A Red, Red Rose- Robert Burns

A Red, Red Rose

O my Luve’s like a red, red rose,
That’s newly sprung in June:
O my Luve’s like the melodie,
That’s sweetly play’d in tune.

O, my luve's like a ...

O, my luve’s like a … (Photo credit: avhell)

As fair art thou, my bonie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry.

Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.

And fare-thee-weel, my only Luve!
And fare-thee-weel, a while!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho’ ’twere ten thousand mile!


Byron ~ When We Two Parted ~


Lord Byron in Albanian dress

Lord Byron in Albanian dress (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


When we Two parted

WHEN we two parted
In silence and tears,
Half broken-hearted
To sever for years,
Pale grew thy cheek and cold, 5
Colder thy kiss;
Truly that hour foretold
Sorrow to this.

The dew of the morning
Sunk chill on my brow— 10
It felt like the warning
Of what I feel now.
Thy vows are all broken,
And light is thy fame:
I hear thy name spoken, 15
And share in its shame.

They name thee before me,
A knell to mine ear;
A shudder comes o’er me—
Why wert thou so dear? 20
They know not I knew thee,
Who knew thee too well:
Long, long shall I rue thee,
Too deeply to tell.

In secret we met— 25
In silence I grieve,
That thy heart could forget,
Thy spirit deceive.
If I should meet thee
After long years, 30
How should I greet thee?
With silence and tears.





Tyger! Tyger! -William Blake


Portrait of William Blake by Thomas Phillips, 1807

Portrait of William Blake by Thomas Phillips, 1807 (Photo credit: Books18)


“The Tyger” is a poem by the English poet William Blake. It was published as part of his collection Songs of Experience in 1794 (see 1794 in poetry). It is one of Blake’s best-known and most analyzed poems. The Cambridge Companion to William Blake (2003) calls it “the most anthologized poem in English.”[1]

Most modern anthologies have kept Blake’s choice of the archaic spelling “tyger”. It was a common spelling of the word at the time but was already “slightly archaic”[2] when he wrote the poem; he spelled it as “tiger” elsewhere,[1] and many of his poetic effects “depended on subtle differences of punctuation and of spelling.”[3] Thus, his choice of “tyger” has usually been interpreted as being for effect, perhaps to render an “exotic or alien quality of the beast”,[4] or because it’s not really about a “tiger” at all, but a metaphor.[1]

“The Tyger” is the sister poem to “The Lamb” (from “Songs of Innocence”), a reflection of similar ideas from a different perspective, but it focuses more on goodness than evil. The poem also presents a duality between aesthetic beauty and primal ferocity. The speaker wonders whether the hand that created “The Lamb” also created “The Tyger”.



Wuthering Heights- Part 5


Muzzy in Gondoland-Unit 4

Sense and Sensibility – Stage 5 ( Bookworms)

Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility (Photo credit: cwasteson)

Genre : Classics

Sometimes the Dashwood girls do not seem like sisters. Elinor is all calmness and reason, and can be relied upon for practical, common sense opinions. Marianne, on the other hand, is all sensibility, full of passionate and romantic feeling. She has no time for dull common sense – or for middle-aged men of thirty-five, long past the age of marriage.

True love can only be felt by the young, of course. And if your heart is broken at the age of seventeen, how can you ever expect to recover from the passionate misery that fills your life, waking and sleeping?

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Sense and Sensibility

London, Ultimate Journey, Fortress of London and the Megacity


Wembley (Photo credit: adambowie)

English: London collage.

London is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom, and the largest city, urban zone and metropolitan area in the United Kingdom, and the European Union by most measures. Located on the River Thames, London has been a major settlement for two millennia, its history going back to its founding by the Romans, who named it Londinium. London’s ancient core, the City of London, largely retains its square-mile mediaeval boundaries. Since at least the 19th century, the name London has also referred to the metropolis developed around this core. The bulk of this conurbation forms the London region and the Greater London administrative area, governed by the elected Mayor of London and the London Assembly.

