There are tons of webpages on the Internet that contain interesting activities in English. Some of the funniest ones are Jclic activities. Here, you have the chance to visit London virtually and learn more about the history of the city. Enjoy!
A riddle is usualy a short composition which entails a doubled meaning or mystery in its words. Riddles have formed part on literature for centuries. In English literature, the first riddles were written in Old English in the Anglo-Saxon period. They were anonymous and they were composed to entertain the reader and to spread popular wisdom. These riddles refered to objects or processes related to war or religion, or they described household items or aspects of the natural world such as plants or natural phenomema. These compositions started to appear around 800D.c. in an oral form. Later, they were written in a book called Exeter Book between 915 and 1025. Thanks to this book about 90 of these traditional riddles have survived.
Now, I propose an easy Anglo-Saxon riddle to be solved. Do you dare to reveal the mystery?
"At night they come without being fetched, And by day they are lost without being stolen."
Spring is a particular type of season that is experienced in the template climatic zones. Spring is an intermediate seasonal phase in between winter and summer. Spring signifies the emergence of new life. Spring months are the blossoming months that bring meaningful growth and rejuvenation in its wake. Spring enriches natural beauty and it seems as if nature is dressed in a beautiful green gown.
Installation art is a contemporary type of art that uses sculptural materials and other media to modify the way we experience a particular space. Installation art is not necessarily confined to gallery spaces and can be any material intervention in everyday public or private spaces. Installation art incorporates almost any media to create an experience in a particular environment. Materials used in contemporary installation art range from everyday and natural materials to new media such as video, sound, performance, computers and the internet. Some installations are site-specific in that they are designed to only exist in the space for which they were created.
Some examples of installation art are: this installation made of umbrellas,
This installation that consists of some lampposts from the 1920s and ’30s,
And this one that is made of cans and plastic bottles, isn't it curious?
Let me introduce myself. My name is Valentine. I lived in Rome during the third century. That was long, long ago! At that time, Rome was ruled by an emperor named Claudius. I didn't like Emperor Claudius, and I wasn't the only one! A lot of people shared my feelings.
Claudius wanted to have a big army. He expected men to volunteer to join. Many men just did not want to fight in wars. They did not want to leave their wives and families. As you might have guessed, not many men signed up. This made Claudius furious. So what happened? He had a crazy idea. He thought that if men were not married, they would not mind joining the army. So Claudius decided not to allow any more marriages. Young people thought his new law was cruel. I thought it was preposterous! I certainly wasn't going to support that law!
Did I mention that I was a priest? One of my favourite activities was to marry couples. Even after Emperor Claudius passed his law, I kept on performing marriage ceremonies -- secretly, of course. It was really quite exciting. Imagine a small candlelit room with only the bride and groom and myself. We would whisper the words of the ceremony, listening all the while for the steps of soldiers.
One night, we did hear footsteps. It was scary! Thank goodness the couple I was marrying escaped in time. I was caught. (Not quite as light on my feet as I used to be, I guess.) I was thrown in jail and told that my punishment was death.
I tried to stay cheerful. And do you know what? Wonderful things happened. Many young people came to the jail to visit me. They threw flowers and notes up to my window. They wanted me to know that they, too, believed in love.
One of these young people was the daughter of the prison guard. Her father allowed her to visit me in the cell. Sometimes we would sit and talk for hours. She helped me to keep my spirits up. She agreed that I did the right thing by ignoring the Emperor and going ahead with the secret marriages. On the day I was to die, I left my friend a little note thanking her for her friendship and loyalty. I signed it, "Love from your Valentine."
I believe that note started the custom of exchanging love messages on Valentine's Day. It was written on the day I died, February 14, 269 A.D. Now, every year on this day, people remember. But most importantly, they think about love and friendship. And when they think of Emperor Claudius, they remember how he tried to stand in the way of love, and they laugh -- because they know that love can't be beaten!
Slang is "an informal nonstandard vocabulary composed typically of coinages, arbitrarily changed words, and extravagant, forced, or facetious figures of speech". It usually appears in very colloquial contexts. We can find slang expressions in every language around the word.
Some examples of American English slang are: "She is on cloud nine",
"It's late. We have to cut out" or "I guess I will be getting away with it"
Do you dare to guess what these and some other expressions mean?? Click here and check how much you know about American slang.
As you already know this is the UK flag which is also called the Union Jack. I'm sure you have seen it hundreds or maybe thousands of times. But, look at it carefully. Do you know that it is really formed by three different flags? Those are the English flag, the Scottish flag and the flag of the Patron Saint of Ireland.
This is Scotland's flag. Scotland is represented by the flag of St. Andrew. It is called the "St. Andrews Flag". It is a diagonal white cross on blue.
This is England's flag. England is represented by the flag of St. George. It is called the "St. Georges Flag". It is a red cross on white.
This flag is the Patron Saint of Ireland. On the Union Flag, Northern Ireland is represented by the flag of St. Patrick. It is a diagonal red cross on white.