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Hallo! News – Sophia Loren Returns To Film Aged 86

The Italian superstar is returning to cinema after an 11-year absence.  Loren stars in upcoming Netflix drama The Life Ahead, which is directed by her son, Edoardo Ponti. It will be the second film adaptation of the novel by Romain Gary, following a 1977 movie named after the main character, starring Simone Signoret. Following a premiere…

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Hallo! Business – How Miscommunication Happens

“π™’π™š π™π™–π™«π™š 𝙩𝙬𝙀 π™šπ™–π™§π™¨ 𝙖𝙣𝙙 π™€π™£π™š 𝙒𝙀π™ͺ𝙩𝙝 𝙨𝙀 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 π™¬π™š π™˜π™–π™£ π™‘π™žπ™¨π™©π™šπ™£ π™©π™¬π™žπ™˜π™š 𝙖𝙨 𝙒π™ͺπ™˜π™ 𝙖𝙨 π™¬π™š 𝙨π™₯π™šπ™–π™ .” ― Epictetus, a Greek philosopher β€’ What does the quote mean? Do you agree with it? β€’ When we communicate, what is more important: listening or talking? β€’ What are the qualities of a good communicator? β€’…

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#SOSMonday – Shades of Autumn

Welcome to our online art exhibition marking the changing of the seasons from summer to autumn! Below you will find a collection of paintings and useful vocabulary to describe them. Enjoy! Details of the Painting (Title, Artist, Materials, Size, Location) The title is generally written in italics. You could start by defining the painting in…

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Hallo! News – Try Reading This Out Loud!

The ancient art of reading aloud has a number of benefits for adults, from helping improve our memories and understanding complex texts, to strengthening emotional bonds between people. And far from being a rare or bygone activity, it is still surprisingly common in modern life! Read more (out loud!) on the BBC website! πŸŒπŸ‘‡ https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200917-the-surprising-power-of-reading-aloud

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#SOSMonday – A Sporting Chance

September is a great time of year to start learning a new sport! So let’s look at some sporting idioms we use in everyday English to help give you a head start. These will really help your conversations to get off on the right foot! idiomsport of origin meaning example sentence across the boardcards equal…

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Hallo! News – Aggressive Punctuation Marks?!?!

A report from Binghamton University in New York shows that the full stop is “intimidating” to young people because they view it as a sign of anger.Linguistics experts studied the effect of technology on the way we use language. Dr Lauren Fonteyn said: “If you send a text message without a full stop, it’s already…

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Hallo! Business – How To Be Productive

Which of the factors listed below badly affect your productivity at work? Why?β€’ procrastination β€’ deadlines β€’ multitasking β€’ lack of a daily plan β€’ noise in your work environment β€’ email/message notifications β€’ meetings β€’ breaks β€’ cluttered desk or space β€’ interruptions from coworkers As we start the new school year, we’re thinking…

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#SOSMonday – Lets get back to work!

So the dreaded day has finally arrived. The holidays are over. It’s the first Monday back at work! 😞 You have to organise yourself, contact your colleagues, maybe even speak English again! 😨 But don’t despair! πŸ˜ƒ We’d like to give you a little tense review to help you start communicating again on the right…

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Hallo! News – Life in Space

Have you ever wondered what life is like in space? Well, now you can find out! Samantha Cristoforetti, the first female Italian astronaut in space, has published a book entitled ‘Diary of an Apprentice Astronaut’. Follow this link to read an interview about her daily life onboard the International Space Station: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/aug/25/samantha-cristoforetti-international-space-station-italian-astronaut

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Hallo! Business – Office Sounds

What do you listen to to help you focus? Classical music? ‘lofi hip hop radio – beats to relax/study to’? Ambient noise? Some remote workers are turning to websites that provide artificial office noise to help them concentrate! Is this something you would try? Read more here: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-53724338