5 motivi stravaganti per studiare l’inglese

 

English version

Inglese: semplicemente la lingua di cui non si può far a meno al giorno d’oggi. Ci sono alcuni ovvi motivi per studiare inglese, che forse dipendono da dove vieni, da dove vivi, in quale settore lavori e via discorrendo. A Milano c’è un intenso bisogno di inglese sia per via del turismo, poiché è cresciuta ad un ritmo esponenziale sulle mappe dei turisti internazionali, sia per il fatto che Milano è una città particolarmente nota per la sua industria e il suo business che attrae aziende da tutto il mondo ad investire nelle sue eccellenze.

Qui a Scrambled Eggs (English School) abbiamo avuto modo di vedere da vicino alcuni motivi interessanti per studiare l’inglese che vanno ben oltre le semplici ragioni turistiche o di lavoro. Oggi discuteremo dei 5 motivi più interessanti per i quali alcune persone sono venute a chiederci un corso di inglese.

1. Incontrare un guru giapponese in un rifugio di montagna

Una volta un nostro studente si è rivolto a noi perché stava studiando buddismo e voleva incontrare un monaco che viveva in un piccolo monastero sulla cima di una sperduta montagna di campagna in Giappone. Non sentendosi in grado di imparare il giapponese in una sola estate, si iscrisse ad un corso di inglese individuale su misura per lui in modo da lavorare su una lingua che poteva tornare utile durante questo viaggio. Naturalmente non aveva solo la sfida dell’inglese di fronte a sé: doveva anche fare parecchie arrampicate su roccia per raggiungere questa remota destinazione! Sfortunatamente non abbiamo potuto aiutarlo in questo, ma abbiamo fatto del nostro meglio per prepararlo per il suo viaggio… post-scalata.

 

2. Una questione di famiglia

È difficile negare che nell’ultimo decennio o due gli italiani siano emigrati in tutto il mondo per sperimentare culture diverse ed immergersi in un ambiente lavorativo potenzialmente diverso. E questo cosa comporta spesso? Incontrare una persona di un altro paese, sposarsi e avere figli! L’unico problema con l’avvio di una famiglia all’estero: come parleranno i nonni con quel ramo straniero della famiglia? L’inglese, essendo una lingua franca, soddisfa tutti. Studiare inglese per comunicare con una parte della tua famiglia – non c’è cosa più internazionale di questa! Come insegnante non c’è soddisfazione più grande di sapere che stai aiutando a unire una famiglia, una lezione di inglese alla volta.

3. Vi presento il mio ultimo cocktail!

L’inglese è anche la lingua internazionale delle … presentazioni! Una volta abbiamo avuto come studentessa una barista che era stata invitata a Barcellona per presentare ai dirigenti di Bacardi un cocktail che aveva creato completamente da sola. Nonostante il suo inglese fosse già abbastanza buono, grazie ad un pacchetto di 10 ore individuali aggiunse un pizzico di pepe ed entusiasmo alla sua presentazione.

4. Per un futuro migliore e più sano

Gli studi dimostrano che l’apprendimento di una seconda lingua porta a un cervello più forte e sano quando si raggiunge una certa età. Ciò significa che studiando una seconda lingua avrai meno probabilità di sviluppare in futuro la demenza senile o persino l’Alzheimer. Che bisogno c’è delle medicine quando si hanno le lingue?

5. Un mondo unito, una presentazione alla volta.

L’Italia è senza ombra di dubbio un innovatore culturale che ha portato alla luce milioni di idee rivoluzionarie che hanno cambiato il mondo. E qual è oggi l’unico modo per convincere il resto del mondo che la tua idea cambierà la vita così come la conosciamo? Convincere gli investitori a finanziare la tua idea e spiegarla a congressi e conferenze internazionali. Siamo orgogliosi di dire che abbiamo aiutato centinai di studenti a prepararsi per importanti presentazioni che potrebbero aver portato a cambiamenti in ognuna delle nostre vite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Questi sono solo 5 motivi interessanti che spingono i nostri studenti a studiare inglese nella nostra scuola di Milano e a fare lezioni online con i nostri insegnanti madrelingua. Qual è la motivazione che ti spinge a studiare inglese? Forse non sarà così eccentrica come quelle spiegate nel blog di oggi, ma non dimenticare che la motivazione è un elemento importante che spinge verso il successo, non importa quanto essa sia particolare od originale!

Learn English with the News – How You Write an X Determines your Personality

The research is in and it appears that the way you draw the letter X says quite a lot about your personality!

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: How You Write an X Determines your Personality.

Here is the photo to understand your personality.

