"Harry used to have a busy social life." Does Harry still have a busy social life? Find out how to use "used to" in our latest Basics exercise.
"That trip to the beach cemented our friendship."
Many English learners will eventually take one of the following tests: TOEFL, TOEIC, IETLS or Cambridge FCE / Proficiency. These tests are needed for a number of purposes qualifying English skills for university admission, job requirements, etc. Which test you choose depends on your needs. Here in the USA, the two most common tests are the TOEFL and the IELTS. This guide to making the decision between IELTS or TOEFL will help you understand the differences. Make sure make a wise choice before you take a test to ensure that your qualification will meet your needs.
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This cartoon by Morten Morland from The Times shows UK Prime Minister David Cameron presenting the final communiqué at the end of the G8 summit in Northern Ireland. He predicts that trade will flow, corporations will pay tax—and the weather will stop being weird.
Although Cameron succeeded in persuading his fellow G8 members to sign the Lough Erne declaration, a commitment to end corporate tax evasion and clear up tax havens, the cartoonist shows he is sceptical about the chances of this happening by adding the comment about the weather (which, of course, Cameron did not say anything about). In fact, a group of leading scientists and meteorologists meeting at the Met Office on Tuesday to discuss the UK's unusual weather patterns in recent years predicted that Britain could expect “a cycle of wetter summers” for up to the next ten years. Read more >>
1. If you describe something as weird (rhymes with 'cheered'), you mean that it is very strange or unusual and difficult to explain. • He's got some really weird ideas.
2. A communiqué (pronounced 'communikay') is an official statement or report, especially to the media.
Australian Leanne Rowe suffered a head injury in a car crash eight years ago, leaving her with a rare case of Foreign Accent Syndrome and an unwelcome French accent. Miriam Berger reports.
REPORTER: Leanne Rowe, a born and bred Tasmanian, used to speak like most other Australians. But eight years ago a bus crash forever changed her life - leaving her with a French accent. The rare condition is known as Foreign Accent Syndrome - and Rowe says that it has made her feel anxious, depressed and reclusive.
LEANNE ROWE: "I prefer night time because its very peaceful. Not many people about."
REPORTER: University of Sydney psychologist, Dr Karen Croot, says the syndrome is caused by tissue damage to area of the brain responsible for speech.
PSYCHOLOGIST, DR KAREN CROOT: "It's just an accident, an accident of chance that happens to that person. That what happens to their speech, happens to overlap with the features of a known accent."
REPORTER: Dr Robert Newton has been the Rowe family doctor for decades.
LEANNE ROWE'S DOCTOR, ROBERT NEWTON: "She turned up after having a nasty head injury eight years ago speaking with a French accent. I couldn't believe my ears."
REPORTER: But the rarity of her situation does not comfort Rowe, who is still awaiting a formal diagnosis.
LEANNE ROWE SAYING: "It makes me so angry because I am Australian. I am not French."
REPORTER: There have been only 62 cases of Foreign Accent Syndrome recorded globally in the last 70 years, including two Australians.
The Guardian reports that a parliamentary commission says bank bosses should face prosecution if their actions lead to bailouts. Full story >>
If you say that someone is reckless, you mean that they act in a way which shows that they do not care about danger or the effect their behaviour will have on other people. • He is charged with causing death by reckless driving.
The podcast for 19 June 2013 comes from our Debate section. You'll hear the Spotlight Audio presenters discuss a food scandal in Britain, and you'll find out what two people on the streets of Peterborough, England, have to say about it.
"I won't know until next week if I've got the job, but it looks promising."