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Idioms Of The World

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK
Read More: Idioms, English, UK News

"Beat around the bush", "spill the beans" and "under the weather" - if there's one thing the English language isn't short of it's idioms. But we Br...

The Rise of Like

Adam Hamdy | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Comedy
Adam Hamdy

During a packed day of filming I realised that I've come down with a serious affliction: I'm a 'liker'. Likers are people who use the word 'like' in a variety of ways that have nothing to do with a comparison or expressing a fondness for something. I had that Matrix moment of self-awareness when I heard myself saying the words, "I was like, you can't do that."

Patriot Games: In Defence of Britain

Tom Johnson | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Politics
Tom Johnson

Unless you've been living inside a black hole since the early 1990s, the allusions to the current referendum must be apparent. For as a child of Britain, unable to affect the potential break up of the United Kingdom on Thursday, the naïve response is to feel this is unfair...

The Ramifications of Disliking a Shakespeare Play

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ioan Marc Jones

I was paradoxically condemned to be both pretentious and a philistine. I was both too smart and too dumb. I was, ultimately, just plain old wrong. My family's condemnations were, much like A Midsummer Night's Dream, rather bland and confusing.

The New Curriculum: The Implementation May Be Messy But There Is a Definite Need for Change

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK
Carey Ann Dodah

This September a new national curriculum will be taught in schools across England. This could lead to testing times for parents, teachers and children alike, as they embark on the challenge of getting to grips with new expectations and new ways of learning.

15 British Phrases That Confuse Americans

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Comedy

Siobhan Thompson of Anglophenia is back! Yes, the woman who brought us the brilliant 17 British accents video is now edumacating our American frien...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Talking To Tehran

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Tuesday 17 June 2014... 1) TALKING TO TEHRAN The rise of al Qaeda offshoot Isis in Iraq has turned ...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Will Baghdad Fall Too?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 12.06.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Thursday 12 June 2014 (apart from the fact that it's the start of the World Cup in Brazil!)... 1) WILL...

Maya Angelou, The Importance of Literature and Voices That Empower

Michelle Holmes | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Michelle Holmes

American novels and books written by non-British authors, that document tales of fiction and non fiction are as valid are as the likes of Shakespeare, although it can be argued fiction often doesn't quite embody the same level of encouragement.

The Rabid Dog and the Dead Mockingbird

Charley-Kai John | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charley-Kai John

Michael Gove's intention to axe American Classics (To Kill A Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men and The Crucible) from the GCSE English Literature syllabus ...

Dear Michael Gove, Please Keep Your Politics Out of English

Tom Johnson | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Johnson

Britain has indeed produced some of the world's best literature, but to presume that we have done so alone and prescribe a romp through literature that assumes as much ignores the world outside of our shores. If you want to inspire a love of literature, by all means select politically diverse works, gorgeously written, intellectually challenging pieces. But do not pick and choose a whole curriculum in accordance with a narrow, personal political vision.

Should We Be More Patriotic About Our Patron Saint's Day?

Penny Fordham | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK
Penny Fordham

Personally, I'm not sure of the reason, but I believe people should be proud of their country - both by birth and the one they choose to live in. For me, to celebrate St George's Day is not about conflict or competition, but about having pride in our 53,000,000+ strong community and the rich history of this place we call 'home'.

How to Create the World Book Day Authors of Tomorrow

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Carey Ann Dodah

Getting children to love reading and writing can prove to be a challenge, especially with television, films and games being it's most harsh competitors. Having some family reading time can be very powerful. If your child sees you replacing TV with books then they are more likely to be inspired to get excited about it too.

Brits 'Get Nervous' About Celebrating St George's Day

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

The organiser of a cultural English festival has said people "get nervous" about celebrating St George's Day, despite most being happy to mark other d...

George Orwell, The Daily Mail and Who Really Hates England

Martin Moore | Posted 03.12.2013 | UK
Martin Moore

One such author and journalist, writing at the same time as a young Ralph Miliband, was highly critical of aspects of England and Englishness. The English 'are not gifted artistically' he wrote. The English 'are not intellectual'. They have, he wrote a 'world-famed hypocrisy'.

10 Reasons Why This US Dude Loves the English

Norm Schriever | Posted 10.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Norm Schriever

I have to admit it: the English are some of my favorite people on earth. While I've never been accused of being an Anglophile, it's hard not to take a shine to our friendly neighbors across the pond. So here are 10 reasons why this US dude loves the English:

An Audience of One - Why Letters Rock

Natasha Chowdory | Posted 04.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Chowdory

I put aside one Sunday every month to write letters to loved ones. Yup you read that right. I pick up a pen (usually a fountain pen or a very nice biro) and put said pen to paper and write full English sentences on said paper with the aforementioned pen. There isn't a piece of technology in sight. Well ok, when I Instagram what I'm doing to show off the fact that I still write letters to people.

Why Are Our Best Readers in School Failing the Government's New Phonics Screener?

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Carey Ann Dodah

We keep hearing about strong, confident readers who have failed the government's new Year 1 phonic screener. Is it that our six year olds haven't mastered the art of reading readiness (the point at which a person is ready to learn to read) or is the government assessing the wrong skill?

More Tests and League Tables Will Only Fuel the Low Confidence Epidemic Sweeping UK Children

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Carey Ann Dodah

The Government is putting yet more pressure on our children in a world where tests are flooding the curriculum... Children as young as four quite simply shouldn't be subject to high pressure tests. It not necessary and there are much better, less anxiety-inducing ways of achieving Clegg's goals.

A Verb Is Not 'a Doing Word'

Melanie Kendry | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK
Melanie Kendry

Grammar is drilled into us at school with rules that don't make sense. So what hope do we have? In writing, we make mistakes that we'd never make in speech. This is the clue. Verbs are tricky, even nightmarish if you get up close.

What Business Can Learn From Wimbledon - Manners Is as Important as Money

Grant Feller | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK
Grant Feller

Once at Wimbledon, you're ushered through the gates with an abundance of warmth - genuine warmth - the people searching bags are encouraged to engage you in conversation and there is a helpfulness designed to make even the first-time Wimbledon-er feel at home.

Hormonal Weather

Chanel de Yong | Posted 05.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Chanel de Yong

Correct me if I am wrong, but I as well as you can certainly give British weather a bipolar diagnosis. From sizzling heat waves to bucketing waterfall...

Why Did We Create the #StGeorge4All Initiative?

Julian Bond | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK
Julian Bond

This St George's Day we - 22 very different faith organisations, plus anti-racist groups - are reclaiming St George, plus people of different ethnicities and different religions (even the Welsh!). St George does not belong to extremists.

Premium Travel in... Palma, Majorca

Raj Gill | Posted 05.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Raj Gill

It wasn't even the school holidays, but with impending Christmas and Hogmanay festivities, we were getting pretty stressed, which is insane considerin...

Speaking English Does Matter, But Almost All Immigrants to the UK Do

Jonathan Portes | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Portes

The bottom line is that only 134,000 people - 0.3% of the total population - don't speak English at all. Even in Newham, where well over half the population was born abroad, and the Sun seems to think that people "simply don't want to integrate", fewer than 1 in 10 of the population can't speak English well.