)

2. A. Will ___ be home this evening? (Nick)
B. Yes, ___. ___. (mopping the floor)

3. A. Will ___ be home this evening? (Iris)
B. Yes, ___. ___. (sewing)

Danny's Reading: Music

Average: 3.6 (21 votes)

I was walking to work this morning when it suddenly occurred to me, somewhere between mourning the passing of yet another weekend and wondering vaguely why the guy walking slightly ahead of me was wearing a blue and green checked shirt with orange and black stripy shorts, that I have never, in the four or five years that I've been writing these articles, written one about music. This realisation came as a bit of a surprise.

Education Vocabulary and Phrases

Average: 3.8 (31 votes)

As you probably know we are a chain of English language schools in top locations around the world. Attending a course in an English-speaking country is the best way to learn English. On your course you will hear and learn real English, the everyday English that native speakers really use. Here are three conversations which are related to schools and education, especially university education.

Music Video: Jack Johnson - Questions

Average: 3.5 (21 votes)

Here's a song by the wonderful Jack Johnson to get you thinking. First read through the lyrics and try to guess which word is missing from the gap. Then listen and complete the gaps. Finally, let me know what questions you think the singer wants to ask. Good luck!

Lesson by Caroline

Reading: Travel Money Tips

Average: 3.4 (20 votes)

I'm sure many of you are looking forward to a nice relaxing holiday. Personally, I'd love to go relax on a beach somewhere with an ice-cream and a book. But, holidays can be expensive, so here's some tips to help you keep your holiday low-cost. Read through the article and complete the gaps with the missing vocabulary listed below. Let us know if you have any holiday plans!

Lesson by Caroline

Dating Phrasal Verbs

Average: 4.4 (26 votes)

Dating can be tricky, particularly when you're dating (in a relationship with) an English speaker and there are so many phrasal verbs!

Here are some of the most common phrasal verbs related to dating.

Read through the sentences and see if you can decide which phrasal verb belongs in the sentence. Can you think of any more phrasal verbs related to dating? Tell us about your own dating experiences using these verbs if you have the time!