Category Archives: Upper Intermediate +

Keep Calm and Carry On

You can see this phrase on t-shirts, posters, coffee mugs, bags and more. But do you know the message this phrase was meant to convey? Watch this 3-minute video to discover the fascinating story behind the slogan!…

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Nice buildings but, who’s gonna pay?

“In the boom years, Spain raised some of the most spectacular new architecture in the world. Now that the economy is bust, who is going to pay for them?”

Read the full article published in TIME magazine.

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The “They” Debate

Is ‘they’ acceptable as a singular pronoun? He/she or they?

Here you’ll find some arguments in favor of ‘they’ instead of his/her. What do you think?

Read article here.

The Phone Stack

How long can you go through a dinner out with friends without picking up or checking your mobile phone?

This new trend will be putting people to the test, and hopefully reminding us of the rules of etiquette regarding mobile phones that seem to have got lost over the years.

Read the article here.

Need Some Motivation?

The Holstee Manifesto

A new motivation booster is making its way around the web. The Holstee Manifesto is an explosion of positivity that will point you in the right direction…

Plus, it looks great printed on a t-shirt! ; )

Check it out here.

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How to Avoid an Email Disaster

It’s safe to say that emails play a relevant role in our daily routine, whether at work or in our private time.

But is it always safe to send out an email without taking into account your state of mind / mood / number of hours you slept at night / quantity of alcohol in your blood / likes and dislikes?
Maybe not!
Find out why here:  “5 times you should never send an email

Dear Me,

If you could write a letter to yourself when you were 16 years old, what would you tell yourself? What advice would you give? The Guardian has published 10 letters written by celebrities to their 16-year-old selves. An interesting exercise in reflection.

Read these letters here.

Vacation’s Over… Now What?

Five ways to beat the post-travel blues

All year you’ve been dreaming about your holidays, fantasizing about the rest and relaxation and how great you would feel once they came.

Well, they came… and they went. Holidays are over and it’s back to the real world. If this return to reality has been hard on you like it is for most people, here are some great ideas on what to do about it…

Language Revival?

20 Obsolete English Words That Should Make a Comeback

It happens so slow that for the most part we don’t notice. But languages, like most things, evolves and changes over time. New words are added, some words are eventually forgotten and all but disappear. But as things are pushing forward, there are those who think there are some words we should bring back to life. Here are a few examples.