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English vobaulary what is a cobweb and is it the same as a spiders web?

English vobaulary what is a cobweb and is it the same as a spiders web?

English vocabulary what is a cobweb and is it the same as a spiders web?

Spanish Translation coming soon.

Are you afraid of spiders?

Have you every screamed or jumped in fright when you saw a spider, large or small?


In this post we are not going help you with your arachnophobia, but we will explain the difference between a cobweb and a spider’s web.

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The other day a colleague of mine was teaching a group of children, and they were learning the children’s nursery rhyme lady-bird, lady-bird.
The rhyme sounds like this:

Lady-bird, Lady-bird, fly away home
the fairy bells tinkle afar
make haste or they’ll catch you and harness you fast
with a cobweb to Oberon’s star

I am sure there are many words in that nursery rhyme that you do not understand, however in this post I only want to focus on the word cobweb.

English vocabulary what is a cobweb and is it the same as a spiders web? Lady Bird Bug

What is a cobweb?

In middle English the word for spider was “coppe”, which was pronounced “cob”.
It follows that the web was called cobweb.
As English developed, the word coppe disappeared and eventually became spider but the word cobweb remained, and people used both spider web and cobweb.



Is there a difference between cobweb and spiders web?

Officially no, a cobweb and a spider’s web are the same thing.
However most British English speakers can use the words cobweb and spiders web two describe two different types of web.
In British English a cobweb is most likely to be web that is inside a house, and a spiders web is most likely to be a web that is outside a house.

So there you have it, a cobweb and spiders web are the same thing.
A cob is an old English word spider that we don’t use it anymore.

English vocabulary what is a cobweb and is it the same as a spiders web? Webbie

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Why try a free online English lesson with Do-English?

A good question.
We like to think we are the worlds friendliest online language school, with real teachers (native speakers) real classrooms and clearly defined learning goals.
We have been teaching online for over 10 years and we know the best way to deliver lessons, that is why our classes are small, no more than 10 students, with an average of 8, we have chosen the right books and our teachers are all trained to the highest standard.
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Text – Feargal Coffey feargal@do-english.es
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English wars: School, Primary School, High School, College, University

English wars: School, Primary School, High School, College, University

English wars: School, Primary School, High School, College, University

Spanish Translation coming soon.

Do you go to school or university?
Did you go to school or university?
What about college?

In this lesson, I will explain what words are used in different English speaking countries to describe the place where you are educated.

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Just the other day in one of our online classrooms I was teaching student in Slovakia.
She likes to watch movies and tv shows in English on Netflix, and she told me that she had spent some time watching British and American teen movies and was totally confused with the words used to describe schools and universities.

Before I continue let me explain that a teen movie or tv show is a movie or tv show that is made for teenagers.
Back to the main lesson, my client asked me to explain the difference between school, primary school, secondary school, high school, college and university, all words she heard watching Netflix.



What school did you go to?

School, Primary School, High School, College, University, Teacher
It is an interesting question because the answer depends on what English speaking country we are talking about, as different words are used to describe the same place depending on the country.

What is school called in The United Kingdom?

  • Between the age of 6 and 11 all children go to primary school.
  • Between the age of 11 and 16 all teenagers go to secondary school.
  • Between the age of 16 and 18 all teenagers go to college.
  • After college all students go to university.

When teenagers leave secondary school, their final exams are called “O” levels.
When teenagers leave college, their final exams are called “A” levels.
When students leave university, their final exams are called degrees.

What is school called in The Republic of Ireland?

  • Between the age of 6 and 11 all children go to primary school.</li/>
  • Between the age of 11 and 17 all teenagers go to secondary school.
  • After secondary school all students go to university.

However, in Ireland people sometimes use the word college instead of university.

Speaker 1: “My brother is in university in Dublin.”
Speaker 2: “Really, my sister is in college in Cork.”

In this exchange both speakers mean university.
When teenagers leave secondary school, their final exams are called “leaving certificate”.
When students leave university, their final exams are called degrees.

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What is school called in The United States?

School, Primary School, High School, College, University Student

  • Between the age of 6 and 11 all children go to school.
  • Between the age of 11 and 17 all teenagers go to high school.
  • After high school all students go to college.

