Monday, 26 April 2010

Texting Eclipses Calling

'Texting eclipses calling' among US teenagers.

Texting is more popular among girls than boys, the survey showed Texting has become the most popular form of communication among young people in the US, research indicates.

The study, by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, suggests that texting has eclipsed mobile phone calls among teenagers for the first time.

More than 30% of teens send more than 100 texts a day, it shows.

Researchers say more payment plans offering unlimited texts have helped to create the surge in the US, which used to lag other parts of the world.

Continue reading .... and say if this is your case leaving some comments below.

Have a look on this list of texting abbreviations!

Thursday, 22 April 2010

What do you know about Australia and New Zealand?

On Natural Geographic's Australia and New Zealand's webpages you'll get basic information about these countries, with videos relating their history and nature.

After that try to answer these Webquest about Australia, Australian Quiz or New Zealand Trivia.

Take Care of our World

Forty years after the first Earth Day, the world is in greater peril than ever. While climate change is the greatest challenge of our time, it also presents the greatest opportunity – an unprecedented opportunity to build a healthy, prosperous, clean energy economy now and for the future...

So Take Action

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Verb Tenses. Treasure Hunt

BBC Skillwise offers you the great opportunity to enjoy this treasure hunt using verb tenses. Are you brave enough to do it? Enter the web and have fun.

How to play.
Choose a level

Monday, 12 April 2010

More Clothes Practice

(Click on the image to enlarge)

Now try some other games in this web site and HAVE FUN!

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Passive or Active Voice

Make a choice by clicking on the radio button, then compare it with the correct answer hidden under the answer button.

1. Everybody ___ by the terrible news yesterday.
b.was shocked

Go on with the test

If you want more about this topic.

Saturday, 10 April 2010

What Are You Wearing?

Do you remember clothes vocabulary? Try to revise it with these photos.

And now try these games:

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Face Match

Practise listening to English with British Council Face Match. Listen to the descriptions and find the right person!

How to play: Read or listen to a description of a person. You'll see six faces. Which is the right person? Click on the face and then click on 'choose' to see if you are correct.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

April Fool's Day

"The first of April
is the day we remember
what we are the other 364 days of the year
~By Mark Twain~

"The first of April, some do say,
Is set apart for All Fools' Day.
But why the people call it so,
Nor I, nor they themselves do know.
But on this day are people sent
On purpose for pure merriment."
~Poor Robin's Almanac (1790)~
All Fools' Day as it was called years ago was, is observed in many countries around the world.

In the Lake District, an April Fool is a - 'April noddy'.

April noddy's past and gone,
You're the fool an' I'm none.

In Cornwall, an April Fool is a 'guckaw' or 'gowk', another word for cuckoo (a bird). If a child succeeded in 'taking in' another, he used to shout after him ~ "Fool, fool, the guckaw." On the other hand if the person resisited the trick, he would say ~ "The gowk and the titlene sit on a tree, You're a gowk as weel as me." Titlene refers to a hedge sparrow (a bird).
In Cheshire, an April Fool is a 'April gawby' or 'gobby or gob'.
In Christow in Devon, pranks had to be played in the afternoon. The day there was known as ‘Tail-pipe Day', because it was a custom to pin an inscription ‘Please kick me' to the coat-tails of an unsupecting victim.

The day is known ‘Gowkie Day' or ‘Hunt the Gowk'.
In the Orkney Isles, the pranks are transferred to 2nd April, which is known as ‘Tailing Day'.

An April Fool is called a 'fish' - 'poisson d'Avril' - and it is the custom to send friends a dainty present made up in the form of a small fish.

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