Corsi di inglese a Milano | Scrambled Eggs Scuola di Inglese https://scrambledeggsinglese.it Corsi di Inglese a Milano Mon, 03 Aug 2020 11:03:19 +0000 it-IT hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 https://scrambledeggsinglese.it/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/cropped-favicon-32x32.jpg Corsi di inglese a Milano | Scrambled Eggs Scuola di Inglese https://scrambledeggsinglese.it 32 32 5 British Summertime Traditions – English Language Reading Comprehension https://scrambledeggsinglese.it/5-british-summertime-traditions/ https://scrambledeggsinglese.it/5-british-summertime-traditions/#respond Sun, 02 Aug 2020 09:49:50 +0000 https://scrambledeggsinglese.it/?p=4757 Continue reading 5 British Summertime Traditions – English Language Reading Comprehension]]> As you know, the weather in the UK is not as good as in Italy. We usually don’t have nice sunny weather for even 2 weeks, never mind a whole summer! But regardless of that, summer still exists in the UK and we have some time-honoured traditions that we like to keep to during the warmer months. Here are 5 of the best ones…

Festivals

Britain is famous for its summer festival season. It’s a rite of passage for every teenager to attend their first festival with their friends. The most famous are Glastonbury and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The classic British music festival is a wonderful event. Picture thousands of small tents crammed together in fields stretching for miles and then huge stages where the most famous bands in the world come to play. It usually rains too at some point during the weekend which makes the experience uniquely British. Lots of fun but probably not a lot of sun!

Barbeques

As soon as a ray of sun shines through the clouds in the UK, people are on the phone to their friends inviting them for a good old barbeque! It doesn’t matter what kind of barbeque you have; from a top of the range £1000 grilling machine to a disposable one from the supermarket, everyone loves getting together to grill some meat, have a few drinks, playing some music and having a good time.

Street Parties

This is a funny one because I have never attended one, but apparently they are a tradition! Everyone can imagine the typical British summer scene with a huge long table in the street, families from all across the neighbourhood joining in to eat and drink together, and bunting with UK flags strung up across the street lights. Maybe it was more common in the past, but it is still a charming image.

A trip to the seaside

The UK is an island and we have a lot of coastline to enjoy. Before cheap package holidays and international travel became common, people used to flock to Britain’s many seaside towns for holidays. The most famous of these was Blackpool, with its amazing pleasure beach, complete with rollercoasters and arcades. Aside from that, Britain has many beautiful places to visit: from the charming coasts of North Wales to the simply stunning Cornish peninsula. The UK seaside is a great place to spend time, even if the weather isn’t good, and you can enjoy great ice cream, fish and chips and breath-taking views from these spots.

Complaining about the weather

Now this is a true British summer tradition! All year round people in the UK love to talk about the weather. It’s a classic conversation starter and a guaranteed topic of interest for any British person. After all, our climate is pretty strange. Anyway, as soon as summer comes around, and there is no sun to be seen, us Brits start complaining! Of course, it’s not fair that we only have a few days of sun while pretty much the rest of the world gets lots of sun. But then… when the sun finally arrives, we still can’t stop complaining!!! “It’s a bit too hot now isn’t it?” we tell each other from the minute the good weather arrives. Classic UK, classic summer tradition.

 

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British Summer Traditions | Definitions Quiz

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British Summer Traditions | True or False

Decide if the statement is true or false

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London Day Trips | Reading Comprehension https://scrambledeggsinglese.it/london-day-trips-reading-comprehension/ https://scrambledeggsinglese.it/london-day-trips-reading-comprehension/#respond Fri, 31 Jul 2020 17:45:49 +0000 https://scrambledeggsinglese.it/?p=4709 Continue reading 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!

