ECS Scotland wishes you a very happy, peaceful and prosperous 2017
How did you spend your Hogmanay? Were you one of the millions of people around the world who, as the clock finished chiming midnight on New Year’s Eve, took part in singing one of the most popular songs in the English language – Auld Lang Syne. This song, which had its origins in an old Scottish folk song, is closely associated with the world-renowned Scottish poet and songwriter, Robert Burns.
Every year on January 25th Scots at home and abroad celebrate Robert Burns’ birthday. Burns suppers are held, when traditional food is served and speeches are made, paying tribute to his life and works. Often singing and dancing in the form of an energetic ceilidh takes place after the eating of ‘haggis, neeps and tatties’ and a wee dram of whisky.
So why not celebrate Burns’ birthday too by reading one of his many uplifting works. To start with I would recommend the philosophical To a Mouse or the humorous Address to a Haggis. For those more romantically inclined try A Red, Red Rose and for those interested in universal equality Is there for Honest Poverty is well worth a read.
News from the school
The new year has started briskly with clients of varying nationalities including South Korean, French, German, Japanese, Latvian and Italian. They are enthusiastically immersing themselves in Scottish culture and will be getting to know Robert Burns through a unique walking tour and a Burns Night Ceilidh.
Words in the News
‘Blizzard’, ‘sleet’ and ‘wintery showers’ are the words in the news this week. Scotland is experiencing its annual cold and wintery weather, causing some disruption to travel but the hardy Scots are mainly getting on with life as normal.
Keep on studying English and let us have your snippets of news too.