The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. Not long after, Pope Julius I declared that the birth of Jesus was to be celebrated on the 25th December; from then on Christmas has always been celebrated on the 25th. On the 25th December, it is […]
If you are lucky enough to be enjoying a traditional Christmas dinner this year then you will certainly be expecting to pull a cracker, a Christmas Cracker that is. These colourful accessories on the family table are enjoyed by everyone and no Christmas will ever be the same without one. A beautiful metallic wrapped cardboard tube that compliments this traditional meal, but why do we pull one, where have they come from and what’s the meaning behind this?
The Christmas (or Xmas) Pudding originated in the 14th Century, but not as we know it today. It was originally called ‘Frumenty’ and was made of beef and mutton, then mixed with fruit and it looked more like a soup than a Christmas pudding. It was eaten as a fasting meal, prior to the Christmas festivities.
British Humour is unique and can seem baffling at first. The key is not to take yourself too seriously. Understanding British humour is not to take yourself too seriously, make light of your failures and flaws, clumsiness and embarrassing moments. The British are good at teasing and taking the piss, out of themselves and others. […]
Whether you are a babbling baby or a senior citizen reminiscing over the past or just having a general conversation in English, conversation happens everyday and is the key to communication. I am going to take you back to the very young school stays where it all started on that cold school hall:- In the […]
A traditional afternoon tea is quintessentially English. It is a meal that is served after 2.00pm (before this would be lunch) and no later than 8.00pm (after this would be dinner). History of Afternoon Tea The tradition goes back to the early nineteenth century, when Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford complained about ‘being hungry’ during […]
English is one of the most descriptive and fascinating languages to learn. Our words are so delightful they roll around and off your tongue. It’s a truly beautiful language and no wonder it is the first choice of Romantic Poets throughout the world. There are so many 19th century Wordsmiths expressing themselves and their thoughts with […]
What better way to learn English than submersing yourself in a British Movie. Not only can you understand what’s going on when you see it directly played out in acting but you are actually able to feel the emotions from the screening. Watching Movies can be a very relaxing hobby that also educates you at the same time.
The English like to speak nicely and have a good reputation throughout the World for doing so. Indeed, well spoken English is like “nothing on earth!” However, we also like to speak in a relaxed and informal way and sometimes even use Cockney Rhyming Slang. For instance, do you know what “apples and pears” mean?” […]