In America, they use the word college to describe third level education, but they also use the word university to describe the best colleges in the country, such as Yale and Harvard.

When teenagers leave high school, their final exams are called diplomas.
When students leave college, their final exams are called degrees.

Is that it?

School, Primary School, High School, College, University Graduation

There you have it, school and primary school are the same thing, secondary school, high school and college are the same thing, and university and college are also the same thing, depending on which country you are in.

Thank you for spending your time improving your English with us, check back soon for more.

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Why try a free online English lesson with Do-English?

A good question.

We like to think we are the worlds friendliest online language school, with real teachers (native speakers) real classrooms and clearly defined learning goals.

We have been teaching online for over 10 years and we know the best way to deliver lessons, that is why our classes are small, no more than 10 students, with an average of 8, we have chosen the right books and our teachers are all trained to the highest standard.

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Text – Feargal Coffey feargal@do-english.es
Translation – Juan Ramon juan@do-english.es
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English Vocabulary Lesson – Hatter

English Vocabulary Lesson – Hatter

English Vocabulary Lesson, what is the meaing of the word Hatter?

Spanish Translation coming soon.

Have you ever read the book or watched the movie, Alice in Wonderland?

If you saw the movie, you will remember the character of the Mad Hatter was played by Johnny Depp.
In this blog post I am going to tell you what job a hatter does, why they only work for men and I will tell you why the mad hatter is not the mad hatter.

Reading in class

In one of my online classes we are reading Lewis Carrol’s book Alice in Wonderland, which is a story of a bored girl who eats a mushroom and falls down a rabbit hole in her garden where she meets many different characters, including a rabbit, a cat, a hare and hatter.
As we read through the book one of my jobs is to explain new words, and one of the words I recently explained was hatter.



What is a hatter?

Hatter is a very skilful profession, and if you look at the word hatter again, you can probably guess what profession it is.
A hatter is a person who makes hats by hand.

English Vocabulary Lesson, what is the meaing of the word Hatter?
A hatter from James Lock & Co made this hat. www.lockhatters.co.uk

If you buy a hat from a hatter then you will have to pay a lot of money, because each hat is made to order, or bespoke.
Be careful, because a hatter ONLY makes hats for men.

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Who makes hats for women?

If a hatter makes hats for men, the obvious question is, who makes hats for women?
A woman’s hat maker is called a milliner.

English Vocabulary Lesson, what is the meaing of the word Hatter?
Milliner, Philip Treacy made this hat. www.philiptreacy.co.uk

Of course, men and women can be hatters or milliners or both, but the job of making men’s hats is done by a hatter, and the job of making women’s hats is done by a milliner.

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One last question, was the hatter in Alice in Wonderland mad?

If you grew up in an English-speaking country, and read Alice in Wonderland you would know everyone called the character, the mad hatter.
I suppose this is because the actions of the character in the book seem to be a little, unusual.
But if you read the book you might be surprised to see that nowhere in the book is the character called the mad hatter, he called the hatter.
He might be described by other charters as mad, but he is never called the mad hatter!

However the book Alice in Wonderland was written in the 1800s and back then the chemical mercury used to make hats.
The mercury affected the nervous systems of hatters, causing them to tremble and appear insane.
In fact mercury poisoning is still known today as ‘Mad Hatter’s disease’.

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Why try a free online English lesson with Do-English?

A good question.
We like to think we are the worlds friendliest online language school, with real teachers (native speakers) real classrooms and clearly defined learning goals.
We have been teaching online for over 10 years and we know the best way to deliver lessons, that is why our classes are small, no more than 10 students, with an average of 8, we have chosen the right books and our teachers are all trained to the highest standard.
Two final reasons to try us are your trial lesson is free and your lesson will be with a teacher not a sales person!
Click here to book a lesson now.

Text – Feargal Coffey feargal@do-english.es
Translation – Juan Ramon juan@do-english.es
(c) Do-English & Smart Langauge Solutions 2017
Images – Pixbay
Music in audio and video by www.bensound.com

Photo of Jonny Depp as the Mad Hatter (c) Dinsey Pictures
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Photo of Lock & Co (c) Getty Images

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