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MYSTERY MONDAY!

Out flew the web and floated wide-
The mirror crack'd from side to side;
"The curse is come upon me," cried
The Lady of Shalott.

Book: Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side
Author:Agatha Christie
Published: 1962

A few years prior to the start of the story, Mrs Bantry, a friend of Miss Marple, sold her home, Gossington Hall, in the village of St. Mary Mead. It passed through a number of hands, until it is finally purchased and renovated by the film actress Marina Gregg and her fourth husband, Jason Rudd, another big name in the film industry.
A few weeks after they have moved in, they open up the grounds and certain rooms of Gossington Hall in aid of the St John’s Ambulance. Throughout the day a select few of the guests are invited to take drinks with the famous actress and her husband in the house in an upstairs reception area.
However, whilst the meeting and greeting of the guests is taking place, Marina Gregg, a usually attentive host, becomes distracted, virtually ignoring the woman speaking to her. Instead of paying attention to the woman, a Mrs Heather Badcock, the organiser of the event, her gaze is trained on something over the woman’s shoulder, her expression frozen and fearful. Moments later, Heather Badcock is dead.
It doesn’t take long to realise that the woman was murdered. Poisoned. But why? And by whom? Who could have poisoned the woman in a room full of witnesses who swear they didn’t see a thing? And could she have been murdered by accident, the intended victim being the famous, glamorous Marina Gregg?

This is quite simply an excellent murder mystery, one that takes its time to unravel as we are taken through the list of suspects. If you have yet to read The Mirror Crack’d From Side to Side but love cosy murder mysteries, I highly recommend that you give it a read.
#MysteryMonday #Agatha Christie #Academia #BestEnglishClasses

как второй дом уже...)
like second home..😊#EnglishHUB#bestenglishclasses#loveEnglishHUB#

Wishing all our followers and viewers an auspicious beginning of #Navratri
#Academia #BestEnglishClasses #Day1

SHAKESPEARE SUNDAY:
Merchant Of Venice!
#Academia #BestEnglishClasses #Shakespeare
A young Venetian, Bassanio, needs a loan of three thousand ducats so that he can woo Portia, a wealthy Venetian heiress. He approaches his friend Antonio, a merchant. Antonio is short of money because all his wealth is invested in his fleet, which is currently at sea. He goes to a Jewish money lender, Shylock, who hates Antonio because of Antonio’s anti-semitic behaviour towards him.
Shylock nevertheless agrees to make the short-term loan, but, in a moment of dark humour, he makes a condition – the loan must be repaid in three months or Shylock will exact a pound of flesh from Antonio. Antonio agrees, confident that his ships will return in time.
Because of the terms of Portia’s father’s will, all suitors must choose from among three caskets, one of which contains a portrait of her. If he chooses that he may marry Portia, but if doesn’t he must vow never to marry or court another woman. The Princes of Morocco and Arragon fail the test and are rejected. As Bassanio prepares to travel to Belmont for the test, his friend Lorenzo elopes with Shylock’s daughter, Jessica. Bassanio chooses the lead casket, which contains her picture, and Portia happily agrees to marry him immediately.
Meanwhile, two of Antonio’s ships have been wrecked and Antonio’s creditors are pressurising him for repayment. Word comes to Bassanio about Antonio’s predicament, and he hurries back to Venice, leaving Portia behind. Portia follows him, accompanied by her maid, Nerissa. They are disguised as a male lawyer and his clerk. When Bassanio arrives the date for the repayment to Shylock has passed and Shylock is demanding his pound of flesh. Even when Bassanio offers much more than the amount in repayment, Shylock, now infuriated by the loss of his daughter, is intent on seeking revenge on the Christians. The Duke refuses to intervene.
Portia arrives in her disguise to defend Antonio. Given the authority of judgment by the Duke, Portia decides that Shylock can have the pound of flesh as long as he doesn’t draw blood, as it is against the law to shed a Christian’s blood. Since it is obvious that to draw a pound of

MYSTERY MONDAY:
Book Review!
Book: Murder on the Orient Express
Author: Agatha Christie "The murderer is with us - on the train now..." Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.

Isolated by the storm and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer amongst a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again... If you've never read one of her books, this one sums up the Agatha Christie experience quite nicely.
As in: You will never solve her mysteries.
Don't bother trying, because it will only infuriate you when you find out that the answer to the whodunnit is something far-fetched & entirely unbelievable.
Roll with it, I say! Just trust that the little Belgian detective will eventually make everything all right, and settle in for a cute (albeit old-timey) mystery.

