I’ve just come back from a wonderful four-week holiday in the Greek Islands and met a lot of interesting people; but in particular, I remember the Dutch journalist who shared his fascination of haiku with me, the ancient Japanese art of short verse. He showed me some he’d written and it dawned on me that writing haikus could be a simple and fun way for English language learners to expand and review their vocabulary.
In a recent lesson I introduced my class to Flatmates, an excellent animated soap opera on the BBC Learning English website: www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/flatmates/
Have you ever wondered why there are so many French words for streets in English? Just think about it. There are boulevards, avenues, promenades and even cul-de-sacs. But why? In this week's post, we're going to have a look where English words come from.