Four and Twenty Blackbirds

  • It comes from the nursery rhyme
  • Old-fashioned homespun dessert
  • We grew up in a restaurant
  • She was definitely known for her pies
  • The delivery drivers would stop in our little town to buy her pie
  • We had gravitated back to the kitchen
  • We really felt a true drive towards baking and towards pie making
  • We only work with fruit when it is in season
  • The combination of sweet and savory
  • It has hit all the notes on the flavor pallete
  • Create a pie
  • It just wasn’t coming out quite right
  • We came up with adding apples to it
  • The secret ingredient
  • It just adds a special herbaceous aromatic note
  • It acts as a little bit of a barrier
  • We can add our oat crumble topping
  • You can certainly get a good pie if you seek it out
  • The pie scene has grown
  • An arts community here, artists and musicians
  • They needed a gathering place
  • That is a mission of our business
  • It’s an endlessly creative food medium
Visit the pie shop @  Four and Twenty Blackbirds

Change the world with kindness

Change the world with kindness

 [random acts of kindness]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • I’m 6 and 3/4
  • I just turned 7
  • Doing a charity project
  • Raise food for the food bank
  • We all want life to be good for people
  • It feels great,  just because it feels great  to help a lot of people
  • Children are basically good people
  • They become better people
  • We pass it on
  • If you be kind to somebody, they’ll be kind to you back
  • To show a good example

When was the last time you were kind to someone?

More Good Deeds
A person is a person because of people – Zulu Proverb

A person is a person because of people – Zulu Proverb

(present perfect film)

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :
Don’t you think they grow up pretty fast
You have to be a grown up sometime
Social isolation
Closely correlated with loneliness
Mental and physical decline
We’ve invited you to come and celebrate happiness with us
Come again, come when you can

What stands between you and where you want to be?

What stands between you and where you want to be?



Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • There are pressures all the time
  • Follow their dreams
  • They think it’s corny
  • The fruit comes off the vine
  • People try to discourage me
  • I wanted to quit
  • The energy you put into it
  • There are always things to look forward to it
  • Take the risk
  • You have beautiful experiences along the way
  • Run a business
  • I am creating the world I want to live in
  • Making art and reaching people
  • Setting a goal
  • Success is when you’re happy with yourself
  • Don’t accept the no, ever
A new breed of young talent

A new breed of young talent

  [CNBC International]

Practice your speaking with this ECPE (C2)  Speaking Prompt  related to Music (Choosing a Musician)
 [OLT] Getting to know the ECPE Speaking Test  @ HAU

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • They are young and draw enormous crowds
  • They have rock star status
  • This is the new wave of rising stars
  • From bedroom producers and DJs to multimillionaires
  • The world’s number one ranked DJ
  • For the love of music
  • World tour
  • The biggest names at the moment
  • He currently commands 6 figures per gig
  • A new breed of young talent
  • He is quickly climbing the ranks of the DJ and Producing world
  • Making music in my bedroom
  • It’s a trend some can’t really explain
  • I was inspired by…
  • The more established stars
  • He is arguably one of the biggest names at the moment
  • I embrace new sounds, I am always happy to collaborate with new artists
  • To make your hit record
  • An impact for upcoming talent
  • Give the chance to young talent
  • A good mix between national and international artists
  • It’s a platform for them

Job Profile  –  DJ 

“DJs play music for audiences at live venues, or entertain radio audiences. If you are interested in music, and you are confident and outgoing, this job could be ideal for you.

In this job you will need to have a good sense of timing. It would help if you are technically minded, so you can learn to operate the equipment. Sometimes you will need to think on your feet.

To get into this job you will usually need knowledge of music technology and an awareness of music trends. You will also need to get experience through volunteering or work placements. Courses, in subjects like music technology and radio broadcasting are also available, which could help you develop some of the skills you need.

Skills, interests and qualities

To be a DJ, you would need to have :

  • a keen interest in and enthusiasm for music
  • a confident and outgoing personality
  • a good sense of timing and co-ordination
  • some understanding of technical equipment
  • calmness under pressure
  • the ability to work to strict deadlines
  • the ability to do several tasks at the same time
  • the skills to manage your own business and promote yourself, if you are self-employed
 [National Career Service ]
More Vocabulary in Chunks for the CaMLA ECPE Exam
Give someone a Christmas they’ll never forget

Give someone a Christmas they’ll never forget


  [John  Lewis]

Some Christmas Greetings

Merry Christmas – this is probably the most frequently used expression. You can use it verbally or write it on a Christmas card. ‘Merry’ means happy or joyful , so the term ‘Merry Christmas’ is to wish people a happy and joyful Christmas.

Season’s Greetings – this is a greeting more commonly used on winter season greeting cards rather than as a spoken phrase.  You usually see it on cards depicting white, snowy Christmas scenes.

Happy Holidays – this phrase is sometimes used on greeting cards and is used to wish someone well over the Christmas period.

Happy New Year – this is a greeting that people use on 1st January, on New Year’s Day, but many people include this phrase on a Christmas card. For example, ‘Merry Christmas and Happy New Year’.

source : English with Jo


Discover Your Potential

Discover Your Potential

 [Alyce Tzue]

Soar  was created as Alyce Tzue’s thesis project in school. What began as a toil of love by first-time filmmakers ended up catching the eyes of festivals all over the world. Soar is the proud 2015 Gold Winner of the 42nd Student Oscars, Best Student Animation Winner at Palm Springs, Finalist at the Student BAFTAs, and has screened in the Hamptons, St. Louis, Seoul, Austin, and more.

An interview with the writer / director :

 [soar film]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • A short film
  • It’s a story about a young girl
  • Like he’s very very tiny
  • He comes from a world in the sky
  • She’s really into engineering
  • As we progressed
  • Really really dedicated team members come on board
  • The story and the visuals
  • My demo reel
  • Makes it that much more professional looking
  • You really have to put collaboration as your number one concern
  • Make as many contacts as I can
  • Another idea for a short
  • It’s a huge lift to my personal self esteem
  • Direct a project
  • If I can do it once then I can do it again

Soar – The official Website