Friday, 23 February 2018

Advanced 2. American slang vs. British slang

On this occasion Hugh Laurie visits Ellen Degeneres and they start to play a funny game: Ellen has to guess what these British slang words mean and Hugh has to try and guess the meaning of the American expresions. Click here and join the game. 

Advanced 2. British English vs. American English

Click here and enjoy.

Advanced 2. The English Language. Origins And Evolution.

Would you like to find out more about the origins and evolution of the English language? Have a look at these two videos (subtitles are available in English too). Click here and here.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Advanced 2. Listening comprehension. The Perfect Schedule.

Listen to Rory and Abidemi talking about the perfect work schedule and answer the questions ("comprehension quiz"). Click here.

Advanced 2. Work: Outsourcing.

What`s the meaning of "outsourcing"? Well, if you own a company and decide to outsource, basically you begin to hire people outside your company / country to do specific tasks.
Now, listen to Todd and Julia talking about this topic and answer the questions (The "comprehension quiz"). Click here.
If you need extra practice, you can also check out the "related links" section below (it's on the right side of the page as well) 

-To place a bid: To make an offer.
-To crop: To trim a picture.
-Freelancers: Self-employed people who are not employed continuously but hired to do specific assignments.
-To cobble something together: To put together roughly or clumsily.
- Convenient: suitable to the purpose // happening to be near and useful at a particular moment

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Advanced 2. Video: Living at parents' home

More and more young people can't afford to buy a house so they have to live at home with their parents. Watch the video (source BBC News) and complete the transcript with one or two words (select to see the answers). Click here


Luke Sibson lives a very modern dilemma. Aged 27, with a degree, he works in London but can’t afford to live here and commutes back every even5ing to his mother’s house in Eastbourne.
“I spend up to five hours a day travelling to and from London for my job. There simply aren’t any employment opportunities in my sector down where I live on the south coast, so I have to come to London. I’d love to live here but I just can’t afford it.”
Getting your own place was always part of growing up, but today’s figures suggest it’s increasingly a luxury for young people. In 1996 2.7 million 20 to 34-year-olds lived with their parents. By 2013 that had risen to 3.3 million. That’s 26% of that age group. They include 24-year-old James Hughes, who doesn’t have a permanent job, and lives with his mother Maura in Belfast.
“It’s not that I’m unhappy living at home but I would like to move out because I lived on my own when I was over in  The Netherlands studying a master’s so I got used to living away from home and I’d like to go back to that plus I think they’d like the house to themselves as well”.
“I just wish he could get a permanent job and be able to make his own way or see a future. Working part-time is very difficult.”
Although they are both earning good wages, it’s taken them almost 12 months to get a mortgage offer of £20,000. Being unable to afford your first home is hardly new but it’s the numbers that are now striking.Campaigners for more affordable housing say the situation was entirely predictable.
“We failed as a country to build the right number of homes for so many years now and we’re supposed to build about 240,000 a year and we’ve built less than half of that for decades now.”
Back from London this evening and at home with his mother Ruth in Eastbourne, Luke Sipson says he never envisaged this life.
“I had set plans to own a house and a car and have a family by the time I’m 30. I’m now 27 and I’m not any closer to achieving that. In fact, in some ways I’ve probably gone back a couple of steps.”
“My generation, we are in a more comfortable position ourselves and are able to support and provide for probably our children more than our parents could.”
Luke’s is a generation caught in limbo, trying to move up but unable to move out.
Reeta Chakrabati. BBC News.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Advanced 2. Personality

In this recording Rebecca and Todd talk about personality traits. Click here, listen and answer the questions on the right side of the page (comprehension quiz).
To procrastinate: to put off an action until some later time.

Advanced 2. Game: Personality Test.

Take the test and find out which US state matches your personality. I belong in Illinois!
Click here

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Advanced 2. Relationships

Have a look at these two links. Listen to the recordings and then do the exercises (Quiz and Vocabulary Challenge). Click here and here.

Advanced 2. Causative HAVE

Click here and here for more the exercises.