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by Dermot McGrath June 2017


Even the Taliban would recognize this piece of music. It was originally known as Chant de Guerre pour l'Armée du Rhin. (if you learnt French at school you'll know that means War Song for the Army of the Rhine. And if you didn't, trust me, erm). But it received its current name because it was first sung on the streets by revolutionary volunteers when they arrived in Marseille.

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What’s the highest mountain in Europe?


 Who painted this picture? I can give you a clue. He’s dead.


This chap overthrew the government of the First Republic of France in 1799 and declared himself Emperor of France in 1804. But he was a greedy man, greedy for power, he wanted more. He wanted to rule Europe. In 1815, however he was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo. What was his name?

Smile for a While

Hi Smilers, first I’m gonna tell you a fantastic joke and then I’m gonna tell you a corny joke. Right… here we go with the fantastic joke:


A man asked his doctor if he thought he'd live to be a hundred.

The doctor asked the man, "Do you smoke or drink?"

"No," he replied, "I've never done either."

"Do you gamble, drive fast cars, and fool around with women?" inquired the doctor.

"No, I've never done any of those things either."

"Well then," said the doctor, "why do you want to live to be a 100?"

Ooooh, I can’t stop laughing, absolutely brilliant!!!

Maybe it’s the best joke I’ve ever heard. Hey, reader, why aren’t you laughing? you’re supposed to be laughing!

Ok, now I’m gonna tell you the corny joke but you can’t laugh because it’s a terrible joke. Corny jokes are terrible!!!


After a quarrel, a wife said to her husband, "You know, I was a fool when I married you."

The husband replied, "Yes dear, but then I was in love and didn't notice."

Hey reader, you’re laughing…!!! Why are you laughing? You’re not supposed to be laughing, I don’t expect you to laugh at corny jokes. That was a terrible joke!!!

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Grammar Under Hammer

Some LP Elementary Students know that:

We use DO to form a question when we refer to an action in the present (habitual)* tense, e.g. DO you play tennis? And that we say DOES if we are speaking about the third person singular, e.g. DOES Mary play tennis.

* The Present Habitual is also referred to as the Present Simple of the Present Indicative


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They measure the level of English (and other European languages) of a learner according to the standards set by Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

The Bologna Plan was signed in Italy in 1999 by all member countries of the European Union with the aim of standardizing the level of English.

(The university of) Cambridge English Exams is the most popular way of measuring students’ level of English, especially if they are applying for a university place or for a visa to enter an English-speaking country.

To achieve level A2, a learner can do K.E.T (Key English Test).

This is a basic level qualification that shows you can use English to communicate in simple situations.

To achieve level B1, a learner can do P.E.T (Preliminary English Test).

This is a pre-intermediate level qualification to show you can read and understand the main points from signs, journals, newspapers and magazines, and can use vocabulary and structure correctly.

To achieve level B2, a learner can do the FCE (First Certificate in English).

The First Certificate is an upper-intermediate level exam for people who need to prove they can use everyday written and spoken English at that level for work or study purposes.