If, like me, you spend most of your day sitting in front of a computer screen, you should be interested in new research which suggests that the harmful effects of a sedentary lifestyle can be offset by doing one hour of physical activity a day. I've used this Guardian article about the study as the basis for another 'cloze' crossword puzzle, which you can find here.
July and August are a pretty quiet time for blogging, but although I haven't posted many articles recently, I have been working on some new projects, including a new book of crosswords. However, this crossword is more of an experiment, and I think I can say that it's the first ever 'cloze' crossword, so called because instead of the usual clues, there's a gapped text. You can find the crossword (and many more 'traditional' ones) over on my other site, Crossword English. Let me know what you think!
This weekend saw the start of the 103rd edition of the Tour de France, the world's greatest bike race. To mark the occasion, here's a special Tour de France crossword that will test your knowledge of cycling vocabulary.
It's just one week until the UK's EU referendum, which, according to who you believe, will either result in the end of civilization as we know it, or a glorious new future for an independent Britain, finally freed from the overbearing grip of faceless EU bureaucrats in Brussels. Who's right? Only time will tell ...
You've probably heard the term 'Brexit', but do you know what's behind it? You can test your knowledge by doing today's crossword.
It's been a mixed start to the Euro 2016 football tournament for the British teams: Wales won, England drew, and Northern Ireland lost. Of course, there's a lot of vocabulary specific to football and you'll find some of it in today's crossword, which is at intermediate level.
Today's crossword is a General English one at advanced level, so it should be more of a challenge. However, if you're doing the online version, you can get plenty of help by using the Reveal (Word) and Reveal Letter buttons on the left of the grid. Don't give up too easily though! Click here to view the crossword. Have a puzzling good weekend!
The theme of today's crossword is business and the level is advanced. Click here to do the interactive online version of the crossword or download the PDF. And if you sign up for the daily newsletter, you can receive a new crossword by email every day!
The newspapers are full of tributes to Muhammad Ali, who died last Friday. But how much do you know about the legendary boxer? Test your knowledge by doing this special Muhammad Ali crossword. You may also pick up some useful vocabulary as well.
Regular readers of this blog will perhaps have noticed that the posts have become less frequent over the past few weeks. That's because I've been working on other projects. First, there was the SmartEnglish by EM Normandie app released in May. This was followed by the publication of my PDF e-book 101 Thematic Crosswords for Learners of English. And now, I'm pleased to announce the launch of a brand new website: Crossword English, where you'll find a new crossword every day to do online or download as a PDF. So whether you're a learner who wants to improve your English vocabulary in a fun but effective way, or a teacher looking for vocabulary-building activities for your students, be sure to check it out. And if you sign up for the Crossword English newsletter, you will receive a brand new crossword by email every day of the week — for free! Happy puzzling!
The big advantage of the PDF format over print is that the crosswords are easy to photocopy, and I've also been able to link each crossword to an interactive online version that can be done on a computer, tablet or phone! Click hereto download some free sample pages.
The normal price for this crossword collection is 7 euros, but readers of The English Blog can download it for only 5 euros by using the coupon code BLOG. So if you've always wanted to support this blog in some way, now's the time! Click here to purchase (and don't forget to apply that coupon code before you check out).
DESCRIPTION Tired of learning long lists of words? Fed up with memorizing flashcards? Then you should try 101 Thematic Crossword Puzzles — a fun but effective way to expand your English vocabulary.
The crosswords in this collection are suitable for learners of English at intermediate level and above, but can also be used with younger learners whose first language is English. Each crossword features 25-40 words relating to an everyday theme – perfect for improving your TOEIC vocabulary!
A complete list of all 2,500 words used in the puzzles is provided, as is an individual word list for each puzzle. The notes for teachers include original ideas for using crosswords in the classroom as well as links to online crossword resources.
A special feature of this collection is that each crossword is linked to an interactive online version which can be done on a computer or mobile device.
Following on from last week's review of the eBook version of English Grammar in Use, readers of The English Blog now have a chance to win an EGIU eBook. All you have to do is complete the crossword below and submit it along with your email address and name. Those of you who answer correctly will go into a prize draw, and five lucky winners will receive a code to download an eBook at the level of their choice (kindly provided by Cambridge University Press). The closing date for this competition is midnight French time on Friday 29th April, so get puzzling! Click on the image below or here to access the crossword.