5 Things To Do In Summer When The Weather Is Bad

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One thing that we can all agree on is that summer is great when the weather is sunny! But what happens on the days when it’s cloudy, or when it starts to rain? For anyone who wants to stay busy, this can be the perfect opportunity to spend some time practicing English, to maintain their language level during the summer.

Do you need some help thinking of ways to stay occupied? The Scrambled Eggs team has some tips:

  • Watch a TED Talk

If you have to stay indoors because it’s raining, why not profit from the time by watching a speech in English? You will practice your listening skills, and if you make a note of words you don’t understand (don’t forget to use the subtitles to help you!) you can also increase your vocabulary. Additionally, TED Talks are always informative and engaging, so you can also learn about something really interesting at the same time!

You can find many interesting talks here: https://www.ted.com/talks

And here’s one recommended by Scrambled Eggs!

TED talk in English
  • Read a book.

Many students seem to be intimidated by English books, as they can be too hard. However, the secret is to A) find a book that was written for a slightly younger audience than you, or B) find a book that you’re extremely motivated to read. Our top tip is to have a pencil and highlighter near you while you read, so you can quickly make a note of words you’re not sure about, and then search for them with a dictionary or on your phone.

Here are some ideas from Scrambled Eggs, for students with a higher level of English:

Read English books
  • Plan a trip abroad.

There is no better way to improve your English than by using it while travelling abroad. It might seem a bit extravagant to plan another holiday during summer, but it will be autumn soon… and that’s the perfect time to visit a new country!

Our tops tips include London, Amsterdam and New York:

Travel abroad
  • Do some small English exercises

It might sound a bit boring, but if the weather is horrible for only a short amount of time, maybe it’s the best way to stay busy for 5 minutes? A small exercise every so often is a great way to maintain your level of English, and perhaps learn some new vocabulary too! If you’re about to go shopping, search for a vocabulary exercise. If you’re going to go to a party when the sun returns, google a small exercise about talking in the Future. Everything helps!

Here are some Scrambled Eggs suggestions:

English exercise
  • Learn some English expressions to talk about the weather!

It’s much easier to talk about the weather in English if you know the best expressions, so check out this list about hot weather:

How many expressions do you know about the rain? Is it drizzling, or raining cats and dogs?

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Even if / Even though – English Grammar Exercise

In today’s post blog post we’re going to go over two phrases that can be a bit tricky for English language learners. Are you ready to learn and improve with us?

Do you know the difference between ‘even if‘ and ‘even though‘ in English? It’s a pretty tough part of the English language, but fortunately for you the native-speaker language teachers here at our language school in Milan are ready to help out! Have a look at the rules below and then try our latest Scrambled Eggs grammar quiz – you’ll be an expert in no time!

Even if vs. Even though

So, if it were raining you could say “Even though it’s raining right now, I’m going to the park to play football with my mates“, but if it were a sunny morning you would say “Even if it rains this afternoon I’m going to the park to play football with the guys“.

Have you got it? Try writing a couple of examples if you’re still not sure. Then, when you’re feeling confident, click on the link below for the quiz to test yourself.

Even if vs. Even though quiz

When you’ve read the explanation at the top of the page, choose the correct answers in the following quiz on even if/even though.

If it still seems a bit tricky, have you considered coming to our Milan language school for a lesson? Our qualified and experience native-speaker instructors are ready to jump into action to help you with whatever problems you may be having with English. If you haven’t studied with us before, you can book a free introductory Level Test here: http://scrambledeggsinglese.it/prenota-test-di-valutazione/

If you found this blog post useful and you’d like to find more tips and exercises, check out some more of our material here: http://scrambledeggsinglese.it/scrambled-eggs-blog/.

Easter Egg Hunts

milk chocolate treats

It’s Easter time! For most Italians, that probably means eating a huge amount of food on Sunday, followed by a ‘Pasquetta’ party on Monday, perhaps involving a grill. However, one of the biggest Easter traditions for Americans and Brits is the Easter Egg Hunt! What is it, and why is it so popular, you might ask? Your Scrambled Eggs team is here to provide the answers!

What is an Easter Egg Hunt?

Traditionally, an Easter Egg Hunt is for younger children. Adults are usually responsible for organising the event, and they hide chocolate eggs or painted eggs outside, often in a garden or park. Later in the day, the children are encouraged to search for these gifts that they believe have been left by the Easter Bunny. Sometimes there can be a winner of a competition, such as the child who finds the highest number of eggs, or on other occasions the eggs are shared around all the children. Each Easter Egg Hunt comes with its own rules and traditions.

Why Is It So Popular?

Firstly, these events are great fun for the children as they must search in the flowers, bushes and hidden parts of the garden to find all of the eggs! Most importantly however, it’s a wonderful opportunity to encourage children to run around outside on a holiday that is based around eating a lot (and in particular a lot of sugar!). Parents usually love the Hunt as their children are outside and active, and they can participate with their friends and work together to find the eggs. Finally, and perhaps best of all, the more eggs that you find the more chocolate you can eat!

easter decoration

Did you know that Easter Egg Hunts originally started around the 1700s? Easter is always in Spring, and as the bunny is a symbol of the season people thought that they brought good luck, and should be celebrated. The first Easter Egg hunts didn’t involve chocolate eggs, these were introduced later as traditions evolved.

That’s all from Scrambled Eggs! Did you learn something new? Write in the comments if you enjoyed Easter Egg Hunts when you were a child, and take our quiz to check your understanding of this article!

Easter Egg Hunts: Reading Comprehension Quiz

After reading this text, click here to take the test and check your comprehension!