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Bloomsbury Student Newsletter
In this month's newsletter:



- New Comms Class

- Pancake Day
- St. David's Day
- Instagram
Blog
- Write a review!

Instagram

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Blog

Have you read ourBloomsbury News Blog?

Every week, we will include English language tips and fun things to see and do around London. 

This is a great opportunity for you to improve your Englishand find out more about Bloomsbury International and London!

Don't forget to also read the Bloomsbury idiom of the week every Wednesday!


 


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The Bloomsbury International Newsletter March 2017

 

New Commes Class

Bloomsbury would like to open a new Communications class soon with a focus on pronunciation and accent reduction. The new Elective class will take place between 10:45 and 12:15 so it is ideal for afternoon students. If you would like to design a poster to advertise this new class, please submit your design to reception and you’ll get 2 free communications lessons!

Pancake Day

Pancake Day is a British holiday celebrated on the Tuesday 40 days before Easter. This year, it is on the 28th of February.

Traditionally, Pancake Day is called “Shrove Tuesday” and for people who follow Christianity, it is the day when you have to eat all of the luxurious foods in your cupboard before you give them up completely for 40 days. This is to celebrate the 40 days that Jesus fasted (didn’t eat food) in the desert. Shrove Tuesday was the last opportunity to use up eggs and fats such as butter, before starting the 40 day fast.

The 40 day period of fasting is called “Lent” and begins on a day called “Ash Wednesday” when people go to church and have a cross drawn on their forehead with ash.

As Britain becomes less and less religious, Shrove Tuesday has become more secular (non-religious) and the focus has moved from the religious meaning to food. Especially pancakes.

A pancake is a thin, flat cake, made of batter (a kind of dough which is liquid) and it is fried in a frying pan and served immediately. Usually, you add golden syrup, lemon juice or caster sugar as a topping. The ingredients for pancakes are eggs, flour, salt and milk, and they are said to represent creation, life, cleanliness and purity.

The pancake has an extremely long history and was in cookbooks from as early as 1439. The tradition of tossing or flipping them is almost as old:

"And every man and maide doe take their turne, And tosse their Pancakes up for feare they burne."
(Pasquil's Palin, 1619)

How many words can you understand from this old form of English?

Here’s how to make pancakes:
Ingredients

★    230 grams of plain flour
★    2 large eggs
★    570 millilitres of milk
★    Salt

Instructions

1.     Mix all together and whisk well.
2.     Leave to stand for 30 minutes.
3.     Heat a little oil in a frying pan.
4.     Pour in enough batter to cover the base of the pan and let it cook until the base of the pancake has browned.
5.     Shake the pan to loosen the pancake and flip the pancake over to brown the other side.

If you’re not planning on fasting, try making them this evening.

St. David's Day

All four of the countries that make up the United Kingdom have a special day called a Patron Saint Day.

  • England = St. George’s Day
  • Scotland = St. Andrew’s Day
  • (Northern) Ireland = St. Patrick’s Day
  • Wales = St. David’s Day
Of course, the most famous and popular of these is St. Patrick’s Day of Ireland, due to the large number of Irish immigrants in the United States. However, a lesser known holiday is St. David’s Day (or “Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Sant”, which is on the 1st of March and is celebrated mostly in Wales and some parts of England with a large Welsh population. The day is in honour of St David (called “Dewi Sant”), who is the patron saint of Wales.

A saint is a Christian religious figure who did good things in their life. When they died, the church decided to classify them as a saint and they were given special tasks to perform in order to help people. A patron saint usually protects a person, place, or in this case, a country.
The most famous story about Saint David tells how he was preaching to a huge crowd and the ground is said to have risen up, so that he was standing on a hill and everyone had a better chance of hearing him.

The national symbols of Wales are Saint David’s flag, a black flag with a yellow cross, and the country can also be represented by daffodils and leeks, which people often wear on their clothes on Saint David’s Day. The national flag of Wales, has a red dragon (Y Ddraig Goch) on a green and white background.

On St David's Day, some Welsh children put on their national costume, which consists of frilly white bonnet, a tall black hat, a long dress and a red cape. They also take part in school concerts called eisteddfodau, where they have poetry recitations and singing.
 
The Welsh language is one of the oldest languages in Europe, and surprisingly, it isn’t related to English at all. It is the Celtic language of the native people of Britain. Here are some phrases from Welsh:
 

 
One of our teachers, Xavier, is from Wales. Wish him Happy St. David’s Day and ask him how to pronounce some of these words and phrases.
If Welsh were the official language of the United Kingdom, would it be easier or more difficult than English? Why?

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