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Learn English with the News – Microsoft Implements 4-Day Work Week https://scrambledeggsinglese.it/learn-english-with-the-news-microsoft-implements-4-day-work-week/ https://scrambledeggsinglese.it/learn-english-with-the-news-microsoft-implements-4-day-work-week/#respond Thu, 30 Jul 2020 11:03:36 +0000 https://scrambledeggsinglese.it/?p=4749 Continue reading 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.”
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Learn English with the News – Baia: A City That Lies Beneath the Waves https://scrambledeggsinglese.it/learn-english-with-the-news-baia-a-city-that-lies-beneath-the-waves/ https://scrambledeggsinglese.it/learn-english-with-the-news-baia-a-city-that-lies-beneath-the-waves/#respond Tue, 28 Jul 2020 08:55:50 +0000 https://scrambledeggsinglese.it/?p=4679 Continue reading 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.

 

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:

“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.”

]]> https://scrambledeggsinglese.it/learn-english-with-the-news-baia-a-city-that-lies-beneath-the-waves/feed/ 0 Plastic pollution will weigh 1.3 billion tonnes by 2040 | Reading Comprehension https://scrambledeggsinglese.it/plastic-pollution-will-weigh-1-3-billion-tonnes-by-2040-reading-comprehension/ https://scrambledeggsinglese.it/plastic-pollution-will-weigh-1-3-billion-tonnes-by-2040-reading-comprehension/#respond Mon, 27 Jul 2020 14:20:51 +0000 https://scrambledeggsinglese.it/?p=4730 Continue reading Plastic pollution will weigh 1.3 billion tonnes by 2040 | Reading Comprehension]]> An estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of plastic is destined for our environment – both on land and in the ocean – by 2040, unless worldwide action is taken. That’s according to a global model of the scale of the plastic problem over the next 20 years.

Dr Costas Velis from the University of Leeds said the number was “staggering” but that we had “the technology and the opportunity to stem the tide“. The report is published in the journal Science.

“This is the first comprehensive assessment of what the picture could be in 20 years’ time,” Dr Velis explained. “It’s difficult to picture an amount that large, but if you could imagine laying out all that plastic across a flat surface, it would cover the area of the UK 1.5 times.

“It’s complex [to calculate] because plastic is everywhere and, in every part of the world, it’s different in terms of how it’s used and dealt with.”

To turn this complex problem into numbers, the researchers tracked the production, use and disposal of plastic around the world. The team then created a model to forecast future plastic pollution. What they called a “business as usual” scenario – based on the current trend of increasing plastic production and no significant change in the amount of reuse and recycling – produced the 1.3 billion tonne estimate.

By adjusting their model, the researchers were able to project how much different interventions would affect that number; they tweaked their model to increase recycling, reduce production and replace plastic with other available materials.

Winnie Lau from the US-based Pew Charitable Trusts, which funded the research, told BBC News that it was vital to put in place every possible solution. “If we do that,” she said, “we can reduce the amount of plastic that goes into the ocean – by 2040 – by 80%.”

Steps the researchers called for included:

  • reducing growth in plastic production and consumption
  • substituting plastic with paper and compostable materials
  • designing products and packaging for recycling
  • expanding waste collection rates in middle/low-income countries and supporting the “informal collection” sector
  • building facilities to dispose of the 23% of plastic that cannot be recycled economically, as a transitional measure
  • reduce plastic waste exports

But even if “all feasible action” was taken, Dr Velis explained, the model showed there would be 710 million extra tonnes of plastic waste in the environment in the next two decades.

There is no “silver bullet solution”, for the plastic problem. But an often overlooked issue that this study highlighted was the fact that an estimated 2 billion people in the Global South have no access to proper waste management. “They have to just get rid of all their rubbish, so they have no choice but to burn or dump it,” said Dr Velis.

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Also, despite playing a major role in reducing global plastic waste, the roughly 11 million waste pickers – people who collect and sell reusable materials in low-income countries – often don’t have basic employment rights and safe working conditions.

Dr Velis said: “Waste pickers are the unsung heroes of recycling – without them the mass of plastic entering the aquatic environment would be considerably greater.” He added that policies to support them and make their work safer were a vital part of solving this problem.

Dr Ian Kane, from the University of Manchester, who was recently part of a team that calculated the amount of micro-plastic in the seabed, described the picture the researchers had painted as “horrifying”.

“The authors are clear that there are large uncertainties in the data and analysis but regardless of the exact figures, the increasing rate of plastic production to meet increasing global demand has pretty dire consequences for the environment,” he told BBC News.

