Wednesday, December 31st, 2008



The English Teacher wishes you a prosperous 2009! As tradition wants it, something new. I am glad to announce my makeover, after weeks of switching and swapping templates, here we finally have the end result.

A special thanks to Kay for making all this happen and for putting up with me LOL to all my readers old and new…Have a Happy New Year!

NB, you might see the site change overnight it depends on where in the world you live as I will be undergoing a provider change…Anyway watch this space! The English Teacher

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008


This is The Queen’s Christmas speech.

The Queen’s (King’s) Christmas Message is a broadcast by Queen Elizabeth II made to the Commonwealth at Christmas. The tradition began in 1932 with a radio broadcast by King George V on the BBC Empire Service. Today the broadcast is made on television and radio via various providers.

The idea for a Christmas Message from the Sovereign to the Commonwealth was originally mooted in 1932 by the founding father of the BBC, Sir John Reith. The idea of the speech was to inaugurate the then Empire Service, which is now known as the BBC World Service.

The first Royal Christmas Message was issued by George V in 1932. The King was originally hesitant about using the relatively untried medium of radio to issue a Christmas Message. However he was reassured by a visit to the BBC in the summer of 1932, and agreed to try out the idea. So in 1932 on Christmas Day, King George V issued a Christmas Message from Ilmington Manor to the Empire via “wireless“.

Edward VIII abdicated before his first Christmas on the Throne, and therefore never issued a Christmas Message.

George VI continued the Christmas broadcasts. Perhaps his best known was delivered in 1939, in the opening stages of the Second World War, and contained the famous lines starting: “I said to the man who stood at the Gate of the Year”.

The tradition has been continued by the present Queen, Elizabeth II. Her first Christmas Message to the Commonwealth took place from the study at Sandringham House at 15:07 GMT on 25 December 1952 and was broadcast to the nation by BBC radio. She has delivered the traditional Message each Christmas ever since with the exception of 1969, and they have been fully televised since 1957. The message is broadcast in the UK at 3pm (15:00 GMT), and broadcast around the Commonwealth. Until fairly recently, a sound version of the broadcast was made on BBC Radio at 9am (09:00 GMT) on Christmas Day. The radio broadcast is now made at 3pm on Christmas Day. It is a shorter transmission due to the additional footage contained in the television version not being included in the radio transmission. In non-Commonwealth countries the Christmas Message can be heard on BBC radio or television, or can be downloaded at any time after 15:00 GMT on the Royal Family’s website or other websites.

TV production

Between 1957 and 1996 the Christmas Message was produced for television by the BBC. In 1995, Buckingham Palace ended the BBC’s monopoly and announced that production of the Broadcast would, with effect from 1997, be shared between the BBC and its commercial rival ITN. The contract would alternate between the two organisations on a biennial basis, with each producing two consecutive Messages.  ITN produced the Broadcasts of 1997 and 1998, and accordingly the duty has since alternated every two years.

There is evidence that the decision to bring in a rival to the BBC was brought about by the decision of the Corporation to screen an interview with Diana, Princess of Wales on its current affairs programme Panorama Philip Gilbert, Head of Events at the BBC in early 1997, said in a memo to Chief Executive of Broadcast Will Wyatt that, “It is widely perceived that the BBC is in effect being penalised because of the Princess of Wales’ Panorama interview, and thus we do not give up our responsibility for the broadcast.


Wednesday, December 24th, 2008


Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas (Xmas=is an abbreviated term we native speakers use, incase you were wondering) I would like to thank my regular visitors and readers, my students and my colleagues and friends who have put up with me or stood by me, and as we say in the UK anyone else who knows me..Uhm the greeting image is rather provocative, but at the same time it’s classy and fun….Merry Xmas from Aniya (The English Teacher) ;-)

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008


Christmas carols are based on Christian lyrics and relate, in the main, to the Nativity. Christmas carols were introduced in to church services by St Francis of Assisi in the 12th century. As for the word carols, “carol” is a derivative of the French word caroller, the interpretation of which means dancing around in a circle. Carol and carols, eventually came to mean not only to dance but included music and lyrics – hence Christmas Caroling.

The joyous themes for many traditional Christmas carols were banned in England by the staunch Protestant Oliver Cromwell and many of the very old Christmas carols and songs were subsequently lost for all time. Christmas carols were only fully popularised again during the Victorian era when they again expressed joyful and merry themes in their carol lyrics as opposed to the normal, more sombre, Christian lyrics found in hymns. As religious observances in the United States and England were closely linked the popularity of Christmas carols grew in both countries in the 19th century. Many Christmas traditions are relatively recent such as Santa Claus and reindeer and bear no relation to Christmas carols. We have reflected this in the unusual and beautiful Victorian Angel Pictures we have included for your pleasure and enjoyment. Today Christmas songs and carols are also fast becoming a tradition.

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Saturday, December 20th, 2008


Have a free lesson on me. This offer is open to all my readers. A Christmas English lesson. All you have to do is sign up free at Myngle, register, and book your (free needs analysis) lesson with me. See you soon. Aniya

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