How to improve your English


Are you afraid of flying?

Read this interesting post by Shanti and learn some useful expressions about traveling by air. The most useful expressions to learn are the ones in blue.

Then read the questions and write your answers in a comment below.

If you have already travelled by plane:

Do you like flying?

Which of the steps you take when you have to catch a plane makes you more anxious?

What is your favorite moment and why?

Have you ever had any bad experience while flying or at the airport?

Did you enjoy your last flight? If you did, why? If you didn’t, why not? Where did you go? Which company did you fly with?

If you have never travelled by plane:

Would you like to try? Why? Why not?

Which of the steps you take when you have to catch a plane do you think would make you more anxious?

What do you think would be your favorite moment and why?

Vocabulary: going green!

Here are some exercises focusing on some specific vocabulary: containers. Do all the exercises: image matching, find the pairs, balloon burst, word search and hangman! 

Then, read the articles here, here and here, and think about what you do or could do to reduce your carbon footprint. Write your answer in the comments below.

A Skateboard with a Boost

TED is a platform for ideas worth spreading. Started in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment and design converged, TED today shares ideas from a broad spectrum — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Watching TED talks is an excellent way to improve your English because you can watch them with or without subtitles, and subtitles are available in different languages (including Italian).
Watch the video about a very special skateboard and think about how it could be used to promote sustainable tourism in cities like San Francisco but also in Italian cities. Post a comment below.

Two roads diver…


Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

This is the poem by Robert Frost we were talking about this morning, It’s a poem about choices we make in our lives or when we travel. Do you understand the meaning? In some periods of our like we have to make choices, and the poet here is choosing “the road less travelled”. Look for the Italian translation of this poem on the Internet, and for some information about Robert Frost on Wikipedia. Enjoy!

Discussing a topic: What’s wrong with package holidays?

Have you ever been on a package tour? Have you always travelled independently?
Write something about your travel experiences in the comments below. Include details of your trips and reasons why you prefer to travel independently and/or take a package holiday.
In what situations would you consider package tours to be more suitable for travellers? Think about: age / previous travel experience / knowledge of foreign languages / available time / amount of money they can spend / reasons for travelling.
Write what you think in a comment below, and remember that you can comment on your classmates’ comments too.