The Fortress of Footwear

The Fortress of Footwear

Vocabulary to learn after watching video :

Whichever style you’re into

A fortress of footwear

The largest store of its kind

Dedicated to shoes and only to shoes

Passion for footwear

300 000 in stock

250 brands

100 are exclusive to Level Shoe District

The shoe is becoming a status symbol

This concept is working 

Luxury Industry

Very glitz and glamour

High end status

We offer something for everyone

700 000 shoppers a month

Located in the largest mall

Till we meet again

Till we meet again

An Address by Her Majesty The Queen – Coronavirus – BBC

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II delivers a special broadcast to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth in relation to the coronavirus outbreak.The Queen has promised the nation that better days are ahead, during a special address on Sunday.In a rare speech, she acknowledged the grief and financial hardships Britons are facing during the coronavirus pandemic.Echoing the words of the Vera Lynn wartime song, she said that “we will meet again”.

FULL SCRIPT OF SPEECH CAN BE FOUND AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST 

Vocabulary in chunks to learn from video :

An increasing challenging time
Enormous changes to the daily lives of us all
Care workers
Those caring out essential roles
Day to day duties
In support of us all
What you do is appreciated
Return to more normal times
Those who have lost loved ones
We are tackling this disease
We will overcome it
In the years to come
Take pride
Those who come after us
The pride in who we are
It defines our present and our future
An expression of our national spirit
Heartwarming stories
Delivering food parcels and medicines
Checking on neighbors
Converting business to help the relief effort
Self-isolating
It presents an opportunity to slow down
A sense of separation from their loved ones
Face challenges
Join with all nations across the globe
A common endeavor
Better days will return
I send my thanks and warmest good wishes to you all

Full Script of Speech

Addressing the nation, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II said: “I am speaking to you at what I know is an increasingly challenging time.

“A time of disruption in the life of our country: a disruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many, and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all.
“I want to thank everyone on the NHS front line, as well as care workers and those carrying out essential roles, who selflessly continue their day-to-day duties outside the home in support of us all.
“I am sure the nation will join me in assuring you that what you do is appreciated and every hour of your hard work brings us closer to a return to more normal times.
“I also want to thank those of you who are staying at home, thereby helping to protect the vulnerable and sparing many families the pain already felt by those who have lost loved ones.
“Together we are tackling this disease, and I want to reassure you that if we remain united and resolute, then we will overcome it.
“I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge. And those who come after us will say the Britons of this generation were as strong as any.
“That the attributes of self-discipline, of quiet good-humoured resolve and of fellow-feeling still characterise this country.
“The pride in who we are is not a part of our past, it defines our present and our future.
“The moments when the United Kingdom has come together to applaud its care and essential workers will be remembered as an expression of our national spirit; and its symbol will be the rainbows drawn by children.”

She added: “Across the Commonwealth and around the world, we have seen heart-warming stories of people coming together to help others, be it through delivering food parcels and medicines, checking on neighbours, or converting businesses to help the relief effort.
“And though self-isolating may at times be hard, many people of all faiths, and of none, are discovering that it presents an opportunity to slow down, pause and reflect, in prayer or meditation.
“It reminds me of the very first broadcast I made, in 1940, helped by my sister.
“We, as children, spoke from here at Windsor to children who had been evacuated from their homes and sent away for their own safety. Today, once again, many will feel a painful sense of separation from their loved ones.

“But now, as then, we know, deep down, that it is the right thing to do.

“While we have faced challenges before, this one is different.
“This time we join with all nations across the globe in a common endeavour, using the great advances of science and our instinctive compassion to heal.

“We will succeed -and that success will belong to every one of us.
“We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.
“But for now, I send my thanks and warmest good wishes to you all.”

Cherish the little things that are magical out there

Cherish the little things that are magical out there

  [soul pancake]

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

  • The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree
  • For me and my mom
  • The choices she made
  • She has taught me to love nature
  • Cherish all the little things that are magical out there
  • Eyes wide open
  • Deep breaths
  • An open heart
  • Rustling leaves
  • Calms my frantic thoughts
  • Make shift fishing rod
  • The circle of life
  • Everything on this planet flows in cycles
  • Create something new in its place
  • Feel this connection deeply and profoundly
  • Full of life and beauty
  • Try as we might we will never create like nature does
  • Both are vital to my creativity
  • What passions have your parents instilled in you?
  • Every other Monday

 

Apartment Therapy – Small Spaces

Apartment Therapy – Small Spaces

 [apartment therapy]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Less to clean
  • Easier to maintain things
  • Functionality – Everything has a purpose
  • I have to have a bunch of things
  • Pots and pans
  • Re-do the kitchen
  • We live in the kitchen
  • Sliding doors
  • We have a little bit of privacy
  • The kitty litter box
  • My stuff stays closer to the floor and his stuff stays closer to the ceiling
  • You only surround yourself with things you love
  • There is no room for extra stuff you don’t need
Quote

Four and Twenty Blackbirds

  [Epicurious]
  • 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

Where do you store your winter food supply ?

Where do you store your winter food supply ?

