Biography of J. K. Rowling – English Reading and Listening Exercises

Famosa in tutto il mondo per aver dato i natali alla celeberrima saga del maghetto Harry Potter, oggi con il nostro esercizio di Listening & Reading noi di Scrambled Eggs abbiamo deciso di proporvi l’interessante biografia dell’eclettica Joanne Rowling, in arte J. K. Rowling.

Scopri quindi con noi cosa si cela dietro una scrittrice che passerà alla storia per aver venduto forse la serie di libri più letta nel mondo contemporaneo, e prenditi il tuo tempo per ascoltare la traccia audio che abbiamo creato per te, insieme ai nostri tipici esercizi per potenziare il tuo vocabolario.

Se sei un fan di Harry Potter (ma anche se non lo sei), questa è senz’altro un’occasione imperdibile per allenare il tuo inglese e scoprire cose divertenti e interessanti, il tutto sempre in linea con il metodo di Scrambled Eggs Milano: imparare non solo la lingua inglese, ma conoscerne il mondo che vi sta dietro; il tutto sempre in maniera rilassata e divertente.

Forza, è tempo di metterti alla prova!

 

J. K. Rowling | Definition Match

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J. K. Rowling | Fill in the Blank

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Full Text:

” J.K. Rowling is a British author who first started to write in 1990. Her first career move was actually teaching English in Portugal, where she found inspiration for her future Harry Potter books. Eventually, she found her calling as a writer and decided to focus on finding a publisher. She signed her first contract as a professional writer in 1996, and a year later her first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, was on the market. At this point, she decided to go by the name of J.K. instead of her actual name, Joanne. In her series of books, she gave life to the game of Quidditch, which in 2005 became an official worldwide sport. After immense fame, she had a go at writing for adults in 2012. In 2013, she broke into a new genre, crime fiction, with her book Cuckoo Calling. She wrote under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith and received modest reviews. However, when the public discovered the real author, book sales skyrocketed! In 2016, she transitioned to a new form of entertainment: theatre. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was inaugurated in London to a sold-out audience. “

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 Wolf and the Crane

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.

The Wolf had eaten a lot too fast and had a bone stuck in his throat. He tried very hard to get it out but he could not move it and he could not eat anything at all. This was an awful thing to happen to the greedy Wolf.

So he ran away to find the Crane. He was sure that with her long neck and bill, she would be able to reach into his throat and pull the bone out. The Crane was surprised to see the Wolf coming to her for help, as normally he would try to eat her.

“If you can pull this bone out for me” said the Wolf, “I will give you a fantastic reward.”

The Crane, obviously, was not very sure about putting her head into the Wolf’s throat. But she was brave, and liked the idea of the reward, so she did what the Wolf asked her to do.

When the bone was gone, the Wolf started to walk away.

“Are you going to give me my reward then?” called the Crane.

“Excuse me!”, snarled the Wolf, turning around, “You have your reward already! I let you take your head out of my throat without biting it off!”

 

Don’t expect a reward from serving the wicked

 

Now try the definitions quiz below!

 

Wolf and Crane Definitions Quiz

Try to find the definition of the words in bold

 

Adapted from http://www.read.gov/aesop/001.html