#Academia #BestEnglishClasses #MysteryMonday

WOW WEDNESDAY:
Did you Know?? How many of you are aware of the word "aglet"? Thanks to Phineas and Ferb, a lot of us do know that it is the tip at the end of our shoelaces.

Today in this segment of Wow Wednesday, we bring to you a set of names for things you never knew had a name in the first place!

1. Petrichor: the way it smells outside after rain.

2. Purlicue: the space between the thumb and forefingers.

3. Glabella: the space between your eyebrows.

4. Lunule: the white, crescent shaped part of the nail.

5. Lemniscate: the infinity symbol.

6. Dysania: the state of finding it hard to get out of the bed in the morning.

7. Griffonage: unreadable handwriting.

8. Vocable: the na na nas and la la las in song lyrics that don't have any meaning.

9. Tittle: the dot over an "i" or a "j". 10. Obelus: the division sign (÷). #WowWednesday! #BestEnglishClasses! #Didyouknow?

SHAKESPEARE SUNDAY!
Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. It was among Shakespeare's most popular plays during his lifetime and along with Hamlet, is one of his most frequently performed plays. Today, the title characters are regarded as archetypal young lovers.
Romeo and Juliet belongs to a tradition of tragic romances stretching back to antiquity. The plot is based on an Italian tale translated into verse as The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet by Arthur Brooke in 1562 and retold in prose in Palace of Pleasure by William Painter in 1567.
Romeo and Juliet is perhaps the most famous love story in the world. So much so that ‘Romeo’ is almost synonymous with the word ‘lover’. The Montagues (Romeo) and the Capulets (Juliet) are two important families in Verona, who are engaged in a bitter feud. The story spans four days – beginning with Romeo and Juliet’s first meeting and ending with their death. It tells of an intense all-consuming love and how that love is powerful enough to hope to exist beyond mortal life. The plot is similar to the myth of Pyramus and Thisbe, who fell in love with each other in spite of the feud raging between their families. Shakespeare used the same myth in the play-within-play of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but there it is treated as a farce.
#Academia #ShakespeareSunday! #BestEnglishClasses!

SPELL BEE SATURDAY!

This week we bring to you two more interesting facts about spellings in English!

To hyphen or not to hyphen
Here’s interesting trivia about hyphens that might work well enough as an ice-breaker given a certain type of crowd, of course. “Bookkeeper” and “bookkeeping” are the only words in English that do not have a hyphen despite having three consecutive double letters. To facilitate readability, words with double letters are usually hyphenated such as "sweet-toothed."
But there’s no helping certain words, especially those that have the same latter appearing three times in a row. Words such as “cross-section” and “bee-eater” require a hyphen for sure. But according to the Oxford English Dictionary “frillless” and “duchessship” can do without one. Nobody understands why one set is not allowed hyphens while others can’t do without them.
Unique endings
“Dreamt” is the one word in the English language that ends with “-mt.” There are only two words in English that end in "-gry” and these are “angry” and “hungry.” Meanwhile, there are only four English words in common usage that end with “-dous.” These words are “tremendous,” “stupendous,” “horrendous,” and “hazardous.” #SpellBeeSaturday! #BestEnglishClasses #Academia

MOST RECENT

Wishing all our followers and viewers an auspicious beginning of #Navratri
#Academia #BestEnglishClasses #Day1

Wishing all our viewers a very auspicious #Mahalaya
#Academia #BestEnglishClasses

