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American versus British English

Average: 3.6 (13 votes)

Winston Churchill said that England and America were 'two nations divided by a common language'. Today we look at some basic differences in vocabulary between British and American English.

In the news: talking about the environment

Average: 3.9 (20 votes)

'Think globally, act locally.'

How 'green' are you? Are you interested in the environment are you worried about it?

There is no escape from it: pick up a newspaper or switch on the news and you will see countless stories about the environment.

Adjectives to describe the tastes of foods

Average: 3.9 (42 votes)

'How does it taste?'

How well do you know food adjectives? Take a look at the following list of adjectives which we use to describe food. Try and match the correct adjectives to the correct sentences. As this is a quiz, there is no explanation of the adjectives' meanings.

 

bitter

sour

sweet

What are 'connotations'?

Average: 3 (24 votes)

'I'm not cheap, I'm thrifty.'

Connotations are a feeling or idea that is suggested by a particular word. They give us the emotional connection with words.

Words can be split into 'negative','positive' and 'neutral' connotations.

Let's take a look at some words that appear to be similar, but have connotational differences.

Upper Int : What are euphemisms?

Average: 3.8 (8 votes)

'She was happy to hear that there would be no lay offs at her company.'

A euphemism is a word or phrase that we use instead of a more direct, unpleasant word. Euphemisms are used when we talk about difficult subject matters like death, for example.

Improve your vocabulary quiz

Average: 3.9 (20 votes)

Time to learn some new words!

Below you can see ten sentences. Choose the word which has the closest meaning to the key word in each sentence.

Make a note of any new words and try to use them in some sentences. You can use the 'comment' box to write your example sentences.

Cooking verbs

Average: 3.5 (25 votes)

Fry? boil? spread? stir? bake? grill? whisk?

Can you cook? I prefer eating to cooking. As much as I hate washing dishes, cooking is an important skill because everyone loves a good cook. Today we take a look at 7 cooking verbs. All you have to do is match the pictures to the correct verbs.

The verbs you need are:

Phrasal Verb - 'Bring'

Average: 4 (66 votes)

'We were worried but the doctor was able to bring her to.'

Today we take a look at phrasal verbs which use the verb 'bring'. Below you will find a definition of each with example sentences. When you have finished, try the quiz at the bottom.

bring about

to cause something to happen:

In the news: crime vocabulary

Average: 4.1 (59 votes)

Have your ever been the victim of a crime?

Have you ever witnessed a crime?

Have you ever committed a crime?

Reading for information practice

Average: 3.4 (10 votes)

Read the following tour information about a trip to Rome, then answer the 'True or False' questions.