The Thinking Person’s non-football quiz about Russia.

The Thinking Person’s non-football quiz about Russia.

The Thinking Person’s non-football quiz about Russia.

So, after one week of watching the Football World Cup and the endless attempts by journalists to make interesting reports and write entertaining articles about Russia, what have you learnt about this country ?

Forget the football are you a champion at general knowledge ? Test yourself with this Thinking Person’s non-football quiz.

Don’t worry about the offside rule concentrate your energy on improving your ability to make an educated guess !

Has all the buzz about Russia inspired you to put the country on your Holiday Bucket List? Take a look at some of these Bucket List suggestions, what do you think ? Tempted ? 

1. Party like a Russian in Moscow

This is truly a city that never sleeps, hosting some of the wildest parties and most lavish theatre performances. In a country where buying a ticket to the ballet or opera means planning months before the performance, make sure not to miss the hype and experience the legend of the Bolshoi Theatre. Later, you can  continue the night on to the streets in the centre, where you’ll find some of the most classy nightclubs.

2. Buy amber in Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad is the most western city in Russia and possibly also one the most European-looking ones. Due to its unique location on the shore of Baltic sea, it is known as the amber capital of the country, as most of these semi-precious stones come from that city. So once you are done with your fan duties and you can get some memories shaped in amber stone to take home with you.

3. Experience White Nights magic in St Petersburg

Every June, The Venice of North, as St Petersburg is sometimes called, holds a huge festival to celebrate ‘white nights’ – the whole month without a proper night. Due to the northern location of the city, in June, the day almost never ends, and the nights look more like an overcast day. The whole city is out partying and enjoying rooftop terraces and some fine dining, and the culmination of the month is the beautiful Scarlet Sails festival – a spectacular music, light and theatrical performance right on Neva river.

4. Visit ‘The Motherland Calls’ in Volgograd

As one of the most important cities in the south of Russia, Voldograd is a popular tourist destination. The city’s fame is linked with the biggest memorial complex in Russia: The Motherland Calls. Dedicated to the Stalingrad battle of the Second World War, this statue is one of the tallest in the world and undoubtedly one of the most impressive.

5. Be inspired by space in Samara

If you’re fascinated by the history of space exploration, and Russia’s role in the space race, head to the Museum of Space History in Samara. Filled with information about Russian space expeditions and development, rockets and other spectacular equipment, this museum is a great getaway for several hours between the World Cup matches.

6. Taste Caucasian cuisine in Sochi

Sochi is a multicultural city offering plenty of different cuisines and dishes, although Caucasian cuisine is the most beloved by locals as well as tourists. The rich taste and original recipes make the dishes totally irresistible, and walking around the city, you’ll catch the scent of spices and grilled meat, along with the distinctive flavour of fresh lavash bread. Spend time with friends at Sochi’s Caucasian restaurants and enjoy great food.

The Intelligent Person’s Russian Non football Quiz

Forget the football, are you a champion at general knowledge ?


Of course if you want to learn some football vocabulary, click on this link and if you want to try some more of our Thinking Brainy Quizzes, click here.


Eleven More English Proverbs

Eleven More English Proverbs

Eleven More English Proverbs

Eleven More English Proverbs to figure out from just an image.

Can you work out the Eleven More English Proverbs from just one image?

Proverbs are popularly defined as short expressions of popular wisdom, or as it is sometimes called ‘Urban legends’..

Efforts to improve on the popular definition have not led to a more precise definition.

The wisdom is in the form of a general observation about the world or a bit of advice, sometimes more nearly an attitude toward a situation.

A proverb (from Latin: proverbium) is a simple and concrete saying, popularly known and repeated, that expresses a truth based on common sense or experience.

They are often metaphorical and they fall into the category of formulaic language and form a folklore genre.

Proverbs are often borrowed from similar languages and cultures, and sometimes come down to the present through more than one language.

Both the Bible (including, but not limited to the Book of Proverbs) and medieval Latin (aided by the work of Erasmus) have played a considerable role in distributing proverbs across Europe.

Mieder has concluded that cultures that treat the Bible as their “major spiritual book contain between three hundred and five hundred proverbs that stem from the Bible”.

Eleven More English Proverbs

Can you find these popular English proverbs from just an image?

The image tells the story of the wise words contained in the proverbs, see if you can work them out.

See more proverbs from images here

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The Curious Off Side Football World Cup Quiz

The Curious Off Side Football World Cup Quiz

The Curious Off Side Football World Cup Quiz

The Curious Off Side Football World Cup Quiz – Learn English with the Football World Cup 2018

Learn English with the Football World Cup 2018. The 21st World Cup in Russia is starting on 14th June 2018.

Are you a fan of football ? If you are, you are in for a real football festival, if not, you are in for 4 very tedious weeks !

Whatever your view, it is a world event with billions of viewers for every match.

Some basic facts:

  • 32 national teams which are put into 8 groups of 4 teams.
  • The 2 top teams of each group will go through to the knockout rounds (quarter finals, semi finals and the final).
  •  The final will take place on 15 July in Moscow with an estimated TV audience of over 3 billion.
  • Each team is allowed a final squad of 23 players (three of whom must be goalkeepers). However, players in the final squad may be replaced due to serious injury up to 24 hours prior to kickoff of the team’s first match, where the replacement players do not need to be in the preliminary squad.
  • Russia is a big country and the stadiums are thousands of miles apart, so where will the matches be played? Take a look at the map.

