Holiday and festival calendar Dive into the UK’s rich history and contemporary culture Enjoy the world-famous events, local celebrations and public holidays that take place throughout the year. On public holidays (called ‘bank holidays’ in the UK) most institutions and businesses are closed. Dates differ in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Visit the gov.uk website for a full list. Some of the events below are bank holidays, but not all – there are great things happening in the UK all year round.
Learn to Speak French: Essential French for Travelers Travelers to France and other countries where French is spoken will want to learn a few basic words in the local language. It will help you on your trip (le voyage) as you make your way around and speak to people. In this French vocabulary lesson, you will learn how to ask for directions, navigate your transportation options and rent a car, avoid danger, and enjoy local shopping and dining during your stay. It is an introductory lesson and you will find links to other lessons so you can further your studies. Note: Many of the words below are linked to .wav files. Simply click on the link to listen to the pronunciation.
POSTSINGULAR by Rudy Rucker Rudy Rucker Book Website Further information about Postsingular can be found at www.rudyrucker.com/postsingular. Publication Information POSTSINGULAR is Copyright © 2007 by Rudy Rucker. A Tor Book Published by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC 175 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10010. www.tor.com Tor® is a registered trademark of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC. Motivating speaking activities for lower levels Planning time has been shown to increase production in speaking tasks. Lower level learners often find it especially difficult to speak spontaneously, so these activities incorporate 'thinking time' during which learners can prepare for speaking by planning what they are going to say, and asking the teacher or using a dictionary to look up missing vocabulary. The following activities are relatively short, with minimal materials preparation time for the teacher.
How A Complete Idiot (Me) Learned Conversational Spanish and How You Can Too — My Latin Life Step 1: Spanish with Michel Thomas If you are green as nopales when it comes to Spanish (i.e. 50 words or less) start with Michel Thomas. He'll quickly introduce you to the basics and provide you with a strong foundation. Max & Harvey We want everyone to know that we love The Vamps and all of their fans. When our producer played us this song for the first time, we loved it so much that we had to do our own version! Thank you all for the support and love - you make every day amazing ❤️ Our video for "Words"!!! Hope you enjoy! Special thanks to Devenity Perkins and Lexi Drew for joining us!
Text To Speech in a Variety of Languages and Dialects Voices This natural sounding text to speech service reads out loud anything you like in a variety of languages and dialects in male and female voices. The TTS service speaks Chinese Mandarin (female), Chinese Cantonese (female), Chinese Taiwanese (female), Dutch (female), English British (female), English British (male), English American (female), English American (male), French (female), German (female), German (male), Hindi (female), Indonesian (female), Italian (female), Italian (male), Japanese (female), Korean (female), Polish (female), Portuguese Brazilian (female), Russian (female), Spanish European (female), Spanish European (male), Spanish American (female). Just type a word or a phrase, or copy-paste any text. Choose the speech rate that works for you. Start from any position on the text.
Prologue: Julie - Leviathan Wakes The Scopuli had been taken eight days ago, and Julie Mao was finally ready to be shot. It had taken all eight days trapped in a storage locker for her to get to that point. For the first two she’d remained motionless, sure that the armored men who’d put her there had been serious. For the first hours, the ship she’d been taken aboard wasn’t under thrust, so she floated in the locker, using gentle touches to keep herself from bumping into the walls or the atmosphere suit she shared the space with. When the ship began to move, thrust giving her weight, she’d stood silently until her legs cramped, then sat down slowly into a fetal position.
ESL Speaking Activities There are many approaches to ESL speaking activities which used in English classes. Some are focussed on pronunciation, some more basic speaking activities are controlled or guided activities, and finally ESL discussion or conversation activities. All are important. In this article I will focus on speaking activities which offer controlled practice, and thus the support that so many students need.