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Learn about the English language, culture, history and traditions with the Bulldogz team of native teachers and special guests!

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Learn about the English language, culture, history and traditions with the Bulldogz team of native teachers and special guests!

    Interesting Etymologies Opposites

    Interesting Etymologies Opposites

    "Hello again word lovers!"  Some interesting examples of curious opposites in English in this penultimate episode of series one of Interesting Etymologies.  

    The associated article on our website is available here  



    Our programs are also available on our Youtube channel here

    • 6 min
    Interesting Etymologies African

    Interesting Etymologies African

    "Hello again Word Lovers!"

    In this episode we examine some words that have come into English from African. This is not as distinct from PIE roots as you mat first think.

    We have many examples of animal and vegetable/fruit names but some words that have made their way into English via the slave trade which have significant influence on music. 

    Associated episodes include Ebonics and The Jazz Age to discover more on some of these words.

    An associated article is available on our website here and all episodes are also available on YouTube

    • 4 min
    Soundbook: Moon-face by Jack London

    Soundbook: Moon-face by Jack London

    A short story by Jack London published in 1902 explores the protagonist and how he is consumed with his irrational hatred of another man, John Claverhouse. His hatred drives him to increasingly horrendous actions to force suffering on the cheerful neighbour. When Claverhouse seems unfazed by the relentless misfortune that is wrought upon him, the narrator makes the decision to kill him.   

    You can learn more about Jack London in the article about him on our website   

     A downloadable PDF of the story, the cover artwork and a brief summary of the story are available here



    Introduction and end music : Another Autumn in Despair by techtheist

    • 14 min
    Dead Air: Strange Christmas Traditions

    Dead Air: Strange Christmas Traditions

    Dead Air - Strange Christmas Traditions

    We return at Christmas time to look at some strange traditions across the world. We discover what the Japanese eat for Christmas dinner, what Ukrainians decorate their Christmas tree with, why Spanish culture seems so obsessed with Christmas scatology and what the original Black Friday was with many more traditions to unpack. 

    There is an accompanying article on the dark culture of Black Friday in the UK on our website here. It has been observed that the British media have rebranded this as Mad Friday this year. 

    Our podcast on the history of Saint Nicholas and his transformation into Father Christmas with details on the Krampus era as well, is available on our playlist. The accompanying article is on our website here.  

    • 24 min
    Interesting Etymologies Scottish

    Interesting Etymologies Scottish

    "Hello again word lovers!"

    As we near the end of the Interesting Etymology series Charly takes a whirlwind tour of Scottish words that have transferred into English

    The associated article is available here.

    This programme is also available on YouTube here.

    • 5 min
    Interesting Etymologies: Flowers

    Interesting Etymologies: Flowers

    "Hello again Word Lovers!"

    In this episode we are going to look at the names of flowers. There are different categories to consider, with words that come to English unchanged, words that have religious meanings or connected to the properties of the plant and the names of those who discovered or classified the plant. 

    The associated article for this episode is available on our website here. 

    This series is also available as a YouTube video here.

    • 6 min

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