Sunday, 21 December 2014

SEASON'S GREETINGS!


"Each Christmas I remember
The ones of long ago;
I see our mantelpiece adorned
With stockings in a row.
Each Christmas finds me dreaming
Of days that used to be,
When we hid presents here and there,
For all the family.
Each Christmas I remember
The fragrance in the air,
Of roasting turkey and mince pies
And cookies everywhere.
Each Christmas finds me longing
For Christmases now past,
And I am back in childhood
As long as memories last."
Carice Williams, Christmas Past 



In 6 Minute English, Rob and Finn discuss what the festive season means to different people and explain some Christmas-related vocabulary.
Listen to A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens here.


Tuesday, 16 December 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JANE AUSTEN!


How did this early-19th-century novelist become the chick-lit, chick-flick queen for today? It is not only because she is an enduring writer. A few other female writers have achieved pop culture celebrity: Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath for the drama of their suicides, the Brontës for the Gothic feelings of gloom and mystery of their novels and the contrast to their quiet lives. None inspire the warmth, fanaticism - or merchandising – that Jane Austen does. Click here to continue reading ...
And now here watch the very emotional ending of the gorgeous movie Becoming Jane whose  story isn’t so much historical as it is a romance with lots of twists and turns.

Read here  to discover why we need to celebrate the Jane Austen Day!

Jane Austen in quotes: 30 tips for a successful life
Celebrating Jane Austen Day 2014 with 75 Sensational Quotes That Every Janeite Should Not Live Without
I Learned Everything I Needed to Know About Marriage From Pride and Prejudice


Friday, 12 December 2014

THINKING ABOUT GRAMMAR



This morning a colleague of mine told me that grammar rules and exercises are not very important when learning a foreign language as a beginner ... it would be better reading texts! I was just amazed! 

Grammar, regardless of the country or the language, is the foundation for communication - the better the grammar, the clearer the message, the more likelihood of understanding the message's intent and meaning. That is what communication is all about. 
William B. Bradshaw 

You can read the whole article here.
Click here to discover a wonderful website to revise your grammar. 


Thursday, 11 December 2014

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST




Today I recommend watching The Importance of Being Earnest here, the 2002  British-American romantic comedy-drama film based on Oscar Wilde's classic comedy of manners play of the same name.
This play is funny all the time, actually there is nothing earnest about it, at least on the surface! It is a satire of the Victorian era, when a complicated code of behaviour governed everything from communication to sexuality. Regarded by many as Oscar Wilde’s masterpiece, it offers a brilliant commentary on class, money, marriage and morals.
Click here to read the whole play.
Here and here you can find a detailed analysis of the play (plot, characters, themes).

Thursday, 4 December 2014

THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE


Click here to read this emotionally intriguing novel by  Audrey Niffenegger online. 
You can also read some reviews here and here.
Here you can find a thorough analysis of the novel.

Monday, 1 December 2014

DECEMBER


God gave us our memories so that we might have roses in December.
J. M. Barrie

Sunday, 30 November 2014

ARE YOU A JANEITE?


Here are some interesting articles to read  just in case you you feel like becoming a Janeite ...


Thursday, 27 November 2014