London is a leading global city, with strengths in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism and transport all contributing to its prominence. It is the world’s leading financial centre alongside New York City and has the fifth- or sixth-largest metropolitan area GDP in the world depending on measurement. London has been described as a world cultural capital. It is the world’s most-visited city as measured by international arrivals and has the world’s largest city airport system measured by passenger traffic. London’s 43 universities form the largest concentration of higher education in Europe. In 2012, London became the first city to host the modern Summer Olympic Games three times.

A multicultural city, London has a diverse range of peoples and cultures, and more than 300 languages are spoken within its boundaries. The 2011 census revealed that around three quarters of Londoners were Britons and 60% of inhabitants were white, and that 45% of residents were white Britons, making them a minority in the city for the first time. London had an official population of 8,174,100, making it the most populous municipality in the European Union, and accounting for 12.5% of the UK population. The Greater London Urban Area is the second-largest in the EU with a population of 8,278,251, while the London metropolitan area is the largest in the EU with an estimated total population of between 12 million and 14 million. London had the largest population of any city in the world from around 1831 to 1925.

London contains four World Heritage Sites: the Tower of London; Kew Gardens; the site comprising the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey, and St Margaret’s Church; and the historic settlement of Greenwich (in which the Royal Observatory marks the Prime Meridian, 0° longitude, and GMT). Other famous landmarks include Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, and The Shard. London is home to numerous museums, galleries, libraries, sporting events and other cultural institutions, including the British Museum, National Gallery, Tate Modern, British Library and 40 West End theatres. The London Underground is the oldest underground railway network in the world.

Enjoy travelling!

Oh, I almost forgot the most important news for this month:

The annual UEFA Champions Festival will take place in London from 23–26 May.

Wembley Stadium will host the 2013 UEFA Champions League final following a decision by the UEFA Executive Committee in June 2011. The highlight of European football’s club calendar returns to the London venue for a record seventh time, and the second time in three years following the 2011 final, to mark the 150th anniversary of the Football Association (FA).

Fortress of London

And here’s another documentary of how the Geographic Channel sees London.

Useful Words explained below: 
A.D .= after the birth of Christ
although = while
artefact = an object that was made in the past and is historically important
attempt = try
attract = catch the attention of, make people come
barrier = an object that keeps something out
brick = a hard block of baked clay used for building houses
budget airlines = airlines that sell cheaper tickets and do not have as much service as other, larger airlines
capital = an important city, where the government is
cargo = goods
cause = lead to, produce
century = a hundred years
coast = place where the sea and land meet
colonial power = big country that has many colonies all over the world
common sight = something that can be seen very often
commuter = someone who travels a long distance to work every day
concentrate = many things come together here

congestion= overcrowding; clogging: severe traffic congestion.
consumer goods = products that we buy for everyday use
contain = to have in it
crown = to become king
decade = ten years
decrease = go down
dense = complex
disaster = a sudden event that causes a lot of damage
district = area of a town or city
economic =everything connected with the production of goods, trading and money
emerge = come up, appear
empire = a group of countries or colonies controlled by one ruler
especially = above all
expansion = growth
face = deal with
flood = to cover with water
found = start, create
found—founded = start, create
gateway = here: a city that connects cities in other countries
globe = world
green belt = an area of land around a city where building houses is not allowed
handle = control, deal with a job
handle = here: load and unload
harbour = place where ships load and unload goods and products
headquarters = main building of a company or bank
heavy = here: very hard
host = to organize events
however = but
include = a part of something larger
incoming = arriving, coming in
influence = to have an effect on
invade = to enter a country with an army and take control of it
located = situated, to be found
 main= most important
megacity = a very big city with millions of people
money supply = all the money that exists in a country
multicultural = people from a lot of countries with many different languages and religions
overseas = in another country that is across the ocean
pace = speed
performance = when you play music or act in front of people
plague = a very serious illness that killed many people during the Middle Ages
pour = flow
protect = guard
public transport = buses, trains, subways that everyone can use
rapid = fast
repeatedly = over and over again
responsible = here: the job of an institution
revitalize = to make something new; to put new power into a place
settle = to start living in a new place
settlement = a new town in a place where few people have lived before
situated = located, to be found
size = how big something is
steadily = slowly, little by little
strike—struck = hit
suburb = area where people live, outside the city centre
tide = the rising and falling of the sea
tourist—related = everything that has to do with tourism
traffic = here: the landing and taking off of planes
traffic jam = a long line of cars on the street that move along very slowly
tribe = group of people of the same race. They have the same customs , traditions and language
unemployment = to be out of work or have no job
value = how much something is worth
wharf = an object that is built out into the water so that boats and ships can stop next to it

Muzzy in Gondoland-Unit 3.