The Curious Off Side Football World Cup Quiz

  • One of the favorites to win is  Brazil, and indeed Brazil and Italy have won 9 World Cup titles between them and Brazil. has won 47% of the 19 tournaments held.
  • to get a full list of fixtures check out the FIFA website

But of course here at EFL PODBLOG we love the off-the-wall facts and this quiz includes the crazy, unusual aspects of such a world event. So you definitely don’t need to be a football expert to get tops marks in this quiz, just use your imagination and common sense !

So are you ready for kick off ? Get your boots on and let’s get started……

You’ll certainly expand your vocabulary and learn some strange facts along the way. 

You’ll find that these questions are great for a pub quiz evening too !

The Curious Off Side Football World Cup Quiz

The Curious Offside Football World Cup Quiz

Try this quiz with a friend, there will be plenty to discuss !


In keeping with the sporting theme, you can test your knowledge of sporting expressions with this quiz.




Learn English wedding vocabulary by becoming a Royal Wedding Expert; The Everything You Should Know Quiz.

Learn English wedding vocabulary by becoming a Royal Wedding Expert; The Everything You Should Know Quiz.

Learn English by becoming a Royal Wedding Expert; The Everything You Should Know Quiz.

Learn English by becoming a Royal Wedding Expert; The Everything You Should Know Quiz. On Monday 27 November 2017 The Prince of Wales announced the engagement of his son Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle and since then wedding fever has gripped the UK, the USA and many other countries in the world. Now with only days to go before the big event the buzz is getting bigger day by day.

The wedding will take place in Windsor, a small town west of London and in the past week the place has been totally transformed with international television crews setting up their stands and tourists from all over the world checking into local hotels to be in position to soak up the atmosphere when Harry and Megan “tie the knot”.

However, against the backcloth of Royal tradition this wedding is breaking all the rules; Megan is an American actress, a divorcée  and a child of a mixed race marriage. This has been seen as a breath of fresh air to the traditional, stuffy customs and etiquette of the older Royals. However, this air of modernity also comes with fodder for the paparazzi as Megan’s half siblings have been selling their story to the press and Megan’s father feeling the terrible stress of press scrutiny, so much so that he is in ill health and can not attend the wedding. 

On the day millions of television spectators all over the world will be waiting to see Megan’s dress and who will walk her down the aisle.

We just hope that the British weather will be kind to them.

Try this quiz to build your knowledge of general wedding vocabulary so that you too can speak about weddings in your life.

Learn English by being a Royal Wedding expert. The Everything You Should Know Quiz.

Try this quiz to test your general wedding vocabulary plus your knowledge of the intricacies of royal wedding traditions, etiquette and modern changes. 

If you want to find out more take a look at this 40 minute documentary all about the Royal couple.

If you are a RRF (Real Royal Fan !) try this quiz about Queen Elizabeth II and learn some interesting facts about the UK at the same time. 
Comprehension and language focus quiz for Experiences on stage.

Comprehension and language focus quiz for Experiences on stage.

Before  doing this language quiz listen to the podcast Experiences of being on stage, the real life experiences of 2 stand-up comedians.

Comprehension and Language Quiz for the podcast Experiences of being on stage.

After listening to the podcast try this quiz to test your comprehension and language skills. 

The podcast was recorded in the Comedy Club so you may find the sound challenging, but you'll certainly find the language used helpful, fun and interesting.

Can you find these ten English proverbs from the images?

Can you find these ten English proverbs from the images?

Can you find these ten English proverbs from the images?

Can you find these ten English proverbs from the images? They are quite common proverbs that can be used in everyday speech.

In fact these are not strictly proverbs, but more proverbial phrases, or as some may say, urban wisdom.

A proverbial phrase or a proverbial expression is type of a conventional saying similar to proverbs and transmitted by oral tradition. The difference is that a proverb is a fixed expression, while a proverbial phrase permits alterations to fit the grammar of the context.

In 1768, John Ray defined a proverbial phrase as: 

A proverb [or proverbial phrase] is usually defined, an instructive sentence, or common and pithy saying, in which more is generally designed than expressed, famous for it peculiarity or elegance, and therefore adapted by the learned as well as the vulgar, by which it is distinguished from counterfeits which want such authority

— John Ray, A Compleat Collection of English Proverbs, 1798
Wisdom or sapience is the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight, especially in a mature or utilitarian manner.
There appears to be consensus that wisdom is associated with attributes such as compassion, experiential self-knowledge, non-attachment and virtues such as ethics and benevolence.
Urban wisdom is generally, wisdom that is used by people in commonplace situations and everyday speech – even though a great deal of proverbs and proverbial expressions, actually relate to more rural contexts. Even so, we never call this country or rural wisdom.

See this one too for more proverbs

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10 English proverbs from images

Test your knowledge of English proverbs with this fun quiz. Can you tell what the proverb is about just from the images?