LabofOrnithology

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • One of the most interesting birds that I have every photographed is Acorn Woodpecker
  • I found a population of woodpeckers in a Suburban Park, in Southern California
  • Thousands and thousands of holes in it
  • They are among the busiest birds
  • This is where they store their winter food supply
  • It’s a tree that has been used over the generations, multi generations
  • We don’t drill them all at once
  • Each winter they drill a few more
  • And add some more acorns to them
  • That makes Acorn Woodpeckers pretty special in the bird world
  • They’ve got glossy blue-black back
  • They’ve got red and pale yellow and black markings around their heads and faces
  • Their eyes really stand out
  • You can tell the males from the females
  • They’re highly social birds
  • They live in social groups year round, up to a dozen individuals or more
  • Dramatic and very wonderful wing-spread display
  • I really like to go watch them and photograph them
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

I travel for the pictures

I travel for the pictures

  [Marko Roth]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • I travel to build up new friendships
  • I travel for the thrill
  • I travel for the pictures
  • I travel to let go
  • I travel for that moment

Intersting Facts :

  • Table Mountain, one of the iconic landmarks of South Africa, is one of the oldest mountains in the world – and has more than 2,200 species of plants, 70 percent of which are endemic.
  • A South African fish migration is so huge it can be seen from space. Between May and July every year millions of small silver fish travel in vast shoals from the cold waters off South Africa’s Cape Point up to the coastlines of the northern Eastern Cape and southern KwaZulu-Natal. This annual event is called the Sardine Run. The shoals are so big – 15km long, 3.5km wide and up to 40m deep – they can be seen by satellite. In their wake come hundreds of birds, sharks, whales, dolphins, all eager to feast.
  • South Africa has hosted the football (2010), cricket  (2003) and rugby (1995) world cups – it is the only country in the world other than England to have done so.
  • South Africa hosts the world’s largest bicycle race. The 35,000 riders taking part in the109-km Cape Town Cycle Tour race across Cape Town’s south peninsula and along the spectacular, mountainous coastal road called Chapman’s Peak Drive.
  • South Africa is the largest producer of platinum in the world. In 2014 it produced 110,000kg, more than four times the amount of the next biggest producer, Russia.
  • South Africa is known as the Rainbow Nation. Of South Africa’s almost 55 million population (Stats SA July 2015 estimate), around 80 percent is African, about 9 percent is white and just under 9 percent is mixed race.
  • South Africa was once the world’s number one producer of gold – although 2014 reports ranked South Africa sixth in the world, producing around 6 percent (164.5 tonnes) of the world’s precious metal from its 35 mines.
  • South Africa is full of record-breaking animals. It’s where you’ll find the largest land mammal (elephant), the largest bird (ostrich), the tallest animal (giraffe), the largest fish (whale shark), the largest reptile (leatherback turtle), the fastest land mammal (cheetah) and the largest antelope (eland).
source : expatica.com

 

Breakfast Time – Baked Omelette Roll

Breakfast Time – Baked Omelette Roll

Recipe :  all recipes

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • It bakes in the oven
  • Six servings of breakfast ready all at the same time
  • Ground black pepper
  • An interesting crossover between a crepe and eggs
  • Your favourite filling ingredients
  • Shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Bake the omelette in a pre-heated oven
  • Until the eggs are set
  • Place it onto a  serving platter
  • Cut into 6 equal sized portions
  • The variations are endless

Trees can fly

Trees can fly

  [Hoshincu]

How to make Air Bonsai :

  [Hoshincu]

“A Japanese firm called Hoshinchu is producing kits for customers to produce their own floating versions of tiny house plants called Air Bonsai.

The tiny trees contain spongy balls of moss that contain magnets that sit above a porcelain base that similarly contain magnets which repel those found in the moss. 

How do the trees float :

The Air Bonsai kit is made up of two parts – an ‘energy base’ and the ‘little star’ which floats a few centimetres above the base.

The ‘stars’ are spongy balls of moss 2.3-inches (6cm) across containing magnets weighing around 250 grams

The porcelain base contains magnets and a rotating mechanism and is connected to the mains by an AC adapter.

The magnets repel each other to create the illusion of levitation. 

To plant the trees, customers poke a hole in the ball and add the cutting of the plant or a seedling. 

The website shows a number of bonsai trees which have been grown for a number of years spinning off the ground.

An additional pot is available in the form of a lava stone, instead of the moss ball.”

[Daily Mail UK]
It speaks for itself (4)

It speaks for itself (4)

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[woodwardenglish]

What’s the biggest number you know in your language? Do you have a word that isn’t an actual number but means a really really big number? Learn some fun facts and figures about big numbers and also advice on how to pronounce and write them.  Read more HERE

Can you say  really big numbers?  Test yourself HERE

Do you know what an Earthscape Artist does?

Do you know what an Earthscape Artist does?

[BBC News]

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching video :

  • He’s an Earthscape Artist
  • He spends his days on the beach racking the sand
  • He lets his imagination run wild
  • Geometric patterns
  • My biggest inspiration is nature
  • Translate the world I see
  • Scientific pursuit
  • By blending broad and narrow strokes he creates patterns
  • Which hovers above the design and takes pictures
  • Beach goers love his work
  • Travel miles to see it
  • He used to be Environmental Scientist
  • Follow his dream
  • Opened more doors
  • Make a living racking in the sand
  • When the tide comes in

 

 

 English vocabulay  – ECCE speaking exam – Cambridge Exams

 

Apartment Therapy

Apartment Therapy

“We all know that being happy at home doesn’t just come down to filling your space with objects you love. You can find new satisfaction in your space by adding a few simple practices to your routine, and before you know it, these habits will refresh your life both inside and outside your walls.
From starting your day off on the right foot, to carving out “me time,” to taking care of chores in the moment—it’s the little things in life that go a long way. The best part is that they are so easy to do you can start incorporating them tomorrow !
Check out the inspiring little video presentation and resolve to embrace happiness in your own home”.   Illustrations by Danie Drankwalter.

