Κυριακή, 31 Μαρτίου 2013




Mackenzie put a whoopie cushion
 on the teacher's chair
Makayla told the teacher
that a bug was in her hair.

Alyssa brought an apple
with a purple gummy worm
and gave it to the teacher
just to see if she would squirm.

Elijah left a piece of plastic
dog doo on the floor,
and Vincent put some plastic vomit
in the teacher's drawer.

Amanda put a goldfish
in the teacher's drinking glass.
These April Fool's Day pranks
are ones that you could use in class.

Before you go and try them, though,
there's something I should mention:
The teacher wasn't fooling
when she put us in detention.
--Kenn Nesbitt

April Fools Day

When it's April Fools Day, you
better beware. There's so many
pranksters, lurking out there.
They're waiting to bait you, with
stories so bold. To see your
expression, on what you were
told. If they get a reaction, they'll
consider you real cool. They'll
blurt out and say...April Fool!
Through the course of the day,
you can be sure others, will be
ready to pounce on you. Be a
good sport and have a retort,
enjoy the moment too!

APRIL FOOLS DAY: 10 Infamous Hoaxes

They made fools out of thousands of people, here are 10 infamous hoaxes.

April Fools Day

April Fools Day


April Fool Day Traditions and Customs

FIND MORE FUNNY JOKES HERE:http://www.kidzworld.com/article/593-april-fools-day

THE HISTORY OF APRIL FOOLS DAY:http://www.novareinna.com/festive/allfool.html


 The Museum of Hoaxes
 The Museum of Hoaxes was established in 1997. It explores deception, mischief, and misinformation throughout history, playing host to a variety of humbugs and hoodwinks — from ancient fakery all the way up to modern schemes, dupes, and dodges that circulate online.



Thesaurus-Synonyms- RELEASE

'release' verb to allow someone or something that is held, captured, etc., to be free or move freely again: The animals are nearly ready to be released into the wild. * αφήνω ελεύθερο, (απ) ελευθερώνω, απαλλάσσω, αποδεσμεύω

[deliver] (literary) to save or rescue someone from something bad: ‘Deliver us from evil’ is a line in the Lord’s Prayer. * (δια)σώζω, απαλλάσσω, (απο)λυτρώνω, γλιτώνω

[discharge] to officially allow a person to leave a hospital or the army, air force, etc.: The patient was discharged from hospital.
* απαλλάσσω (καθηκόντων κτλ.): απολύω (μετά την άρση υποχρέωσης κτλ.): απαλλάσσω της υποχρέωσης παραμονής π.χ στο στρατό ή σε νοσοκομείο

[emancipate] (formal) to free someone from slavery or a similar condition: An Act of Parliament was passed emancipating all the slaves in British territories. * χειραφετώ, απελευθερώνω π.χ από τη σκλαβιά ή παρόμοια κατάσταση

[free] to release a person or animal that is in captivity, to release something that is held, tied, or stuck, or to remove a restriction or burden from someone: I managed to free my right arm and then tried to untie the ropes that were binding my legs.
* (απ) ελευθερώνω, προσφέρω την ελευθερία: απαλλάσσω από κατοχή ή δουλεία, λυτρώνω, απαλλάσσω (από αρνητικά στοιχεία, βάρη, υποχρεώσεις κτλ.): απεγκλωβίζω: απαγκιστρώνω, ξεσκαλώνω

[let go] to stop holding or gripping something, or to release someone or something: Let go of my arm – you’re hurting me.
* απολύω, αφήνω, κν. ξεγραπώνω

[liberate] to release someone who is a prisoner or slave, or to enable a country or area that has been under the control of an enemy to govern itself again: This was one of the first villages to be liberated when Allied forces landed in France.
* (απ) ελευθερώνω, (απο) λυτρώνω έναν φυλακισμένο ή δούλο ή μια κατακτημένη χώρα

[set free] to release a person or animal that is in captivity: The hostages begged their captors to set them free. * αφήνω ελεύθερο άνθρωπο ή ζώο σε αιχμαλωσία

[unleash] (usually used figuratively) to allow something violent that has previously been restrained to operate with full force: The government’s attempt to impose new taxes unleashed a storm of protest. * εξαπολύω (βίαιη ενέργεια που καταπνιγόταν)


How to spell words containing ‘ie’ or ‘ei

British children learning to spell words containing ‘ie’ or ‘ei’ are traditionally taught a golden rule:

”Put ‘i’ before ‘e’ except after ‘c”’.

