5 Radio Stations to Help Improve your English!

Are you keen to talk like a native English speaker? To be able to understand colloquial language and expressions used in everyday speech? The team at Scrambled Eggs English school in Milan have the perfect solution for you! We have put together a list of the top 5 radio stations from English speaking countries around the globe to help you to improve your English.

BBC Radio 4

First up, is BBC Radio 4. This UK radio channel has shows that talk about the hottest topics right now, from food to economic fashion, the news and current affairs. They even have shows dedicated to fictional stories. With presenters from across the UK, you’ll hear an array of British accents.

NPR

On the other side of the pond, there is NPR: an American radio station that delivers breaking national and world news. Their stories focus on a range of topics, including business, politics, health, science, technology, music as well as arts and culture. Although the speaking speed is an upper intermediate level, each audio is accompanied with an article for its listeners to read.

Radio Canada

From America’s neighbour to the north we have Radio Canada. Radio Canada is Canada’s official radio station. Here you will find an array of programmes on a variety of different topics: current trends, the great outdoors, arts and culture, technology, science and history. They also air programmes that cover the news and the latest business trends.

ABC Radio Australia

From a country down under we give you ABC Radio Australia. ABC is Australia’s international broadcasting service. Here you can listen to both live and local music as well as talk shows on a number of topics, such as sport, literature, cinema and theatre – you’ll never got bored of listening!

Cape Talk

Last but not least, from beautiful South Africa we present you Cape Talk. Cape Talk is a South African commercial radio station based in Cape Town. It airs shows on the news, sport as well as business. In addition, there are plenty of phone-in debates, so you will have the chance to listen to unscripted English!

Listening to the radio is a great way to practice your English whether you’re at work, cleaning the house or on the go! Comment below and let us know which radio station is your favourite!

Top 5 Weirdest Laws: UK Edition | Reading Comprehension

Across Britain, there are laws still enforced today that date all the way back to the 1300s! Some of them have no relevance in today’s world and are actually quite funny. The Team at Scrambled Eggs English School in Milan have put together a list of the top 5 weirdest laws that still exist in the UK. Get ready for your minds to be blown!

First up, it is actually illegal to be drunk in the pub! Yes, that’s right, you’ve read correctly! According to the 1839 Metropolitan Police Act, it is illegal to be highly intoxicated in a pub or for the pub-keeper to permit drunkenness on the premises

Next up, jumping the queue in the Underground ticket hall is not just rude, but actually illegal! That’s right, us Brits take queueing to a whole new level!

One of the most absurd laws that still exists is that it is apparently illegal to die while in Parliament. As the House of Parliament, less commonly known as the Palace of Westminster, is in fact a royal palace; so, if you were to die there, you would be required to be given a state funeral!

Another interesting law is that you can’t dress up as a soldier or seaman if you go to a fancy-dress party. According to the Seamen’s and Soldier’s False Characters Act 1906, it is illegal to pretend to be part of the armed forces.

Last but certainly not least placing a postage stamp bearing the monarch’s head upside down on an envelope is considered as an act of treason. So, when sending a postcard from your travels in the UK, make sure you place your stamp the right way up!

Which law do you think is the weirdest? What weird Italian laws still exist in Italy today?! Share your opinions by writing a comment below!

If you are curious to find out what the words in bold mean and want to speak like a native, try our comprehension quiz below:

Top 5 Weirdest Laws: UK Edition | Reading Comprehension Quiz

Match the word with its definition.

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5 “Italian” dishes that you won’t find in Italy!

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Italy is known and loved for its flavourful and regionally diverse cuisine, especially for its pizza and pasta dishes. Italian cuisine is undoubtedly one of the world’s favourite cuisines. In fact, A YouGov survey revealed that 86% of all those surveyed ranked Italian food as their all-time favourite!* It is so popular that other countries have created their own “Italian” dishes. The team at Scrambled Eggs English School in Milano has put together a list of the top 5 “Italian” dishes that you won’t find in Italy! Prepared to be amazed!

Panini

First up, we have the “panini.” A panini is a grilled or toasted sandwich filled with deli ingredients, from bacon, brie and cranberry to chicken pesto and anything in between! This is a very popular lunch choice in the UK and served in most cafés. However, in Italian the word panini means sandwiches. So, if you ordered panini in Italy, you would simply get some normal sandwiches.

Spaghetti Carbonara with cream

Next up, we have Spaghetti “Carbonara” made with cream. This is personally one of my favourite “Italian” dishes. A true Carbonara however, a dish which originates from Rome, can only be made from eggs! The traditional ingredients also include guanciale, pecorino Romano and black pepper.

Garlic bread

Garlic bread is another super popular “Italian” dish that you can find in a lot of Italian restaurants outside of Italy. Sometimes it is served with caramelized onions on top and often the bread used to make it is baguette, which originates from France! In Italy, you will only find garlic on bread when it is used to make bruschetta.

Pepperoni Pizza

Next on the list is pepperoni pizza. “Pepperoni” is one of the most popular pizza toppings in both the USA and the UK. There’s just one problem: we know and love pepperoni as spicy salami slices, but in Italian pepperoni means peppers! So, if you order a pepperoni pizza in Italy, you’ll get a pizza full of peppers. Instead, ask for salame piccante.

Ham and Pineapple Pizza

Last but not least, ham and pineapple pizza, also known as Hawaiian pizza, is 100% not Italian. Ham and pineapple pizza in fact originates from Canada! The story goes that Sam Panopoulos, a young restaurant owner originally from Greece, decided to put it on his pizza to attract customers to his restaurant.

What do you think of these “Italian” dishes? Which ones would you like to try, or have already tried?

5 “Italian” dishes that you won’t find in Italy: Reading Comprehension Quiz

After reading, click here to take a test and check your comprehension!

*Over 25,000 people from 24 global locations were surveyed and asked which out of 34 different national cuisines was their favourite.