Breakfast ideas  –  peanut-butter coated frozen banana with sprinkles

Breakfast ideas – peanut-butter coated frozen banana with sprinkles

    This breakfast definitely gets the award for the fanciest name! Sprinkles, in case you are wondering, are any topping that is small and numerous, and added using a sprinkling action (basically you drop the small bits of something on the bigger something and call it ‘sprinkles’ to make it sound nice…which it is). They are sometimes chopped nuts and sometimes flakes of chocolate. You can even buy ‘sprinkles’ in the shops – this type are small pieces of sugar, processed with colouring to make them all the bright colours of the rainbow that children can’t get enough of. Whichever sprinkle you choose, to…Czytaj dalej …
What can be set?

What can be set?

A very useful verb in the English language is the verb to set. Here are a few examples of things that all can be set: • a date • guidelines • standards • a fashion • an alarm clock • the table • something on fire • your jaw (when it’s broken) • sail • the scene (for sth)     More tidbits about English available  in English Matters special edition entitled 365 Days with English Matters - 365 mini lekcji na każdy dzień roku.                     …Czytaj dalej …
Christmas Dialogues – Let’s Practice

Christmas Dialogues – Let’s Practice

    Discussing Presents   Peter: Now that we’ve all finished eating, we’d like to welcome you to the gift-giving part of our celebration. Mark: I’ll volunteer to pass out the gifts. Let’s look at this gigantic box. What could be in here? Susan: That one’s from me. It’s actually for you Mark. Merry Christmas! Mark: Aw, thanks Susan. What about this gift? This has to be the most dazzling wrapping paper I’ve ever seen. Peter: I’d also like to know who brought that present here tonight. It outshines all the others under…Czytaj dalej …
White Elephants for Christmas

White Elephants for Christmas

    To galvanise any Christmas gathering, many Americans turn to what is known as a white elephant gift exchange. Here are the basic rules: each person arrives at a party with one wrapped present. Preferably, all the gifts are of similar value. After selecting an order, one person opens up the first gift. Each subsequent person has the option to either unwrap a new gift or steal another person’s present. If your present is stolen, then you can steal another gift or choose to unwrap a new one. Generally speaking, more people…Czytaj dalej …
How to learn effectively

How to learn effectively

  Victory is just around the corner, just remember that in order to get there you need to befriend your own brain and ‘boost’ your neurons in the appropriate way. So, let’s see what can help you to learn words in a foreign language faster. To begin with, study the list below. ·           engaging emotions ·           engaging senses ·           movement ·           engaging different learning styles (auditory, visual and kinaesthetic) ·           creating mind-maps ·           building associations between new words and ones you already know ·           personalisation ·           looking for associations between new words and…Czytaj dalej …
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 …