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7 Swedish words that English speakers shouldn’t be confused about | Global Master's and Bachelor's Programmes As an expat in Sweden (although I do speak Swedish), I sometimes find it difficult not to laugh at some of the Swedish words that have the exact same spelling of English words, but mean something extremely different. Amazingly enough, some of these words are so commonly used that you can almost hear or read them many times a day. Here’s a list of 7 words that I think English speaking people shouldn’t be confused about when they come to Sweden 1. The “A” in Swedish is pronounced like “Ah” which means that this word “bad” is not the one that you’re familiar with, but is pronounced “b(ah)d”. Apart from how it’s pronounced, Bad (n) = Bathroom (or pool sometimes as you can see in the pic) Bad (v) = Past tense of the verb “Ber” which means “Ask for/Pray” 2. Although it sounds almost the same in English and Swedish, the Swedish “barn” means “children”… 3. First things first. Gift (or Yeft) interestingly has 2 meanings in Swedish which you can use your imagination to correlate. Gift (adj) = Married 4.

South Africa: Maps, History, Geography, Government, Culture, Facts, Guide & Travel/Holidays/Cities South Africa, on the continent's southern tip, is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the west and by the Indian Ocean on the south and east. Its neighbors are Namibia in the northwest, Zimbabwe and Botswana in the north, and Mozambique and Swaziland in the northeast. The kingdom of Lesotho forms an enclave within the southeast part of South Africa, which occupies an area nearly three times that of California. The southernmost point of Africa is Cape Agulhas, located in the Western Cape Province about 100 mi (161 km) southeast of the Cape of Good Hope. Republic. The San people were the first settlers; the Khoikhoi and Bantu-speaking tribes followed. After occupying the Cape Colony in that year, Britain took permanent possession in 1815 at the end of the Napoleonic Wars, bringing in 5,000 settlers. The discovery of diamonds in 1867 and gold nine years later brought an influx of “outlanders” into the republics and spurred Cape Colony prime minister Cecil Rhodes to plot annexation.

The Most Useful Everyday Phrases in English Traditional English language textbooks and courses will do a great job of introducing you to vocabulary and grammar, but they don't always teach you the important everyday phrases in English. When students visit an English-speaking country, they can sometimes be confused by some of these phrases. Click Here for Step-by-Step Rules, Stories and Exercises to Practice All English Tenses Sometimes the problems are because pronunciation is different in spoken English, and sometimes the problems are because English speakers use idioms that cannot be translated literally into another language. When you are learning everyday phrases, it is important to learn if they are formal, informal or slang. Some important everyday phrases in English "How are you?" How can you start to increase your usage of natural English phrases? The most important thing is to listen. A practical tip if you are living in a non-English speaking country: Set yourself a goal for each movie/radio talk show you watch or listen to.

All About South Africa Jun 08, 2010 Seeing as the 2010 FIFA World Cup happened in South Africa, we thought it’d be cool to learn a bit more about the beautiful country, which has definitely been through its fair share of tough times. South African Kids Of all the countries on the continent of Africa, South Africa’s the most diverse in terms of its territory. It ranges from rolling hills to wide open savannah to the Kalahari Desert to the high peaks of the Drakensberg Mountains. Lots of people visit South Africa to go on safari, though, since it’s got two of the world’s most famous wildlife reserves: the Kruger and the Kalahari Gemsbok National Parks. Map of South Africa Early History South Africa is a beautiful country. A couple hundred years later, when gold was discovered in South Africa by the British, wars broke out between different European settlers who wanted to gain control of the country for themselves. Apartheid Apartheid in South Africa Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela Freed Nelson Mandela Statue

Christmas shopping Christmas shopping in London. There’s nowhere like it in the world. When the West End Christmas lights go on and the big shops reveal their special Christmas window displays, it’s time for the festivities to begin. Fortnum & Mason, here in Piccadilly, has been selling the finer things in life around the world for over three hundred years. From chocolates to china, luxury goods are what Fortnum & Mason specialise in. Today’s an important day. Paul Symes is the head of visual presentation and the creative force behind the Fortnum & Mason Christmas window display. Amandeep: This is so exciting, Paul. Paul: It’s all about dancing, burlesque, theatre, shows and glamour and style. Amandeep: And what are the challenges involved in designing something to this scale? Paul: One of the challenges is trying to get it all to fit. Amandeep: So Paul, you’re about to reveal your Christmas shop window. Paul: Very, very. Amandeep: Andrea, when did Christmas shopping become such an important tradition?

Africa Lesson Plans and Resources In addition to the printables that can be used for any country study, I make additional sheets for specific countries ~ mapping activities and flag notebooking sheets {and sometimes more!}. Our studies of Africa include units on the following countries:EgyptKenyaMoroccoNigeriaSouth AfricaTanzaniaBelow I have included links to the printables for each country as well as links for our favorite books and resources, along with blog posts that provide some great websites to help you in your study of that country. We took three weeks to study the country of Egypt and focused quite a bit on mummies and pyramids. If you'd like to see more detailed blog posts with day-by-day plans and links/resources, here are the links: We have friends who visited South Africa a few years ago, so the girls remembered hearing about some of the different places that they had visited and also seeing pictures of their trip ~ making this a fun country to review and study. ~ South African Country Study

Listen to English around the World. Click on any of the flags below to hear accents from some of the main English-speaking countries. Hear more English accents. One of the best ways of improving your English is to listen to radio news and discussion in English on your computer. Using the links below you can get instant access to English language radio news programmes wherever you are in the world, without a radio. Perfect for listening practice and improving your listening skills. You might also want to visit our Listening Comprehension Exercises page. Listen to the Bible in MP3 format Listen to film soundclips

South Africa for Kids: Facts about South Africa. Written by kids for kids Here are some interesting facts about South Africa for kids which were chosen and researched by kids especially for kids. Population: 55 million people live in South Africa (2015)Capital: Pretoria "The Jacaranda City", which also often is referred to as 'Tshwane' as the municipality changed name in 2007, has got 2.3 million inhabitants.Name: Republic of South Africa, RSA, ZA ("Zuid Afrika")Government: DemocracyLanguages: 11 official languages: isiZulu, Afrikaans, English, isiXhosa, siSwati, Sesotho, Xitsonga, Sepedi, isiNdebele, Setswana, TshivendaReligion: mainly Christians and Muslims, but also Jews and other faiths.Currency: 1 South African Rand (ZAR)= 100 CentsHistory: South Africa was led by Apartheid leaders until Nelson Mandela came free from prison and became the first democratically elected leader in South Africa in 1994.National Symbols: Protea (flower), Springbok (antelope) and others. Click here.Climate: Various climatic regions. South Africa for Kids: South Africa Geography

English as a global language For more than half a century, immigrants from the Indian subcontinent and the West Indies have added variety and diversity to the rich patchwork of accents and dialects spoken in the UK. British colonisers originally exported the language to all four corners of the globe and migration in the 1950s brought altered forms of English back to these shores. Since that time, especially in urban areas, speakers of Asian and Caribbean descent have blended their mother tongue speech patterns with existing local dialects producing wonderful new varieties of English, such as London Jamaican or Bradford Asian English. The recordings on this site of speakers from minority ethnic backgrounds include a range of speakers. Slang As with the Anglo-Saxon and Norman settlers of centuries past, the languages spoken by today’s ethnic communities have begun to have an impact on the everyday spoken English of other communities. Original influences from overseas American English Influence of Empire

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