Monday, June 6, 2011

Have you read English Now n°56?

Issue 55 of English Now magazine is in the newsstands! (Of course, it's also available from our website.) English Now is different from any other language learning magazine in that it its articles are written specifically for French-speakers learning English who are at beginner to intermediate level.

Each page has keywords translated into French. No need for a dictionary here - we've done it for you. Also, the feature articles are available in CD format with 60+ minutes of audio read by native English speakers from Britain, the US and Australia to help the learner tune their ear to different accents.

So what's in this issue?

- learn about coffee culture in the US and UK.
- discover London behind the scenes!
- get key vocabulary for an American summer trip.
- find out where English-speakers meet up with friends.
- ask for recommendations for the weekend in English.
- read about bestselling author Agatha Christie.
- get key phrases for shopping in the UK and US.
- learn about American dollars and cents.
- meet a British artist, an American scrapbooker and a British chex boxer.
- keep up-to-date on the latest news from English-speaking countries.
- test your comprehension with exercises!

Find out more here, or join us on Facebook.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

July 4th - needs editing

4 fun facts about the 4th of July!

To most Americans, the Fourth of July is probably the most patriotic event of the year. Time to get out flags, fireworks, candy, and any kind of object that makes noise, because it’s time to
P-A-R-T-Y! And while we’re at it, don’t forget to stop and watch the parade go by! There will be dancers, bands from the various high schools in the area, and, depending on the size of the city, anything ranging from the prize sheep of the local town fair to a VIP.

Did you know?

- The 4th of July originates from the 4th of July 1776, when the Declaration of Independence from the British was signed!
- The citizens of Greeley, Colorado, celebrate with the nation’s largest rodeo, the ‘Greeley Stampede’. It attracts 400 000 visitors each year!
- Although there is no traditional meal on the Fourth of July, it isn’t uncommon to see families get together for a barbecue outside, eating hamburgers and hot dogs, chicken, ribs, garden salads, potato salad, chips and watermelon.
- 11 cities in the States are called ‘Independence’ in memory of the famous day of Independence.