Prof Jamie Woodward, also from the University of Manchester, pointed out the irony in this scenario being laid out during the pandemic.

“Plastic has kept many frontline workers safe through this,” he said. “But PPE waste over the next decade could be horrendous.

“There are parallels with the climate change problem in that business as usual will be disastrous. We need to radically change our behaviour.”

 

 

Thanks for reading! Now try the quizzes below to test your knowledge of the words in bold and the article.

Plastic Pollution | Definitions Quiz

Match the words to the correct definitions

Plastic Pollution | True or False Quiz

Choose if the statement is true or false

Adapted from https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-53521001

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5 cose che devi sapere sull’ammissione ai college americani https://scrambledeggsinglese.it/5-cose-che-devi-sapere-sullammissione-ai-college-americani/ https://scrambledeggsinglese.it/5-cose-che-devi-sapere-sullammissione-ai-college-americani/#respond Mon, 27 Jul 2020 12:04:48 +0000 https://scrambledeggsinglese.it/?p=4741 Continue reading 5 cose che devi sapere sull’ammissione ai college americani]]> #1 Ci puoi entrare. Davvero.

L’ammissione al college non è poi così competitiva come si potrebbe pensare. Meno di 100 università negli Stati Uniti sono altamente selettive, il che significa che accettano meno del 25 percento dei candidati. Quasi 500 college con percorsi quadriennali accettano invece oltre il 75 percento dei candidati. Mentre quelli ad ammissione aperta accettano tutti o la maggior parte dei diplomati.

#2 Sei più di un punteggio nei test.

Ai college interessa maggiormente il tuo lavoro svolto al liceo. Cercano studenti che abbiano conseguito ottimi voti in corsi impegnativi. Provano anche a conoscere la tua persona guardando oltre ciò che fai nell’aula di studio. Approfitta delle opportunità come il saggio per l’ammissione e il colloquio per mostrare un quadro più completo di chi sei.

#3 Sei tu che comandi.

Questo è il tuo futuro, e sei al posto di guida. Rimani concentrato su ciò che è importante per te e su ciò che vuoi ottenere dalla tua esperienza universitaria. La pianificazione della tua vita al college a volte può sembrare travolgente, ma se prendi il comando e rimani concentrato sui tuoi obiettivi, puoi far funzionare le cose.

#4 Sei unico.

Dovresti basare la tua scelta su quanto un college si adatti o meno alle tue esigenze. Non preoccuparti di come è classificato in un elenco o di quanto sia famoso. Lo sforzo che metterai e le opportunità che saprai sfruttare una volta arrivato lì saranno più importanti del college che sceglierai. Una volta che ti sei laureato, saranno i tuoi risultati e le tue abilità a contare di più.

#5 Non sei da solo.

Famiglia, insegnanti e amici sono una grande risorsa. Discuti dei tuoi piani riguardo al college con loro e chiedi se puoi aiuto e consigli. Prendi un appuntamento con un consulente scolastico o il tuo preside per parlare del processo di candidatura, delle università adatte a te e delle varie opzioni di aiuto finanziario.

 

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Learn English with the News – Venice restricts numbers allowed on gondolas because tourists “have gotten fatter” https://scrambledeggsinglese.it/learn-english-with-the-news-venice-restricts-numbers-allowed-on-gondolas-because-tourists-have-gotten-fatter/ https://scrambledeggsinglese.it/learn-english-with-the-news-venice-restricts-numbers-allowed-on-gondolas-because-tourists-have-gotten-fatter/#respond Mon, 27 Jul 2020 10:01:53 +0000 https://scrambledeggsinglese.it/?p=4737 Continue reading Learn English with the News – Venice restricts numbers allowed on gondolas because tourists “have gotten fatter”]]> Things are changing in Venice, and it’s not what you might expect. Due to what local gondola drives claim as “fatter” tourists, the city will limit the number of passengers allowed on a single gondola for a ride along the canals. Watch the video and check out 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:

Venice restricts numbers allowed on gondolas because tourists “have gotten fatter” | Definition Match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.