RBS ELC recommends:

Level Title and author
BE Intermediate The Lake Shore Limited by Sue Miller
High-Beginners Skyjack by Tim Vicary

Enjoy reading!



European Day of Languages

 This year the beginning of the ELC Fall semester coincides with the 10th European Day of Languages – a date proposed by the Council of Europe to celebrate linguistic diversity and plurilingualism.

Greetings to all! We believe we help our students  communicate better  with people from all over the globe and communication starts with ‘hello’. Listen to this most important word in different languages!


Does your website ‘speak’ correct English?

As more and more businesses go online, it seems good writing skills are becoming the center of attention for the UK employers.  According to, ‘… poor spelling is costing the UK millions of pounds in lost revenue for internet businesses. … Sales figures suggest misspellings put off consumers who could have concerns about a website's credibility.’
Do Latvian businesses pay attention to the English language of their sites and staff?

See the full article here.


Crazy English (An Excerpt from the Introduction)

by Richard Lederer


English is a crazy language.

  • There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger;
  • Neither apple nor pine in pineapple.
  • English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France.
  • Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat.

We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that:

  • quicksand can work slowly,
  • boxing rings are square and
  • a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that:

  • Writers write, but fingers don't fing?
  • Grocers don't groce, and hammers don't ham?
  • If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth beeth?
  • One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese?
  • One index, 2 indices?

Doesn't it seem crazy:

  • That you can make amends but not one amend?
  • That you comb through annals of history but not a single annal?
  • f you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?
  • If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught?
  • If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?

Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people:

  • Recite at a play and play at a recital?
  • Ship by truck and send cargo by ship?
  • Have noses that run and feet that smell?
  • How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same,
  • while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?
  • How can overlook and oversee be opposites,
  • while quite a lot and quite a few are alike?
  • How can the weather be hot as hell one day and cold as hell another?

Have you noticed that we talk about certain things only when they are absent?

  • Have you ever seen a horsefull carriage or a strapfull gown?
  • Met a sung hero or experienced requited love?
  • Have you ever run into someone who was combobulated, gruntled, ruly or peccable?
  • And where are all those people who are spring chickens or who would actually hurt a fly?
  • You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down,
  • in which you fill in a form by filling it out
  • and in which an alarm goes off by going on.

English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race (which, of course, isn't a race at all).

  • That's why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.
  • And why, when I wind up my watch, I start it, but when I wind up this essay, I end it!