 

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:

 

Writing an X | Definition Match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

 

Writing an X | Fill the gap

Fill the empty spaces with the proper words.

 

Writing an X | True or False

Indicate which sentences are true and which ones are false.

Full Text:

“MOST of us learn to write in the same way as kids – only to develop our own sense of style as time goes on. But did you know that our pen strokes are an insight into our personality? In particular, how you write an “X” says a lot lot about who you are, an expert claims. While the simple act of drawing two intersecting lines is one most don’t give a second thought to, it’s clear that not everyone draws the letter in the same way. The direction in which you draw the lines can reveal some pretty interesting personality traits or interesting facts about your mindset.Handwriting analyst Kathi McKnight has shed some light on what each style means – so what does your writing style say about you? The coloured line in the image is the first stroke, with the black line being the second.

1. Stuck in the past

Kathi says that if you write your X with two reverse strokes, and start from the lower right, it indicates that while you may have an urge to move forward, you are mentally stuck in the past.

2. Trying to escape your past

If you draw both lines moving forward, yet start in reverse — from bottom left, then the bottom right — you are a renegade. You have a strong desire to erase and escape your past and move forward, but it still has a grip on you…

3. What a rebel

The reversed strokes — starting top right —are the sign of a rebel without a cause. You don’t want to conform or fit in, but have zero reason for your determination to fight societal norms.

4. Focusing on the future

Only your second stroke is drawn the “normal” way — top right to bottom left — it implies that while you’re trying to focus on the future, a part of you is still tempted to go backwards, as if you’re driving while looking through the rearview mirror.

5. Live by your own rules

The first half of this X — drawn from top right to bottom left — is made “correctly,” but the 2nd — drawn from bottom left to top right — is written in reverse direction. According to Kathi, this is evidence that you live by your own rules.

6. Trendsetter

You start your stroke from bottom left, and out of order, you’re a trendsetter — and you own it.

7. Stick to the norm

Most people write their Xs like this, according to Kathi, as it is how schools teach us to write our letters, going from left to right. Sticking to this method as a grown up is an indication that you don’t tend to stray from the norm, and you value order and balance.

8. Thinking outside the box

Like most of these choices (besides 7), if you start from the top right, Kathi says it’s evidence that you prefer to think outside of the box.”

 

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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Learn English with the News – Columbus Statue Will Stay in Barcelona

Barcelona has decided to keep its statue commemorating navigator Christopher Columbus, but will also try to educate residents and tourists about the city’s history and success at the expense of slavery.

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:

Columbus statue | Definition Match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

Columbus statue | Fill in the Blank

Fill the empty spaces with the proper words.

Columbus statue | True or False

Indicate which sentences are true and which ones are false.

Full Text

Christopher Columbus has stood on his column at the foot of Las Ramblas in Barcelona since 1888, his right arm outstretched towards the New World, although in fact it points to Constantine, Algeria. And there he’s likely to stay after the mayor, Ada Colau, rejected calls to pull down the city’s most iconic statue. In doing so, Colau is keeping faith with the idea that it’s better for the city to face up to the past than to deny it. Columbus’ links with the city are tenuous at best, but what isn’t in doubt is Barcelona’s long and lucrative association with slavery. Much of the city’s finest architecture, including some of Antoni Gaudí’s masterpieces, was financed by Spaniards, many of them Catalans, who made their fortunes out of slavery in the Caribbean. Perhaps more offensive than Columbus are the many statues and memorials to those who owed their wealth to slavery. To its credit, the city inaugurated a slavery tour to educate visitors and residents about a part of its history many would prefer to forget. The tour begins at the statue of Joan Güell. Güell made his fortune in Cuba and there are some who claim he was directly involved in the slave trade. Others are more circumspect. Martín Rodrigo, professor of history at a University in Barcelona, has written several books about the links between Barcelona and slavery. Rodrigo explained that when the sugar cane business took off in Cuba there was already a large Catalan colony in Havana and other towns. Many returned to Barcelona and their wealth contributed to the construction of the city’s elegant districts. Among the Catalans who made their fortune were Facundo Bacardí, from Sitges, who was the first to distil white rum from sugar cane. Another was Jaime Partagás, whose name lives on as a famous brand of Cuban cigars. Barcelona was never an important slave port and although few of the Catalans were actual slave traders, Rodrigo points out that it was impossible to make your fortune in Cuba without benefiting from slavery, which was the basis of the economy. The tour ends at the statue of the slave trader Antonio López. However, the statue is no longer there as it was removed by popular demand in 2018. Although the statue has gone, the square still bears his name, and the plinth remains, a blunt reminder of a dark chapter in the city’s history.

 

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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