Dan Brown’s Inferno

Level: B.1.1

Textual type: book review.

This thriller features (again) professor Robert Langdon in his extremely fascinating quest for the survival of the world.

Overpopulation and the risks looming over the world are both the main topics tackled with in this (in my opinion) Brown’s masterpiece.

Florence and Istanbul are the perfect scenery to reveal Brown’s typical mysteries frequently based on codes recorded or drawn on classical works of art.

His enemies and allies are mischievous this time. One never knows what’s going to happen in the next page. Dark as well as very well known organizations take an important part in the story as the reader never seems to discover what is actually going on.

In my opinion though, the weakest part of the plot is the other main character; Langdon’s partner. I found it quite weird that her genius partner was following him without even asking if she was going to have any kind of reward.

I had fun reading the book. It reminded me a lot of his previous thrillers. Robert Langdon is an exceptionally attractive character for me. He combines both knowledge, common sense, experience and some physical appeal.

I strongly recommend students to read this book as it is really amusing and the language the author uses is not particularly difficult.

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What will the earth be like in (say) ten years from now?

Level: A.2.2. (180 words)

Target language: The use of will for long term predictions based on facts.

Transport, technology, food, water supply and energy sources will doubtlessly become major issues within the next ten years. Fossil fuels will become more a more expensive and to such an extent, that middle classes will stop purchasing cars and will turn to public transport means or bicycles instead. Of course other energy sources will be available, but only for the very rich.

Technology remarkable breakthroughs will settle outstanding headlines on our (digital?) newspapers headlines. Smaller devices implanted on our own bodies will make our lives easier. Our brains will become lazier though. Robots will fight for us at war, but there will be no mercy for the losers. Slavery will be the future of prisioners.

A few hundreds of languages and animal spicies will be lost forever. It won’t be necessary to make a translation as computers (or whatever they are at that time) will perfectly do this task for us. On the other hand, some living creatures will be extiguinshed or desappear from earth.

The positive part of the topic though will be medical discoveries.  We will certainly have a cure for cancer, ebola and AIDS .

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Raise or Rise? | EnglishClub

I needed this page: Rise vs. Raise http://t.co/q8deRQFciu

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Bilinguality in Europe

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I didn`t know we had such low fegures in terms of English speakers.

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On the origin of English

(….) a small Vinkings (or Scandinavian) population conquered parts of modern France, and then adopted the local form Old French, giving rise to ‘Norman’ French. This, in turn, was then imported into England, and greatly affected the development of English, although not to the extent of being completely adopted. Perhaps ironically, the Germanic speech of the residents of England was thus altered by the (Romance, not Germanic) linguistic practice of the invaders, whose biological relation to the English was in many cases somewhat closer than the linguistic one.

Anderson, Stepehn R, Languages, a very short introduction, OUP, 2012 (p25)

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