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READING COMPREHENSION – THE TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD

READING COMPREHENSION – THE TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD

Read the article on the Transcontinental Railroad and complete the sentences. 1) Today to travel from the east to the west coast of the US only takes ____. 2) In the first half of the 18th century it took about ____. 3) The First Transcontinental Railroad was built ____. 4) The First Transcontinental Railroad was […]

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Idioms: A dry run/a dummy run

Idioms: A dry run/a dummy run

L’espressione ‘dry run’ oppure a ‘dummy run’ non è necessariamente legata alla corsa ma a qualsiasi contesto in cui ci vuole una prova generale. Nell’ambito sportivo, per esempio, immaginiamo degli sciatori che scendono dalle piste olimpiche prima delle gare per controllare che tutto vada bene. Esempio tratto da The Telegraph, January 2019: ‘A high-profile £50,000 […]

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PRONUNCIATION – BENEDIT CUMBERBATCH

PRONUNCIATION – BENEDIT CUMBERBATCH

Ecco un esercizio sulla pronuncia. In English not all the words are pronounced. For example, in the article we found the word role, in which the letter “e” is silent; or the word group, where the “o” isn’t pronounced; or else the word friend, where the “i” is silent. Find the silent letter in each […]

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VOCABULARY – ZERO WASTE

VOCABULARY – ZERO WASTE

Find the verbs that mean the same as: 1) cause 2) report 3) switch 4) emit 5) promote 6) take place 7) educate 8) mitigate 9) avoid 10) stop   reduce / encourage / cease / train / change / bring / about / prevent / emanate /occur / inform

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ONE ODD OUT – CALIFORNIA WINES

ONE ODD OUT – CALIFORNIA WINES

Find the adjective that doesn’t belong to the group: 1) valid – sound – prodigal – well-grounded 2) fair – huge – tremendous – massive 3) amazing – awesome – swelling – stunning 4) famous – renowned – notorious – well-known 5) similar – premium – resembling – alike 6) ideal – faultless – perfect […]

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Idioms: A different ball game/a whole new ball game

Idioms: A different ball game/a whole new ball game

Se descrivi una situazione come ‘a differenti ball game’, oppure ‘a whole new ball game’, significa che è radicalmente diversa rispetto a com’era prima, in meglio. Esempio: ‘I used to hate teaching. Now I work with kids and that’s a whole new ball game.’ (Prima odiavo insegnare. Ora lavoro con i bambini ed è tutta […]

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How do you say…

How do you say…

… ‘gettare la spugna’ in inglese? to throw the towel to throw in the sponge to throw in the towel La risposta corretta è la 3. In inglese si usa la parola ‘towel’ (asciugamano).

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READING COMPREHENSION – MEGHAN MARKLE

READING COMPREHENSION – MEGHAN MARKLE

Dopo aver letto l’articolo di Andrew Morton che mette a confronto la duchessa di Sussex con la scomparsa Lady D, fai questo esercizio di comprensione. Read and complete the sentences with the following adjectives: humanitarian / clean / academic / late / stately / sombre / common / powerful / Catholic / significant / reluctant […]

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THE BEST OF THE BLOG – ST. VALENTINE / MICHELLE OBAMA

ST. VALENTINE I have just read the article about Saint Valentine with interest but I am very surprised that there is no mention of Terni. Here we all know that the real Saint Valentine is in the Basilica of Terni! Annarita Dear Annarita, You are quite right. We really should have included the Saint Valentine […]

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Idioms: Open the flood gates

Idioms: Open the flood gates

I ‘flood gates’ (chiuse) fanno parte di una diga. Nel caso di un’alluvione, si aprono per permettere la fuoriuscita dell’acqua in modo controllato. Ma è chiaro che, una volta aperta la diga, il flusso dell’acqua è molto forte, travolgente. Esempio: ‘Not many volunteers came forward in the beginning, but after the advert on TV, the […]

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