London Day Trips | Reading Comprehension

Summer is here! If you’re visiting London for a long weekend this summer, here are some quaint nearby towns that you can visit in a day. Not only is a daytrip a great way to beat the hustle and bustle of the city, you will also get the opportunity to see a different side to British life.

With this in mind, we at Scrambled Eggs Scuola di Inglese, Milano have put together a list of 5 towns close to London that you can reach by train in less than an hour and a half. Read on to find out how to enjoy some fresh air and escape the city traffic.

 

First up, we have Brighton.

Extremely popular among Brits, Brighton is the place to be. When you arrive, head straight to Brighton’s pebbled beach and have some traditional fish chips – just watch out for those seagulls. Then, relive your childhood days by visiting the funfair and arcade, which are both situated on Brighton’s famous pier. Those who love to shop need to visit The Lanes Brighton where you will find numerous independent shops and boutiques. Brighton is also the LGBTQ capital of the UK and has many amazing live music venues!

By train: 1 hour 16 minutes from St. Pancras International

 

Next up, Windsor.

Crazy about the Royal family? Everyone visits Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London, but there’s also Windsor Castle! A royal residence built in the 11th century after the Norman invasion of England, it has been the home of British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years. While you’re there, check out Windsor’s great park which spans 4,800 acres. After a morning of sightseeing, a great place to spend your afternoon is at Windsor and Eton brewery. Here you can learn how beer is made and try some local beers.

By train: 52 minutes from Vauxhall

 

Another great option is Whitstable.

A picture-perfect, seaside town, Whitstable is definitely worth a visit, especially if you love cycling! With a sea front stretching 5 miles, Whitstable is the perfect place to rent a bike and go on a tranquil bike ride along the coast. For lunch, you must have oysters. Whitstable is famous for its native oysters, which have been collected since Roman times, and are available all year round. Spend your evening relaxing on the beach and enjoying the beautiful sun set.

By train: 1 hour 14 minutes from St. Pancras International

 

Next on the list is Rye.

Once an important fishing town, Rye is now home to art museums, antique shops and cosy pubs. Rye is a city rich in history and is best explored by going on a walking tour down its higgledy-piggledy cobbled streets. Key places to visit are Rye Castle, the Citadel and St. Mary’s church. A short bus journey away is Camber Sands, East Sussex’s only sand dune. Here you can stroll along the beach’s golden sands or try out some water sports.

By train: 1 hour 9 minutes from St. Pancras International with a change at Ashford

 

Last on the list is St. Albans.

Named after the first British saint, Alban, St. Albans is a city steeped in history. Its Medieval roots are evident today, and there are even some remains from the Roman era. History aside, St. Albans is known for its pubs! Claiming to have the greatest number of pubs per square mile, and the oldest pub in England, ‘Ye Olde Fighting Cocks,’ it’s a great place to go on a bar crawl. St. Albans is also popular for its markets, where you can buy local homemade produce and products!

By train: 20 minutes from St. Pancras International

 

Quiz: London Day Trips

Now that you have finished reading the article, test your knowledge of the words in bold by trying this definitions quiz!

 

There are many more towns just outside London that are worth visiting. Let us know in the comments below which of the places listed you would like to visit the most.

Safe travels!

Learn English with the News – Microsoft Implements 4-Day Work Week

In Japan, with a very severe and intense work culture, Microsoft is trying to change the norm. Last summer, they tried a new experiment which saw the company cut the work day from 5 to 4 days. Watch the video and then do the accompanying English language exercises.

The news is a consistent source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery that never ceases to exist and always comes out with more and more material each day. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it is without a doubt a piece of your everyday routine that can’t go ignored. 

Whether it is to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed, to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country, or simply hear about what is happening in other countries in order to compare them to what’s happening in yours, the news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

This is why Scrambled Eggs has decided to unite two of your biggest worlds: learning English and keeping up with what is happening in the world. We hope our challenging daily exercises, composed of listening, vocabulary and comprehension exercises in English, will satisfy both of those above worlds in a satisfactory and also entertaining way.

So enough about introductions, let’s get to today’s Learn English with the News topic:

Adapted from this article.

