Τρίτη, 23 Ιουλίου 2013

Venice - City of Canals

Venice - City of Canals
 Venice is one of the most beautiful cities of the world. It lies on over a hundred islands in a lagoon in the northern part of the Adriatic Sea. Venice is a cultural and tourist center and is famous for its museums, architecture, cityscape and world of art.


It's a Prince!

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby boy at 4.24pm. The baby weighs 8lbs 6oz. William was at the birth. The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight. The names of the baby haven't been announced yet. The baby is third in the line of Succession after His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge. He will be called His Royal Highness Prince [name] of Cambridge. William's dad, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales said this evening: “Both my wife and I are overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild. It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine and we are so thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy. "Grandparenthood is a unique moment in anyone’s life, as countless kind people have told me in recent months, so I am enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time and we are eagerly looking forward to seeing the baby in the near future.”

A New Royal Baby

The world celebrates Britain’s new arrival
July 22, 2013
A notice formally announcing the birth of a son to Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is placed in front of Buckingham Palace in central London on July 22.
He’s here! With the world watching, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, also known as Kate, gave birth to a bouncing baby boy on Monday.
The birth of the royal baby topped international news Monday and is expected to cause big celebrations throughout Britain. The media had been eagerly awaiting the baby’s arrival for the past month as Kate’s rumored due date of mid-July approached.
Already, the newest royal has a clear path to power. As the first child of Prince William and Kate, the baby is third in line to the throne. Under Britain’s monarch system, the only two people ahead of the baby are his father William and grandfather, Prince Charles. William’s brother, Prince Harry, will be bumped down to fourth in line.
Now that the royal baby is here, he will no doubt continue to draw international attention. The birth has already sparked big sales of baby-related merchandise at stores in London and throughout Britain. Stores in London have been selling clothes, plates, and other products related to the royal birth, just as they did for William and Kate’s wedding in 2011.
Crowds of tourists gather outside Buckingham Palace in central London on July 22 as they wait for news of the royal baby's birth. Prince William’s wife Kate went in to labor early Monday morning. Their child will be third in line to inherit the British throne.
Crowds of tourists gather outside Buckingham Palace in central London on July 22 as they wait for news of the royal baby's birth.
A Day of Excitement
Royal officials announced early Monday morning that Kate was in labor, and traveled to St. Mary’s hospital in central London just before 6 a.m. The duchess gave birth in the private Lindo Wing of the hospital, where Princess Diana also gave birth to William and Harry.
Thousands of well-wishers lined the streets near the hospital and around Buckingham Palace, which is the official workplace of the British monarch system. TIME took to the streets outside of St. Mary’s Hospital and Buckingham Palace to ask the well-wishers what made them so excited about this royal birth. Many people, like 47-year-old Shaun Melass, a real-estate broker from Pretoria, South Africa, on vacation in London,
 said part of the thrill came from being a part of a historical event and all the hoopla that went with it. “I love the pomp and the ceremony,” he said. Peter Davenport, 82, from Richmond, southwest London, was also outside Buckingham Palace on Monday, waiting for news of the birth. “It is all tied back to tradition—it goes back for generations,” he said.
The birth was announced with a mix of tradition and social media. The public first heard the news when a royal aide emerges from the hospital with a signed notice. The notice was posted on an easel 
in public view in front of Buckingham Palace.
At the same time as the bulletin was posted, there was an official announcement on Twitter and the media was formally notified. The document gave the baby's gender, weight, and time of birth. The boy was born at 4:24 p.m. and weighed 8 lbs. 6 oz.
There was a great deal of speculation about the baby’s gender. The royal couple had revealed few details before the birth, preferring to keep Kate’s pregnancy as private as possible.
Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony on June 15, 2013.
Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during a ceremony marking the Queen of England's birthday on June 15 in London, England. This was Kate's last public appearance before taking time off from her royal duties to prepare for the birth of her baby.
Royal watchers were particularly interested in the baby’s gender because if the baby had been a girl, this would have been the first time she could have inherited the throne without being nudged aside in favor of a younger brother. Until 2011, rules dating back centuries stated that the crown passed to the oldest son and could only go to a daughter when there were no sons.
However, it could be a while still before the royal couple announces the new baby’s name. When William was born, a week passed before his name was announced. Charles's name remained a mystery for an entire month. Until then, he will be known officially as His Royal Highness, Prince of Cambridge.
A Royal Tradition
England is one of the few countries in the world that still has a monarch system. The Kings and Queens of England were once powerful, ruling over a vast empire. Today, the British monarch’s powers are more limited.
In the past, the royal children were kept apart from their peers and were often raised by governesses. Many royal children attended boarding schools far away from home. Prince Charles went to boarding school at age 8. Kate has said she does not want a nanny to raise her child, but the media has questioned whether that will be possible with all of the new mother’s royal responsibilities.