Muzzy in Gondoland

Muzzy in Gondoland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This acclaimed course uses the award-winning video character MUZZY, compelling stories and delightful songs to bring language to life. It’s fun and it works. Almost like magic, the proven “see-listen-and-learn” technique engages kids’ natural ability to learn language.


Charles Dickens-Documentary

An interesting, brilliant documentary about life and works of Charles Dickens.

Benefits of your child learning a new language

Let the child explore and learn

Let the child explore and learn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At a glance

  • Learning a language broadens kids’ views of the world.
  • It means to speak, read, write, listen and think in another way.
  • It’s best to start children learning a new language as young as possible.
  • Young children have the ability to learn a new language without their first-language accent.
  • Learning a new language takes commitment.

Learning a language is a wonderful opportunity for kids to broaden their view of the world; it means understanding and learning to speak, read, write, listen and think in another way, and to explore and appreciate the wealth of knowledge that is part of each language and its culture.

Advantages of your child learning another language

  • Communication: your child learns to communicate in the language and develops an understanding that there is more than one way to interact with people.
  • Academic: your child learns about how languages work and their literacy skills are enhanced because a clear link exists between learning another language and literacy development in English.
  • Critical thinking: your child’s analytical skills are increased along with their ability to transfer skills across languages.
  • Cognitive: your child’s problem-solving skills are enhanced along with thinking laterally and working collaboratively.
  • Personal: your child’s self-confidence, self-esteem, resilience and tolerance are increased.
  • Cultural: your child develops an understanding and respect for other cultures, people, their ideas and ways of thinking.
  • Vocational: your child’s career opportunities will be greater in an increasingly globalised market.
  • Social: your child’s global connections are enriched.

What age should my child start learning a new language?

While it doesn’t matter when your child begins to study another language, it’s best to start them as young as possible. Why?

  • Young children have the ability to learn a new language without their first-language accent.
  • Their oral skills are easily developed.
  • They tend to be happy to experiment with the new language and its words.
  • They’re generally confident to practise the language with other people

Learning languages takes time

Learning a new language is a commitment for children and their parents because it takes a long time to become proficientKnowledge and skills are built up over time and the more time your child spends using the language, the better they’ll be at it.

Source : http://www.schoolatoz.nsw.edu.au


Muzzy in Gondoland- Unit 2.

Muzzy in Gondoland

This acclaimed course uses the award-winning video character MUZZY, compelling stories and delightful songs to bring language to life. It’s fun and it works. Almost like magic, the proven “see-listen-and-learn” technique engages kids’ natural ability to learn language.

Wuthering Heights- Part 4

Emily Brontë

Emily Brontë (Photo credit: NiceBastard)

Wuthering Heights, which has long been one of the most popular and highly regarded  novels in English literature, seemed to hold little promise when it was published in 1847, selling very poorly and receiving only a few mixed reviews. Victorian readers found the book shocking and inappropriate in its depiction of passionate, ungoverned love and cruelty (despite the fact that the novel portrays no sex or bloodshed), and the work was virtually ignored. Even Emily Brontë’s sister Charlotte—an author whose works contained similar motifs of Gothic love and desolate landscapes—remained ambivalent toward the unapologetic intensity of her sister’s novel. In a preface to the book, which she wrote shortly after Emily Brontë’s death, Charlotte Brontë stated, “Whether it is right or advisable to create beings like Heathcliff, I do not know. I scarcely think it is.”

Read and listen at the same time, the other parts will be posted here after a few days.

Subtitles avaliable.