What is your favorite word ?

What is your favorite word ?

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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

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)

 

“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

 

 

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
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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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]