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English idioms: Health & Fitness

20 idioms based on Health

Compulsive exercise post: listening practice and vocabulary

Healthcare post: vocabulary and healthcare debate

Parodies of "Need You Now", "Dynamite" and "Bad Romance" for a school project about universal health care (beware: not professional singers but the lyrics are worth reading, anyway.)


Catherine Tate Show characters
In the following video with English subtitles, you can learn more things about Cockney such as when and where it originated (17th century, can you adam and eve it? (believe):

Now, this is the video we saw in class this morning (with English subtitles too). Please, do notice the examples from Old English Lauren uses:
for sooth (indeed)
thou (subject 'you')
thee (object 'you')
thy (possessive 'your')
looketh (look)
wench (girl or young woman)
You'll take the high road and I'll take the low road (from a traditional Scottish song):

Oh, ye'll tak' the high road, and I'll tak' the low road,And I'll get to Scotland afore ye;But me and my true love will never meet againOn the bonnie, bonnie banks o' Loch Lomond.
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet (from Romeo and Juliet):

Juliet: O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
And I…



February 1st, 2011 post on British accents: Welsh

QI is a comedy panel game in which being quite interesting is more important than being right. Stephen Fry is joined week by four comedians to share anecdotes and trivia and to answer some questions as well.
QI: Welsh racism with comedian Rob Brydon

Stephen: Rob, what's the difference between a Carlisle Surprise, a Reverse Canterbury Pleasure, and a sheep tied to a lamp post in Cardiff? Rob: Now, this is another example of the institutionalised racism-- Stephen: That's true. Rob: --which is accepted when it's directed towards . . . the Welsh. As it has . . . Is this a reference to the joke about the . . . about: "What is a sheep tied to a lamp post in Cardiff? . . . It's a leisure centre." Now, because . . . because-- Stephen: It's awfully good-- Rob: [pointing to the audience, who is laughing] No! No! No! No! No! [points at Stephen] And . . . and you, no! Stephen: [puts on stern face and pushes glasses to face] N…


Where's Miranda?Miranda, Series 2 Episode 4BBC TwoStevie is angry about Miranda having a new friend:
Miranda: Right, I am off to the restaurant. Stevie: Off to meet Tamara, are we? Miranda: What do you mean "are we"? I'm just going to meet Tamara for a coffee. Stevie: Going for a coffee with Tamara, are we?
Remember that sometimes we use an affirmative tag after an affirmative statement to express anger, interest, surprise, and so forth. Once again, intonation is very important here.

You can find different exercises about question tags here, here or here.

Fancy some grammar review?


Did you find the reading exam more difficult that you'd expected? Well, this means you need more practice. Make the most of the next two months before you have to take the real exam in June!

Listening practice also available in the above-mentioned links and here:
Listening (multiple choice)
Listening (fill in the gaps)
Listening (multiple matching)

So if you are not going to the theatre tomorrow with the rest of your classmates, you'll have plenty of free time in the morning. Use it well!