Royal baby: What gift would you give?

Share a world gift with the royal babyplaceholder

The giving of gifts to celebrate the birth of a new baby is a tradition that spans the globe. To mark the arrival of the royal baby, we have gathered together some traditional and unusual presents from around the world. Find out more about the objects by completing the quiz. You can also choose the gift you would give the royal baby if you could.


Κυριακή, 21 Ιουλίου 2013

20 Rules About Subject-Verb Agreement

20 Rules About Subject-Verb Agreement

Is, or are? Go, or goes? Whether a verb is singular or plural depends on any one of a complicated set of factors. Here is a roster of rules for subject-verb agreement

The EFL SMARTblog: What is beauty?

The EFL SMARTblog: What is beauty?:
 What is beauty? 
 You are going to  discuss fashion, beauty and health
practise words to describe people listen to someone talking about ideas of fashion, beauty and health 


WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW | Brain Games | National Geographic Channel

Test your brain to see whether you're truly knowledgeable or merely confident. Complete all 12 episode challenges to reveal your total brain profile.

Σάββατο, 20 Ιουλίου 2013








Tower Of London

                 Tower Of London, England 

Tower Of London, England (Known places)

Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress, more commonly known as the Tower of London (and historically as The Tower), is a historic fortress and scheduled monument in central London, England, on the north bank of the River Thames. It is located within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and is separated from the eastern edge of the City of London by the open space known as Tower Hill. It is the oldest building used by the British government.

The Tower of London is often identified with the White Tower, the original stark square fortress built by William the Conqueror in 1078 (935 years ago). However, the tower as a whole is a complex of several buildings set within two concentric rings of defensive walls and a moat.

The tower's primary function was a fortress, a royal palace, and a prison (particularly for high status and royal prisoners, such as the Princes in the Tower and the future Queen Elizabeth I). This last use has led to the phrase "sent to the Tower" (meaning "imprisoned"). It has also served as a place of execution and torture, an armoury, a treasury, a zoo, the Royal Mint, a public records office, an observatory, and since 1303 (710 years ago), the home of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom.

Today the Tower of London is cared for by an independent charity, Historic Royal Palaces, which receives no funding from the Government or the Crown.



1 'Expect me when you see me'

[I’m not sure when I’m coming back]
‘Expect me when you see me, Mum,’ Pete said as he walked out of the door.
*The person who is staying behind may say: ‘We’ll expect you when we see you,’ meaning that the person leaving may return whenever he or she wants.

2 'I expect'

[Used to state that you think a statement is probably correct or true]
‘I expect you’ll be back late tonight, as usual.’

3 'What do (or can) you expect?'

[Used for emphasis to show that you are not surprised by something, especially something disappointing]
‘No wonder you’re ill. You’ve been working too hard recently and haven’t had any time off. What (else) can you expect?’


Beach | Picture Dictionary

Beach | Picture Dictionary | Picture Dictionary for Kids 

grey <!  :en  >Beach<!  :  > place english through pictures english through pictures

fun facts london

fun facts london   

 How much do you really know about London the city? Yes it’s the capital of England, yes it’s huge (the ninth largest city in the world and the biggest in Europe), yes lots of people live there (a population of well over seven million people). But, let’s face it, these are pretty dull when it comes to fun facts.






Punctuation – the apostrophe (‘)

Punctuation – the apostrophe (‘) | Learn English

The apostrophe is used to show that a letter is 'missing'. This is most common in contractions:
I'm, he's, we'll, don't, can't, won't and o'clock (of the clock) etc.

