Category: english

Chris reads this Cambridge Dictionary blog entry on the
Coronavirus – COVID-19 vocabulary and collocations for Learn British English
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In this FREE British English lesson, Chris explains English football and the Premier League, as well as pronunciation practice: Football (not soccer, please): 11 players

Officials: referee; two linesmen; fourth official;

VAR (Video Assistant Referee) VAR: clear and obvious errors – penalties; goals; handballs; offsides??

Premier League Championship League One League Two FA Cup League Cup Champions League Europa League

Nicknames Manchester United = the Red Devils Arsenal = the Gunners

Stadium Names Chelsea’s stadium is Stamford Bridge Liverpool’s stadium is Anfield

Teams in the English Premier League – pronunciation practice

This is a Learn British English Free lesson in which Chris explains the difference between “look for” and “search (for)”. 

Look for – more natural, common and informal (always with “for”)
“I can’t find my car keys.” “Let’s look for them then”.
“What are you looking for?”

Search (for) – more formal (e.g. police)
“The police are urgently searching for the suspect.”
“The police were searching the area last night.” (verb without “for”)
“The police conducted a thorough search of the property.” (noun)

Please see above the imperial units commonly used in the UK to talk about weight.

We often use ounces to describe amounts of ingredients in recipes. We use pounds and stone for describing our own weight. Tons measure very heavy things:

Please see above for British imperial units of volume.

The pint measurement (pronounced /paɪnt/) is very important because we use it to measure drinks in pubs.

Gallons are used to talk about the fuel consumption of vehicles:

Coronavirus – learn English news and vocabulary

catch a cold

get the flu (influenza)

norovirus /ˈnɔː.rəʊˌvaɪə.rəs/

coronavirus /kəˈrəʊ.nəˌvaɪə.rəs/

Other vocabulary:

immune system / respiratory system

outbreak /
the virus breaks out

virus spreads between people / try to contain it (stop

death toll


Wuhan and other cities on lockdown

Lunar New Year

In English, we often use imperial units rather than the metric system. This post is about common imperial units of length.

We use feet and inches to talk about a person’s height.

We use feet and squared feet to talk about the size of a building.

We use yards to talk about distances in football. The penalty area = the 18-yard box. He scored from thirty yards out!

A chain is not used as a measurement but is the length of the pitch in cricket.

Furlongs are used to measure courses for horse racing.

Miles are used to measure distances for travelling between places.

Via the Learn British English website.

In this free English lesson, Chris explains Megxit regarding Harry, Meghan and the Royal Family.
Megxit = Meghan + exit
Harry, Meghan and Archie
Duke and Duchess of Sussex
HRH titles
Frogmore cottage
Buckingham Palace
the Commonwealth

Statement by the Queen:
“Following many months of conversations and more recent discussions, I am pleased that together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family.

"Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family.

"I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.

"I want to thank them for all their dedicated work across this country, the Commonwealth and beyond, and am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family.

"It is my whole family’s hope that today’s agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life.”


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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Chris reads the first
page of “The Secret Commonwealth” by Philip Pullman and recommends everyone
reads His Dark Materials trilogy for British English.