Un nuovo anno scolastico è alle porte e noi di Globally Speaking vogliamo regalare ai nostri studenti delle facili letture e semplici ascolti in lingua inglese ideati direttamente dagli insegnanti della nostra scuola. Iniziamo con un post sul termine che abbiamo utilizzato per tutta l’estate riempendo le bacheche di amici e conoscenti: il selfie! Ma cos’è esattamente un selfie? Michelle e Nicole vi raccontano come nasce e cosa significa, ma prima… vi mandano un fantastico selfie dall’International Think CLIL Convention svoltasi presso la Ca’ Foscari di Venezia!


What is a selfie?

A selfie is a self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone. Selfies are often shared on social networking services such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Tumblr. They are often casual, and are typically taken either with a camera held at arm’s length or in a mirror.

Where does the word ‘selfie’ come from?

The Oxford English Dictionary, which introduced “selfie” into its collection in 2013, claims the word was first used by a drunk Australian man on a web forum in 2002.

While showing off a cut on his lip, the man wrote:

“Um, drunk at a mates 21st, I tripped over [sic] and landed lip first (with front teeth coming a very close second) on a set of steps. I had a hole about 1cm long right through my bottom lip. And sorry about the focus, it was a selfie.”

Which celebrity posts the most selfies?

As of October 2013, Miley Cyrus is the celebrity with the most amount of posted selfies on Twitter with 121. Tyra Banks is second with 62.

Where are the most selfies taken?

Selfies are most popular in Australia, followed by the U.S. and Canada. In fact, a 2013 survey found that two-thirds of Australian women between the age 18-35 take selfies.

Which is the most famous selfie?


Ellen DeGeneres’ “Oscars” super-star selfie is the most retweeted tweet ever — beating out President Obama’s “four more years” tweet from November 7, 2012, the night he was re-elected.

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