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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Prepositions of Time | Esercizio Inglese

Prepositions are always a bit of a struggle when learning a language, especially since they tend to differ from one language to another.

How are your prepositions in English? Today’s blog takes on the infamous prepositions of time, which can be split into 3 simple all-encompassing prepositions: in, on and at. Is this topic completely new to you? Have no fear! Scrambled Eggs English School in Milan has a team of Native English Speakers to accommodate your every need.

So, which preposition is used for which time?

We use in for non-specific times such as months, years, decades and long periods of time. For example “in January,” “in 2009” and “in the future.”

We use on for specific days and dates, such as days of the week, days of the year and dates. For example “on Monday,” “on January 21st” and “on New Year’s Eve.”

Finally, we use at for the time, holidays and festivals as well as specific timeframes. For example “at 7:00 p.m.,” “at Christmas” and “at sunrise.”

For more information, have a look at the below graphic about this very topic:

Have you got it? Do you think you’re ready to put your knowledge to the test? Well, you’re in luck; we’ve prepared an exercise just for you!

Prepositions of Time

Type the correct preposition in the gap.

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ESL Business English | Esercizio Ascolto Inglese

It’s time for another mini-grammar lesson! Once again, the Team at Scrambled Eggs School in Milan have created some great exercises to help you practice and improve your Business English skills. Today’s topic is going to.

Have you ever wondered how to talk about the different tasks that you do at work as well as explain upcoming projects? Our Team of experienced, Native English Teachers are here to help and make sure that you are ready for every situation!

To talk about intentions, plans decided before the moment of speaking that will happen in the future, as well as predictions we use going to.

Structure: verb to be + going to + infinitive.

Examples:

  • Are you meeting the client today? No, I am going to meet them next Monday at 13:00. = The meeting has already been planned and will take place next week.
  • Next week is going to be a very busy week in the office because our new product launches. = They think next will be busy because I know that the company’s new product will launch.

Now, it is time to put your English listening skills to the test! This listening is most suitable for B1 learners. Listen to the following audio about three different work-related stories and try to extract some information.

After you have listened to the audio once, twice or as many times as you need, test your English listening knowledge with the following exercise!

Next week at work

After listening to the audio above, read the following text and fill in the blanks with the correct answers.

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