B.E.L.L. Tips – International Women’s Day

B.E.L.L. Tips – International Women’s Day

Issue #61

English Tips for:

Business English Language Learners (B.E.L.L.)

International Women’s Day

Each week, I will send out some handy tips and useful exercises for adults learning to navigate and use the English language. Please feel free to share this newsletter with friends and colleagues.

International Women’s Day was first observed around the world on March 8, 1910. It began in America in 1908 as women marched through the streets of New York to demand the end of child labor and sweatshop working conditions. It is a day for women to call to action and let their voices be heard.

International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic, or political.

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Grammar Tip

Prepositions of Place

Watch this video to review some Prepositions of Place:

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Now fill in the blank for each of the sentences below with IN, ON, AT or BY:

  1. We will meet you _______ the cafe _____ the morning.

2. I want to spend a year ______ Barcelona.

3. The milk isn’t ______ the fridge. Where is it?

4. Is Peter’s office _____ the first or the second floor?

5. Why are all these clothes ______ the floor?

6. Please, put the clothes _____ the closet.

7. We are traveling ______ plane to the secret destination.

8. We ride ______ a car, but _____ the train.

Reading Tip

Did You Know?

The fact that Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th is strongly linked to the women’s movements during the Russian Revolution (1917).

New Zealand was the first self-governing nation to allow women to vote.

In the first known campaign of its kind, the Egyptian Society of Physicians went against tradition by declaring the negative effects of female genital mutilation. This was in 1920.

Read more about International Women’s Day here: https://www.un.org/en/observances/womens-day/background


Below are quotes from strong women to inspire you while helping you expand your vocabulary:

“Develop enough courage so that you can stand up for yourself and then stand up for somebody else.” — Maya Angelou

“I’d rather regret the risks that didn’t work out than the chances I didn’t take at all.” — Simone Biles

“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” — Rosalynn Carter

“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” — Angela Davis

“Joy is strength.” — Mother Teresa

“Love is not a weak, spineless emotion; it is a powerful moral force on the side of justice.” — Bernice King

“Courage doesn’t always roar, sometimes it’s the quiet voice at the end of the day whispering I will try again tomorrow.” — Mary Anne Radmacher

Weekly Challenge

They’re baaaack! Let’s challenge ourselves to tackle conditionals again with this week’s exercise.

Fill in the blanks in the email below to create mixed conditional sentences.

To: [email protected]

Hi Daisy

Did you watch Comic Relief on TV last night? I might 1……………………… missed it if my mum 2……………………… such a huge fan – if she 3……………………… reminded me it was on, I’d be really annoyed! Of course, it 4……………………… have been so funny if the people taking part weren’t really famous. And the amount of money they’ve raised wouldn’t 5……………………… so much if the public hadn’t joined in as well. Anyway, it was great fun and I watched it to the end – but I wouldn’t be so tired today if I 6……………………… gone to bed at my usual time!

See you soon, Artur

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