New Year 2019!

 

Happy new year!

With last year out of  the way and a new year beckoning, it's time to reflect and look back at the old year. Did you have a good one? Did you achieve all your goals? If not, then perhaps it's time to draw up a list of new resolutions. Here are a few of the most common:

1:  Get healthy!  You can do this by giving up bad habits such as smoking or drinking too much. Why not sign up at the local gym?

2: Take up a new hobby or course. A big source of dissatisfaction in life is the daily grind or routine. If your job is getting you down then you can retrain or simply do something for the soul. Enlighten yourself! Leave your comfort zone!

3: Plan the trip of your life. As winter takes its icy grip, many people dream of escaping to sunny locations in far-flung Asian countries or Florida. Book that trip now and shake off the winter blues.

Finally, if you find your motivation waning and those resolutions slipping away don't lose heart. Just remember that 90 % of resolutions are doomed to failure. Good luck and happy new year!

Oh Christmas Tree!

Christmas at The Language House!

Believe it or not, the above image shows the result of painstaking handiwork of ALL our students! Whether one is a pagan or a Christian, there is no denying the warmth generated by a Christmas tree at this time of year. Indeed, the tradition of bringing evergreen plants, especially fir trees, into the home, can be traced all the way back to ancient pagan times. These plants were believed to be life-giving. At The Language House, in keeping with this tradition, we put up out own homemade version of this custom. You can see the stunning results of our "snowflake" tree in the hallway (throughout the festive period). Happy Christmas everyone!

Book day in the Language House library!

BOOK DAY 2018!

April 23rd is internationally recognized as International Book Day and here at Language House we are not ones to be left out! Having inaugurated our small but growing library last year, we spent the day doing what one generally does on book day: reading! Young learners were engrossed in our fantastic collection of adapted reading books while older students could challenge themselves with the latest bestsellers hot off the press! Have you got the reading bug?

Mad November Days!

Those mad November days...

November is an inbetween time. Summer has been and gone. Leaves redden and fall. Days alternate between fading sunlight and ever present drizzle. Most of us associate this month with the build-up to Christmas. Halloween ushers in the long dark nights, along with a host of terrifying ghostly beings and annoying children making threats in exchange for sweets.  Black Friday offers Americans (and increasingly other nationalities)the chance to snap up bargains and save money on their December gifts. 

A quick search on google reveals that several strange celebrations also take place in November. 

November 3rd is Sandwich Day. This popular meal was supposedly invented by John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich. By skipping long, drawn-out lunches and snacking on meat between two slices of bread, this compulsive gambler was able to spend longer indulging in his passion for cards. Celebrate this ingenious creation by pigging out on your favourite "sanie".

November 15th is officially Clean your Refrigerator Day! No kidding! Perhaps it would be better to not wait until this late in the year though, before washing out your smelly leftovers.

If you do get ill in the process however, you can always move on to Have a Bad Day Day (19th November) or have fun on  Our Uncles are Monkeys Day (on the 24th, in honour of Charles Darwin).

By this stage, all these weird holidays have probably left you bemused and worn out. Luckily, the month ends with Stay at Home Because you are Well Day (30th November). The creators of this day advocate calling in to work "well" and just taking the day off.

Enjoy your November!

 

April is the cruellest month

Is April a boring month?

Winter has come and gone, everyone is suffering from hayfever and the summer is still months away. The poet T.S Elliot claimed in The Wasteland that "April is the cruellest month", and indeed you too could be forgiven for thinking that April really is a bit rubbish.

However, a quick check on google reveals that some pretty amazing stuff has actually happened in April throughout history. Here are just a few April milestones:

-Undersung Spanish explorer Ponce de León sighted Florida for the first time thereby claiming it for the Spanish crown.

-On April 4th Susanna M Salter, the first ever woman mayor, was elected in Argonia Kansas.

-On April 4th civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King was shot dead in Memphis, Tennessee.

-On April 12th 1961 Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space. This day is celebrated as "Cosmonaut Day" in Russia.

-On April 15th the famous ocean liner Titanic sank off the coast of Newfoundland. Over 1500 people drowned. 

-In April in 1564 William Shakespeare was born.

-On the 30th April 1967 Mohammed Ali was stripped of all his medals after refusing to join the US Army.

What does April mean to YOU?