Now that you’ve had a listen, let’s put your knowledge to the test with some of our vocabulary and comprehension exercises:

Microsoft Implements 4 Day Work Week | Definition Match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

Microsoft Implements 4 Day Work Week | Fill in the Blank

Fill the empty spaces with the proper words.

Microsoft Implements 4 Day Work Week | Percent Multiple Choice

Match the percentage with the correct statistic.

 

And that’s it for today’s English lesson, where you can improve your English with the news and current events. Do you have any comments or special requests for us for the next edition of Learn English with the News? Be sure to leave any feedback you have in the comments section below, as we would love to help you on your quest to learn the English language!

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Full Text:

“The technology company Microsoft says it has successfully trialed a four-day working week in its Japan offices, which noticed improvements in worker productivity and job satisfaction. The trial took place last summer at its headquarters in Tokyo. Employees had every Friday off as paid leave in August. The company monitored the effects a three-day weekend had on total performance. Company executives said the shorter working week resulted in additional benefits. Productivity increased by 40 percent and 92 percent of employees declared satisfaction with the scheme. The trial could lead to a revolution in Japan’s traditional work culture, which is generally characterized by long hours and excessive overtime.
Microsoft named the trial the “Work-Life Choice Challenge.” The company said it aimed to “establish an environment where each employee can choose a diverse and flexible way of working according to the circumstances of their work and life”. Other aspects of the trial included shorter meetings, with a maximum of 30 minutes, and encouraging workers to choose online chats instead of face-to-face ones. There were additional advantages to the trial. Microsoft said that there was a decrease of 23 percent in electricity consumption and a drop of 59 percent in pages printed compared with August of the year before. Additionally, employee commute decreased by 20% and therefore reduced pollution. Microsoft has scheduled another experiment in Japan later this year and will ask employees for feedback.”

Learn English with the News – Baia: A City That Lies Beneath the Waves

Rome is a city that never ceases to amaze. And scientific discoveries will keep that splendour strong, as the city of Baia continues to shine, even from under water. Watch the video and then do the accompanying English language exercises.

The news is a consistent source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery that never ceases to exist and always comes out with more and more material each day. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it is without a doubt a piece of your everyday routine that can’t go ignored. 

Whether it is to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed, to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country, or simply hear about what is happening in other countries in order to compare them to what’s happening in yours, the news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

This is why Scrambled Eggs has decided to unite two of your biggest worlds: learning English and keeping up with what is happening in the world. We hope our challenging daily exercises, composed of listening, vocabulary and comprehension exercises in English, will satisfy both of those above worlds in a satisfactory and also entertaining way.

So enough about introductions, let’s get to today’s Learn English with the News topic:

Adapted from this article.

Now that you’ve had a listen, let’s put your knowledge to the test with some of our vocabulary and comprehension exercises:

Baia: A City That Lies Beneath the Waves | Definition Match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

Baia: A City That Lies Beneath the Waves | Fill in the Blank

Fill the empty spaces with the proper words.

Baia: A City That Lies Beneath the Waves | True or False

Indicate which sentences are true and which ones are false.

 

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Full Text:

“In its heyday, the classical Roman city of Baia was the hedonist Las Vegas of the time, but now its remains are partying beneath the waves. A prominent resort city for centuries, Baia catered to the recreational whims of the rich and powerful among the Roman elite. The city, which was located over natural volcanic vents, was famous for its healing medicinal hot springs which occurred all around the city and were quite easy to build spas over. Some of antiquity’s most powerful figures such as Nero, Cicero, and Caesar were known to have visited the city and a number of them actually built permanent vacation villas there. Unfortunately, the good times were not to last and the city was sacked by a Muslim army in the 8th century. By 1500, the remains of the formerly luxurious town were abandoned. After the city remains were emptied, the water level slowly rose due to the same volcanic vents that were once a draw to the area, and most of the ancient ruins were drowned under the shallow waters of the bay. Today the ancient remains of Baia can be visited in one of the world’s few underwater archaeological parks. Visitors can view the crumbled structures and amazingly preserved statuary of the city through glass-bottomed boats, snorkelling, or even scuba dives which allow people to actually swim amongst the copious ruins. While the city is no longer a resort, its waters still hold wonders.”