Read more @  apartment therapy

“Poetic Dogs”

“Poetic Dogs”

   [DW English]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • It’s not easy turn stray dogs into photo models
  • His photo series “Poetic Dogs”
  • Animal shelters
  • A four-legged look-alike
  • He treats the dogs sensitively
  • It houses more than 200 dogs
  • He had a difficult life
  • He’s a tough character
  • He sells his photos as posters
  • The head of the kennel welcomes the initiative
  • A pet store
  •  To cause a stir
  • Still life pictures
  • Take something from the past and re-use it
  • The animal shelters are full of photogenic  models

 

 

I’m joshing you

I’m joshing you

Why do we say I’m just joshing youWas there a Josh who inspired this verb?   

Click HERE  to find out.

Miriam Webster definition of Josh HERE

Source :   A way with words (A public radio program about language examined through history, culture, and family)

 

Scotland – Created for walking

Scotland – Created for walking

 

Visit Scotland

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Enjoy family days out
  • See dramatic landscapes
  • Scale new heights
  • Join a guided group
  • Meet the locals
  • Stroll around the city
  • Take a coastal path
  • There’s a walk for every season
  • Scotland – Created for walking

Map of Scotland :

kids.britannica.com
kids.britannica.com

A rave party on wheels

A rave party on wheels

 [Australia Plus]

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • Love to cycle
  • A good party
  • Combine cycling with a rave
  • Partygoers gather from around Melbourne
  • A rave party on wheels
  • Cycling through the city
  • Blasting music
  • Portable speakers
  • The 15 kilometer course
  • Have a drink
  • Crazy outfits
  • LED lights
  • A cycling event
  • Spin some tunes
Lower Michigan – Lower Cambridge – Proficiency Michigan

 

Choosing the right car

Choosing the right car

 [Newcars.com]

Vocabulary chunks in this video are also suitable for those taking  the CaMLA  New ECPE Speaking Test  @ HAU (Choosing the best car for a family)

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • Cool features
  • Will you be using your car primarily for driving to work?
  • If you commute frequently for long distances
  • Look for a car that gets good mileage
  • You could wind up spending a lot on gas every year
  • Fuel efficient cars tend to be smaller in size
  • Invest in a hybrid car
  • The extra costs of buying a hybrid version
  • Fuel savings
  • Gas powered version
  • Travel a lot of miles
  • Will may passengers will be travelling with you?
  • A family of four
  • A mid-sized car
  • SUV – looks like a tall station wagon
  • Allows you to carry a family of up to 7 or 8
  • Carrying lots of groceries and other cargo
  • Fold down the rear seats to create more space
  • Trunk space will be sufficient
  • No cargo capacity
  • Do you drive in snow, ice or off-road?
  • Those options add extra cost
  • Enhance your safety
  • A sports or sporty car
  • A sporty convertible
  • They are offered with manual transmission to give you more engagement
  • Automatic transmission
  • Will you be doing any towing?
  • Rent one for the week
  • A pickup truck

 

No other volcanic creation on Earth can match Santorini

No other volcanic creation on Earth can match Santorini

[DW]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Stunning views
  • 300m above sea level
  • Greece’s most popular tourist destination
  • Holiday apartments
  • Preserving the original style
  • In ancient times
  • A cable car connects Fira to the old port
  • Excursion boats
  • The Geological Institute
  • A neighboring island
  • It has a bay with a hot spring
  • You get used to it
  • Main island
  • Its volcanic heritage
  • Santorini wines enjoy an excellent reputation
  • Many restaurants serve both locally sourced vegetables and wine
  • Sea side restaurant
  • A contemporary modern twist to it
  • Spectacular landscape
  • Fine wine
  • Couples who come to say “I do”
  • 2000 weddings take place every season on Santorini
  • A Nuptial Package
  • A wedding planner
  • An ideal destination for the romantically inclined
  • It entices tourists every evening
  • The legendary sunsets
  • Enjoyed by the young and old alike

Map of Santorini

santorini day tours ]
Visit Greece @ Santorini or Municipality of Thira

 

Take a 3D Selfie – Capture your memories

Take a 3D Selfie – Capture your memories

  [Forbes]

 

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • The Digital Avatar is really at the center of everything
  • Data processing conversion
  • From that you can do a host of things
  • Talk to a scanning technician
  • Step into our 3D scanning system
  • 54 Cameras facing in all directions
  • A quick countdown 3 – 2 – 1
  • Check out the pictures
  • Convert into a 3D file
  • Build something up piece by piece
  • The remaining powder will get vacuumed away and put back into the system
  • They hold the powder together, but it’s not completely fused yet
  • It strengthens the bond and creates the finished product
  • The moment I’ve been waiting for
  • Create another type of product, like an ornament
  • Like be yourself in a video game
  • Your specific body and requirements
  • They are actually making clothes for your measurements
  • Household products, coffee mugs can fit your hand
  • Chairs can be shaped to your body
  • Specialized scanners
  • In partner locations
What is DOOB™? read more @ Doob 3D

Bird listening or bird watching?

Bird listening or bird watching?

