Archive for February, 2014

  1. Words in the news: Decadence

    Origin: Absinthe has inspired many great authors of the last 150 years – and may have ruined some as well. Jane Ciabattari investigates the green spirit’s peculiar power. Arthur Rimbaud called absinthe the “sagebrush of the glaciers” because a key ingredient, the bitter-tasting herb Artemisia absinthium or wormwood, is plentiful in the icy Val-de-Travers region […]

  2. IELTS Writing: Water crisis

    Water resources around the world are falling deficient. Analyze the possible reasons and provide your suggestions.

  3. IELTS Writing: Distance-learning programme

    Many people use distance-learning programmes(study material post, TV, Internet, etc.) to study at home, but some people think that it cannot bring the same benefits of attending college or university. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?

  4. Words in the news: Truce

    Origin: At least 22 people have died in renewed clashes between protesters and police in central Kiev after a truce agreed on Wednesday broke down, eyewitnesses say. Witnesses reported live rounds, petrol bombs and water cannon at the main protest site, Independence Square. A meeting between EU foreign ministers and President Viktor Yanukovych is now […]

  5. Words in the news: Turmoil

    Origin: The long-running boom in emerging markets came to be identified, if not propped up, by wide acceptance of the term BRICs, shorthand for the fast-growing countries Brazil, Russia, India and China. Recent turmoil in these and similar markets has produced a rival expression: the Fragile Five.