C1 · C2 · Vocabulary · vocabulary activity

30 Personality adjectives for C2

Ok, it’s fine if you want to say that your best friend is a good guy, a nice guy, a great guy or even a cool guy, but where’s the vocabulary that you should be using for this level? Here’s a vocabulary activity with 30 different adjectives for you to grab and make part of your linguistic repertoire when speaking about people (actually some of them are even quite funny) 🙂

C1 · C2 · Idioms

Cat idioms

White Cat by Rémi Rémino Unplash

I love cats! I just adore them and find them so cute! The thing is, that cat lovers can’t understand people that view these animals as selfish and egoistic beings that only turn to humans when they’re hungry or in need. Nothing could possibly be futher from the truth! Cats just happen to be independent and quite autonomous, they also perceive their relationships with humans on equal terms; where dogs usually select a leader, which happens to be the pet owner. The differences found in the relationship between dog pet owners and cat pet owners basically boils down to how these animals used to hunt in remote times. Dogs, or rather wolves, always hunted in packs, thus they had a leader that commanded the group makingthe most important decisions. Cats, on the other hand, have never had the need to hunt in this way so, they literally don’t choose humans as their leaders as they probably view us more capable of frightening away the prey!

In Britain cats have always formed an important part of the culture of the isles, be this having a bad name (like during the Dark Ages and Renaissance) where they were associated to witches, or be it enjoying the advantages of being the most popular pet, so there are quite a few idioms and phrases that use the word cat or kitten. Here you have a quiz to see just how many of these idioms you know. I hope you enjoy it!

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Advanced C1 listening · C1 · C2 · culture · Listening · Proficiency C2 listening

C1-C2 Listening 'How old-timey skiffle music liberated British rock

Last month I was reading Mark Kermode’s novel ‘How Does it Feel?’, which is a funny and interesing recount of his goal towards becoming a famous popstar. At a certain period of his life, the author enrols in a band that played skiffle, and I thought to myself ‘skiffle! What’s that?’ I hadn’t the slightest idea of what it was, so I googled it up and found, among many other interesting links, the one that I’ve turned into a listening activity for those that are loony about the history of rock bands. The video mentions big names like Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and the Rollings, among many others, who had all apparently started off in the showbiz as kids playing skiffle in their sheds or even busking. Anyway, if you feel like doing a listening activity, just click on the button below and let me know if you found it interesting.

Before doing the listening, you might want to watch this video by Knob Town Skiffle Band on Youtube.

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