  [The Brain Scoop]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Bird calls of Amazonia
  • An Ornithologist
  • We follow the pre-opened trail
  • We do this at a slow pace
  • Keep in mind
  • The most complex landscape in the world
  • Recording equipment
  • A field guide
  • I do a lot of recordings, primarily for learning
  • The most indicative like rainforest bird, noise
  • Bird watching in real-time
  • Telling insects from birds
  • Bird like calls
  • Different species
  • Haven’t been explored that deeply
  • We can upload them on systems online
  • A cacophony of sounds
  • A flock of ant birds following a swarm of army ants
  • A little over an hour
  • They should call it bird listening not bird watching

Amazonia Map

As an Ornithologist, you could be involved in:

  • fieldwork and research
  • conservation and habitat management
  • consultancy
  • education
  • campaigning and policy development.

Your work would vary depending on the particular job, but typically you’ll:

  • conduct surveys
  • monitor bird species in a particular habitat
  • track bird movements and biological processes
  • collect, analyse and evaluate data
  • prepare reports, management plans and presentations.

To be an ornithologist you should have:

  • a keen interest in birds and their habitats
  • an accurate and methodical approach to surveying, recording and reporting
  • enthusiasm about wildlife conservation
  • good analytical and mathematical skills
  • the ability to work alone or as part of a team
  • good written and spoken communication skills
  • the ability to produce clear reports
  • a willingness to work flexibly
  • IT skills.

You could be employed as an ornithologist by a number of organisations, including:

  • observatories
  • ringing stations
  • nature reserves
  • local authorities
  • conservation charities, including international projects
  • wildlife trusts
  • ecological consultancies conservation organisations
[National Career Service ]

 

What you need to wear a hat, is the desire

What you need to wear a hat, is the desire

  [The Hat Shop]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • It used to house hat factories in the early 20th century
  • At the turn of the last century there were 100.000 female milliners
  • I come from this long line of independent women
  • I broke off my engagement,  I walked out my job
  • A cocktail hat
  • For women who are petite
  • Wear it to a nightclub
  • You can wear it with jeans and a t-shirt, it’s no big deal
  • The higher the hat, the cooler the hat
  • This is one of our best sellers because it’s so classic
  • Fashion goes out of style, but style never goes out of fashion
Web page @ The Hat Shop
Another Hat Story 
What the holidays would look like if kids were in charge

What the holidays would look like if kids were in charge

  [soul pancake]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • If I were in charge of Christmas
  • I would decorate the stairs, the floor  
  • I would let the elves have a day off  and let them spend time with their babies
  • Play in the snow
  • I would decorate with snowflakes
  • Ornaments hanging from its head
  • Spend quality time with your family
  • Decorate the tree

Christmas

More Inspiration

Weekly photo challenge || Trio

Weekly photo challenge || Trio

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TRIO

Whether it’s birds, opera singers, aces, or golfers, you can use the word trio to refer to anything made up of three.

You can probably tell by tri that trio involves three of something. It’s often used to describe a musical arrangement featuring three vocal parts or three different instruments, or a musical group made up of three players, such as a jazz trio consisting of a piano player, a bass player, and a drummer. For those not musically inclined, the word can be used more broadly to refer to three of anything, such as a trio of friends.

Source : vocabulary.com

 

 In response to The Daily Post’s  weekly photo challenge : Trio

The sky is the limit

The sky is the limit

  [DW English]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • A slack line spans 80 meters across a deep ravine
  • Suspended over a 100 m drop
  • A huge achievement
  • It was like winning four world championships in 30 seconds
  • He fell from the slack line often
  • The best mountain biker in the world
  • He won one title after another
  • Prepare myself for my competition
  • The sea and the mountain is within easy reach
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Street trials
  • Using the natural urban obstacles
  • Spice it up with some free style tricks
  • Creating videos that get hundreds of thousands clicks online
  • This allows athletes to market themselves
  • He was ahead of the pack
  • Extreme Sports
  • Push our limits and see what is possible
  • Test his skills
  • The sky is the limit
  • Go with the flow
  • Riding my bike and enjoying life
  • Tomorrow is another day and another challenge

 

 

Meet Kenya’s Endangered Rhinos

Meet Kenya’s Endangered Rhinos

[Lonely Planet]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Game reserve
  • Conservation area
  • Poaching threat to rhinos
  • A great diversity of other mammal species
  • Escalating at an alarming rate
  • Officially declared extinct
  • The territorial males will not tolerate him
  • The circle of life
  • He is honestly the friendliest rhino I’ve ever come across
  • You can pat him, you can stroke him
  • It’s not an ideal circumstance
  • In bygone times this area was full of rhinos
  • He was the last remaining rhino in this area
  • All in all it’s been a great success
  • We’ve got room to grow, and we are growing

Ol JOGI Ranch was established over 60 years ago and is a safe haven for the preservation and future development of Wildlife Conservation. The Ranch comprises a total size of 58,000 acres and is situated 225km out of Nairobi, just north of Nanyuki in the Laikipia North District.

For further information : Ol Jogi Reserve

Do you believe in mermaids?

Do you believe in mermaids?

 [wise channel]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • One of the world’s most popular myths
  • Learn to swim like mermaids
  • Sea Ambassadors
  • I felt like a goddess
  • It becomes an extension of yourself
  • The mermaid school is the brainchild of swimming instructor and professional diver Normeth Preglo
  • What the hell is that?
  • Our first mermaid camp
  • She teaches people extra skills in the water
  • Diving helps them overcome their fears
  • They help protect the ecosystem
  • By replanting broken coral in a coral nursery
  • Marine Biologists from the local government
  • Take good care of corals
  • Fully recover
  • Everyone who completes the training here, gets a certificate at the end of the course
Have you ever experienced unexpected generosity?

Have you ever experienced unexpected generosity?

