The Spooky Origins of Halloween
Frightful Halloween Idioms
100 Years of the BBC
The Valley of the Sun
Tips for Having Tough Conversations
12 FAMOUS PEOPLE
Czechs Known Around the World
A New Perspective on the Universe
18 ENGLISH-SPEAKING COUNTRIES
The USA from A to Z
Cold-Blooded Cult Classics
22 COMIC / TELEVISION
Relax and Laugh with Wet Leg
Computers That Paint
Through the Eyes of a Machine
31 B2 LANGUAGE PRACTICE
Listening, Reading, Use of English
EXTRA ARTICLE ONLINE
FILM / TELEVISION
Neil Gaiman On Screen
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- Recorded article: The Spooky Origins of Halloween, pp. 4-5
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- Recorded article: Cooliosities, p. 30
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Maturita: Reading Part Five
1B, 2C, 3D, 4D, 5D
Frightful Halloween Idioms
Creeping Me Out: A (it refers to insects and similar creatures)
Talking Horror: D (it means to be angry)
Ever So Scared: B (to use fear to achieve a specific effect)
The Living Daylights: B
“Can We Talk?”
1 significant other; 2 accomplish; 3 Springing (also possible, but not ideal: To spring); 4 eavesdropping; 5 clarifying; 6 defensive; 7 frame; 8 accusations; 9 argument; 10 talking in circles
Big Little Country
A CHAMPION OF DEMOCRACY
1 B; 2 the Democratic Party; Antony Blinken, also a Democrat
A FUTURE PRESIDENT’S WIFE
CZECH GOLDEN HANDS
sight, hearing, taste, touch
THE MOST INFAMOUS CZECH
1 C; 2 would have escaped – this grammar structure is called the third conditional and it is used to talk about things in the past that did not happen and their possible results
BAD BOY ARTIST
1 A; 2 E.g.: St. Wenceslas riding a dead horse, a man hanging out of a window, two men urinating on a map of the Czech Republic, the Feast of Giants bus stop in Liberec, a red London double-decker bus doing push‑ups, the head of Franz Kafka with rotating parts
THROUGH THE EYES OF A MACHINE (crossword)
1 saguaro cactus, 2 constitution, 3 zombie, 4 trick-or-treating, 5 superheroes, 6 Samhain, 7 meteorite, 8 album, 9 Jack of the Lantern, 10 Oregon Trail, 11 executive, 12 radiator, 13 bonfire, 14 phoenix, 15 hippies, 16 spacecraft, 17 Thanksgiving, 18 ACROSS television, 18 DOWN telescope, 19 chaise longue, 20 speakers, 21 musical, 22 announcer, 23 canal, 24 the Sandman, 25 Ferris wheel
B2 Language Practice
Part One: 1A, 2B, 3C, 4C, 5B
Part Two: 6T, 7F, 8F, 9T, 10T, 11F, 12T, 13T, 14F, 15F
Part Three: 16B, 17G, 18C, 19D, 20F; not used: A and E
1C, 2G, 3D, 4A, 5F, 6B; not used: E and H
USE OF ENGLISH
1 dangerous; 2 satisfaction; 3 excitement; 4 disappointment; 5 ability; 6 especially; 7 unfortunately; 8 generally; 9 financial; 10 organization
1 have; 2 of ; 3 by; 4 that; 5 even/many; 6 with; 7 not; 8 which; 9 enough; 10 In
Say It Differently
1 We enjoyed the trip despite the [terrible] weather / despite the weather being terrible.
2 I’d prefer to stay at home tonight.
3 Watching football is not as exciting as watching ice hockey.
4 His offer of help was/got turned down by the man.
5 We set out early in order to watch the sunrise.
6 If only I had visited Liz while I was in London!
7 Tom accused James of lying/having lied about the stolen phone.
8 It took us two hours to find the lost keys.
9 An article on dog breeds is being written by Ralph.
10 This computer hasn’t / has not been fixed yet. / This computer is yet to be fixed.