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The King’s Speech – An English Movie

Although Britain isn’t exactly famous for its films, the King’s Speech is one of the best made in recent years. It tells the true  story of King George VI, and his journey to the throne after his brother abdicated. Before he was king, ‘Bertie’ (as he was know to his family) was a quiet family man with a stammer and no confidence. He even struggled doing the few formal speeches required before he wasKking. After his brother fell in love with an American divorcee – Wallace Simpson – he gives up his right to the throne, choosing his off-limits wife over being king. This means the job is handed over to Bertie,  who is devastated. But with the help of a quirky Australian speech therapist, Lionel Logue, the King gains the skills and confidence he needs to guide his country. With an outstanding cast including Colin Firth (who I am slightly in love with) and Helena Bonham-Carter, this is an amazing movie and I would definitely recommend it. Apart from anything, you get to learn a little of English royal history….

 

 

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Word of the Week – L’esprit de l’escalier – French

Yes, I know I haven’t had a WOTW for a couple of weeks… but this week I’ve actually remembered. Our phrase is nice and poetic – and it’s French so it sounds classy. L’esprit de l’escalier is a phrase used when you think of something perfect to say in a situation, just too late. You might be having an argument, and later you think of the perfect comeback (but sadly, the moment has passed).

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“thank you” in 5.7% of Europe’s languages

Saying thank you is always nice. And it’s even nicer when you can say it to someone in their own language. Nelson Mandela once said “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language – that goes to his heart”. And whilst you probably won’t be able to speak every single language on the planet (about 7,000 of them), it’s still nice/useful to be able to say a few words of Albanian, isn’t it?

There are an estimated 260 languages spoken in Europe, but here’s how to say thank you in 15 of them (that’s 5.7% of all the languages of Europe!!!):

1. French – merci

2. German – danke

3. Dutch – dank u

4. Spanish – gracias

5. Italian – grazie

6. Portuguese – obrigado

7. Croatian – hvala

8. Danish – tak, Nowegian – takk, Swedish – tack

9. Greek – ευχαριστώ (efcharistó)

10. Bulgarian – благодаря (blagodarya)

11. Polish – dziękuję

12. Russian – спасибо (spasibo)

13. Irish gaelic – go raibh maith agat

14. Turkish – teşekkür ederim

15. Albanian – falemnderit

What’s On In… London – London Fashion Weekend

Taking place this weekend at Somerset House is the Vodafone London Fashion Weekend. It started today and lasts until Sunday evening, with a chance for visitors to experience a catwalk show, and shop some designer brands at discount prices. There are also talks taking place by various professionals in the industry  as well as a chance to do some “celeb spotting”… Tickets are almost sold out, so book now so you don’t miss out – buy them from the official site http://londonfashionweekend.co.uk/ to make sure they’re legit.

the mayor’s thames festival – the end of london 2012

Every year at the end of the summer, the mayor of London hosts a free festival on the banks of the Thames, lasting 2 days. This year, it’s this weekend: September 8 and 9. It’s a fun thing to go to – as well as loads of events, there’s great food from around the world, street performers, art installations and live music. Tomorrow there’s Shishi-Odori dance by Oshu Kanatsu-Ryu Dance Troupe, “All Eyes on Korea” by the Tate Modern, a boat display in St Katherine’s Docks and a Night Carnival (to name a few). As a sort of closing to the London 2012 Olympic Games, there’s also a Homage to Rio display worth checking out. It all ends with a firework finale between Blackfriars and Waterloo Bridge.

To find out more, visit the official website: http://thamesfestival.org/