  [soul pancake]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • It happens in the wildest places
  • Always, at all times, all places
  • When times were tough
  • My parents, out of the blue, got a car for me
  • When someone goes out of their way with a kind smile, a real hello
  • He took me on vacation, to wonderful California.  That was very generous.

When was the last time you experienced unexpected generosity?

English Cream Tea Etiquette

English Cream Tea Etiquette

  [English Cream Tea]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • English Cream Tea Etiquette
  • My teapot has got a strainer inside it
  • Tea first, milk second is the done thing
  • I’m going to have mine black
  • Not as simple as it sounds
  • Cup and saucer
  • An etiquette expert
  • The answer to whether you pick up the cup and saucer lies in the height of the table
  • We used to think that was the posh way
  • There is more to that than meets the eye
  • The posh way is forward and back
  • Sugar cubes
  • Hands on your lap when you’re not using them
  • Freshly baked
  • Etiquette is all about politeness
  • Communal dishes
  • That’s not considered the best manners
  • This is one of our greatest British traditions
  • It is something to be proud of
Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better)

Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better)

 [Digster Pop]

Lyrics

Captured effortlessly
That’s the way it was
Happened so naturally
I did not know it was love
The next thing I felt was you
Holding me close
What was I gonna do
I let myself go

And now we’re flyin’ through the stars
I hope this night will last forever

Oh oh oh oh
Ain’t nobody
Loves me better
Makes me happy
Makes me feel this way
Ain’t nobody
Loves me better than you

I’ve been waitin’ for you
It’s been so long
I knew just what I would do
When I heard your song
You filled my heart with a kiss
You gave me freedom
You knew I could not resist
I needed someone

And now we’re flyin’ through the stars
I hope this night will last forever

Oh oh oh oh
Ain’t nobody
Loves me better
Makes me happy
Makes me feel this way
Ain’t nobody
Loves me better than you

At first you put your arms around me
Then you put your charms around me
We stare into each others eyes
And what we see is no surprise
Got a feeling most with treasure
And a love so deep we cannot measure

Ain’t nobody
Loves me better
Makes me happy
Makes me feel this way
Ain’t nobody
Loves me better than you

Ain’t nobody
Loves me better
Makes me happy
Makes me feel this way
Ain’t nobody
Loves me better than you

Songwriters
WOLINSKI, DAVID
Published by
Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Read more: Felix Jaehn – Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better) Lyrics | MetroLyrics

One woman, four camels and 1700 miles

One woman, four camels and 1700 miles

Watch the following video :

 [BBC World Service]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • She decided to set off on this strange journey
  • The Australian outback
  • People talk about the hardship of what she faced out there
  • She talks about the wonder of it
  • Being alone, the solitude, seeing more stars you could possibly imagine at night
  • Learning to trust your own instincts
  • A Heroic person
  • She has this very unusual attraction towards the things that frighten her
  • The camels seem to respond to her so well
  • They were like 2000 pound dogs
  • They steal food from her
  • They are one person animals
Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

Watch the following video :

(vitamix)

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • From start to finish
  • Strikes a great balance between sweet and spicy
  • Frozen unsweetened strawberries
  • Place the lid on firmly
  • Turn the machine on
  • Flip the switch to high
  • Run the machine for about 30 – 60 seconds
  • Take a peak inside
  • You don’t want to over process
  • A consistency of a milkshake
  • A firmer texture
  • Nothing beats a scoop of homemade ice-cream except two scoops
What do you think the world needs more of ?

What do you think the world needs more of ?

Watch the following video :

  (soulpancake)

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

The world needs…

  • More passion
  • Understanding one another
  • Better teachers
  • An interest in people and ideas as opposed to things
  • Women that  are comfortable with their bodies
  • Understanding different cultures
  • Connection, human connection
  • What we need is more of less
  • More smiles
Man’s best friend

Man’s best friend

Watch the following video :

 (DW English)

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Well behaved
  • He does just as his mistress says
  • Another dog snaps at the camera
  • Man’s best friend
  • Advice from the internet
  • An authority figure
  • Dog trainers are in demand
  • More and more dog owners are seeking professional help for their pooches
  • A dog handler license is in fact required
  • They have to pass a test with their dogs
  • Official qualifications
  • Earn their title through a state examination
  • Qualifications are no longer recognized
  • The dog whisperer
  • A multiple choice test
  • Common standards for dogs and their handling
  • Either man or beast
  • An obedience school
  • Some dogs hear but just don’t listen

Watch the following short film on friendship and loyalty posted on the Kindness Blog  :

Ben & Denali – A beautiful story of friendship and loyalty

“When someone you love walks through the door, even if it happens five times a day, you should go totally insane with joy.”
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Watch the following video :

video : soulpancake
video : soulpancake

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • The best piece of advice
  • A big struggle
  • The rain will cease and the sun will shine again
  • Tomorrow is going to be a new day
  • A new opportunity to see the good in the world
  • Life lets you down
  • Reach out and help someone else
  • The whole world revolved around me
  • You get wrapped up with what you’re going through
  • Find peace in your inherent uncertainty
  • Does it add value to your life?
  • Thankfulness is the key to happiness
  • It reorients our perspective
  • Feel like we have purpose
  • We feel grateful to be here and to be alive
Weekly Photo Challenge || All the colours of the rainbow

