5 consigli per migliorare le tue abilità grammaticali in lingua inglese

La grammatica è un tema stressante per molti studenti, poiché può risultare piuttosto confusa e complicata, certe volte. Tuttavia, l’utilizzo di una grammatica corretta è essenziale per lo sviluppo della tua scrittura e per il tuo successo, sia come studente che come futuro dipendente di un’importante azienda.
È quindi fondamentale conoscere alcuni semplici metodi per migliorare le tue abilità grammaticali. Ecco cinque suggerimenti di base che devi assolutamente provare!

  1. Leggi

La lettura può essere il modo numero uno per migliorare la tua grammatica. Nel momento in cui stai leggendo, stai rinforzando anche la grammatica corretta nella tua mente.
Può essere particolarmente utile leggere ad alta voce, poiché la combinazione tra il vedere, il pronunciare e l’ascoltarsi aiuta a consolidare ciò che hai imparato. Oltre a migliorare la tua grammatica, la lettura ti aiuterà oltretutto in tutti gli aspetti della scrittura, dalla fluidità delle frasi all’aumento del tuo vocabolario.

 

  1. Rivedi le basi

Sebbene le lezioni di linguistica e scrittura in inglese potrebbero non essere qualcosa che ti interessa, è però fondamentale invece dedicare un po’ di tempo all’apprendimento o alla revisione dei principi di base. Fai qualche ricerca sulle parti fondamentali del discorso, così come sugli errori grammaticali comuni che le persone tendono a fare.

 

  1. Fai molta pratica

Ci sono molte fonti eccellenti, sia in formato digitale che cartaceo, che aiutano a migliorare le tue abilità grammaticali. Una rapida ricerca su Internet rivelerà una moltitudine di siti web che offrono giochi ed esercizi di grammatica. Se sai che la grammatica è un’area in cui fai fatica, tieni da parte qualche minuto al giorno per completare questi esercizi e giochi. Anche la semplice azione di svolgere qualche test in inglese – di qualsiasi livello – può aiutarti a migliorare le tue abilità grammaticali.

  1. Ascolta i consigli

Quando i tuoi insegnanti di lingua inglese ti danno dei feedback, bè, non devi fare altro che ascoltarli! Scopri se hai un costante problema in un argomento specifico.
Ad esempio, ricevi frequentemente feedback negativi in merito alle frasi interminabili che componi, o hai problemi ad accordare soggetto e verbo? In tal caso assicurati che, quando rileggi i compiti, la tua attenzione vada canalizzata principalmente sui dettagli. Potrebbe anche essere saggio creare una tua lista personalizzata di potenziali errori di cui essere al corrente, in modo da prestarvi la massima attenzione ogniqualvolta ti metterai alla prova nella scrittura.
E ricorda: più ti alleni a scrivere con la grammatica corretta, più naturalmente ti verrà in mente!

  1. Correggi i tuoi scritti … ad alta voce!

A volte, quando rileggiamo i pezzi che abbiamo scritto, il nostro cervello colma le lacune precedenti. Ma non sempre riusciamo ad individuare i nostri errori quando rileggiamo le bozze. Leggere ciò che hai scritto ad alta voce, preferibilmente a qualcun altro, è un modo efficace per valutare se hai usato o meno la grammatica corretta. È più probabile notare gli errori se leggi il contenuto ad alta voce, piuttosto che farlo solo nella tua testa.

Qualsiasi studente può trarre vantaggi enormi dal miglioramento della propria grammatica. Se ti fidi di noi, e userai i metodi elencati sopra regolarmente, migliorerai notevolmente le tue abilità grammaticali ancor prima di rendertene conto. Parola di Scrambled Eggs English School Milan! 😉

 

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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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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.”

 

 

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Plastic Pollution | Definitions Quiz

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Plastic Pollution | True or False Quiz

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