Urban Dictionary: The English Words of Young People

Growing up in London has made me realise that the correct English language is a bit of a myth. The only person I remember ever speaking the correct English language in my entire life was my Secondary School Head Teacher. To be fair she was about 70 something year old, it would have been very … Continue reading Urban Dictionary: The English Words of Young People

A Beginner’s Guide to Cockney Rhyming Slang

What is Cockney rhyming slang? If you’ve ever been to London and witnessed people speaking a strange kind of English that you didn’t understand, you were probably hearing Cockney rhyming slang. CRS replaces one word with a pair of words that rhyme with it. For example, ‘trouble and strife’ means ‘wife’ in Cockney rhyming slang, … Continue reading A Beginner’s Guide to Cockney Rhyming Slang

English traffic expressions from my trip to Jakarta

While I was in Jakarta last week, I thought of some interesting vocabulary I would like to share related to my trip. Try and guess what the words and expressions in black mean then check your answers at the end of the article. Jakarta is an interesting city. Many people find it intimidating at first … Continue reading English traffic expressions from my trip to Jakarta

English travel vocabulary from my trip to Malaysia

While I was travelling to Malaysia last week, I started thinking about the specific English vocabulary used for travelling by plane. Here’s a little story containing some useful travel vocabulary. See if you can guess what the words in black mean, then check your answers at the bottom. I am an early bird so it … Continue reading English travel vocabulary from my trip to Malaysia

5 reasons why you should practise English with your kids

The industry based around teaching kids English is huge. Millions of dollars a year are made by schools and publishing companies. There are so many reasons why it’s important for kids to learn English and if you have learnt English as your second language already, you will probably know all of them. While it’s great … Continue reading 5 reasons why you should practise English with your kids

Slice of the action

As regular readers of this blog will already know, I love tasting different kinds of food from all over the world. That’s why this article on the BBC News website caught my eye. The most delicious pizza I’ve ever had was in Italy so hopefully this trademark will help them make sure the pizza there … Continue reading Slice of the action