About to start a new course, this blog celebrates today 6 years of posts to help you learn, practice and use English. Here we are collecting posts day after day, thanks for following! And remember you can always look back on previous posts... Check here how we've started all these school years since 2009:
As we saw in the previous post yesterday, Britain has different languages and accents, as an example, the longest name of for a village in Welsh. Today we're presenting the map that shows the geographical distribution of the different languages/dialects (____) and accents (_ _ _) spoken throughout the British Isles. Another interesting curiosity.
While we wait to start off the new school year, let's begin with a funny curiosity. The title of this post is nothing strange... It's not exactly English, but Welsh. It's the village with the longest name in Britain and in the whole world with 51 letters (considering ch and ll as digraphs in Welsh, so single letters). You can see in the photos above, the name and where the village is on the map.
which means: Parish [church] of [St.] Mary (Llanfair) [in] Hollow (pwll) of the White Hazel [township] (gwyn gyll) near (go ger) the rapid whirlpool (y chwyrn drobwll) [and] the parish [church] of [St.] Tysilio (Llantysilio) with a red cave ([a]g ogo[f] goch).
but if you want to hear it being pronounced, here's a video of a weatherman on British TV saying the name correctly live on the weather forecast.
By the way you can also check on the weather vocabulary once again.
September exams having finished, we're on the countdown to the start of the new school year 2015-16. Are you ready? Batteries charged? Enjoy the last few days and be prepared to discover lots of new things at school and here...