Category Archive: News

Sep 09

Learn British English Free: Queen Elizabeth II’s Record Reign

As of today, Queen Elizabeth II has reigned longer than any British monarch ever! She’s beaten Queen Victoria.
Please click here to see the video on Youtube.

Jul 16

Sozzled (slang) = drunk (British English)

Sozzled (slang) = drunk

 

“He was sozzled and looked a bit worse for wear, shall we say.”

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-33541502

Jul 07

Greece: Europe, the EU and the eurozone (English video)

 

EU Europe Euro

 

Jul 04

Wimbledon 2015 (free video)

Free video about the 2015 Wimbledon tennis championship in London, England:

 

Dec 31

Top Words of 2014

 

The Top Words of 2014 (some of these might be U.S. terms)

1. The Heart Emoji (for love) — The Heart Emoji (for love) is the Top Word of 2014. Each emoji represents an emotion, expression, or state of mind, or a person, place or thing.

2. Hashtag — The re-invented pound-sign becomes evermore powerful.

3. Vape — Smoking an electronic or e-cigarette, shorthand for vaporize, or vaping. Vapers are banned from indoor vaping in New York and other locales.

4. Blood Moon — Four total eclipses of the moon in eighteen-month span. Some Christians see it as the presaging a “lunar apocalypse”.

5. Nano — From Greek for dwarf, small; now 1 billionth of a meter, and any number of words surrounding nano technology.

6. Photo Bomb — Breaking into a ‘pre-arranged” photograph without authorization resulting in often humorous outcomes.

7. Caliphate — Literally, a land ruled by an Islamic Caliph typically governed under Sharia Law.

8. (White) privilege — The alleged advantages of having lighter colored skin in a diverse society.

9. Bae — Term of endearment for one’s object of desire.

10. “Bash” Tag — Using a hashtag to undermine your frenemies.

11. Transparency — That state of government openness that is apparently unachievable in the Western World.

12. Sustainable — The Jimmy Carter of words; keeps getting stronger since it was WOTY in 2006.

13. Clickbait — A link you just have to click on, though its more of a paid-for bait-and-switch.

14. Quindecennial — Fifteen year anniversary; 2014 is the quindecinnal of the 21st century.

15. Comet — Comet 67p has a visitor from the Rosetta Spacecraft.

 

Source: The Independent (UK)

Dec 13

“Brummie” (Birmingham) Accent Least Attractive – YouGov

 

“Brummie” (Birmingham accent) has been voted the least attractive in a UK YouGov poll. What do you think?

 

Accent Map YouGov

Oct 23

2014’s British Words of the Year – Independent

 

“Overshare” and “photobomb” are 2014’s words of the year.

 

Please read all about them and others in this Independent (UK newspaper) article.

Sep 02

Learn British English free: Scottish Independence news

Please click here for a detailed BBC article explaining viewpoints on the possibility of Scottish independence.

 

Follow us on Google Plus for more information daily as well as other free English lessons.

 

Dec 30

Key Political Words of 2013 – BBC

This BBC article discusses the key words in British politics in 2013.

Lots of vocabulary and more to learn, I hope.

Dec 22

Free British Accent Podcasts on http://www.learnbritishenglish.co.uk/

Please use this section of the Learn British English website to keep up to date with the free British Accent Podcasts already shared:

http://www.learnbritishenglish.co.uk/category/free-podcasts/

 

The whole series is available to listen to and download for free on Soundcloud.com.

 

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