Friday, 27 June 2014

GNOMEO AND JULIET


In this Shakespeare-inspired animated comedy there are some of the same themes as Romeo and Juliet, without most of the killing and the tragic ending. Even though there is still serious enmity between the Montague and the Capulet gnomes, the violence isn't as significant. A couple of gnomes get smashed, but most of the destruction is to the gardens themselves. Think of it as a Shakespearean tragedy with a happy ending!
The animation is spectacular,  the action itself is original and hilarious, with plenty of slapstick and jokes. Enjoy! 
Read here  The Los Angeles Times movie review.






Monday, 23 June 2014

ENJOYING PRIDE AND PREJUDICE!


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I hope you will enjoy these videos about Jane Austen's most widely known novel.  You can also read it here.




Saturday, 21 June 2014

TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF SUMMER


Silent breeze in sleep
Acres of bronze threaded wheat
Worship of sun's heat

Thursday, 19 June 2014

II PROVA SCRITTA ESAMI DI STATO


Click here to download the PDF file of II Prova Scritta which was taken by the students of Liceo Linguistico this morning.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

LEARNING ENGLISH VOCABULARY


English is complicated to learn because of the highly idiomatic nature of  the language and because  it is one of the most vocabulary rich languages in the world. The compendious Oxford English Dictionary lists about 600,000 words; and a further half-million technical and scientific terms remain uncatalogued! According to traditional estimates, neighbouring German has a vocabulary of about 185,000 and French fewer than 100,000.

Here are some tips to learn English vocabulary
without difficulty or effort.

Your language learning should start with fun! You can start to read some news, blogs, short stories and novels. You will discover  so many new words!
Watching an English movie with the subtitle is more enjoyable and educational too. When doing so, you can observe each and every word. Words you learn from movies will stay in your thoughts for long. You can repeat the dialogues after your favourite actor. So learning will turn fun too! Neurocognitive research has proven that learning which engages the whole person naturally is far more effective than the directed studying and memorization of new vocabulary.
Listening to English songs will help you learn new words. It will also allow you to focus on your pronunciation and understanding of the English language’s rhythm, tone and beat. You will acquire grammar and improve spelling too.
Start writing a diary
This habit is one of the best ways available to improve your vocabulary. Just use the words you have learned so far and register your beautiful memories. 
Get a high quality pocket dictionary. Even though you can’t find all 600,000 words in this tiny version, it will have all the necessary words that are in use today. Make a habit of learning  5 to 10 new words every day.
The beauty of the English language lies in the proper use of idioms. When you read newspapers and magazines, you will find many handsome idioms. Write them  in your notebook and make use of them every time you can. Once you master the usage of idioms, you will sound more like a native speaker.
Speak in English wherever you can
Try to communicate in English wherever you have an opportunity. Throw off your shyness!  If you have the means to immerse yourself with English language speakers, this is definitely the most effective method.

By employing these enjoyable and almost effortless ways to learn English vocabulary, you will be speaking like a native in nothing flat!




Sunday, 15 June 2014

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW


Here you can read the entire  Shakespearean play  — a fast-moving, instantly comprehensible, pun-filled, ironic, self-parodying comedy with a moral lesson about the relationship between man and woman in marriage. Here you can find a detailed analysis of the major themes and meanings within the play.


Now let’s watch some videos from 10 Things I Hate About You, an American teen romantic  movie  which is a modernization of  The Taming of the Shrew.




Saturday, 14 June 2014

THE TRADITION OF TROOPING THE COLOUR


The British Queen has two "birthdays". Her  birthday is officially celebrated by the ceremony of Trooping the Colour  in early June, precisely on the second Saturday of the month. Although The Queen was born on 21 April, it has long been the tradition to celebrate the Sovereign's birthday publicly on a day in the summer, when good weather is more likely.
The Trooping the Colour parade involves  about 1000 soldiers, 300 musicians and 200 horses; it is  carried out by fully trained and operational troops from the Household Division (Foot Guards and Household Cavalry) on Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall,  watched by members of the Royal Family, invited guests and members of the public. The event is broadcast live on BBC1, and highlights are shown later on the same day on BBC2.





Saturday, 7 June 2014

TODAY WAS THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!


No more books, no more homework or tests for the students! No more lessons to prepare, no more papers to grade for the teachers! The sunny season is upon us at last! To my mind, summer means lazy days at home with lots of books to read, movies to watch and blog posts to write ... Have a great summer!


Thursday, 5 June 2014

HAPPY WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY!


World Environment Day is held each year on 5 June. It is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations (UN) stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action. 
Click here  to continue reading about World Environment Day.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

JUNE


I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.
L.M. Montgomery