Life in the United Kingdom | Online English Lessons

One of the things I love most about my work is meeting really interesting people from such different cultural backgrounds. I travelled a lot when I was younger (though not so much in recent years), and meeting people from all over the world, plus my love of language, was my inspiration to become an English language teacher. The students I’ve taught have come from many … [Read more…]

Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Christian festival of Lent. In 2013 Pancake Day is 12th February. Lent is traditionally a time for fasting, and Pancake Day is a good way to use up foods that were given up for Lent e.g. eggs and butter. Today, people are more likely to give up luxuries such as chocolate. Pancakes are … [Read more…]

The London 2012 Olympic Games starts on the 27th July 2012 and ends on 12th August 2012. The 2012 Paralympic Games starts on 29th August 2012 and ends 9th September 2012. Athletes from 250 different countries will compete in 26 Olympic sports and 20 Paralympic sports. Ten facts about the Olympic Stadium (from the BBC) London is a multicultural city of approximately … [Read more…]

St George is the patron saint of England. St George’s Day is on 23rd April and it’s the national day of England. St George died on 23rd April 303 AD. In 1222, the 23rd of April was declared a feast day or public holiday by the Synod of Oxford in honour of St George. It’s thought that King Edward III proclaimed St George the Patron Saint of England in either … [Read more…]

St Piran is the national saint of Cornwall, a county in the South West of England in the UK. St Piran’s Day is Cornwall’s national day and is celebrated on 5th March every year.  According to legend, St Piran was born in Ireland in the sixth century. The Kings of Ireland were suspicious of his miraculous powers so he was tied to a millstone and thrown over a cliff into … [Read more…]