Sunday, 3 February 2019

IT'S STORYTIME - not only for children:)


For children:
Sequence of events

For advanced students: 
Learn how to tell a story from Oxford Online English
How to Tell a Story in English 

Why not watch some?

The Fisherman and His Wife
Winnie the Pooh

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Christmas in Britain

This is how the British celebrate Christmas

                                                      What is Christmas like in Britain?


                                                 The Queen's Christmas Message for 2017

Cheer up! Rock, swing and hop with the bells!

Wednesday, 14 November 2018



St. Andrew's Day - the National day of Scotland

St Andrew's Day is celebrated in Scotland on 30 November, in honour of St Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland.
St. Andrew was one of Christ's twelve apostles. Some of his bones are said to have been brought to what is now St. Andrews in Fife during the 4th century.

Photo:Ewa Kasza

St Andrew's flag
Since medieval times the X-shaped saltire cross upon which St. Andrew was supposedly crucified has been the Scottish    national symbol.                                            

The national dress of Scotland is a kilt with shirt, waistcoat and tweed jacket, stockings with garter flashes, brogue shoes and a sporran.

Photo: Ewa Kasza


Thursday, 1 November 2018

Here is some spooky background information about Halloween, celebrated annually in the United States on October 31. In 2017, Halloween is on a Tuesday.
The word Halloween is an abbreviated version of the phrases All Hallows' Eve or All Hallows' Evening.
Halloween comes from an ancient pagan festival celebrated by Celtic people over 2,000 years ago called Samhain (prono: SOW ehn).
    The festival took place in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and northwestern France.
    Samhain means "summer's end" and marks the beginning of winter. Samhain is also thought to celebrate the beginning of the Celtic year. The Celts believed that Samhain was a time when the dead could walk among the living.
    Trick-or-treating began in areas of the United Kingdom and Ireland. People went house-to-house "souling" - asking for small breads called "soul cakes" in exchange for prayer.
    Adults also went door-to-door asking for food and drinks in exchange for a song or dance.
    Jack-o'-lanterns are the symbol of Halloween. People in Ireland and Scotland originally used beets or turnips as lanterns on Halloween.
    An Irish legend says that jack-o'-lanterns are named for a man called Jack who could not go to heaven or hell and was forced to walk the earth forever with only a coal from hell to light his lantern.
    The name jack-o'-lantern can also be derived from the night watchman who would light the street lanterns every evening.
    Immigrants from Ireland and Scotland brought Halloween to the United States in the 1800s. Haitian and African immigrants brought voodoo beliefs about black cats, fire, and witchcraft.
    Halloween Statistics for 2017:
    (ALL from the National Retail Federation)
    More than 179 million Americans will celebrate Halloween this year, with seven out of ten consumers planning to hand out candy. Total spending in 2017 will reach $9.1 billion, with the average consumer planning to spend $86.13 on decorations, candy, costumes and more.
    Top Children's Costumes for 2017
    1. Action/Superhero
    2. Tie: Batman Character/Princess
    3. Animal (Cat, Dog, Lion, Monkey, etc.)
    4. Spider-Man
    5. Star Wars Character
    Top Adult Costumes for 2017
    1. Witch
    2. Batman Character (Batman, Catwoman, Harley Quinn, etc.)
    3. Animal (Cat, Dog, etc.)
    4. Pirate
    5. Marvel Superhero (Spider-Man, Captain America, etc.)
    Top Pet Costumes for 2017
    1. Pumpkin
    2. Hot Dog
    3. Tie: Dog/Lion/Pirate
    4. Bumble Bee
    5. Devil
    Source: CNN

    Tuesday, 18 September 2018

    The yellow lemon tree