SHAKESPEARE SUNDAY:
Merchant Of Venice!
#Academia #BestEnglishClasses #Shakespeare
A young Venetian, Bassanio, needs a loan of three thousand ducats so that he can woo Portia, a wealthy Venetian heiress. He approaches his friend Antonio, a merchant. Antonio is short of money because all his wealth is invested in his fleet, which is currently at sea. He goes to a Jewish money lender, Shylock, who hates Antonio because of Antonio’s anti-semitic behaviour towards him.
Shylock nevertheless agrees to make the short-term loan, but, in a moment of dark humour, he makes a condition – the loan must be repaid in three months or Shylock will exact a pound of flesh from Antonio. Antonio agrees, confident that his ships will return in time.
Because of the terms of Portia’s father’s will, all suitors must choose from among three caskets, one of which contains a portrait of her. If he chooses that he may marry Portia, but if doesn’t he must vow never to marry or court another woman. The Princes of Morocco and Arragon fail the test and are rejected. As Bassanio prepares to travel to Belmont for the test, his friend Lorenzo elopes with Shylock’s daughter, Jessica. Bassanio chooses the lead casket, which contains her picture, and Portia happily agrees to marry him immediately.
Meanwhile, two of Antonio’s ships have been wrecked and Antonio’s creditors are pressurising him for repayment. Word comes to Bassanio about Antonio’s predicament, and he hurries back to Venice, leaving Portia behind. Portia follows him, accompanied by her maid, Nerissa. They are disguised as a male lawyer and his clerk. When Bassanio arrives the date for the repayment to Shylock has passed and Shylock is demanding his pound of flesh. Even when Bassanio offers much more than the amount in repayment, Shylock, now infuriated by the loss of his daughter, is intent on seeking revenge on the Christians. The Duke refuses to intervene.
Portia arrives in her disguise to defend Antonio. Given the authority of judgment by the Duke, Portia decides that Shylock can have the pound of flesh as long as he doesn’t draw blood, as it is against the law to shed a Christian’s blood. Since it is obvious that to draw a pound of

SPELL BEE SATURDAY:
Some more spelling facts!

#SpellBeeSaturday! #BestEnglishClasses #Academia
SNEAKY R'S: Two common words in English contain R's that often are not pronounced, thus they are often not written when the words are spelled: library and February. The most important guide to correctly spelling these words is to pronounce them correctly every time. "LI-BRAR-Y" AND "FEB-RU-AR-Y." BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTY: In French, this would be easy ....the letters EAU are always pronounced as Long O (the name of the letter). In English, however, this letter combination is pronounced sort of like YOO , or like a Long E sliding into a Long U. Thus in English, BEAUTY would be pronounced "BEE OU TEE". The only logical way to remember how to spell this word is to pronounce each letter to yourself as you spell it -- "BE-A-U-TEE" or "BE-A-U-TEE-FUL". If you get used to saying each letter to yourself, then you will not forget any when you write the words.

MORE SILENT LETTERS: Each of the following words contains a letter that is not pronounced -- DOUBT, DEBT, ISLAND, AISLE, WRITE, WRIT, KNIT, KNOT, WOULD, COULD, KNOB. You can remember how to spell some of the words by pronouncing the silent letters to yourself each time you write them. Other words simply must be studied and memorized.

THE SUPERFLUOUS "G" and "GH": You have already studied the "EIGHT", "OUGH" and "IGHT" families and some of their relatives (though, thought, tough, rough, cough, enough, freight, weight, sleigh. weigh, light, sight, night, fright, blight, right, etc.). Here are some more: STRENGTH and LENGTH; STRAIGHT (rhymes with LATE); TROUGH (rhymes with off); NIGH (rhymes with BY); ALIGN and SIGN (rhyme with DINE); BROUGHT and FRAUGHT (rhyme with ROT - not exactly, but close). -ANCE vs. -ENCE: There is no simple way to know which words will end with -ance and which will end with -ence other than REMEMBERING. The -ANCE list is shorter, so if you memorize it, you should know that any words that end with the same sound but are not on the -ANCE list must be spelled with -ENCE. EXCEPT for a few words that end with -ENSE: (defense, expense, immense, offense, pretense, suspense). So no

FICTION FRIDAY:
Poem of the Week!

Where The Mind Is Without Fear
By: Rabindranath Tagore

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

#Inspire #Academia #BestEnglishClasses!

THOUGHTFUL THURSDAY:
Thought of the Day!

#Academia #BestEnglishClasses #ThoughtfulThursday

как второй дом уже...)
like second home..😊#EnglishHUB#bestenglishclasses#loveEnglishHUB#

MYSTERY MONDAY:
Book Review!
Book: Murder on the Orient Express
Author: Agatha Christie "The murderer is with us - on the train now..." Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.

Isolated by the storm and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer amongst a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again... If you've never read one of her books, this one sums up the Agatha Christie experience quite nicely.
As in: You will never solve her mysteries.
Don't bother trying, because it will only infuriate you when you find out that the answer to the whodunnit is something far-fetched & entirely unbelievable.
Roll with it, I say! Just trust that the little Belgian detective will eventually make everything all right, and settle in for a cute (albeit old-timey) mystery.