I am sure this rule has kept many people in good stead when confronting the problem of whether to spell a word -ie- or -ei-.
But is this rule correct? Does it always help us?
Yes, the rule is correct on the whole; however it does need some clarifying and there are exceptions. So here goes, as simply as possible.
The thing to consider is the sound we hear when we write ‘ie’ or ‘ei’. Is it, or isn’t it, the ’e’ sound that we hear in meet and feet?

When the sound is ‘e’, as in meet and feet

Spell the word -ie-. Some examples: believe, yield, reprieve, relieve, retrieve.
However, as the golden rules tells us, after ‘c’ we should write -ei-. Some examples of this are: ceiling, receive, perceive, conceit, conceive, receipt.
There are some exceptions, e.g.: species, mischief, chief, handkerchief.

When the sound is NOT the ’e’ sound in meet and feet

In this case, always spell the word -ei-. Some examples are: foreign, their, eight, vein, weight, apartheid, feisty, height, neighbour.
Two notable exceptions here are: view, friend.
I hope that helps.

Instead USAGE

Instead as an adverb and preposition

Instead is an adverb. It means ‘as an alternative’.
  • He didn’t buy a large loaf. Instead, he bought two small loaves.
  • She didn’t go to Greece. Instead, she went to Italy.
  • Don’t marry Peter. Marry me instead.
As an adverb instead goes at the beginning or at the end of a clause. When it goes at the beginning of a sentence, we usually separate it off with a comma.
Instead of is a preposition. Note that instead is not used alone as a preposition.
  • I’ll have a piece of cake instead of cookies, please. (NOT I’ll have a piece of cake instead cookies.)
Here the phrase instead of is used as a preposition. Note that a preposition is always followed by a noun or a noun phrase which acts as its object.
  • I don’t want cookies. Instead, I’ll have a piece of cake. Here the word instead is used as an adverb. An adverb doesn’t take an object.
  • Can I have a laptop instead of a tablet computer?
  • I would like to buy a house instead of a flat.
Instead of can be followed by an –ing form. Infinitives are not normally used.
  • I spent the whole day in bed instead of going to work. (NOT I spent the whole day in bed instead of to go to work.)

Read more: http://www.englishgrammar.org/adverb-preposition/#ixzz2P7RW1IRT

Σάββατο, 30 Μαρτίου 2013




Astérix and the Gauls (1967) [FULL MOVIE]


Thesaurus-Synonyms- RAIN

'rain' noun drops of water falling from the clouds: Rain is forecast for this afternoon. * υετός, βροχή

[downpour] a heavy fall of rain: I got caught in a downpour as I was coming home from the shops. * νεροποντή

[drizzle] a light, but steady fall of rain: After some light drizzle, the day should turn dry. * ψεκαδισμός, κν. ψιλοβρόχι, ψιχάλισμα

[rainfall] (usually used in technical discussions of weather conditions) the amount of rain that falls: The rainfall for this month has been about average. * μετεωρ. ύψος/ ποσότητα βροχόπτωσης

[shower] a fall of rain that lasts for a comparatively short time: It’s only a shower; it’ll be over in a few minutes. * μπόρα, νεροποντή

[storm] a period when there is heavy rain accompanied by strong winds and sometimes thunder: Those black clouds mean there’s going to be a storm. * μετεωρ. καταιγίδα, κν. αντάρα

[thunderstorm] a storm with thunder and lightning: You shouldn’t shelter under a tree in a thunderstorm. * (ηλεκτρική) καταιγίδα




The Broken Mirror, The Black Cat, and Lots of Good Luck | LearnEnglish | British Council




Superstitions and their Origins
 Superstitions can be defined as, "irrational beliefs, especially with regard to the unknown"
(Collins English Dictionary)

Every superstition has an interesting story to tell, a story of when and how it originated, how it spread and turned into a tradition. Did you just say, all superstitions are fake? Well, that's what you say. But superstitions... they say something different...something you must listen to...So read on to know all that you need to, about superstitions and their origins.
Read more at Buzzle:

Common (But Silly) Superstitions here :




Russia - Table

There is a belief that unmarried people should avoid sitting at the corner of the table. They will find difficulties finding their life partner and will not get married.

Germany - Roof Tiles

One superstition held in Germany that if someone has difficulty dying, one may ease the process by lifting up three tiles on the roof. 

