Weekly English Practice

Boris Becker feared attack in UK jail

02/02/2023 Former Grand Slam tennis champion Boris Becker has spoken of his loneliness, his fears and the lessons he learned behind bars. Click HERE to download the Weekly English Practice as a PDF. Useful Vocabulary jail: to put someone in jail or prison. asset: something valuable belonging to a person or organisation that can be used for the payment of debts. cut a slimmer figure : to…

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Scotland passes transgender self-identification bill

26/01/2023 Scotland and Spain pass progressive transgender self-identification bills on the same day. Coach John looks at the issue. Click HERE to download the Weekly English Practice as a PDF. Useful Vocabulary scrap: to remove sth bill: a set of proposals debated in a parliament, which if a majority vote in favour of, becomes a law applicant: a person who makes an official application for something to…

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Where do ‘tapas’ come from?

19/01/2023 In this week’s WEP, Kez relates three possible origins of the tiny, tasty treat known here in the Basque Country as a ‘pintxo’, but in Spain and around the world as ‘tapas’. Click HERE to download the Weekly English Practice as a PDF. Useful Vocabulary treat: something which isn’t ordinary and gives great pleasure greasy: covered with, resembling or produced by oil whet your appetite: to…

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Tokyo’s anti-procrastination café

12/01/23 Writers in Tokyo who need an antidote to procrastination can now enjoy a coffee under pressure at Tokyo’s ‘Manuscript Writing’ café. Click HERE to download the Weekly English Practice as a PDF. Useful Vocabulary out of the question: not permitted cosy: warm and comfortable docking port: a place to plug in your devices to slouch: to sit in a curved position to nod off: to start…

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Scientists make further inroads into reversing ageing

22/12/22 UK research could lead to development of techniques that will stave off diseases of old age. Click HERE to download the Weekly English Practice as a PDF. Useful Vocabulary stave off: to avert or delay something bad or dangerous concoction: a mixture of various ingredients or elements tissues: any of the distinct types of material of which animals or plants are made, consisting of specialised cells…

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John’s pick of the Christmas flicks

15/12/22 There are hundreds of Christmas movies. Here are some recommended by Coach John. Click HERE to download the Weekly English Practice as a PDF. Useful Vocabulary settle down: to get comfortable when I were a lad: colloquial phrase used by Northerners (North England) — grammatically incorrect scared witless: extremely frightened Kris Kringle: the Austrian and German Christmas gift-bringer. Assimilated into US English by immigrants From the…

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Consumer confidence: the COVID comedown*

07/12/22 Households across the rich world have never been so gloomy. They seem to be suffering from a coronavirus comedown. Click HERE to download the Weekly English Practice as a PDF. Useful Vocabulary *comedown: a feeling of depression downbeat: pessimistic or gloomy surge: a sudden, large increase, often temporary to despise: to feel contempt or deep repugnance price-gouging: overcharging by quickly increasing the price to take advantage…

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The hatred of Henry Ford

01/12/2022 Over 100 years ago, on 1st December 1913, Henry Ford introduced the first moving assembly line, transforming the automotive industry and overall manufacturing processes forever. Click HERE to download the Weekly English Practice as a PDF. Useful vocabulary *hatred: hate (intense dislike) entrepreneur: a businessperson virulent: full of hate and violent opposition antisemite: a person who hates Jewish people evils: acts considered to be inherently bad…

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Misheard lyrics and mondegreens

24/11/22 “She’s got a chicken to ride,” “Hold me closer, Tony Danza,” and “the ants are blowing in the wind” are all examples of mondegreens. That is not what the original artist is singing, although we may think it is. Click HERE to download the Weekly English Practice as a PDF. Useful vocabulary botch: to carry out a task badly or carelessly mishap: an unlucky event or…

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I JUST WANNA WALK HOME

17/11/22 November 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Click HERE to download the Weekly English Practice as a PDF. Useful vocabulary worldwide: extending or spread throughout the world; everywhere in the world. sexual harassment: persistent unwelcome directing of sexual remarks and looks, and unnecessary physical contact at a person, usually a woman, especially in the workplace blunt instrument: heavy object without…

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