Key phrases to know for Fashion Week

Fashion week is here!

Milan Fashion Week 2018 means that the city is full of models, designers and celebrities. Everybody’s talking about fashion, both positively and negatively, and with all these foreign people visiting the city during the week there’s even more English being spoken than usual!

If you want to join in the conversations though, you’ll need to know some fashion-specific vocabulary to help you sound like a true expert!

  • Catwalk/Runway [noun]

The long, narrow stage that models walk along in a fashion show.

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  • Pattern [noun]

Any regularly repeated arrangement, especially a design made from repeated lines, shapes, or colours on a surface.

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  • Mannequin [noun]

A large model of a human being, used to show clothes.

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  • Accessories [noun]

Something added to clothing that has a useful or decorative purpose. e.g. She wore a green suit with matching accessories (shoes, hat, bag, etc.).

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  • Baggy [adjective]

Something that hangs loosely because it’s too big or has been stretched. Opposite = tight.

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  • Pose [verb]

To move into and stay in a particular position, in order to be photographed or painted.

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  • Must-have [noun]

A must-have product is a fashionable one that a lot of people want to own.

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  • Tweed [noun]

A thick material made from wool of several different colours. e.g. A tweed jacket.


OK? Get them? Now practice using them in sentences, and then try our quiz (below) to check that you’re perfect!

Fashion Week

Match the vocabulary with the definition.

Tea-time in the UK – Reading Comprehension Exercise

Is it tea-time yet?

How many coffees do you have each day? Having coffee in Italy is a part of most people’s daily ritual, and tea performs the same role in the UK.

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A cup of tea (a ‘cuppa’ in British English) is most often enjoyed with breakfast, as a mid-morning break and at ‘tea-time’ – about 5pm. A tea-time cuppa usually also involves a small snack (biscuits/cake etc.). The elegant “Afternoon Tea” or “Cream Tea” with lots of sandwiches, scones and cakes is only for special occasions.
N.B. Working-class Brits sometimes use the phrase ‘tea-time’ to mean dinner, if they eat their meal at about 6pm. This is usually builders, plumbers, gardeners.

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A typical ‘cuppa’ is strong tea with milk and sugar. This is usually called “builders’ tea”.
Earl Grey tea is also quite popular, while Darjeeling/Mint/Green/Chamomile tea etc. are not standard.

The UK market is dominated by five brands – PG Tips, Tetley, Typhoo, Twinings and Yorkshire Tea.

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The UK population is around 65 million people, so how many of cups of tea do they drink each day? About 165 million cups daily or 60.2 billion per year!
Tea became incredibly popular in Britain because of the British Empire. Tea-drinking was encouraged by the British government because of the money from tea tax.

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How to Make British Tea
Choose your tea. This is by far the most important step to making perfect British tea….
Boil the water….
• Put your teabag(s) in the pot or mugs….
Pour boiling water over the teabag, and stir….
• Wait!…
Remove the teabag….
Add milk and sugar to taste….
Enjoy your tea!

Tea Time in the UK: Reading Comprehension Quiz

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

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5 frasi per descrivere il tempo estivo

A Milano il caldo diventa insopportabile, per fortuna ci sono il mare e la montagna qui vicino! Oggi scopriamo 5 modi per descrivere il tipico tempo Milanese durante l’estate, così possiamo lamentarci del caldo in modo più efficace.

1. Heat Waveimparare inglese a Milano

Da usare quando:
– pensi che il caldo non finirà mai;
– sei completamente sudato dopo appena 5 minuti sotto il solo;
– non ricordi l’ultima volta che avevi freddo.

2. Stormystormy tempesta imparare inglese Milano

Da usare quando:
– pensi che l’arca di Noè sia una buona soluzione;
– fuori è completamente buio ma è l’ora di pranzo;
– sei ancora in ufficio e, per la prima volta nella tua vita, non hai voglia di tornare a casa.

3. Scorching
caldo vocaboli inglese MilanoDa usare quando:
– non serve l’abbonamento in palestra perché tutta la città è già una sauna;
– neanche il ventilatore può aiutarti.

4. To Pour
diluvia pour vocaboli ingleseDa usare quando:
– la pioggia è talmente forte che devi cancellare la tua lezione di inglese;
– diluvia così tanto che pure il naviglio grande è deserto.

5. Boiling Hotboiling hot caldo tempo estivo inglese

Da usare quando:
– ti fermi in un negozio di antiquariato solo per sfruttare l’aria condizionata;
– il gelataio è l’unico amico affidabile.