Owen Connors talks about the 19th-century poem that created the modern image of Santa Claus.
get out of control (außer Kontrolle geraten)
Three sections from the December magazine for our Premium users: our "big events quiz"; a debate over 21st-century gentlemen; and buying presents in our Everyday English section.
In December: paraphrasing sentences, reconstructing texts, learning words by listening.
This month on Spotlight Audio: Starting a conversation, buying presents, gentlemanly behaviour, positive communication and more.
Green Light is our new booklet in easy English to help you refresh the basics. It's free inside every issue of Spotlight magazine. In December: Christmas objects, new musicals, orders that haven't arrived.
"Where will Christmas lights appear next?": Colin Beaven shares his thoughts on a tradition he feels is out of control. Premium users and magazine subscribers can listen to the text for free.
Starting a conversation
Volunteering in India
QUIZ: Events of 2013
When you shop online, you don't always get what you think you ordered, writes Dagmar Taylor.
Christmas Eve, Holy Day or Nativity?
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