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Big Brother, the thought police, the two minutes’ hate, doublethink, unperson, 2+2=5 and the ministry of truth.

"It was a bright cold day in April," goes the first line of 1984, "and the clocks were striking thirteen" George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four opening sentence. Another 35 years have elapsed since then, and Nineteen Eighty-Four remains the book we turn to when truth is mutilated, when language is distorted, when power is abused, when we want to know how bad things can get.

Nothing but the truth: the legacy of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four(The Guardian)


THE TRUE SIZE OF COUNTRIES

THE EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY OF THE FAKIR

On the lookout for a non-mainstream film in English? This is the film I saw yesterday at Renoir Princesa (V.O.S.) which is an adaptation from the book The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobeby French writer, Romain Puértolas

The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir (original title) is a colourful, feel-good movie, the perfect fit for those who want to practise English with little stress. A delightful crowdpleaser!

LAST-MINUTE RESOURCES AND TIPS FOR C1 ENGLISH TESTS

Are you only days away from taking a B2/C1 English test? These links, tips and resources might help you make the most of your last-minute revision time: Last-minute resources and tips for C1 English tests

AT YOUR DESK OR ON THE MOVE

Down below are some podcasts you might like to listen to while you enjoy your jog in the park or your leisurely stroll down Calle Mayor on your way to your favourite place to savour a nice cup of café con leche. Take your pick: one or two are rather exam focused, but the others pivot around English in a more or less light-hearted way. Hope you enjoy them! (tip from C1 evening teacher, Martín) The English We Speak Better At English
Luke's English Podcast
Splendid Speaking Podomatic
VOA Learning English Podcast

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A NEW TWIST ON A CLASSIC TALE

On Friday, you asked me why all English teachers love Jane Austen. Why, indeed? "… the peculiar brilliance of Austen lies partly in what she focuses on, and what she ignores." (Times Insider).
It’s no wonder. She’s among the most revered authors writing in English. Her novels take a critical and often humorous look at life in the late 1700s. The tales of life, and love, are filled with irony, and a sense of realism about the era and the characters she wrote about. Besides, her work remains relevant. As the Jane Austen Society claims, "[Austen] is very pertinent even today".
https://www.digitalausten.org/node/50
Jane Austen in modern-day India. What do you make of it? Surprisingly delicious!

This is Gurinder Chadha's all-singing, all-dancing new Bollywood-Austen spin. She is an English film director of Kenyan Asian origin. She is best known for the films Bend it like Beckham (2002) in which we can see a very young Keira Knighley and What's cooking? (2000). If yo…

INTERESTING STORIES AWAIT!

Here you have a list of novels in English from different English-speaking countries  (mostly UK and US, though).
Take your pick and see you tomorrow!
Weird and offbeat: The Libreria Acqua Alta Bookstore in Venice