In this section you can learn about useful references and resources that will help you acquire and practice your English language skills outside of the University and this blog. Both the city of Hamburg and the World Wide Web are great places to find opportunities. Be sure to also check the calendar for upcoming events and activities!
In addition, we include here our observations and reviews of literary, musical, and pop-cultural events or manifestations that appeal to us, and hopefully to you! If you yourself have read, heard or seen something recently, and would like to share your reaction with us, we would be thrilled to hear from you! Contact us under the Help & Share section to let us know what you’d like to contribute.
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Learning opportunities on the internet
The World Wide Web is a remarkable resource. But you will also find a lot of things that are not so useful. Here are some of the best sites and pages that can help you learn and practice English.
Online resources for learning English: Dictionaries
Online resources for learning English: Corpora and word lists
Online resources for learning English: Grammar
Online resources for learning English: Writing
Learn with online audiobooks
Entertainment and Thought
Looking for new ideas on what to read, watch or listen to? Maybe you’ll find some tips here!
Literature we love We at English Explorations love to read, and we hope you do, too! Under these links you can find recommended reading from our own bookshelves, and hopefully soon from other users like you!
Music and Video Music speaks from and to the soul, and expresses the contemporary culture of its time. Whether you are a music fan or not, you will find that songs and sometimes the videos that are released with them can offer a valuable window to the society from which they emerge.
This is America
Why is Australia hosting the Eurovision Song Contest?
Movies and TV in the Spotlight Trying to decide what to watch on Netflix or in the cinema tonight? Find recommendations and reviews of movies old and new from the English-speaking world.
Hurricane Bianca: From Russia with Hate
Game of Languages
International Media Phenomena What is happening around the world that might be related to global English, etc.?
Fridays for the Future
News Sources in English No news is good news? No way! Nowadays, especially with the help of the WWW, it is easy to access news in English from all over the world. But is every source reliable? Here you can learn about the great variety of English language news media and their biases.
Critical reading: English language news sources
Holidays and Culture in the English-speaking World
English-speaking cultures are as varied as the language is world-wide. They are expressed in the holidays the different countries celebrate and the kinds of sports they play as much as anything else. Variety is the spice of life!
The Origins of Halloween
The Queen’s two birthdays
The Controversy about Columbus Day
How is Thanksgiving celebrated?
Elaine Thomas on “Black Lives Matter”
You probably already knew that the English spoken in the U.S. is different from that spoken in England. But did you know the extent to which Irish, Australian, and South African Englishes differ? Or that even within the small country of England, language can vary over just a 50-km distance? Check out a few posts about English varieties and the cultures they go with!
Wanna cuppa? – The diminutive in Australian English
Why English? Diversity and individuality in academia’s global language
Who is Dr. Seuss? Born in 1904 in Springfield Massachusetts, Theodore Seuss Geisel could be regarded as the most considerable and popular english speaking childrens book author (and cartoonists) of the 20th century. Under the psyeudonym “Dr. Seuss“, more than…
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“Like herding cats” is an expression you may have heard at some point. Although the meaning of idioms is generally not transparent, thinking about the literal meaning of this particular saying quickly establishes a sort of mental image which showcases…
Incidents in the life of slave girl is a powerful account of the life of Harriet Jacobs who wrote this autobiography about her incredibly painful journey to freedom as a former slave. Published during the U.S. Civil War in 1861, her aim with this narrative is clear: unmask the cruelties inflicted on black people by the institution of slavery and contribute to the abolitionist cause. Also, she wanted to gain the solidarity of white women and appeal for emancipatory support. Her story is that of enslavement, degradation and sexual exploitation