Learn English with the News – UEFA Opens Disciplinary Proceedings against Three European Giants

Football mania! The world’s most popular sport has seen a bit of a plot twist when some of the most important teams decided to have a go at making their own private league, effectively cutting out the global organizers. What happened next is for the history books! Watch the video and then do the accompanying English language exercises on our website!

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:

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

UEFA Opens Disciplinary Proceedings against Three European Giants | Definition Match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

UEFA Opens Disciplinary Proceedings against Three European Giants | Fill in the Blank

Fill the empty spaces with the proper words.

UEFA Opens Disciplinary Proceedings against Three European Giants | True or False

Decide if the statement is true or false.

 

Full Text:

UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against three European giants: Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus. The teams were part of a larger group of 12 that announced they wanted to start a new competition.

Their idea received heavy criticism. The other nine clubs spread out across the UK, Italy and Spain changed their minds. They expressed regret for their actions and recommitted to the UEFA club.

Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus then issued a joint statement. They said that they intended to persevere in finding a solution, calling the current football situation “unsustainable.”

UEFA released a statement that they will investigate “a potential violation of UEFA’s legal framework.”

The nine clubs were ordered to collectively donate 15 million euros to charities. In addition, they will not receive five percent of the revenues from competitions as scheduled.

UEFA says the clubs have agreed to be fined up to 100 million euros should they breach their commitments again.

For now, the form of punishment that may await Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus after the disciplinary proceedings is unclear.

 

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Songs for 4th of July !

Here is a list of songs to help you get ready for the 4th of July!

The United States is a country known for its patriotism. From the skyscrapers of New York City to the pueblos of New Mexico, Americans are proud to be American, and it definitely shows in their music! Some artists praise the country as a whole while others choose to sing an ode to their home regions, home states, or hometowns.

Being American is a state of mind, it doesn’t matter if you were born there, lived there, or just feel a deep connection to the culture – we can all feel patriotic and jam out on Independence Day!

So, if you and your friends want to celebrate the red, white, and blue this 4th of July, here’s a playlist you can turn on to hype up your party!

Born in the USA – Bruce Springsteen

Georgia on My Mind – Ray Charles

Living in America – James Brown

This Land is Your Land – Woody Guthrie

America the Beautiful

God Bless the USA – Lee Greenwood

Country Roads – John Denver

Star Spangled Banner – Jimi Hendrix

Empire State of Mind – Jay Z, Alicia Keys

Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd

Welcome to Scrambled Eggs, an English school in Milan that aims to help you improve your English in a fun, accessible and easy way. Check out all the English language exercises we’ve compiled in our database over the years, which are broken down into various types of exercise and also split into levels.

Whether you’re taking an English course here in Milan or you simply want to boost your language skills with loads of online English language exercises, Scrambled Eggs is here for you! Check out our vast collection which includes hundreds of exercises for all levels, and if you think there are some exercises, topics or videos we should add more of, be sure to send an email our way at hello@scrambledeggsinglese.it

 

Cockney Rhyming Slang

When you visit London, you might overhear people talking like this and feel extremely confused. However, don’t despair! You haven’t lost your ability to understand the English language. Yes, we did teach you real English at Scrambled Eggs!

This is ‘Cockney rhyming slang’, an English dialect that originated in the capital city during the early 19thcentury. Although it is rarely used day-to-day in contemporary times but it remains a unique part of London’s history and culture.

The word ‘Cockney’ originated as a pejorative term for Londoners in the 14thcentury but nowadays generally refers to a native or long-time resident of the city. Traditionally this has been defined as someone who was born within earshot (three to six miles distance) of the bells at the St. Mary-le-Bow church in London’s East-End.

Cockney rhyming slang’ developed in the slums of London and was used by the poorest social classes as a flamboyant form of expression and to converse in code. It was also a useful mode of communication for criminals wanting to evade the law! It has since come to be viewed as a language of the people and a symbol of the city of London.

The dialect combines common words and cultural references into rhymes and non-sensical phrases to form a new vocabulary. Often the second word in a rhyme will sound like the word it intends to mean. Perhaps one of the most famous is ‘apples and pears’, which means ‘stairs’. Sometimes, a part of the phrase is used to convey meaning. For example, ‘butcher’s hook’, which means ‘look’ can be used as ‘have a butcher’s’, which means to inspect something.

So how does a listener understand what a speaker is saying? Well, you have to learn the definitions of Cockney phrases and rhymes by heart. With that in mind, ‘let’s have a butcher’s’ at some useful Cockney rhyming slang for your next trip to London.


Cockney Rhyming Slang | Match

Match the Cockney phrases with their definitions.

So how did you score?

0-2 correct – ‘Please sir, can I take the test again?’

3-4 correct – ‘Pretty Polly’

5 correct – ‘Cor, blimey guv’nor!’

Cockney Rhyming Slang | True or False

Decide if the statement is true or false.