Writing about yourself

Writing about yourself | ESOL Nexus

Do you know how to write about yourself? Read Leyla’s personal information and complete the activities. Then write about yourself.

Πέμπτη, 18 Ιουλίου 2013

Articles in English Grammar

Articles:Learn About Articles in English Grammar: What is an article?

An article is a word that modifies or describes the Noun. It is used before the noun to show whether it refers to something specific or not. So, in a way, articles can also be described as a type of adjectives as they also tell us something about the nouns, like adjectives.

Types of Articles

There are two types of Articles in the English language. They are as follows:
Read more: http://www.englishleap.com/grammar/articles

Τετάρτη, 17 Ιουλίου 2013


Audioboo / HEADS OR TAILS? 
listen and read about the origin of the expression

 heads or tails 1

Τετάρτη, 3 Ιουλίου 2013

Fourth of July Activities for kids

Fourth of July Activities | Education | Learnist  


Exam English - Free Practice Tests for IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC and the Cambridge ESOL exams (CPE, CAE, FCE, PET, KET)

Exam English - Free Practice Tests for IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC and the Cambridge ESOL exams (CPE, CAE, FCE, PET, KET): 

This web site is for people studying for an English language exam.

These pages contain free online practice tests for the most important international ESL exams: IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, and the Cambridge English exams such as CAE, FCE, KET and PET.

You can also do practice tests for PTE Academic, PTE General and Michigan.

Infamous -S: plural, 3d person singular, possessive case

Infamous -S: plural, 3d person singular, possessive case | Grammar Newsletter - English Grammar Newsletter 

[Infographic provided by Grammar.net]

Quantifiers: hints and tips

Gym Vocabulary – Exercise and Fitness Phrasal Verbs and Vocabulary

Gym Vocabulary – Exercise and Fitness Phrasal Verbs and Vocabulary  

car vocabulary


Independence day


Independence DayExpand
Americans celebrate Independence Day on July 4 because on July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, officially breaking bonds with England and forming a new independent nation, the United States of America.
- See more at: http://americanenglish.state.gov/resources/celebrate-holidays-usa#child-373

Independence DayExpand
Americans celebrate Independence Day on July 4 because on July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, officially breaking bonds with England and forming a new independent nation, the United States of America.
- See more at: http://americanenglish.state.gov/resources/celebrate-holidays-usa#child-373
Independence DayExpand
Americans celebrate Independence Day on July 4 because on July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, officially breaking bonds with England and forming a new independent nation, the United States of America.
- See more at: http://americanenglish.state.gov/resources/celebrate-holidays-usa#child-373


happy 4th july

Fourth of July Is Independence Day

The Fourth of July, or Independence Day, is a federal holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. 

 Find facts about the history of the holiday, information on fireworks safety, laws and celebrations:


Talk about the 4th of July  to kids :

July 4 is the day Americans traditionally celebrate as Independence Day, the day the United States declared themselves independent from England in 1776. These sites give you a good overview of how and why Americans celebrate.

American Independence Day
This three-part article, well illustrated as always, focuses on the need for independence as well as the struggle to keep that independence. The last installment looks at the legacy of independence elsewhere in the world.

Fourth of July for the Whole Family
The focus is on family at this great site. Find fun things to do with your family!

Independence Day Crafts
Find lots of fun ways to mark the holiday in style. You can make 3D fireworks, a giant American flag, and much more!

Fourth of July Word Search
Print this fun puzzle out and find all kinds of exciting words, all related to the 4th of July!

Fourth of July Crossword Puzzle
Test your knowledge of American history and Independence Day with this fun crossword! Just print it out and sharpen your pencil!

Independence Day on the Net
Don't miss these exciting ideas for making your holiday celebration even more fun.

The Declaration of Independence
Read exactly what the Founding Fathers wrote all those years ago.

Fourth of July Greeting Cards
Send electronic greetings to everyone you know! Celebrate the holiday in Internet style!


 WATCH THE VIDEO (part 1/2) :
The First Fourth of July"
James and Sarah meet Thomas Jefferson and witness the writing of the Declaration of Independence.