#Academia #BestEnglishClasses #MysteryMonday

SHAKESPEARE SUNDAY!
Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. It was among Shakespeare's most popular plays during his lifetime and along with Hamlet, is one of his most frequently performed plays. Today, the title characters are regarded as archetypal young lovers.
Romeo and Juliet belongs to a tradition of tragic romances stretching back to antiquity. The plot is based on an Italian tale translated into verse as The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet by Arthur Brooke in 1562 and retold in prose in Palace of Pleasure by William Painter in 1567.
Romeo and Juliet is perhaps the most famous love story in the world. So much so that ‘Romeo’ is almost synonymous with the word ‘lover’. The Montagues (Romeo) and the Capulets (Juliet) are two important families in Verona, who are engaged in a bitter feud. The story spans four days – beginning with Romeo and Juliet’s first meeting and ending with their death. It tells of an intense all-consuming love and how that love is powerful enough to hope to exist beyond mortal life. The plot is similar to the myth of Pyramus and Thisbe, who fell in love with each other in spite of the feud raging between their families. Shakespeare used the same myth in the play-within-play of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but there it is treated as a farce.
#Academia #ShakespeareSunday! #BestEnglishClasses!

SPELL BEE SATURDAY!

This week we bring to you two more interesting facts about spellings in English!

To hyphen or not to hyphen
Here’s interesting trivia about hyphens that might work well enough as an ice-breaker given a certain type of crowd, of course. “Bookkeeper” and “bookkeeping” are the only words in English that do not have a hyphen despite having three consecutive double letters. To facilitate readability, words with double letters are usually hyphenated such as "sweet-toothed."
But there’s no helping certain words, especially those that have the same latter appearing three times in a row. Words such as “cross-section” and “bee-eater” require a hyphen for sure. But according to the Oxford English Dictionary “frillless” and “duchessship” can do without one. Nobody understands why one set is not allowed hyphens while others can’t do without them.
Unique endings
“Dreamt” is the one word in the English language that ends with “-mt.” There are only two words in English that end in "-gry” and these are “angry” and “hungry.” Meanwhile, there are only four English words in common usage that end with “-dous.” These words are “tremendous,” “stupendous,” “horrendous,” and “hazardous.” #SpellBeeSaturday! #BestEnglishClasses #Academia

THOUGHTFUL THURSDAY:
Poem of the Week!

Poem: Lady of Shallot
Poet: Alfred Lord Tennyson

#Academia #BestEnglishClasses #Poem

Check out the poem at
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THESAURUS TUESDAY!
We are back with Thesaurus Tuesday. It's time to get rid of the usual boring superlatives and use these words instead!

#ThesaurusTuesday! #Academia #BestEnglishClasses

MYSTERY MONDAY!

Out flew the web and floated wide-
The mirror crack'd from side to side;
"The curse is come upon me," cried
The Lady of Shalott.

Book: Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side
Author:Agatha Christie
Published: 1962

A few years prior to the start of the story, Mrs Bantry, a friend of Miss Marple, sold her home, Gossington Hall, in the village of St. Mary Mead. It passed through a number of hands, until it is finally purchased and renovated by the film actress Marina Gregg and her fourth husband, Jason Rudd, another big name in the film industry.
A few weeks after they have moved in, they open up the grounds and certain rooms of Gossington Hall in aid of the St John’s Ambulance. Throughout the day a select few of the guests are invited to take drinks with the famous actress and her husband in the house in an upstairs reception area.
However, whilst the meeting and greeting of the guests is taking place, Marina Gregg, a usually attentive host, becomes distracted, virtually ignoring the woman speaking to her. Instead of paying attention to the woman, a Mrs Heather Badcock, the organiser of the event, her gaze is trained on something over the woman’s shoulder, her expression frozen and fearful. Moments later, Heather Badcock is dead.
It doesn’t take long to realise that the woman was murdered. Poisoned. But why? And by whom? Who could have poisoned the woman in a room full of witnesses who swear they didn’t see a thing? And could she have been murdered by accident, the intended victim being the famous, glamorous Marina Gregg?

