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


Trending on “English, Actually”

We’re here until 25 July, so there is plenty of time to take part in our debates and conversations. Anybody can join us.

Current topics include (but aren’t limited to) : Who We Are, Summer 2017 Travel and Our Food.

We look forward to your Input!


… and we’re still studying English! We’re also regularly updating our online magazine, “English, Actually”.

Current topics are “Someone We Know“, in which we describe a close friend or relative.

And we’re also posting our Favourite Photos.

It’s now time to think about travel. Where are you going this summer? Tell us about your holiday plans by writing to our Travel Page.

Make our magazine interactive by adding your comments and reactions. Everybody welcome!

Our Memorable Nights, Houses and What-Ifs

You may have noticed a special new menu item, “What If?” This is where you can speculate on the past and future. “What would I do if…?” “What would[n’t] have happened if…?” Don’t be put off by the grammar; it’s not as tricky as many people think.

Still highly current: Our Memorable Nights Out, Our Favourite Times, and, now, Our Houses. Come, join us, participate – and never worry about making mistakes. The Editor is here to help you. Rule number one around here is:

Keep Calm – and Carry On Writing.

Our Memorable Nights

That’s our latest topic. Artur, from Krakòw, has written a nice story.

So write in and tell us about your memorable night out. Go to our “Memorable Nights” page, read – and then write! We look forward to your special nights.

Guess Who?

This week we are writing about famous people: here, elsewhere, past or present. But there’s a special condition: write what you like, but don’t mention the person’s name!

And don’t make it too easy, either. If you are writing about someone really famous, be “economical with the truth”, as somebody once said.

The idea: write about your famous person. Our readers will then reply with a comment to guess who he or she is or was.

The contributor who attracts the most comments will get an Honourable Mention – and maybe a prize.

Surf over now to the ‘Famous People‘ page!

Our Favourite Times…

… of day, week and year. People are writing about this again!

To see what they’re saying, navigate over to our Favourite Times page.

Antonella writes, “My favourite time of day is eight in the morning because I love to have a hearty breakfast while reading and think I have a whole day before me.”

Andrea writes, “My favourite day of the week is Saturday because, in the evening, I go out with my friends to go to dinner or somewhere nice.”

Alessandro writes, “My favourite month is May because it is the month of my birthday.”

Barbara writes, “My favourite public holiday are Christmas, the 25th April and the 1st May.”

Then have your say.  It’s easy peasy: go down to the bottom of the page, click on “Now You Write”, and follow instructions.