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VOCABULARY – GEORGE ORWELL

Dopo aver letto l’articolo sul capolavoro di George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four, prova a fare questo esercizio. What do these words taken from the text mean? 1) lie ahead (verb) be postponed / be going to happen / accomplish 2) ominous (adjective) sinister / belonging to the human race/ generous 3) mistrust (noun) mistaken opinion / […]

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IDIOMS: TO BEAT ONE’S HEAD AGAINST A BRICK WALL

IDIOMS: TO BEAT ONE’S HEAD AGAINST A BRICK WALL

Sbattere la testa contro un muro di mattoni non è per niente piacevole. In genere questa azione indica che siamo in preda allo sconforto, disperati, frustrati. Infatti questa espressione si usa per riferirsi a una situazione o un’azione che continuiamo a ripetere senza successo. Esempio: I have tried many times to convince him to stop […]

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GEORGE ORWELL’S TIPS

GEORGE ORWELL’S TIPS

Nel saggio “Politics and the English Language” (1946), George Orwell offre preziosi consigli sulla scrittura. Te li riassumiamo qui: GEORGE ORWELL’S WRITING TIPS: 1. Never use a metaphor, simile or another figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print. 2. Never use a long word where a short one will do. 3. […]

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How do you say…

How do you say…

… ‘essere a corto di’ in inglese? to be little of to be short of to be a few of La risposta corretta è la 2. 

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SONG – HEY JOE

SONG – HEY JOE

The single Hey Joe, that features many elements of blues music, was recorded by more than a hundred artists, however Jimi Hendrix’s version is by far the most famous. He first performed it at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and was also the last song played at Woodstock in 1969. Ascolta la canzone e […]

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How do you say…

How do you say…

… ‘su entrambi i lati’ in inglese? at both sides at the two sides on either side La risposta corretta è la 3. 

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How do you say…

… ‘avere fretta’ in inglese? to be in a rush to be in rush to have rush La risposta corretta è la 1. 

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IRREGULAR VERBS

IRREGULAR VERBS

Se sei alle prime armi con l’inglese, questo esercizio sui verbi irregolari ti sarà molto utile. Group the following irregular verbs, in all their forms, in the appropriate box, according to the given example. ring / fight / write / hit / fly / build / know / speak / ride / choose / think […]

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ODD ONE OUT – THE PENTAGON

ODD ONE OUT – THE PENTAGON

Trova l’intruso tra questi aggettivi che appaiono nell’articolo sul Pentagono. Find the adjective that doesn’t belong to the group: 1) iconic / symbolic / vivid / recognizable 2) indistinguishable / similar / identical / equal 3) various / few / several / numerous 4) extra / exaggerated / additional / supplementary 5) massive / heavy […]

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How do you say…

How do you say…

… ‘tutto fumo e niente arrosto’ in inglese? It’s fake fire It’s all fire in the sky It’s all hat and no cattle La risposta corretta è la 3.  È un’espressione americana che fa riferimento a “cattle ranchers and the hats they stereotypically wear”.

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