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Don't Believe the Hype.

We are becoming increasingly influenced by what we see, hear or read on the multitude of media available to us. As the Internet expands and media companies grow bigger, richer and more powerful, we must learn to distinguish between the truth and the hype.

A-Z of the British Parliament

Some of them wear funny wigs and call each other "Right Honourable". The Speaker hardly ever speaks, and there is someone called Black Rod who is neither black, nor is his name Rod. But all are vital to the day-to-day running of the British Houses of Parliament. The strange behaviour and rituals of the Members of Parliament and officials is based on traditions that go back to medieval times. We present our guide to all you need to know about the British legislative chambers.

Olympiad

Poniżej drukujemy pierwszą część testów finałów XXIII Olimpiady Języka Angielskiego. W następnym numerze znajdziecie drugą część oraz klucz do wszystkich testów. Zachęcamy czytelników do nadsyłania odpowiedzi.

VOCABULARY

Britain's Royal Affair

Who rules over England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales? Queen Elizabeth, of course! But besides being the richest woman in Britain and owning the most beautiful buildings, she's just a tourist attraction. It's the government and Parliament, and especially No.10 Downing Street, who write the rules.

Letters to the Editors

Letters to the Editor

Thanks to everyone who sent in entries to our SMS Poetry competition.We only have space to print a few of them. We also have had many suggestions to our Top Ten Love Songs of All Time. We receive many entries by e-mail these days, without home addresses accompanying them. So, if you see your name here then please send us your home address details and we will send you a CD as a prize.

4 U, TIGR

IT FEELS SO GUD
IT FEELS JUST GR8
2 WATCH U ENTR
MY G8

BackWORDS

There are many uses of the word 'back'. We have selected the most common compound words and phrases used in everyday conversation to help you understand their meanings.

BACKBREAKER - any work or job which causes backaches, such as moving furniture, digging in the garden, etc. " Carrying bricks for the new barbecue was a real backbreaker ." Also," Carrying bricks was real backbreaking work."

BACKLOG - a build-up or accumulation of something, usually work. " When Harry returned to the office after a week's sick leave, he had a huge backlog of work."

From Olympia to Sydney.

This year's summer Olympic Games take place in Sydney, Australia, from September 15 to October 1. Since the modern games were started over a hundred years ago they have become the world's biggest sporting event, with a television audience of around half of the world's population. The Sydney Games open a new era where the sky is the limit.

Interview with Australian Ambassador, Mr. Patrick Lawless

With low unemployment, a high standard of living, a warm and friendly people and an even warmer climate, it's no wonder that so many want to live, work and study in Australia. The World of English went along to the Australian Embassy to meet His Excellency, Mr. Patrick Lawless, the nation's representative in Warsaw.

Travel Intern@tional

Karolyn Andrews, Ph D, currently manages Internet Polska, an Internet services company located in Poland and the States. Before she moved to Warsaw, she taught computer applications and Internet use in Washington, D.C. You can contact her at 2karo@polska.net with comments and suggestions for upcoming articles.

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The European Summer Academy ' 99

Photo: Bernhard Kahmel, ESA Co-ordinator

The European Summer Academy has been taking place for three years. After Spain and Germany in previous years, this time the event was hosted by Poland. More than 130 people from all over Europe came to Czarny Potok near Krynica to work together and share their cultural experience. The main ESA theme this year was:" Transition to the new".

Letters to the Professor

Dear Professor,
I have got a question about a grammar problem. My friend had a discussion with a teacher about this sentence: "Julia .............. just................... (cover) herself in sun tan lotion when the sun ................... (go) behind a large black cloud."
She wrote: "Julia was just covering herself in sun tan lotion when the sun went behind a large cloud."
The teacher, however, says it should be: "Julia had just covered herself in sun tan lotion when the sun went behind a large black cloud."

Euroscola: A Day at the European Parliament

Euroscola is a multilingual programme designed to give schoolchildren from all parts of Europe a chance to participate in the workings of the European Parliament. A group of 500 secondaryschool pupils spend one day learning about the European Parliament' s role, and debate a chosen issue. The results of the debate are presented in the Chamber of the European Parliament at the end of the day and later passed on to the relevant parliamentary bodies.

Top Ten Love Songs***

What do you think is the greatest love song ever recorded in the English language?
It is a controversial subject of course and everybody has their own favourites.
Below are the choices of the editorial office at WoE . Do you agree with our choices?

Every Breath You Take - The Police Something - The Beatles Friday I'm in Love - The Cure God Only Knows - The Beach Boys No Ordinary Love - Sade Dream a Little Dream - Mamas and Papas Your Song - Elton John Everybody Hurts - R.E.M Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton Love Supreme - Robbie Williams

Przekładaniec

A więc już miesiąc z kawałkiem minął jak radość opanowała śpiewających Odę do Radości. I co? Ano mamy radość codzienną, bo ciepło, bo wakacje za pasem, bo podróże czekają, bo tak po prostu to, czy mamy w sobie radość czy nie zależy od nas samych, z odą czy bez ody, z młodością, czy już z nie tej pierwszej młodości młodością.

Letters to the Editors

I'd like to comment on the article "Congratulations 'Maturzyści'. I am a graduate of NKJO from Tczew (branch office of University of Gdańsk). I fully agree that studying there helped me a lot in improving my English, but what next? Many graduates want to go further and get an M.A. but there are very few universities that offer a two-year course after which one can obtain such a diploma. The Ministry of Education urged universities to set up such three-year studies and you can find them in almost every city in Poland which has a university.

A Thugs' Game

Rugby: a game for thugs played by gentlemen; football: a game for gentlemen played by thugs - or so the old saying goes. But whom would you least like to bump into on a dark night, a rugby player or a footballer?

An Englishman's Home is His Castle

An Englishman's Home is his Castle - on Credit

Shop Till You Drop

Crazy American Supermarkets? Or maybe just the Americans who shop in them. American food shopping habits are a little different from the rest of the world, though where they shop is catching on in Poland as well. Be warned!

Great Britain Quiz - part II

Here is the second part of our" Great Britain Quiz" . Five lucky winners who send us the correct answers to this and Part 1 (printed in the last issue) will receive Longman dictionaries.

I. Write in the missing dates.

Festive Cooking in Ireland

Irish cooking, though simple, draws on a tradition established over years. The Irish people know well how best to use fine foods produced from the land. It is not surprising that potatoes come first, being nourishing and satisfying for everybody. But it is not potatoes Irish cooking is about. Ireland' s famous beef and lamb dishes have become well known to the world. Most of us have tasted or at least heard of Irish Stew or Beef with Guinness.