China - White

In China, the colour white is associated with death/mourning. It is best to avoid sending invitations or flowers in white, money in a white envelopes are called 'pak kum' usually given to the family of the deceased to help with the funeral cost

Russia - Fire

In Russia, sick animals were driven through fires or driven over the places where the fires burned the next morning to cure them from diseases

Japan - Sleep

In Japan, it is believed that you'll have a short life if you sleep at night with your head facing north. It is customary that Japanese corpses are laid with their head facing north during 'wake' ceremony.

Italy - Child

In Italy, one should not walk over a child that is laying on the ground. It is believed that it will bring the child bad luck. Walking over someone who is laying on the floor is like someone walking over their grave

Taiwan - Moon

In Taiwan, children were told not to point their finger at the moon. It is believed that pointing your finger at the moon will make the guardian woman on the moon angry and cut your ears


Greek Superstitions

Like in every culture, Greek people have their own superstitions. Though, some of them are very similar and even identical to many cultures. Here are some of the most popular ones.

Bat                         Bones Plants & Cuttings
Bread Priests
Cactus Salt
Crows Shoes
Evil Eye Sneezing
Fish Spiting
Garlic / Skordo      Talismans / Filahta
Knives Touch Red / Piase Kokkino
Money Tuesday the 13th

 READ MORE :http://www.faliraki-info.com/susie/superstitions/greek-traditions.htm


VOCABULARY - List of Words with a Silent Letter



Will vs Would

English Grammar: Will vs Would with Great Examples

Will vs Would I MyEnglishTeacher.eu 
Will vs Would
Would and will are both modal verbs.
Will is used in future structures.
1. Statement referring to the future – fact, timetable, etc.
Examples: We’ll (= we will) have two extra lessons this afternoon.
It will be Tuesday tomorrow.
Their bus will leave at 7.30.

2. Instant decision
Examples: The phone is ringing, I’ll go and answer it.
What will you eat? I’ll have roast beef.

3. Request
Examples: Will you tell your father that we expect him for dinner?
Will you copy this file and print it for yourself?

4. Promise, offer, prediction
Examples: I will always love you.
Can’t you do your homework? Don’t worry, I’ll come and help you.
Don’t trust her, she will always tell you lies.

5. Open condition
Examples: We’ll go fishing at the weekend if the weather is good.

1. Would is the past form of will
Examples: Peter said he would finish the work the next day. (future in the past or reported speech)
She said she would write me soon. (reported speech)
He hoped I would come.

2. Would refers to half-open or closed condition as an analogue of will.
Examples: We would go fishing at the weekend if the weather was/were good. (half-open condition)
We would have gone fishing at the weekend if the weather had been good. (closed condition)

3. When both will and would can be used, would is more polite.
Examples: Would you do me a favour, please?
I’m cold here, would you mind closing the window?

4. Other typical examples with would
Would you like a sandwich? (offer)
I’d (I would) like to have some cream with the cake. (request)
I’d like to learn English very well. (wish, plan)
It’s quite late, I’d rather have a cup of tea than coffee now. (preference)
I would rather not go to that part of the town in the dark. (preference)
When we were kids, we would hang around the playground every afternoon. (repeated action in the past)


Culture in Greece

Have you ever dreamt of visiting Greece, and experiencing the beauty and culture of our land?
You can now watch visitors from all over the world telling you what is like to travel to Greece.

8 Idioms and Phrases in English using some Easter symbols

Language And The City, 8 Idioms and Phrases in English using some Easter symbols - Eggs and Rabbits (Bunnies).







Compatibility Based on Date of Birth

Numerology is based on the belief that numbers govern our lives, much like that of what astrology speaks of when it comes to our sun signs. Let us take a look at one's compatibility based on date of birth, by determining which life path numbers get along well.
Read more at Buzzle
: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/compatibility-based-on-date-of-birth.html


only - Longman English Dictionary Online

only - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online:
only [only before noun]
1 used to say that there is one person, thing, or group in a particular situation and no others:
I was the only woman there.
He is our only child.
I was the only one who disagreed.
Cutting costs is the only solution.
She's the only person for this job.

the only thing/problem is ...

spoken used when you are going to mention a problem or disadvantage:
I could take you. The only thing is Dan might need the car.

an only child

a child who has no brothers or sisters

➔ the one and only

at one4 (2)

; ➔ (only) time will tell

at time1 (36)