Weekly Photo Challenge || All the colours of the rainbow

ROY-G-BIV

photography by : vocabulary | in | chunks
RAINBOW :
An arc of spectral colors, usually identified as red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet, that appears in the sky opposite the sun as a result of the refractive dispersion of sunlight in drops of rain or mist.
 [Middle English, from Old English rēnboga : rēn, rain + boga, bow;]
(source : thefreedictionary.com)

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “ROY-G-BIV”

The fortress town of Monemvasia, Greece

The fortress town of Monemvasia, Greece

Watch the following video :

Monemvasia.gr

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • The fortress town of Monemvasia
  • Conquerors have left their mark
  • A medieval monument
  • Restored buildings
  • Coastal destinations
  • Traditional fishing villages
  • Easily accessible beaches
  • An abundant variety of shapes and colours
  • Guided tours
  • Exploring nature
  • A wide range of flora and fauna
  • An ideal destination for nature lovers
  • Ancient ruins
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Map of  the area :

http://eng.ardamis.gr/
http://eng.ardamis.gr/
Give kids back their wildhood

Give kids back their wildhood

Watch the following video :

gorving canada
gorving.ca

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Kids want their wildhood back
  • They want to play, not have play dates
  • They want to get dirty, not get sanitized
  • They want to wander
  • Be left alone for more than 5 minutes
  • They want to sleep in a bunk
  • Stare at the stars past their bedtime
  • Eat with their hands
  • Eat from a stick
  • Visit their neighbour without a chaperone
  • They want to run, skip and roam free
  • Let’s give them back their wildhood
Explore Italy

Explore Italy

Watch the following video :

worldnomads
worldnomads

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • To discover a destination where I truly felt at home
  • My kind of place
  • You catch yourself smiling
  • No corners to cut, just bends to explore
  • Feed my curiosity
  • My cup is constantly topped up with knowledge
  • I want to uncover a place for pleasure seekers
  • Where wine pulses through peoples’ veins
  • Where Mother Nature rewards with damp scented truffles
  • Clusters of Medieval villages perched in the distance
  • The hills are always green
  • Like long-lost friends
  • Hungry for life
  • Join me in Lange
  • A place where time passes slowly
  • Every moment is savored
Weekly Photo Challenge || Vivid # 2

Weekly Photo Challenge || Vivid # 2

Vivid 2c   Vivid 2b   Vivid 2a

Vivid is an adjective that describes a bold and bright color, an intense feeling, or an image in your mind that is so clear you can almost touch it.

Sometimes you have a vivid dream that feels so real that even when you wake up, you can’t tell if the dream is really over. In that dream, perhaps there were flowers with deep, rich, and vivid colors that looked like they were painted. Vivid comes from the Latin vivere, which means “to live,” and vivid memories do seem to live on. (source : vocabulary.com)

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Vivid”

Weekly Photo Challenge || Vivid

Weekly Photo Challenge || Vivid

Vivid1

Vivid2

Vivid3

Vivid is an adjective that describes a bold and bright color, an intense feeling, or an image in your mind that is so clear you can almost touch it.

Sometimes you have a vivid dream that feels so real that even when you wake up, you can’t tell if the dream is really over. In that dream, perhaps there were flowers with deep, rich, and vivid colors that looked like they were painted. Vivid comes from the Latin vivere, which means “to live,” and vivid memories do seem to live on. (source : vocabulary.com)

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Vivid”

Greece – A Sailing Holiday

Greece – A Sailing Holiday

Watch the following video :

Sailing Holidays

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • We’ve done this 16 times now
  • Sailing holidays
  • Enjoyable, affordable and relaxing ways to enjoy your holiday
  • Have been operating for over 35 years
  • Delivering bespoke (custom-made) holidays
  • For all levels of sailing enthusiasts
  • A fantastic way to experience the Greek Islands from the water
  • Yachts are set up for comfort and ease of handling rather than performance
  • The region in which you will be sailing
  • There is no tide; the weather is perfect and safe for all the family
  • Lead crews
  • Shore based teams
  • Provide comprehensive background
  • There is something for everyone
  • Hundreds of thousands of people
  • First sail boat experience
  • Do whatever you want to do during the day
  • Meet up with people at bays in the evenings
  • Our philosophy is to infuse people about sailing
  • By cruising each day between picturesque Greek island villages in the sun
  • Enjoying an evening’s entertainment in a port
Weekly Photo Challenge || On the Way #2

Weekly Photo Challenge || On the Way #2

On my way home….

On my way 2

On my way 3

 On the way  Also, on one’s way

  • In the process of coming,  going, or  traveling ; also, about to come. For example, The mail plane is on the way, or  She is on her way out the door, or Winter is on the way.
  •  On the route of a journey,  as in I met him on the way to town

 (source : dictionary.com)

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “On the Way”

How will you save the drop ?

How will you save the drop ?

Watch the following video :

soulpancake
soulpancake

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • A severe drought
  • Stop a leaking faucet
  • A serious problem
  • I did what I could
  • This is our world and we should try to make it better for everyone
  • It’s imperative that we do these things
Weekly Photo Challenge || On the Way

Weekly Photo Challenge || On the Way

 

On my way to the forest….

On my way - Copy

 On the way  Also, on one’s way

  • In the process of coming,  going, or  traveling ; also, about to come. For example, The mail plane is on the way, or  She is on her way out the door, or Winter is on the way.
  •  On the route of a journey,  as in I met him on the way to town

 (source : dictionary.com)

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “On the Way”

Learn Vocabulary in Chunks and not in isolation

Learn Vocabulary in Chunks and not in isolation

I’d like to share an interesting article I read on the site New Indian Express
written byDr Albert P’ Rayan/ Chennai, [rayanal@yahoo.co.uk], published: 25th May 2015

Learn Vocabulary in Chunks and not in Isolation

In traditional classrooms, the focus has always been on teaching words in isolation. As a result, learners know the meanings of many words but they do not know how to use the words appropriately in context. Of late, enhancing learners’ knowledge of chunks of language is emphasised.

