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First of all – congratulations! You have started at upper secondary school and are about to embark on the next leg of your journey towards improving and expanding your English. You have already come a long way and acquired skills that many other learners of English would be envious of.

However, there is a saying in English: “You can take a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” In other words, you can’t learn a language without wanting to and without making an effort.

The rewards for making this effort are enormous – much larger and more important than the grade you get at the end of the year.

We hope you will find the book and this supplementary website both enjoyable and rewarding to use.

Good luck in your studies!


August in history


3 August 1963: The Great Train Robbery

The biggest robbery of all time


5 August 1966: A turning point for the Beatles

'Yellow Submarine' and 'Eleanor Rigby' appear on Revolver


29 August 2005: Hurricane Katrina strikes New Orleans

The worst natural disaster in modern US history


Summer bank holiday in the UK

The last Monday in August every year