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Jeffrey Hill
EM Normandie, Le Havre, France
Interests: Cycling, watching movies, listening to podcasts, blogging
Recent Activity
In this video from BBC America's Anglophenia Channel, former children's presenter Kate Arnel presents some common British swearwords and explains their origin. WARNING Learners of English should use swearwords very sparingly, and probably not at all. They risk sounding silly... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The English Blog
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This cartoon by Mac from the Daily Mail links the so-called Hatton Garden Heist (in which thieves broke into an underground bank vault and stole millions of pounds worth of property from safe deposit boxes), and the Barclays Libor-rigging scandal... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The English Blog
WARNING: You'd better have some tissues handy when you watch this ad - it's a real tear-jerker! DESCRIPTION This public service announcement for an Argentinian liver transplant foundation shows a day in the life of an elderly man and his... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND We've entered the final day of campaigning before the UK goes to the polls tomorrow. In case you hadn't noticed it's not just the politicians on message this General Election campaign. The nation's newspapers want you to vote too... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at The English Blog
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Last week I did a post about the BBC Learning English Lower-Intermediate course, which is now complete. I expressed the hope that they would follow it up with a more advanced course. Well, someone at the BBC must have been... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND More than 3,000 police from Maryland, New Jersey and the District of Columbia, and National Guard members in helmets, took up posts in front of businesses and hospitals in Baltimore a day after the worst rioting in the United... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2015 at The English Blog
Louis de Funès was a very popular French comic actor who was a household name in several countries of Europe (Czechoslovakia, Germany, Spain, Turkey and the USSR in particular) for many years, yet remained almost unknown in the English-speaking world.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND Royal baby number two is five days overdue, according to Whitehall sources, prompting speculation that Kate Middleton may have her labour induced in the next few days. Sources have told the Daily Telegraph they were briefed that the Duchess... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at The English Blog
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When I started this blog over 10 years ago BBC Learning English was easily the best ESL/EFL/ELT site on the web. Since then, of course, many other excellent sites have appeared (and a lot of terrible ones too!), but BBCLE... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND The White House was forced to concede on Thursday that it killed two innocent hostages – one American, one Italian – in a drone strike that targeted an al-Qaida compound despite officials not knowing precisely who was in the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at The English Blog
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OVERVIEW American English is a is a resource center for teaching and learning about American English language and culture. This website provides a variety of engaging materials and resources for teachers' professional development and for students in the classroom. Both... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at The English Blog
In this funny new ad for Pizza Hut, a hipster (beard, checked shirt, shoulder bag) arrives home to find an impostor disguised as him sitting on the sofa beside his girlfriend watching TV. What's worse, the impostor is eating his... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2015 at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND EU leaders agreed to triple the funding of naval search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean. However critics are displeased, believing it’s a face-saving measure, especially as some EU leaders still advocate blowing ‘illegals’ out of the water. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at The English Blog
This new Airbnb ad features a real Airbnb traveler, Ellie, voicing a letter to her hosts that starts off: "Dear Stranger, when I booked this trip my friends said I was crazy." She goes on to explain how the neighborhood... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at The English Blog
Thanks Philip. Did I miss anything else?
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Following the unexpected success of my first "Learn English With Photos" course on iTunes U (over 140,000 students enrolled!), I'm pleased to announce that "Learn English With Photos 2.0" is now available. In addition to the ten photo-based videos I've... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at The English Blog
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Today (23rd April) is Saint George's Day, the feast day of Saint George and the National Day for England. It is celebrated by various Christian churches and by the several nations, kingdoms, countries, and cities of which Saint George is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at The English Blog
In this new ad for Hertz Van Rental, a middle-aged couple are saying a tearful goodbye to their son, who is moving out—with help from a Hertz rental van. But it soon becomes clear that the tears will come for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at The English Blog
Since it's Earth Day (see earlier post), I thought it would be appropriate to post this Quizlet Flashcard set on the environment that I created for my EM Normandie students. Related articles Google's Earth Day Doodle Earth Day Cartoon by... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at The English Blog
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Today (April 22nd) is Earth Day (see previous post), and this cartoon by Kal from The Economist provides a timely reminder, if one was needed, about the various threats to the global environment. In the cartoon shows what can best... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at The English Blog
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Today is Earth Day, an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which day events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2015 at The English Blog
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Just over a year ago (how time flies!), I wrote an enthusiastic review about Off2Class, a new (at the time) website which provides lesson materials for one-to-one teaching on or offline. I also interviewed Off2Class co-founder James Heywood. One year... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at The English Blog
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BACKGROUND With less than a month left to the May 7 election, Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives and opposition Labour party are tied at 34 percent, according to a YouGov poll for The Sun newspaper published on Friday. Labour and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2015 at The English Blog
In this excellent new ad for the Renault Espace, Oscar-winning American actor Kevin Spacey references three of his most famous roles. Can you identify them? (see below for answers). I've also added a textivate activity below based on the transcript.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2015 at The English Blog
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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 Apr 18, 2015 at The English Blog