1 not more than a particular number, age etc:
Naomi was only 17 when she got married.
There are only a few cars on the island.
It's only eight o'clock.
2 used to say that something or someone is not very important, serious etc:
It was only a joke.
It's an interesting job, but it's only temporary.
They're only small cuts, nothing life-threatening.
3 nothing or no one except a particular person or thing:
Only the president can authorize a nuclear attack.
We use only the best ingredients.
women/men/residents etc only
The car park is for staff only.
4 used to say that something happens or is possible in one particular situation or place and no others, or for one particular reason:
I'll tell you, but only if you don't tell anyone else.
I ate the food, but only because I was starving.
The transfer takes place only when the data is complete.
5 no earlier than a particular time
only yesterday/last week/recently
'When did you e-mail her?' 'Only yesterday.'
only then did/would/could etc somebody do something (=at that moment and not before)
Only then did she tell him about the attack.

only just

British English
a) a very short time ago ago:
She's only just got up.
b) almost not [= barely]:
I only just finished my essay in time.

can only hope/wait etc

used to say that it is not possible to do more than hope etc:
We can only hope it won't rain on the day.

I can only think/suppose/assume (that)

spoken used when you are giving a reason for something, to say that you do not know something for certain but think that this is the only possible reason:
I can only assume that it was a mistake.

I only wish/hope

spoken used to express a strong wish or hope:
'What's happening?' 'I only wish I knew.'

if only

spoken used to express a strong wish:
If only he'd call!

you'll only

spoken used to tell someone that what they want to do will have a bad effect:
Don't interfere - you'll only make things worse.

you only have to read/look at/listen to etc something

spoken used to say that it is easy to know that something is true because you can see or hear things that prove it:
You only have to look at the statistics to see that things are getting worse.

only to

used to say that someone did something, with a disappointing or surprising result:
I arrived only to find that the others had already left.

only too

Prices have risen sharply, as we know only too well.
Mark was only too happy to agree with her.

➔ not only ... but (also)

at not (4)

; ➔ only have eyes for somebody

at eye1 (32)

; ➔ for somebody's eyes only

at eye1 (25)

Παρασκευή, 29 Μαρτίου 2013

Easter in the UK and the USA

Easter - Pre-Intermediate English Reading Exercise

PROJECT: Describe someone in your family WRITING TIPS

PROJECT: Describe someone in your family | Life Feast

YOU CAN FIND MORE IDEAS HERE:   http://www.falibo.com/video/1864/Describing-People

Easter words

Language tip of the week: Easter words

 In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are usually based on areas of English which learners find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc.

This week, we look at some Easter vocabulary.
Easter is a movable feast. The term itself describes a Sunday in March or April when Christians celebrate the time when Jesus Christ died then returned to life according to the Bible. It also refers to the holiday period that includes Easter day. Here are some more useful terms to know:
Easter egg (noun)
1 a chocolate egg that you give to someone as a present at Easter
2 an egg that children decorate in celebration of Easter

Cultural note: Children often go on Easter egg hunts to find eggs that have been hidden around their home by the Easter bunny.
Easter Sunday (noun)
the Sunday in March or April that Easter is celebrated on

Lent (noun)
the period of 40 days before Easter, starting on Ash Wednesday, when some Christians stop eating or doing something that they enjoy

Holy Week (noun)
in the Christian religion, the week before Easter Sunday

Palm Sunday (noun)
the Sunday before Easter, when Christians remember Christ’s journey to Jerusalem before he died

Maundy Thursday (noun)
the Thursday before Easter when Christians celebrate the last supper of Jesus Christ

Good Friday (noun)
the Friday before Easter, which Christians remember as the day that Jesus Christ died

Passion play (noun)
a play about the death of Jesus Christ according to the Bible, often performed at Easter

hot cross bun (noun)
a sweet cake for one person, marked with a small cross on the top and traditionally eaten at Easter

simnel cake (noun) (British)
a type of cake containing dried fruit, traditionally eaten at Easter
Check out the Macmillan Dictionary & Thesaurus for more terms relating to important days in the Christian calendar.


