Welcome! This site is for students to practice their English and keep up to date with environmental issues.

You can find a mixture of reading, crosswords, videos and short English lessons: these will normally be vocabulary, but I may also treat you to some grammar!

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''Let nature be your teacher''
William Wordsworth, poet, 1770-1850

''Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift''
Albert Einstein, physicist, 1879-1955

''... to find the word, or words, by which [an] idea may be most fitly and aptly expressed''
P.M. Roget, lexicographer, 1779-1869

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Spring - crossword

It looks like spring has finally arrived.
Are the flowers appearing around you? Which ones?

To celebrate, here is our regular crossword from the BBC:
Spring crossword

Let me know how you got on!


  1. Is no. 7 exclusively used in the sense of the definition given in the crossword? I thought it has a more general meaning too.

    Hundreds of Winter Aconites are blooming in my garden! :)

  2. Blossom means the flower of a plant, so it can be for an individual flower, but it is normally used with lots of flowers on a plant, shrub or tree.
    A typical example of how English can be so imprecise at times!

  3. Saw some snowdrops in Olomouc this morning!