What are chunks? Chunks are groups of words or fixed expressions. When we speak or write, we use a lot of phrases, such as by the way, for example, as a result, on the other hand, a kind of, a lot of, at the moment, I mean, you know, at the end of the day, etc. These groups of words or phrases are called chunks of language. Why should learners be taught words in chunks? Research has proved that those who learn vocabulary in chunks learn a language better than those who learn words in isolation. Learners retain vocabulary better when they learn chunks.

Michael Lewis, known for advocating the lexical approach to language teaching, says that native speakers of any language have memorised hundreds of chunks to produce fluent and accurate speech. It is important to expose learners to real communication or authentic speech exchanges in order to help them develop their communication skills.

Knowledge of individual words is essential but what is more important and useful is the knowledge of how to use the words in appropriate contexts. Take the word ‘take’ for example. This word has over a hundred different meanings though the basic meaning is ‘to move something or somebody from one place to another’.

When ‘take’ collocates with different nouns, the meaning of ‘take’ in each ‘take+noun’ collocation is different. Look at these examples: take a bus, take a minute, take a test, take advice, take steps, take offense, take pity, take cover, take heart, take the axe to. Here are the meanings of some of the above ‘take’ collocations:

• take offence: to feel upset because of something someone has said or done

• take pity: to show sympathy for someone because they are in a bad situation

• take the axe to something: to make drastic cuts, particularly in workforce

In the English language there are many phrases and idioms in which the word ‘all’ is part of them. Here are some of the set phrases with ‘all’ and their meanings:

• all balled up: stuck or confused…

• all day long: during the length of the entire day…

• all set: ready: prepared

• all shot to hell: broken; damaged

• all skin and bones: too thin

Chunks appear in many ways: as collocations and idioms, in set phrases (good luck, all the best) and in ‘discourse markers’ (‘as far as I know, by the way).

Source : New Indian Express – Education

Weekly Photo Challenge || Intricate

Weekly Photo Challenge || Intricate

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Intricate things are complex and have many elements: they’re not simple. Think of the intricate wiring of a computer’s motherboard, or the intricate plot of a movie that you have a hard time following.

Anything intricate is complicated. Chess is a very intricate game that you could study your entire life and still not know everything about. The more details and parts something has, the more intricate it is. (source : vocabulary.com)

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Intricate”

The Little Prince

The Little Prince

Watch the following video :

Littleprince

  • We’re not leaving anything to chance
  • You’re going to make a wonderful grown up
  • If you please draw me a sheep
  • There was no mention of life on any other planets
  • Study work
  • If you study hard and stay completely on track with the plan
  • You can spend some time with your new friend
  • Look at that, the stars are out
  • I cannot play with you I am not tamed
  • What is essential is invisible to the eye
  • Do you really want to fly a plane, buckle up
  • You’re going to make a wonderful grown up
Weekly Photo Challenge || Motion(less)

Weekly Photo Challenge || Motion(less)

Motion - Motionless

 

Motion is the way things get from place to place. The ball rolling down a hill is in motion, and as Isaac Newton once proved, it will remain in motion until it hits a wall or something else that makes it stop.

When motion is used as a noun, it describes movement, like the motion that propels a car from one end of the highway to another. When used as a verb, motion means to signal or direct. “A restaurant patron will motion to the server when he’s ready for the check.” Someone who is just “going through the motions” doesn’t have to move at all, because they’re just pretending. (source : vocabulary.com)

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Motion”

Hold my hand

Hold my hand

Watch the following music video :

Hold my Hand

“Hold My Hand”

Standing in a crowded room and I can’t see your face
Put your arms around me, tell me everything’s OK
In my mind, I’m running round a cold and empty space
Just put your arms around me, tell me everything’s OK

[Pre-Chorus:]
Break my bones but you won’t see me fall, oh
The rising tide will rise against them all, oh

[Chorus:]
Darling, hold my hand
Oh, won’t you hold my hand?
‘Cause I don’t wanna walk on my own anymore
Won’t you understand? ‘Cause I don’t wanna walk alone
I’m ready for this, there’s no denying
I’m ready for this, you stop me falling
I’m ready for this, I need you all in
I’m ready for this, so darling, hold my hand

Soul is like a melting pot when you’re not next to me
Tell me that you’ve got me and you’re never gonna leave
Tryna find a moment where I can find release
Please tell me that you’ve got me and you’re never gonna leave

[Pre-Chorus]

[Chorus]

Don’t wanna know
That feeling when I’m all alone
So please don’t make me wait, ’cause I don’t wanna break
And I don’t wanna fall
When you’re next to me
Can tell I’m not afraid to be
That you don’t make me wait, and never let me break
You never let me fall

[Chorus]

source : azlyrics.com
Weekly Photo Challenge || Afloat

Weekly Photo Challenge || Afloat

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If something’s afloat, it’s drifting on the water. When you sail toy boats, you set them afloat  across a pond or lake. You can set something afloat, like an inner tube in a pool or a leaf on a stream, or you can struggle to stay afloat, as when the passengers of a capsized boat try to keep their heads above water. In either case, being afloat means floating on the surface. The Old English word is aflote, from a Germanic root word. (source : vocabulary.com)

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Afloat.”

