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Weather idioms: sun, snow, sea, and sky

1. как снег на голову Language: Russian Translation: To look for last year’s snow What does it mean? To hope to bring back or try to find something that has long gone 2. Schnee von gestern Language: German Translation: Yesterday’s snow What does it mean? A thing of the past 3. إذا أَشْرَقَت الشَمْسُ من المَغْرِبِ Language: Arabic […]

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Obama

Quiz: can you recognize these famous speeches?

Today (4 August) is Barack Obama’s 54th birthday! During his 2008 campaign for presidency, Obama was criticized by Hillary Clinton for his ‘well-versed’ speeches, i.e. that his public addresses were mere rhetoric without any substance. He responded to her claim, arguing that speeches held the power to inspire nations to believe in change: ‘Don’t tell […]

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The language of the Greek financial crisis

Europe According to Greek mythology, Europe was the daughter of Agenor and Tilefasa. She was a princess living in Phoenicia (modern day Lebanon) with her three sisters Asia, Libya, and Thrace. One day she was playing on the seaside when she saw a beautiful white bull. She was mesmerized by his beauty so she approached […]

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July WOTD quiz

Vocabulary quiz: how well do you know July’s Words of the Day?

Have you been paying attention to this month’s Words of the Day? Can you remember what a mesomorph is? Or what pyrophoric means? Take the quiz to find out if you can match the words to their correct definitions! Not yet signed up to our free Word of the Day service? Click here to receive your daily word. 

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“Soon can mean in one second, Soon can mean in one year. Soon is a terrible word.” - Heinrich Böll

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Can you complete these phrases?

How well do you know common English phrases? Give our quiz a try and see if you can fill in the blanks.

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Reflections on language by… David Foster Wallace

The Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus included sections labelled ‘reflections’ by some notable writers, including Zadie Smith, David Foster Wallace, and Joshua Ferris. In the second of an occasional series looking at these reflections, we’ve excerpted David Foster Wallace’s thoughts about various words. All the extracts below are by David Foster Wallace, and can be found in […]

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Video: ‘I’ or ‘me’?

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