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Jeffrey Hill
EM Normandie, Le Havre, France
Interests: Cycling, watching movies, listening to podcasts, blogging
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BACKGROUND The European Union’s antitrust chief on Wednesday formally accused Google of abusing its dominance in web searches, bringing charges that could limit the giant American tech company’s moneymaking prowess. The case is the first time that antitrust charges have... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The English Blog
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I'm a subscriber to Private Eye, the British satirical magazine which appears once a fortnight. One of the Eye's best features is its covers. The latest one relates to Hillary Clinton's announcement last Sunday that she intends to run for... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The English Blog
Here's a good test of your English. How much of this new ad for Hefty Cups do you understand? Don't be too depressed if the answer is 'very little' — I've watched it four or five times, and there are... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND European states have come under renewed pressure from human rights and refugee organisations to mount large-scale search-and-rescue operations in the Mediterranean after the latest migrant boat disaster led to the drowning of an estimated 400 people. Critics say that... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The English Blog
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You may have followed the Exploring English MOOC developed by the University of Southampton and the British Council, which ran over six weeks in February and March. Well, they've got a new one starting on Monday 20th April entitled 'Understanding... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The English Blog
Here's a Quizlet flashard set on the topic of Shops and Shopping I created for my EM Normandie students (which is why I've given the French translations). To change the quiz activity, click on 'Choose Study Mode' at the bottom... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND Hillary Clinton confirmed on Sunday what much of the political world has taken as a foregone conclusion for months, if not years: she's running for president in 2016. The former secretary of state, senator, and first lady formally announced... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND The United States no longer wants to list Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism, the White House has announced. Its removal is a key step in President Barack Obama’s plan to normalize relations between the US and Cuba.The... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The English Blog
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OVERVIEW Englishspeak.com is a free system for learning to speak English. The program contains lessons that give special attention to English pronunciation and everyday language. With over 100 lessons, Englishspeak.com provides a large amount of audio content. Users have access... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND After years of often-breathless speculation about her future, Hillary Rodham Clinton confirmed one of the worst-kept secrets in politics: She’s running for president. The former first lady and secretary of state officially entered the 2016 presidential race with a... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The English Blog
The fifth season of Game of Thrones premiered on HBO on Sunday. I've just finished watching season 4 (possibly the best so far?), so I didn't think twice before watching this great new "Dumb Ways To Die" video from Egor... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The English Blog
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The latest edition of Cartoons for the Classroom features this cartoon by Clay Bennett from the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Click here to download the lesson, which includes discussion questions and another cartoon on the same topic. BACKGROUND The cartoon... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The English Blog
In this final episode of Learn English With Photos, we visit Dartmoor Zoo, which was the inspiration for the 2011 movie "We Bought a Zoo". You can download a PDF transcript and glossary for this episode here, and watch all... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND This cartoon by Bob Englehart from the Hartford Courant relates to the killing of Walter Scott, a black man who was fatally shot in the back while running away from a police officer in South Carolina last week. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2015 at The English Blog
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CARTOON This cartoon by Bob from the Daily Telegraph compares choosing a winner for the Grand National (a famous English horse race due to be run today) and choosing a winner in the UK General Election (due to be held... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at The English Blog
If, like me, you are a fan of Games of Thrones (right up there with Breaking Bad and The Wire as a contender for best TV series ever, IMHO), you'll appreciate the references in this ad narrated by Tyrion Lannister... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at The English Blog
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OVERVIEW Elemental English is a website developed by Larissa Majlessi, a teacher of English as a Second Language (ESL), to help people around the world learn English. Larissa has a Masters in Applied Linguistics and has taught graduate, undergraduate and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND Billions of barrels of oil have been discovered at a site near Gatwick Airport in West Sussex, the largely rural county that could controversially become Britain's Texas. As much as 158 million barrels of oil per square mile could... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at The English Blog
This great new ad for the dishwasher detergent Finish runs through the various types of human activities that might make a mess of plates, bowls and glasses—and it turns out pretty much all of them do. There's a second ad... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at The English Blog
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DESCRIPTION Clippet is a free app for ioS or Android that delivers 10 news stories every morning in ‘clippets’ (each a minute or less), allowing you to stay on top of the news wherever you are, on or offline. Key... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND Russian President Vladimir Putin and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras met at a much-anticipated summit on Wednesday that brought together two world leaders known for rallying their constituencies by defying the European Union. The summit spawned no major announcements,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at The English Blog
Last month’s update saw a host of Australian words and phrases enterOxfordDictionaries.com. This video highlights some of the most striking examples of Australian English terms, from magic puddings to seppo. Find out more about the Australian English update. For more... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND Islamic State militants used sledgehammers and assault rifles to destroy ancient artefacts at a Unesco world heritage site in Iraq and vowed to continue their rampage against the country’s millennia-old history, according to a new video released by the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at The English Blog
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DESCRIPTION TweenTribune is a free online daily news service for kids offered by the Smithsonian that includes text, photos, graphics, and audio and/or video materials about current events, history, art, culture and science. COMMENT TweenTribune (don't be put off by... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at The English Blog
With the launch date of the Apple Watch fast approaching (April 24, in case you're interested), Apple released a series of four 'guided tour' videos last Friday. Even if, like me, you have no interest in buying the Apple Watch,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at The English Blog