What is your recipe for LOVE?

What is your recipe for LOVE?

Watch the following video :

Recipe for love
amazon.co.uk

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Oh my goodness!
  • We have menus?
  • I met you after 12 hours of long labor
  • We met at that party and ever since we clicked
  • We met in St. Louise at a pawn shop
  • I’m glad I know you because you’re such an amazing little spirit
  • I love you because you always make me smile
  • I love you because you have such a good heart
  • You’re a heck a lot of fun
  • Love is ….having a picnic with your best friends on your birthday
  • Love is…. always seeing you picking me up from school
  • Love is… always choosing the other person’s good over your own
  • Cheers !

Weekly Photo Challenge || Ephemeral #1

Weekly Photo Challenge || Ephemeral #1

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Ephemeral2

Ephemeral3

Ephemeral (ə-FEM-ər-əl) was originally a medical term with the specific meaning “lasting only one day,” as a fever or sickness (Hemera means “day” in Greek.) The word became more general, coming to mean “lasting a short time,” covering the life spans of plants or insects and then eventually anything that is fleeting or transitory. A related word is the plural noun ephemera, meaning “things that are meant to last for only a short time.” Posters for a rock concert are often ephemera, unless the band is so famous that they get saved and sold on eBay. (source : vocabulary.com)

In response to The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge:   Ephemeral

A Wave Photographer shooting shorebreaks !

A Wave Photographer shooting shorebreaks !

Watch the following video :

Wave Photographer

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • A part of my life
  • A picture of a shore break wave
  • Take a picture
  • I started shooting with this small camera
  • I shared the images with my family
  • A professional photographer
  • Long story short
  • It was the best thing I ever did
  • The wave is huge, everything is big
  • Boom it explodes and you try to sneak out the back
  • It’s just radical I love it
  • Capturing the art of shore break waves
  • You gotta be in shape
  • You gotta be able to hold your breath
  • I don’t mind getting pounded
Can you make Nutella stuffed Cronut Holes?

Can you make Nutella stuffed Cronut Holes?

CRONUT is a croissant-doughnut pastry invented by Chef Dominique Ansel and trademarked by his Bakery in New York

Watch the following video  for the recipe :

Nutella-Stuffed-Cronut-Holes
Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

We find the latest food crazes

The most amazing culinary creations

We show you how to recreate them at home

You could cut to the chase and make the Cronut Holes

Biscuit cutter

For the dough we’re going to use croissant rolls

One on top of each other to form a rectangle

These are the perfect size for snacking

Fry them in oil

For 30-45 seconds

Once these turn gold

Put them on a paper towel and let them drain

Once they are cold but still warm, roll them in granulated sugar

These are delicious as is with just a little bit of sugar

We are going to fill them with Nutella

Put some Nutella in a piping bag fitted with a tip

Chocolate spread

This is so much fun

It’s almost like making cream cups, except way better

These Cronut Holes are so delicious

You can change the fillings and add almond butter, peanut butter or even my favorite cookie butter

We’ll see you next time, bye

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The Nutella stuffed Cronut Holes I made :

Home made cronuts Cronut 2

Playing a Titanic Tuba

Playing a Titanic Tuba

Watch the following video :

Tuba

http://viewpure.com/OK1GDkvFdL4?ref=search

Vocabulary to learn after watching video :

  • It’s a conversation starter
  • Something that you walk by and say wow
  • Look at that giant tuba
  • Something to really get people into the store
  • Financial district
  • I was speechless
  • It kind of Sounds like a jack hammer like a block away
  • If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck
  • It can only play the fundamental pitches
  • I’m checking to see if it is the world’s biggest tuba
  • I’ve emailed and been in contact with the Guinness Book of World Records
  • I haven’t heard back yet
  • It’s much much larger than your average tuba
  • They typically weigh 30 to 35 pounds
  • It weighs easily over 100 pounds
  • It takes a good set of ears to be able to  hear the notes cause they so low
  • It sounds like a helicopter
  • You have fewer notes you can play
  • Large instrument
  • In the right set of lungs it can sound gorgeous
Visit Greece

Visit Greece

Watch the following video :

Greece - All time classic
Greece – All time classic

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Visiting Greece is an experience not a onetime visit
  • It is the centre of the world, the centre of  democracy, civilization
  • I’ve studied a lot of ancient art
  • Seeing it all in person
  • The Greek people should be proud
  • Cultural life
  • Special treatment
  • Positive experience
  • People we have interacted with
  • A lot of hospitality
  • You can easily get from one place to the other
  • Infrastructure is very good
  • The subway services are fantastic
  • Authentic everyday life
  • You just stay out for hours
  • A destination I’d recommend to my family and  friends
UK’s First Cereal Café

UK’s First Cereal Café

Watch the following video :

Corn_Flakes_800x800-BKT_19525

Vocabulary to learn after watching video :

Cereal used to be a lot of fun

You used to get the toys in the cereal

Fun factor

We just want to bring it back

We are the owners and founders of Cereal Killer Café

Specialty Cereal Café

120 different cereals from around the world

Good or bad

For the last two days

Some are quite rare and some are quite hard to get

We have dealers across the world

Only available one month of the year

They are Halloween specials

They are very limited

Hard work

We have managed to get “ A Shit ton” of  memorabilia

Some stuff that you haven’t seen before

Weird memorabilia

The biggest cereal experience of their life

Leave on a sugar high

I absolutely loved it or I absolutely despised it