This month we have chosen to talk about the New Town of Edinburgh. The image most people have of Scotland is the romantic Highlander, but the New Town was home to the Scottish Enlightenment, a period of thinking and creativity that resulted in some of the most important philosophical and scientific discoveries of the 18th century. In this video we discuss why and how the New Town was built, what was special about it, and we consider why it’s not associated with the popular image of Scotland.
When was Edinburgh’s New Town built?
The New Town was built in stages between 1767 and around 1850. It was needed due to the over-crowded, unhygienic and often dangerous conditions of the buildings in the Old Town. It took a long time to get the New Town built due to a fairly inefficient local government, but the project finally went ahead thanks to Lord Provost George Drummond. The design by an unknown architect called James Craig was chosen because of the simplicity of the design, but also because it celebrated the relationship between Scotland and England, and most importantly to the Haonerian royal family. This was quite recently after the battle of Culloden and the final Jacobite rebellion. You can read more about the Jacobites at this great link. Edinburgh’s New Town is now considered one of the best examples of Georgian architecture in the world, and along with the Old Town is a UNESCO world heritage site.
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Learn some functional language!
Here is the functional language that we featured in the video along with some more example sentences. Why don’t you try using them in your speaking this week!
NOT BY ANY MEANS
This expression means “not in any way”, and it’s used to emphasize a negative statement. Here are some more examples
ON TOP OF (SOMETHING)
This is a synonym of “in addition to”, especially used to talk about something unpleasant. We use this to add more information and build an argument. Here are some more examples
This means that you believe something is probably true. We use it to speculate and hypothesize. Here are some more examples
This means “it is not important if”. It’s used to introduce two or more possibilities. Here are some more examples:
This is an informal phrase we use when you are trying to explain or describe something but you can’t be exact.
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