Category Archive: Vocabulary

Jul 08

World Cup Fever: what does ‘it’s coming home’ mean?

Chris explains why English people always write ‘it’s coming home’ during the World Cup.

Football song by the Lightning Seeds and Baddiel and Skinner in 1996.

Three Lions (it’s coming home) music video:

30 years of hurt = 1966 – 1996 (30 years) – 52 years now!

The three lions = the England football team

That tackle by Moore = Bobby Moore

When Lineker scored = Gary Lineker

Bobby belting the ball = Bobby Charlton

Jul 08

Learn British English Free: Three Lions (it’s coming home) lyrics gap-fill

Please click here for my document where you can play the song below for students and have them try to fill in the missing words (25 total).

“Three Lions (it’s coming home)” by the Lightning Seeds, Baddiel and Skinner. Lyrics and gap-fill exercise for use in English lessons.

Jul 07

Learn British English Free: vocabulary for World Cup stages (visual)

World Cup Fever: vocabulary for World Cup stages

World Cup Stages JPEG

Jul 03

God Save the Queen (English lesson)

Chris explains the first verse of ‘God Save the Queen’.

‘God Save the Queen’ (standard version)
Performed at Harry and Meghan’s wedding.

God save our gracious Queen!
Long live our noble Queen!
God save the Queen!
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us:
God save the Queen!

Jul 01

Learn British English Free: World Cup Idioms (visual)

the favourite(s) = the person or team expected to win

the underdog(s) = the person or team expected to lose

a dark horse = an unexpected contender

World Cup Idioms JPEG

Jun 23

English Grammar: ‘win’ + object or ‘beat’ + object (common mistake)

World Cup Fever: how to use ‘win’ and ‘beat’ CORRECTLY

Football Win Beat JPEG

Mar 31

English Egg Idioms for Easter! (visual lesson)

ris wishes you happy Easter with these English idioms with ‘egg':

Egg Idioms JPEG

Jan 28

Learn British English Free (video): Easy Maths and Numbers

Chris presents this special lesson about easy maths and numbers in British English.
+ add / plus
– minus / take away
x times
÷ divided by
= equals / is
2 + 16 = 18 (two add sixteen equals eighteen)
12 + 28 = 40 (twelve plus twenty-eight is forty)
13 – 6 = 7 (thirteen minus six equals seven)
77 – 33 = 44 (seventy-seven take away thirty-three is forty-four)
3 x 7 = 21 (three times seven equals twenty-one)
8 x 10 = 80 (eight times ten is eighty)
36 ÷ 12 = 3 (thirty-six divided by twelve equals three)

via YouTube.

Dec 27

Learn British English Free video: Words of the Year 2017

Chris presents the words of the year. What’s yours?

English Words of the Year 2017

Collins Dictionary Word of the year: fake news
‘There’s so much fake news these days.’

Echo chamber
Fidget spinner
Gig economy
Insta (adjective)
‘That’s a great insta photo.’
‘The new app, released last year, has proved the basis for a unicorn.’

Cambridge Dictionary word of the year: ‘populism’ (also ‘inauguration’)

Oxford Dictionaries: ‘youthquake’ (also ‘Antifa’ and ‘unicorn’)

Nov 25

Learn English vocabulary: cricket wicket / stumps (the Ashes)

This winter, England are playing Australia in the famous cricket series called the Ashes. In case you are interested, this is useful vocabulary about the wicket (or stumps):

Cricket Wicket JPEG

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