This is quite simply an excellent murder mystery, one that takes its time to unravel as we are taken through the list of suspects. If you have yet to read The Mirror Crack’d From Side to Side but love cosy murder mysteries, I highly recommend that you give it a read.
#MysteryMonday #Agatha Christie #Academia #BestEnglishClasses

SHAKESPEARE SUNDAY!
Well in this new and exciting segment, we'll discuss the life and works of one of the greatest known dramatist and writer, William Shakespeare!

William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist.He is often called England's national poet, and the "Bard of Avon".His extant works, including collaborations, consist of approximately 38 plays,154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Shakespeare's influence extends from theatre and literature to present-day movies, Western philosophy, and the English language itself. He transformed European theatre by expanding expectations about what could be accomplished through innovation in characterization, plot, language and genre.Shakespeare's writings have also impacted a large number of notable novelists and poets over the years, including Herman Melville, Charles Dickens,and Maya Angelou (check out our Thoughtful Thursday poem by Maya Angelou), and continue to influence new authors even today. Shakespeare is the most quoted writer in the history of the English-speaking world after the various writers of the Bible; many of his quotations have passed into everyday usage in English and other languages.

Starting next Sunday, we shall discuss some of his greatest works that have lived on until today!

#ShakepeareSunday #BardofAvon #Academia #BestEnglishClasses

SPELL BEE SATURDAY!
Fun facts about Spelling!

Today's segment has to do with some fun facts about spelling in the English Language. Enjoy! -Lots of words to do with the nose begin with the letter pattern 'sn' - snout, sniff, snub, snot, snore, snort, snozzle, snooty, sneeze.
-
Plumber has a silent b in there because it comes from the Roman/Latin word"plumbum" meaning lead piping used by plumbers.
-knock, knee, knuckle, gnaw, gnat are all Viking (Old Norse) words, the 'k' and 'g' were pronounced but not now.
-NO English words end in 'v' or 'u'. There's always an 'e' on the end: give; have; love; eve; twelve; glue; rescue; blue; true.
But we have a few exceptions, which are either abbreviations, slang, ancient words, or words borrowed from other languages.
For example: rev and fluare abbreviations: rev - revolution or reverend, flu - influenza.
Menu - a borrowed word from French
chav and spit are slang.
'you' is a very old Anglo-Saxon/ Old English word.
-NO English words end in 'j'. The sound is made by -dge or -ge: bridge; badge; hedge; marriage; bandage; age. But we have some foreign words like haj, raj etc.

#SpellBeeSaturday! #BestEnglishClasses #Academia

FICTION FRIDAY!
Book Review!

Book: The Color Purple
Author: Alice Walker
Published:1982

The Color Purple is a 1982 epistolary novel by American author Alice Walker which won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction. It was later adapted into a film and musical of the same name.

Taking place mostly in rural Georgia, the story focuses on the life of women of color in the southern United States in the 1930s, addressing numerous issues including their exceedingly low position in American social culture. The story shows the journey of Celie from her early years of abuse to the kind of life she always hoped for. The novel has been the frequent target of censors and appears on the American Library Association list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2000-2009 at number seventeen because of the sometimes explicit content, particularly in terms of violence.
The novel really strikes a chord and is bound to get you thinking about the time that has gone by....
#FictionFriday #TheColorPurple #BestEnglishClasses

THOUGHTFUL THURSDAY!
Poem of the Week!

#Inspire #Rise #Academia #BestEnglishClasses #ThoughtfulThursday! #PoemoftheWeek

Poem: Still I Rise
Poet: Maya Angelou
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom? 'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don't you take it awful hard
'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin' in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I'll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?
Out of the huts of history's shame
I rise
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

WOW WEDNESDAY:
Did you Know?? How many of you are aware of the word "aglet"? Thanks to Phineas and Ferb, a lot of us do know that it is the tip at the end of our shoelaces.

Today in this segment of Wow Wednesday, we bring to you a set of names for things you never knew had a name in the first place!

1. Petrichor: the way it smells outside after rain.

2. Purlicue: the space between the thumb and forefingers.

3. Glabella: the space between your eyebrows.

4. Lunule: the white, crescent shaped part of the nail.

5. Lemniscate: the infinity symbol.

6. Dysania: the state of finding it hard to get out of the bed in the morning.

7. Griffonage: unreadable handwriting.

8. Vocable: the na na nas and la la las in song lyrics that don't have any meaning.

9. Tittle: the dot over an "i" or a "j". 10. Obelus: the division sign (÷). #WowWednesday! #BestEnglishClasses! #Didyouknow?

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