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Ukraine: The First Time Around

Ukraine: The First Time Around

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! Ukraine gained independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and has since veered between seeking closer integration with Western Europe and being drawn into the orbit of Russia, which sees its interests as threatened by a Western-leaning Ukraine. Europe’s second …
Soviet Union’s Dissolution

Soviet Union’s Dissolution

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! The Soviet Union went bankrupt. By 1991, it could no longer maintain the normal functioning of its civil economy  and run its enormous military-industrial complex at the same time. The Kremlin had to choose, for the first time since WWII. Lenin and Stalin would …
The Great Purge

The Great Purge

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! The great purge or also known as the Great Terror was a movement and a campaign of political repression in the Soviet Union which happened in the year 1936 and it lasted until 1938. It implied a massive purge of the Communist Party …
Chechen Wars

Chechen Wars

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! In 1991, Chechnya declared independence and was named the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria. According to some sources, from 1991 to 1994, tens of thousands of people of non-Chechen ethnicity (mostly Russians, Ukrainians and Armenians) left the republic amidst reports of violence and discrimination against …
The Winter War

The Winter War

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! On November 30, 1939, the Soviet Union’s Red Army invaded the young nation-state of Finland, in the full expectation of routing the small, ill-equipped Finnish army and annexing the former Russian territory by the end of the year. But Finland held out for …
1980 Olympics and the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan

1980 Olympics and the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! The 1980 Summer Olympics boycott was one part of a number of actions initiated by the United States to protest the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The Soviet Union, which hosted the 1980 Summer Olympics, and other countries would later boycott the 1984 Summer …
Stalin’s Death

Stalin’s Death

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! On 1 March 1953, Stalin’s staff found him semi-conscious on the bedroom floor of his Volynskoe dacha. He had suffered a cerebral hemorrhage. He was moved onto a couch and remained there for three days. He was hand-fed using a spoon, given various medicines and injections, and leeches were …
The October Manifesto

The October Manifesto

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! What was the October Manifesto that Tsar Nicholas II signed 112 years ago? The October Manifesto represents the end of the 1905 revolution and a big change in the Russian politic system with the implementation of a parliamentary monarchy. The first workers strike …
Creation of the USSR

Creation of the USSR

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! The Soviet Union The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, or the Soviet Union, has played a monumental part in 20th-century world history. Since its creation in 1922, the Soviet Union has been at the center of world affairs. The world’s first communist state, the Soviet …
Catherine II, the Great, becomes Empress

Catherine II, the Great, becomes Empress

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! The daughter of a poor German princeling, Catherine had come to Russia at age 15 to be the bride of the heir presumptive, Peter. She matured in an atmosphere of intrigue and struggle for power. She developed her mind by reading contemporary literature, …
Ivan the Terrible becomes Tsar

Ivan the Terrible becomes Tsar

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! Ivan IV Vasilyevich He was the Grand Prince of Moscow from 1533 to 1547, then Tsar of All Rus’ until his death in 1584. The last title was used by all his successors. During his reign, Russia conquered the Khanates of Kazan, Astrakhan …
Romanovs

Romanovs

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! The Romanov Dynasty, also known as “The House of Romanov”, was the second imperial dynasty (after the Rurik dynasty) to rule Russia. The Romanov family reigned from 1613 until the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II on March 15, 1917, as a result of the …
Korean Languages

Korean Languages

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! It  is  not  surprising   that  the  Korean  Language  is  spoken in  both  North  and  South  Korea.  But  there  are  some  differences  between   the  written  and  spoken word  in  these  areas,  despite  the  fact  that  both   varieties   are  usually  simply  called  “Korean”. The  first  …
Indonesia Health

Indonesia Health

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! The quality of public healthcare in Indonesia is not up to the standard that many Western expats may be used to. Although private medical care in Indonesia is expensive, it is the option best suited to the needs of expats and where they …
Philippines Ethnic Groups

Philippines Ethnic Groups

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! The Philippines is an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia and it consists of about 7641 islands divided in three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. It has a population of over 100 million people, who inhabit more than …
Education in Malaysia

Education in Malaysia

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! Education in this country is very important and not as easy to get as in other countries. Having primary and secondary grades compulsory, they need to cover this in order to have their basic levels of education. If they want to get a …
Vietnam Writing

Vietnam Writing

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! Unlike other Asian languages such as Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or Thai, the Vietnamese written language is based on the Roman alphabet. They basically use the same alphabet as English, but they have one extra consonant and 4 fewer consonants. They also have 3 …
Far East Religions

Far East Religions

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! We describe as Far East Religions to those which were created by Eastern Asia cultures, the majority of them follow the “tao” doctrine (which means “path”). Almost all the Far east religions are Polytheist or Non-theist, and to be considered as a mayor …
Chinese Language

Chinese Language

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! Chinese culture has fascinated historians for centuries because of their rich culture and importance in the course of the development of humanity. China is a country that has a lot of curiosities; as being the first country to use bills as a monetary …
Thailand Health