4th of July fun facts, trivia and jokes for kids

The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and many parents will break out the red, white & blue and barbecues to commemorate our national day of independence. Why not get the kids involved this year, by springing a few trivia facts or jokes on them?
4th of July fun facts and trivia:

  • Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national animal but was outvoted when John Adams and Thomas Jefferson chose the bald eagle.
  • Over an estimated 150 million hot dogs will be consumed today. That's roughly 1 dog for every two people in the U.S.
  • Oddly, the majority of the nation's flags and patriotic paraphernalia in relation to the 4th of July is produced in China. Nearly $349 million dollars are used each year to import in the flags, banners, decorations, and emblems.
  • The first 4th of July party held at the White House was in 1801.
  • The 4th of July was not declared a national holiday until 1941.
  • The national anthem is actually set to the tune of an old English drinking song called To Anacreon in Heaven.
  • John Hancock was the only person to actually sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The other 55 signers did not sign it until August 2nd or even later.
  • The youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence was 26-year-old Edward Rutledge. The oldest signer was Benjamin Franklin. He was 70. Most of the signers were in their 30s and 40s.
  • When the United States became a country, there were approximately 2.5 million people living in the country. Today the population is around 304 million.
  • Bristol, Rhode Island has the oldest, continuous 4th of July celebration dating back to 1785.
The following events happened on July 4th:

  • Three U.S. presidents have died on July 4th. Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July 4, 1826, the fiftieth anniversary of the singing of the Declaration of Independence. Five years later, James Monroe died on July 4, 1831.
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was published on this date in 1865.
  • Calvin Coolidge is the only U.S. president born on the 4th of July. He was born in 1872.
  • Ann Landers and twin sister Abigail VanBuren, both advice columnists, were born on July 4, 1918.
  • Marie Curie, the only woman to win two Nobel Prizes and the only person to win two in two different science fields, died on July 4, 1934.
Funny 4th of July jokes to share with your kids (OK, I know they’re corny, but kids really do love them!):
Q: Did you hear the one about the Liberty Bell?
A: Yeah, it cracked me up.

Q: What’s red, white, blue and green?
A: A patriotic pickle
A. A seasick Uncle Sam

Q: Why did the British cross the Atlantic?A: To get to the other tide
Q: What happened as a result of the Stamp Act?A: The Americans licked the British
Q: What did one flag say to the other flag?A: Nothing, it just waved.
Q: Why did the duck say bang?A: Because he was a firequacker
Q: What’s the difference between a duck and George Washington?A: One has a bill on his face, and the other has his face on a bill
Q: What was George Washington’s favorite tree?A: The infantry
Q: Do they have a 4th of July in England?A: Of course they do. That’s how they get from the 3rd to the 5th.
Q: What protest by a group of dogs happened in 1773?A: The Boston Flea Party
Sources: yumsugar.com, helium.com   

10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Fourth of July

Φωτογραφία: Science of Summer: How Do Fireworks Work? http://oak.ctx.ly/r/71p0

1. http://www.elcivics.com/esl_fourth_of_july.html  

2. http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2009/06/04/the-best-websites-for-learning-about-the-fourth-of-july/  

3.  http://www.lrhartley.com/resources/july4.htm 

1. http://edhelper.com/4th_of_July.htm   

2. http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/july4/ 

1. http://www.esolcourses.com/content/topics7july/independence-day/4th-july-fireworks-video-quiz.html  


3 http://www.eslholidaylessons.com/07/independence_day.html 



  The Complete Guide to July 4th Fireworks



Weirdest Brain Facts

Weirdest Brain Facts - Likes  

These 15 brain facts are sure to weird you out! #7 is just plain wacky!http://bit.ly/15GV6HW

Santorini, Greece - National Geographic

Santorini, Greece -- Travel 365 -- National Geographic  

Picture of a Santorini church overlooking the Aegean, Greece
and more breathtaking pictures !

Τρίτη, 2 Ιουλίου 2013



Test Your Vocabulary

Test Your Vocabulary: How many words do you know? 


Sugar Blossoms: Classroom Cheers


Sugar Blossoms: Funny  Classroom Cheers 

and more ....