While the two countries share many holiday spirited traditions such as decorating the house with a Christmas tree, family gatherings on Christmas Day, singing Christmas carols and gift giving, there ARE some important differences. Let’s take a look at the different traditions in the USA and the UK:
Do you like to buy certain brands of clothing, electronics or appliances because you think they guarentee quality or because they are the popular brands nowadays? Do you save up your money to buy some of the most “in style” brands of clothing or shoes thinking they will make you seem more attractive to others? Are all brands worth the money?
Is the shop open? Or is it closed? Does it frustrate you that you can’t go shopping on Sunday?
The liberalisation of shop opening hours has been a controversial topic in Europe and has caused debate between shop owners, business people, institutions and consumers. The legislation regarding the opening hours of shops differs between countries and it is usually left to the local governments to define.
“Sunday shopping” refers to the ability of retailers to operate stores on Sunday, a day that Christian tradition typically recognises as a “day of rest”. Rules governing Sunday shopping vary around the world but some countries continue to ban “Sunday shopping”.
What do you do to take care of our planet? You can help reduce the Greenhouse gases and the negative impact they are having on our environment. Here are 10 easy ways to live a “greener” life and help with this cause!
1. Recycle– not only will that glass bottle become a new glass bottle, but you’ll also help to reduce pollution and create jobs!
2. Reuse– wrapping paper, unbroken bags and bows for future gifts or art projects with the kids; donate clothes and toys you aren´t using to those who need them. And we can convert something that we aren´t using into something useful; for example use a shoe box to store pencils, crayons and stickers.
A natural disaster is a major adverse event resulting from natural processes of the Earth. A natural disaster can be devastating and can kill humans and animals, often damages or destroys homes and can leave agricultural destruction and economic damage in its wake.
Following is a list of the most common NATURAL DISASTERS on our planet:
Learning English for Spanish speakers can seem quite simple at first because as much as 40% of English words have cognates in Spanish.
Cognates are words that sound similar, have similar spelling and have the same meaning in the two languages. Examples of cognates are: teléfono-telephone; persona- person; invitar-invite.
However, there are many words called FALSE COGNATES or FALSE FRIENDS. In the case of False Friends, the English word sounds like a word in Spanish but the two words do NOT have the same meaning. Here is a list of FALSE COGNATES with translations of the words in Spanish and English:
A Christmas Poem
Clement C Moore (1779-1863) is widely regarded as the very poet of Christmas Eve. Much of the way we have come to celebrate Christmas, in English speaking countries, is based on Moore’s portrayal of a jolly Santa, who along with his team of reindeer, brings happiness to children and joy to the world. “Twas the Night Before Christmas” was orginally published in the New York Troy Sentinal Newspaper in 1823. It has become the most famous poem in the English language.
“Twas the Night before Christmas” by Clement Clarke Moore
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.
Is there anything that drives you crazy, gets on your nerves or you frankly can’t stand? Here is a list of things that tend to annoy people: 1. People making noise when they eat 2. Stepping on dog poo 3. Stepping on chewing gum 4. Bad drivers 5. Forgetting what you were going to do …
Are you an optimistic person or do you tend to see life in a pessimistic way?
Is the glass half empty or half full? The definition of an optimist is “someone who is generally hopeful or who tends to expect the best possible outcome”. But are optimists naive, ingenuous or even dreamers? Life is filled with good and bad moments, challenges, difficulties and decisions and optimists tend to tackle these situations with a positive attitude. They look for the light at the end of the tunnel in difficult times.
There are approximately 300 million native English speakers on our planet today, another 300 million who use English as a second language and a further 100 million who use it as a foreign language. English is one of the official languages of the United Nations, the European Union and the International Olympic Committee. It is …