Thailand Health

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! Thailand : Health care for all, at a price. Providing all of Thailand’s population with subsidised health care required radical changes in the health system. Thailand took a “big bang” approach to introducing universal access to subsidised health care. In 2001, after years …
Cambodia Ethnic Groups

Cambodia Ethnic Groups

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! Cambodia is an Asian country located in the Southeast Asian Peninsula; it has a population of more than 15 million people, with such a wide ethnic diversity. About 90% of the population belongs to the Khmer, and the rest belong to different minority …
Education in Singapore

Education in Singapore

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! Education is a very important topic given the fact that it is rated as one of the best in the world and can be compared to Finland and Japan’s system. Kids from these countries are given a head start in order to develop …
Japanese Writing

Japanese Writing

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! Modern Japanese is written in a mixture of three basic scripts: Kanji — which are Chinese ideographic symbols — as well as Hiragana and Katakana — two phonetic alphabets (syllables). There are a few thousand Kanji characters, while Hiragana and Katakana have 46 each. Kanji is mainly used for …
This is Rock: EMI Records

This is Rock: EMI Records

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! EMI has always been at the forefront of music around the world, bringing artists as eclectic and influential as The Beatles, Queen, Pink Floyd, Robbie Williams, The Beach Boys and Maria Callas to international prominence. EMI was acquired by UMG in 2012. UMG, …
Companies That Rock: Petrobras

Companies That Rock: Petrobras

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! It is a semi-public Brazilian multinational corporation in the petroleum industry headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The company’s name translates to Brazilian Petroleum Corporation — Petrobras. Petrobras controls significant oil and energy assets in 16 countries in Africa, North America, South America, …
Companies that Rock: Warner Music

Companies that Rock: Warner Music

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! Warner Music Group (abbreviated as WMG, commonly referred to as Warner Music or WEA International) is an American multinational entertainment and record label conglomerate headquartered in New York City. It is one of the “big three” recording companies and the third largest in the global music industry, next to Universal Music …
Companies that Rock: AT&T

Companies that Rock: AT&T

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! This company really rocks! Its mission is to connect people with their world everywhere they live work and play and do it better than everyone else. They can do that because they have a really powerful network, which carries more than 185 petabytes …
Companies that Rock: Sony BGM

Companies that Rock: Sony BGM

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! BMG hit songwriter Bruno Mars led the field at the 60th annual Grammy Awards, held in New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden on Sunday evening, sweeping the three major categories winning the coveted Album of the Year for 24K Magic, as well as …
Companies That Rock: Apple

Companies That Rock: Apple

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! When people talk about the company as a creative force, they tend to assess its newest devices and judge how strikingly they improve on their predecessors. But creativity is more than skin deep—and Apple’s approach to the hardware and software engineering that creates …
Companies that Rock: Universal Music

Companies that Rock: Universal Music

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! Universal Music Group, also known in the United States as Recordings, Inc. and abbreviated as UMG. This is an American global music corporation, that is a subsidiary of the French media Vivendi. UMG’s global corporate is located in Santa Monica, California. It is considered as one of the …
Companies that Rock: Google Inc.

Companies that Rock: Google Inc.

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! Google Inc. or Alphabet? What is Alphabet? Alphabet is mostly a collection of companies. The largest of which, of course, is Google. The CEO and President of Alphabet decided to use that name because for them it means a collection of letters that represent language, …
Writing Political Review: Professional Tips

Writing Political Review: Professional Tips

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! Welcome to this activity created by Learning Advisor Ms. Ekaterina Polianichko from Polanco Branch. Please follow the instructions below and take note of all the pink words, you will need them for the special activity session. Read the article carefully. Answer the activities. Leave …
Baking Cookies for Christmas

Baking Cookies for Christmas

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! It’s tradition of this time of the year to bake Christmas cookies for all your friends and family. However, do you know the origin of this sweet custom? If you have been reading your blog, you might have an idea already. The changing …
Building a Snowman

Building a Snowman

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! “Knock, knock, do you want to build a snowman? Come on let’s go and play…” The snowman has been a part of Christmas culture for many years. Even if we’re not from a region where it snows, we’ve seen this figure in many …
Traditions: Kissing Under the Mistletoe

Traditions: Kissing Under the Mistletoe

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! Nothing would get you warmer than a sweet kiss at Christmas and it makes it even more especial if you’re under the mistletoe. But, where does this tradition comes from? Let’s find it out. The legend of the mistletoe and the kiss go …
Most Common Phobias

Most Common Phobias

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! We’re all afraid of something and some people can cope with their fears better than others. But we always have a weak spot that makes us cringe or even panic. A phobia, as we talked about in the last post, could be originated …
What is a phobia?

What is a phobia?

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! First we have to define what exactly a phobia is, you might have heard about this affliction many times before, but do you really know what it is and which are its symptoms? In this article we’ll talk about its definition, its main …
Natural Reserves: Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary

Natural Reserves: Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary

Learnex, English Forever ¡Aprende Inglés para Siempre! The Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary or the Monarch Biosphere Reserve is located northwest of Mexico City, between the State of Mexico and Michoacan.  Each year, millions of monarch butterflies fly from different areas of Canada and the U.S. to reach a warmer weather in …
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