Acronyms

Acronyms

One linguistic tool used every day is acronyms – names or words consisting of abbreviations of the initial letters or syllables of a phrase. The top 50 acronyms include short forms used for popular film genres. Rom-coms (romantic comedies) make you LOL (Laugh out loud) and sci-fi (science fiction) incorporates many hi-tech SFX (Special Effects). Some countries and organisations also use acronyms, e.g. the USA, EU, UN (United Nations), UK or GB and NATO. The leaders of the G8 or G20 nations are VIPs who meet to discuss global issues like CO2 emissions.…Czytaj dalej …
How Do Americans Celebrate Death?

How Do Americans Celebrate Death?

For many Americans, 31 October is the most important day in the calendar. For children and adults alike, Halloween is a time when society’s constricting norms don’t apply and you’re free to dress, eat and act as you please. Americans get to celebrate without being tethered down by the family obligations or religious solemnity that mark many other holidays. This modern interpretation of Halloween, though, is nothing like the Halloween of centuries ago. American pop culture is chock-full of references to Halloween, but the day’s roots can be traced across the pond, back…Czytaj dalej …
So Long Summer?

So Long Summer?

Here at English Matters, we always like to keep you on your toes. So here’s a question for all our readers out there - just where has the summer gone? Less than two weeks ago I was walking around in my klapki and T-shirt, yet here we are and I’m already dusting down my jackets and wondering when I’m going to have to buy a new pair of gloves. I know we had a decent summer, but is the winter creeping up on us that quickly? I’m not quite ready for it! Are…Czytaj dalej …
Joining the Gym

Joining the Gym

Now, anyone who reads this blog on a regular basis will know that I’m forever trying to get myself in a better shape. Well, aren’t we all? Whether it’s more exercise, better diet, less pizza or whatever. But I’ve never gone as far as to actually join a gym! However, two weeks ago a friend of mine suggested we did just that. We started going last week and already I’m feeling the benefits. While I might not look any better yet, just having been a few times has certainly made me feel better…Czytaj dalej …
Christmas In August?

Christmas In August?

Last week I had an arranged meeting with a client of mine in a popular hotel - to save embarrassment I won’t mention names. Everything was going well, arrived on time, table booked, so on and so forth. However, upon entering the hotel foyer, I was greeted by a huge seven foot inflatable Santa Clause and a sign urging me to book my Christmas dinner. Now call me old fashioned, but surely August is a little bit too early to be thinking about such things..?! We’ve not even got the school summer holidays…Czytaj dalej …
RIP Kora

RIP Kora

Like many of my friends and colleagues, I was saddened recently to hear about the passing of Olga Aleksandra Sipowicz - better known by her mononym ‘Kora’. Born in Krakow in 1951, Kora’s influence on the Polish music scene has been undeniably huge and any music fan worth their salt would be able to name you at least a handful of Maanam songs. One song that I will always love is ‘Lucciola’ - one of Maanam’s finest moments and a song which my band chose to cover live whenever we played concerts around…Czytaj dalej …
Song and Memories

Song and Memories

Two nights ago I was travelling home by taxi and a song came on the radio. It was not really the kind of music I listen to but it's such a powerful song it brought tears to my eyes. The tune in question is 'New York' by Alicia Keys, a beautiful track which pays homage to one of the most amazing cities in the world. I've only been to America once, but I was lucky enough to visit NY during the spring and I got to see it in all its splendour. I…Czytaj dalej …
Spot on Spotify!

Spot on Spotify!

Well it's been a right heatwave across Europe and what better time to get out and enjoy the sunshine? But while many folks have been out there enjoying the weather, us here at English Matters Towers have been cooped up indoors producing the magazine you love most. Whilst being hard at work, one of my colleagues recently introduced me to the wonders of Spotify. And what a life-changer it is. Like many of my friends, I no longer own a CD player or a record deck, so having access to a constant stream…Czytaj dalej …
World Cup Fever

World Cup Fever

Well it's finally here... after months and months of waiting, the World Cup is now upon us! Many years ago I was a season ticket holder at my local club Middlesbrough FC, although this obviously had to change when I relocated to Poland. While I do try and get to as many live games as possible in my newfound homeland, it's not quite the same as watching your local team. Anyway, the World Cup is a chance to see teams and players from right around the globe that you may never have seen…Czytaj dalej …
Scottish Delights

Scottish Delights

I've written about the wonders of the Scottish countryside before in this blog, but it is something that really never fails to amaze me. Whenever I return back to the UK, I always make a point in travelling 'North of the Border' to visit family members and also see what the beautiful country has to offer. In my most recent visit, we were met with blistering sunhine (you could easily have been in Spain or Portugal) and not a cloud in the sky. Not great for those of us prone to sunburn, but…Czytaj dalej …