How to Play Scrabble | English Reading Comprehension

Hey guys, it’s time to play! Oggi il nostro blog si occuperà del gioco di parole più famoso al mondo: Scrabble! È molto simile al nostro Scarabeo, ma con delle varianti. L’obiettivo è però sempre quello di formare delle parole di senso compiuto.
Ve lo consigliamo perché pensiamo sia un ottimo modo per fare pratica con parole in lingua inglese, aumentando la qualità del vostro vocabolario.

Abbiamo preparato poi sotto un esercizio per voi, sempre con questo proposito. E se ne avete voglia, provate a controllare qui 5 giochi in scatola intramontabili che possono dare un tocco diverso alla tua giornata!

Lo Scrabble venne inventato negli anni della Grande Depressione da Alfred Mosher Butts, al tempo un architetto disoccupato. Da quei giorni, lo Scrabble ha fatto la storia dei giochi da tavola, divenendo proprietà della Hasbro negli Stati Uniti e in Canada. Ma quali sono esattamente le regole di questo famosissimo gioco? E come si fa a vincere? Scoprilo nell’esercizio sottostante! 😉

How to Play Scrabble - Gap Fill

Fill the empty spaces with the proper words.

 

Full Text:

“If you want to play Scrabble, you will need from 2 to 4 players. You play the game on a board, and in the beginning all players take 7 letters from a bag full of letters. Every letter has a different point value, and the less popular letters will give you more points. The goal of the game is to create big words in the spaces that give you more points. Players take turns playing, and sometimes your opponents can take a long time to play each turn. After you play a word, you have to collect more letters from the bag. During the game, if you don’t like the letters you have, you can trade them for new ones from the bag. If you do this, your turn will be finished. If there are no more pieces in the bag later in the game, you will have to finish the letters you have in your hand. You reach the end of the game when there are no more letters in the bag and players can’t form any new words.”

Reading Comprehension: The History of Guinness

Guiness is an Irish beer which is enjoyed by millions of people around the world every year, and is probably the most recognizable name in the beer industry. So why is it so popular? Today’s English blog post will go into the history of the beer and how it has become a giant in the sector.
In 1759, at the age of 34, Arthur Guinness signed a lease for the St. James’s Gate Brewery, Dublin. He leased the brewery for 9000 years at an annual rent of £45. The brewery was only 4 acres in size, disused, and had little brewing equipment. In any case, Arthur quickly built up a successful business and by 1769 he had begun to export his beer to England.
In the 1770s, Guiness began brewing ‘porter’, a new type of English beer, invented in London in 1722 by a brewer named Ralph Harwood. Porter was different from ale because it was brewed using roasted barley, giving the beer a dark ruby colour and rich aroma. Arthur’s porter was successful and in 1799 he decided to stop brewing ale altogether, and concentrate on porter alone.
Arthur Guinness brewed different types of porter for different tastes, including a special export beer called ‘West India Porter’. This beer is still brewed today and is now known as GUINNESS Foreign Extra Stout. It accounts for 45% of all GUINNESS sales globally and is popular in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.
By the time Arthur died in 1803, he had built a successful brewing business, with a promising export trade.
At the end of the 20th century, GUINNESS had become an international brand and the largest brewery in the world. In 1901 a laboratory was established; using science to enhance generations of brewing craft.
The brewery at Park Royal in London proved successful and overseas breweries for Guiness were built in Nigeria (1962), Malaysia (1965), Cameroun (1970), and Ghana (1971). New licences were also issued to brewers in other countries so that Guiness could be brewed locally. At the end of the 20th century, Guiness was being brewed in 49 countries, and sold in over 150.
A new research and development facility was built in 1964 and made for more innovations. Guiness Draught in Can was launched in 1988 with new packaging innovation. This process brought Guiness Draught into the home for the first time.
GUINNESS Stout today is sold in over 150 countries around the world and 10 million glasses are enjoyed daily around the world.

The History of Guinness | Definition Match

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The History of Guinness | True or False

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Adapted from this article.

 

The Lion and the Mouse – Learn English with Fables

Here is another Aesop’s Fable for you to read in English. Read the whole thing without stopping to check words, then try the definitions quiz below.

A Lion was sleeping in the forest, with his huge head resting on his paws. A timid little Mouse found him unexpectedly, and in her fright and haste to get away, ran across the Lion’s nose. Waking up from his nap, the Lion laid his huge paw angrily on the tiny creature to kill her.

“Spare me!” begged the poor Mouse. “Please let me go and some day I will I will reward you.”

The Lion was very amused to think that a Mouse could ever help him. But he was generous and finally let the Mouse go.

Some days later, while stalking his prey in the forest, the Lion was caught in a hunter’s net. Unable to free himself, he filled the forest with his angry roaring. The Mouse knew the voice and quickly found the Lion struggling in the net. Running to one of the great ropes that held the lion, she chewed it until it broke, and soon the Lion was free.

“You laughed when I said I would reward you,” said the Mouse. “Now you see that even a Mouse can help a Lion.”

A kindness is never wasted.

Adapted from: http://www.read.gov/aesop/007.html

 

The Lion and the Mouse | Definitions Quiz

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The Lion and the Mouse | True or False

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