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This Scepter’d Isle?

Methinks I am a prophet new inspired
And thus expiring do foretell . . .:

This royal throne of kings, this scepter’d isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise;
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war;
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall,
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands;
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England,
This nurse, this teeming womb of royal kings,
Fear’d by their breed and famous by their birth,
Renowned for their deeds as far from home,
For Christian service and true chivalry,
As is the sepulchre in stubborn Jewry,
Of the world’s ransom, blessed Mary’s Son;
This land of such dear souls, this dear dear land,
Dear for her reputation through the world,
Is now leased out, I die pronouncing it,
Like to a tenement or pelting farm:
England, bound in with the triumphant sea
Whose rocky shore beats back the envious siege
Of watery Neptune, is now bound in with shame,
With inky blots and rotten parchment bonds:
That England, that was wont to conquer others,
Hath made a shameful conquest of itself.

William Shakespeare
Prophecy of the dying John of Gaunt in The Tragedy of King Richard II (1594), Act 2, Scene 1.

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Phonemes for ESL/EFL Military Personnel #1

The first of a few specialist military terms/words in phoneme form, with the standard phonemic chart and definitions included for reference.

 Phonemes for ESL/EFL Military Personnel #1

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Blind leading the blind #1

Found a fascinating advert for some proofreading software today. Apparently, it enables you to ‘…write English like an English expert…’ Hmm. 

 “As you send out more grammatically correct correspondences [sic] without errors, not only will your ability to communicate effectively be enhanced but also your reputation, as your ability to write proper English grows tremendously…”

If anyone is looking for an authentic example of irony – here you have it.


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Preliminary English Test (PET) Exam Info

“PET reflects the use of language in real life, such as understanding signs and announcements, and is accepted by many employers as proof of ability to use English in clerical, secretarial or managerial jobs. It is also widely accepted for use in jobs where spoken English is necessary such as tourism, retail, construction, manufacturing and engineering.”
Full details are here.

The PET Vocabulary List and related information can be found here.

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A variety of practice reading and listening tasks for IELTS students.

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Phonemes for ESL/EFL Bikers

The first of a few specialist terms/words in phoneme form, with the standard phonemic chart included for reference. These words are to do with motorcycles.

Phonemes for Bikers

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