PHP 7 - A Conversation with the Britlish A.I.

English in Use | Conversations | Idioms | Writing | Speaking

English in Use

The Activities categorised as English in Use look at the way we use English in everyday life. The Activities cover the actual use of English and examine grammar, punctuation, and functionality of the language. For any student studying English as a second language or English as a foreign language, English in Use Activities are particularly useful for improving speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills. These Activities will help you to develop your confidence in using different types of text such as fiction, newspapers and magazines, as well as learning to speak and write about things such as the weather and travel, as well as preparing you for typical situations such as ordering in a restaurant or buying a train ticket.

Conversations

Conversation or dialogue simulations use the latest technology to bring you as close an experience as you can get to an actual English conversation. By imitating real world conversations, you can practice your communication skills on any device and receive instant feedback on your mistakes and your accuracy. The conversation simulators also give you the chance to look at specific areas of English where you might be having problems.

Idioms

I am determined to make idioms as accessible for all students as any other part of the English language. Reading and memorising lists of vocabulary is not the most productive, interesting, or useful exercise in English language learning. I created these Activities to encourage you to not only learn and remember many English idioms, but also to have fun with them, as having fun is a great aid to learning and remembering. It is important that you know as many idioms as possible as native English speakers use them with alarming regularity. I hope that as you work your way through the Idiom Activities you will make some of the idioms your own and use them regularly like a native.

Writing

One of the four core skills of language is writing. The other three are reading, listening, and speaking. Because, like speaking, writing is a productive skill, it is not quite so easy to teach remotely as it is to teach in person. Nevertheless, I have attempted, in these Activities, to provide you with a means to practice some writing and provide some feedback through the interactive components.

Speaking

It's not easy to teaching speaking skills remotely through a website, however good the site is. To really practice your speaking skills, you need someone to speak to who can correct your mistakes as you go. The Activities here will go some way to helping you to improve your speaking skills by helping you to mirror the speech you hear in the lesson. In this way, you can notice how your speech differs from that in the Activities and, by recording your own speech, you can adjust your pronunciation to more accurately match that in the Activities.

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This Vocabulary Activation Pack will help you to learn, remember, and use the following vocabulary items: a wealth of information, around, at your fingertips, bite off more than you can chew, blow your own trumpet, brush up on, chuffed to bits, coding, get a buzz out of, get your head around, get your teeth into, lean, make headway, mind you, no spring chicken, put off, reach the end of life, rebuild, rewrite, rusty, self-taught, sixty is the new forty, something of an understatement, spot on, streets ahead of, strive to, take the bull by the horns, teach an old dog new tricks, to say the least, and worn out. PHP 7 - A Conversation with the Britlish A.I.

PHP is a general purpose programming language designed for web development. It was created in 1 994 by Rasmus Lerdorf, to help him build his personal website. Rasmus called version 1, Personal Home Page Tools or PHP Tools. It is free software and powers nearly 80% of all websites. Versions 1 to 5 were released between 1995 and 2014 and support for version 5 ended at the end of 2018. Version 6 was never released, and version 7 arrived at the end of 2015. With support for version 5.6 ending at the end of 201 8, webhosting services are switching all servers over to version 7 as it is faster and more secure. Unfortunately, some of the functions in 5.6 do not work in version 7. Any webpages that are coded in v5.6 will stop working on version 7. As I coded the student pages at Britlish.com in PHP 5, I could not upgrade the server to PHP 7 until I had converted all the code to match the new version. Such conversion is a huge task in terms of time and money, so 93% of sites running PHP (80% of the Internet) have not switched from PHP 5 to PHP 7 as of the start of 2020. Thankfully, Britlish.com is now running on the latest version of PHP and is faster and more secure than ever. Hi Britlish. | Hi Richard. How are you today? | I'm fine, thank you, Britlish. I'm worn out from rebuilding the entire Britlish website. I had to rewrite all the code for PHP 7 and had to brush up on my coding skills. I was a little rusty, to say the least. | Why did you have to rewrite the code, Richard? | I created the original site in PHP 5, around ten years ago, but PHP 5 is coming to the end of its life now. It was such a big job that I'd been putting it off for months until two weeks ago when I took the bull by the horns and decided to make the change. | Where did you learn to write the code, Richard? | I'm self-taught, Britlish. I couldn't afford to pay someone to do it for me, so I had to do it myself. And to do it myself, I had to teach myself how to write the necessary code. | That must have been quite difficult, Richard. | That's something of an understatement, Britlish. After all, I'm an English teacher not a programmer. Mind you, I got quite a buzz out of doing it. Thankfully there's a wealth of information available at your fingertips on the Internet. | You must have been very happy when you finished. | Yes, I was chuffed to bits. When I started, I thought I'd bitten off more than I could chew, but as I got my teeth into it, I quickly made headway. | I'm looking at the code now, Richard, and I have to say that it's spot on. | I don't want to blow my own trumpet, but I have to say that the new site is much leaner and faster than the old one. | Very impressive! I think it's quite an achievement, Richard. When I compare the old code with the new, I can see that it's streets ahead. | Well, the fact that I was able to get my head around it certainly shows that you can teach an old dog new tricks. | You're not exactly old, Richard. | And I'm no spring chicken, either, Britlish. | They do say that sixty is the new forty, Richard. | I'll let you know in eighteen months, Britlish. Not that I think age matters that much. What's important is that you're willing to learn new things and are not afraid to face new challenges in life. | That's a very inspiring philosophy, Richard, and one that more people should strive to live by. | I've always felt that a day in which you don't learn something new is a day wasted, Britlish. | There are a lot of new expressions in this video for your students to learn, Richard. | I know, Britlish. That's why I've made an English Activation Pack to teach all the vocabulary and expressions in this video to my students at Britlish.com. | I'm sure they will find it very useful, Richard. | I'm sure they will, too, Britlish. See you again soon. | See you, Richard. 

 

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