In this new series, I'll be occasionally publishing a series of texts that are used for my English lessons, so they come complete with vocabulary lists and comprehension questions. And as these are going to be original articles (that is, written by me), hopefully you'll find them entertaining, interesting, or even funny.
They are set out so they could be used for English conversation lessons; there is a vocabulary list at the end of the text, and a set of comprehension questions (although you'll have to work out the answers yourselves.)
Usually, when I'm doing this with students, I then follow it up with a fun quiz; sadly, I'm not including this, but if you're interested either as a student or as a teacher, then do write to me at e-mail: .
With the exception of the Christmas topic, the words in bold black are the words featured in the vocabulary list. I've done my best in deciding what words and phrases should be explained, but you may well need a dictionary to help with others.
The English level that, perhaps would be required to read these would be between intermediate (B1) and advanced (C1).
Here are the ones that we have so far: the most recent entries will appear at the top of the page.
From Leicester to Kraków… twenty-two years on
An extended text from my English conversation lessons - the story of my leaving the UK to live and work in Poland. (Available from 3 June)
Was British punk actually born in May 1970, somewhere in Hampshire?
A new road is proposed - and it's going to be built near you. Even though you know it's needed, would you happy about it being so close to your home? Would it be fair to call you a Nimby? Adapted from various articles including Wikipedia and the BBC.
What exactly is an ‘old’ person? Well, it seems it depends on how old you are. Edited from an article in www.wired.com, published April 2018 and adapted on 12 June 2018.
Apparently, if you need to send him a memo, for goodness sake don't use 'got', 'very' and 'lot'. You can ignore him - he's just being pompous.
The adventures of fifteen days in a chamber, 120 metres below sea level
The story of three weeks in a salt mine for rehabilitation exercises, which are given to those who are asthma sufferers in particular.
Week 3: Monday 1 July to Friday 5 July - The end of a routine, and I'm glad it's over
Compared to British TV, Polish TV just seems so dated and so full of television commercials.
Is there such a thing as the funniest joke in the world? Roger Hartopp investigates.
Put together some time ago, this text has now been replaced in my discussion topics, but I still think this is good and is also a reminder of the effects of the economic crash from ten years ago.
Here the writer looks back to a period when life was more about discovering and physically finding out things rather than at the touch of a smartphone screen.
How grammarians from the 16th century tried to shape the language towards to what they believe. And grammarians today are still doing this. Even if they're wrong.
A light-hearted - and absolutely NOT to be taken seriously - look at a Polish Christmas taken from an Englishman's perspective.