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Jeffrey Hill
EM Normandie, Le Havre, France
Interests: Cycling, watching movies, listening to podcasts, blogging
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OVERVIEW Soundgrammar.com is a free online resource for students that focuses on teaching how grammar is used. Each of the thirty lessons contains a short conversation that highlights how grammar expresses various meanings, an audio transcript (which you can hide),... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The English Blog
Here's another Quizlet flashcard set I created for my EM Normandie students. This one covers vocabulary relating to the topic of travel and tourism and contains 134 word and expressions with their French equivalents. Related articles Quizlet Telephone Flashcards Improve... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The English Blog
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We all know how annoying it can be when someone tries to get you to demonstrate a skill you'd rather not perform. Well, here's a cartoon from the excellent Itchy Feet travel and language comic by Malachi Rempen which illustrates... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The English Blog
Yesterday, I featured the excellent 'Pet Cat' spoof infomercial made for the Animal Foundation shelter in Las Vegas. If you are are cat-lover, like myself, I'm sure you will have appreciated that. However, I wouldn't want dog-lovers to feel left... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The English Blog
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I've been doing some lessons on travel and tourism with my EM Normandie students and wanted to find a role play where, in groups of four, they would have to agree on a holiday destination. I was pretty confident of... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The English Blog
Cats aren't just great alarm clocks, they're also excellent sleeping masks. This ad, produced for the Animal Foundation in Las Vegas, parodies those cheesy infomercial spots that present miracle solutions to everyday problems (see here for examples). In this case,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The English Blog
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Regular readers of The English Blog (hi Marcia) will know that I'm a big fan of cartoons as a means of presenting vocabulary and grammar, as well as cultural information. So I was very pleased to discover Itchy Feet, a... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The English Blog
Social language learning mobile app developer, HelloTalk, Inc., today announced that its iOS and Android language learning app, HelloTalk, has surpassed one million registered global users, so I thought it would be a good time to feature it on The... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND The UK inflation rate fell to 0% in February, the lowest since records began, official figures show. Lower prices for food and computer goods helped to cut the rate from 0.3% in January, official figures show. February's figure is... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The English Blog
In this episode of Learn English With Photos, we take another look at plays on words and puns used in UK shop names (see earlier episode). You can download a transcript and glossary here, and find all previous episode of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at The English Blog
Everyone knows that Hamlet is a play by Shakespeare whose eponymous hero delivers the famous 'to be, or not to be' soliloquy. However, Hamlet is also a 'perennially out-of-work thespian pig' (ham-let, geddit?) in Harry Venning's strip cartoon of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at The English Blog
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Here's a tweet from BBC Learning English which raises an interesting grammar question. In fact, I don't agree with the assertion that 'I am loving living in London' is 'informal usage'. Surely it depends on the context. For example, if... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at The English Blog
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A few weeks ago Peter Muller sent me an email about a new app he co-created. I was very impressed when I tried it out, and said I would do a post about it on The English Blog, so here... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at The English Blog
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THE CARTOON This cartoon by Kipper Williams from The Guardian shows a man looking at the Apple Watch on his wrist. He tells his workout partner, "Either I'm dead or my Apple Watch has stopped." EXPLANATION One of the features... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at The English Blog
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OVERVIEW Knoword is a fast-paced word game that helps boost vocabulary, spelling, speed of thought, as well as increasing analytical, observational and typing skills. When you start a new game you'll be given a definition, the first letter of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2015 at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND This cartoon by Schrank from The Independent relates to UK Chancellor George Osborne's latest budget, about which The Guardian had this to say: Osborne’s aim to eliminate the deficit by 2019 rely on getting through cuts of more than... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2015 at The English Blog
Almost a billion people live without clean drinking water. For World Water Day (March 22nd), UNICEF has found water on Twitter and proposes us to give it to the children of Togo ! http://h2o-challenge.com/ #h2oChallenge TRANSCRIPT For World Water Day... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2015 at The English Blog
This beautiful ad is part of a campaign warning about the threat of overfishing, specifically in relation to tuna. "Because of its high market value, tuna are among the “most wanted” fish for those fishing illegally. A single tuna was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at The English Blog
OVERVIEW Lingua.ly is free, online learning platform (launched in August 2013) that allows you to collect new words from across the web with Lingua.ly's smart dictionary. Once you've installed the browser extension (see here for Chrome), you just double click... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at The English Blog
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Most of the editorial cartoons in today's UK dailies connect Chancellor George Osborne's latest budget with today's partial eclipse of the sun. This one is by Mac from the Daily Mail. THE CARTOON The cartoon shows a group of smokers... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at The English Blog
This ad for has a lot of potential for getting students to speak since it's not immediately clear what's happening. It could also be used for teaching vocabulary. LESSON IDEA 1. Stop the ad at 5 seconds and get class... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at The English Blog
I'm a big believer in using virtual flashcards as a way to expand one's vocabulary, and tried out loads of apps and websites at the beginning of the year. I first created a whole series of flashcard sets for my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at The English Blog
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OVERVIEW Dreamreader.net is a free website where learners can practice and improve their English reading skills. There are over 250 free reading lessons on a wide variety of topics and skill levels. The site has five different kinds of content... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at The English Blog
This beautifully filmed ad from France features a boy named George who has a remarkable power. It would spoil the ending to name the advertiser, so just watch as George shows off his amazing abilities. You can watch the French... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at The English Blog
I've been messing around with textivate, and am gradually discovering more of the possibilities offered by this incredibly rich text manipulation tool. One of the things you can do is create a set of words and matching pictures, which can... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at The English Blog