How well do you know English accents?

How well do you know English accents?

How well do you know English accents?

Do you know some of these 25 English accents?

Test How well do you know English accents?

Can you which accent comes from which country or region – this is a challenge in 25 accents – How well do you know English accents?

English is perhaps one of the most dialect-diverse languages in the world.

With countless accents shaped by thousands of years of history, there are few languages with as many varieties of language, accents, slangs and dialects.

The New York Skyline Quiz

The New York Skyline Quiz

The New York Skyline Quiz

We have all seen the New York skyline in movies or even in real life. But do you know anything about the buildings, bridges and iconic constructions in that skyline?

New York City is famous for many things, but primarily it is known as the city of skyscrapers.  It all started with the religious cathedrals – its oldest “skyscraper” was the Trinity Church, which was 280ft tall at the time of its completion, in 1846.  Nowadays there are at least 132 buildings which are taller than 600 feet (183 m).

What is a skyscraper ? A skyscraper is a tall, continuously habitable building having multiple floors (UK) or storeys (USA). When the term was originally used in the 1880s it described a building of 10 to 20 floors but now it is used to describe a building of at least 40 to 50 floors. Mostly designed for office, commercial and residential uses, a skyscraper can also be called a high-rise, but the term “skyscraper” is often used for buildings higher than 100 m (328 ft). For buildings above a height of 300 m (984 ft), the term “supertall” can be used, while skyscrapers reaching beyond 600 m (1,969 ft) are classified as “megatall”.

How many iconic constructions (skyscraper, bridges and statues) can you name ? This silhouette of the skyline can give you a clue….

Test you knowledge with this quiz, learn some new vocabulary and pick up some fun facts at the same time.

The New York Skyline Quiz

The New York skyline is world famous, but how well do you really know it ?

After doing the quiz check out the podcast A Few Days in New York 


Best Oscar Film Quiz

Best Oscar Film Quiz

Which Oscar nominated film should you go and see?

The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are awards for artistic and technical merit in the film industry.

The big blockbusters are usually great films with very strong acting, special effects or a very engaging story line.

The origin of the Oscar statuette dates all the way back to 1927. That’s when members of the newly formed Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held a dinner in the Crystal Ballroom of the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles to devise a way to honor outstanding achievements in cinema. MGM art director  sketched the figure of a knight gripping a sword, standing in front of a reel of film. The five spokes of the reel stood for the original five branches of the Academy—actors, directors, producers, technicians, and writers—while the sword symbolized protection for the welfare of the industry.

It is said that the Academy librarian and future executive director Margaret Herrick noted that the bald figure resembled her Uncle Oscar, hence the nickname stuck…. and the rest is history as they say.

In this quiz we ask 10 questions to help you choose which Oscar winning film you should go and see. The questions cover the type of plot, the emotions you seek at the cinema and actors you enjoy watching.  

The vocabulary focuses on all the words you need to talk about movies.

Which Oscar winning film should you go to see ?


The or no The

The or no The

For many learners using, or not using, “the” is a bit hit and miss !

There are some guidelines but to be honest the rules are not that clear ……. so you need some practice.

As a general rule we use “the” when we talk about a specific noun and no “the” when we are talking in general. The examples in the quiz will highlight this.

Also remember that countries do not generally have “the” in front of them except when the country is a plural noun. So watch out for “The United States” but America. Again you will see examples in the quiz.

We start the quiz with some easy questions and get more and more complex. 

  Do the quiz once to get the idea and then do it again and time yourself to go quicker and quicker.

Go for it !

THE or no THE ?


New TOEIC Test parts – Regional TOEIC

New TOEIC Test parts – Regional TOEIC

New TOEIC Test parts – Regional TOEIC

New TOEIC Test parts – Regional TOEIC – The TOEIC Test (Test of English for International Communication has been around for a few years now, and has recently been updated.

The next stage of development of TOEIC, has included two new sections on regional listening and grammar – notably a section on West Country English from the county of Somerset in England.

The powers that be, in the organisation of the TOEIC exam have decided that Somerset is one of the regional accents that learners of English will need to equipe them for life and especially for professional life.

We are including, never-been-seen-before samples of two of the sections, which will be in place in the new TOEIC test, starting on 1 April 2017.

Of course this is just a bit of fun – and why not have a bit of fun whilst learning or improving your English …

One hit wonders

One hit wonders

A one-hit wonder is any group or solo singer that achieves mainstream popularity, often for only one piece of work, and becomes known among the general public solely for that momentary success.

The term is most commonly used in regard to music performerswith only one hit single that overshadows their other work.

Sometimes, artists dubbed “one-hit wonders” in a particular country have had great success in other countries.

Music artists with subsequent popular albums and hit listings are typically not considered a one-hit wonder.

One-hit wonders usually see their popularity decreasing after their hit listing and most often don’t return to hit listings with other songs or albums.

In this podcast, Chris turns the tables on Sue and asks her a question – listen out for it.


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