Picture of cherry blossoms at night in Japan

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms (SAKURA) in Japan

Image of Cherry Blossoms Cherry blossoms (SAKURA) are Japan’s unofficial national flower, formerly called tree flower (KONOHA). In Japan’s early history it ranked second after plum blossoms (UME). Cherry blossoms overtook plum blossoms approximately after the eighth century. In Chinese, the single character for flower is used to represent plum blossoms, while in Japanese, character for flower signifies cherry blossoms.
Cherry trees are planted in many places, and wherever you go, flowers are in bloom only for a short period of time. Most unfortunately, they bloom in spring when the weather is unpredictable, and sudden merciless rains often scatter away the petals of pale pink.
Due to Japan’s long geographical north-south extension, cherry blossoms bloom during different times of spring throughout the country, starting from Okinawa moves gradually northward and ends its journey in Hokkaido. The weather bureau issues forecasts of where the "cherry-blossom front (SAKURA ZENSEN)" is moving.
Image of Cherry BlossomsCherry blossom viewing began in ancient times. Since the Heian Period (794 to 1185) flower viewing was popular among the aristocrats who recited poetry under the trees in full bloom.
In the Azuchi Momoyama Period (1568-1600) and the Edo period (1603-1868) cherry blossom viewing spread out to the general public.
Japanese public like cherry blossoms because shapes and colors of their petals represent people’s ideal notions of purity and simplicity. Fragile and ephemeral flowers are scattered away in gust of winds just a few days after in the full bloom. There are so many sites around the country that are famous for their spectacular blossoms that one cannot visit to admire all cherry blossoms sites in his/her lifetime.
There are dozens of different varieties of cherry blossoms in Japan, most of which bloom for just a couple of days in spring. Many of the cherry trees in famous viewing spot are cultivated, but wild cherry blossoms are also admired.

Cherry Blossom Viewing (Sakura-no-toorinuke) in Japan Mint

Image of Cherry Blossoms in TokyoEvery year, during cherry blossom time around the middle of April, the premises of Japan Mint along the entire "Yodo" riverside lane, a full length of 560m, is opened to the public for one week for cherry blossom viewing.
Around two weeks prior to the Cherry Blossom Viewing (Sakura-no-toorinuke) in Japan Mint, we are impressed to see the "Okawa" river charmingly change – lined with thousands of cherry trees as far as we can see in either direction.
Cherry blossoms really are breathtaking. We are particularly struck by the subtle variations in color.
Cherry blossoms are mainly from Kyoto, Tokyo and Hokkaido. Only one variety, "TAIHAKU" came back from foreign soil, thanks to the real gentleman of the UK.
Image of illustration of coin
Photo Op -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
 Hanami at The Old Imperial Palace Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/

British Student Discovers 300 Million Year Old Fossilized Footprints

British Student Discovers 300 Million Year Old Fossilized Footprints - Kids News Article

Festival of Colors - World's BIGGEST color party

Festival of Colors - World's BIGGEST color party - YouTube

India's Spring Festival Is Like None Other!

By Meera Dolasia on March 27, 2013
 Indians love festivals! Not a month goes by without a celebration. But none are as fun as Holi, the festival of color. Held annually at the beginning of spring on the day after a full moon, this year's festival happens to be today - March 27th, 2013.
As with all Hindu festivals, this one also has a number of different folk tales associated with it - The majority center around the triumph of good over evil. The most popular one is about an arrogant king who resents his son Prahlada for worshipping the creator of the Universe - Lord Vishnu. When every attempt to stop him fails, his sister Holika, believed to be immune to heat, joins in the effort  by inviting the young boy to accompany her into a large fire. Helped by the powers of Lord Vishnu, Prahlada escapes unscathed, while Holika burns to ashes. To commemorate this event, huge bonfires are lit the night before Holi, to cleanse the air of evil spirits.
In the North Indian State of Uttar Pradesh, the fun festival is attributed to the immortal love between the mischievous fun-loving god Krishna and his wife Radha. They are still so revered that the residents of Mathura, (where he was born) and Vrindavan, (where he spent most of his life), celebrate it with great abandon, for almost two weeks!
What's so great about this day? While there are some fun processions, folk song and dance performances, the best part about the festival is the ritual of taking to the streets early in the morning and splashing friends and even total strangers with dry colors, water balloons, water guns and even, dousing them with entire buckets of colored water - On this day everyone, young and old, is fair game.
At about midday, the friendly mayhem comes to an end and people living close to oceans or rivers, usually take a dip in the water to cleanse off, before trudging home to a delectable homemade feast and a well-deserved siesta.

from: http://www.dogonews.com/2013/3/27/indias-spring-festival-is-like-none-other