Happy New Year 2018…

… to all our readers. The Editor hopes you have all had a good Christmas holiday.

We look forward to ever more interaction. This is, remember, your space to express yourselves. 

Hero of the Month must be Nicolo’ in class A2. He took a fifteen-hour flight from Santiago de Chile to Rome and walked straight into his evening class, 6 to 9 p.m., at the British Council. He told us he had not slept for thirty-five hours

That’s commitment.


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year…

… to all our readers. We, the editor and contributors, hope you are enjoying yourselves wherever you are.

Regular posts will start again from 9 January 2018.

Have a very good time!


Nearly Winter

It’s that time of year again… but is it still autumn, or almost winter? Heavy snow and rain suggests winter, but the autumn colours are still a marvel.

Meanwhile, continue writing for us. People, Places, special Moments and Happiness are our most popular topics. More soon!

Mid autumn

Hello! We’re now well into mid-autumn, with new courses and students. Everyone is welcome to introduce themselves to our pages. All pages allow comments.

Your first stops should be “About Us” > Who We Are”, where you can introduce yourselves. See writing by previous students.

Then look at “Trips”>”This Summer 2017″. Where did you go last summer?

Music too: go to “Music”, then tell us what music  you listen to and who your favourite singers and composers are,

We all look forward to meeting you and learning about your tastes!


Early Autumn..

… and we’re halfway through our September Intensive courses.

There is something for everyone on “English, Actually”. Right now, however, we’re talking and writing about Our Childhoods. So go to the page, join in and have your say.

And while memories of summer travel are still fresh, do share with us any adventures you’ve had. These can be found on our “Trips” page.

See you there!


Welcome Back

… after a well deserved summer break. Temperatures are now back to a comfortable level. And here on “English, Actually”, we’re getting ready for returning readers and hopefully new readers.

So why not start by telling us where you went this summer? Click on the “Trips” tab at the top on the right, and share your travels with us!

It’s easy-peasy, lemon squeezy, as one of my colleagues would say!

Holiday time

… at last. It’s time for some well-earned rest. There are plenty of standard expressions for this: relaxation, winding down, recharging your batteries, chilling out, enjoying quality time and many more. For many of us, it’s all too short.

The Editor will be off to the UK to see family and friends, likewise in France, hopefully, later in August.

For you, our readers, it’s all too easy during the summer to lose contact with English. But it’s also true that it’s never been easier to keep in touch with the language.

Wherever you go, you are certain to make new friends and oftentimes your common language will be English. So take the opportunity to speak, speak and once again speak. Make friends with your new mates on Facebook, WhatsApp and similar, and keep on speaking and writing.

But don’t stop there. Use our mag, English, Actually”, to record your experiences. The best place for you to write them up is on out “Trips” page and the best place there is the page, “This Summer 2017“.

We look forward to reading about your travels! Just go down the page to “Now You Write” and follow the instructions.

Tell you what – I’ll write something myself. Watch this space – and have a very good vacation.

The Editor