The phonetic can

The phonetic can

South Africa recognises 11 official languages. But people still can’t pronounce each other’s names. Coca-Cola helped introduce South Africa to South Africa by teaching them to say ‘Hello’ to one another, by name, correctly.

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

  • What’s your name?
  • Sorry what?
  • Some just say….
  • Excuse me
  • It gets tiring
  • You need to click before saying it
  • Which is essentially your identity
  • Such a clever clever campaign
I live everyday like it’s 1958

I live everyday like it’s 1958

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

  • This is who I am
  • You should do what you like
  • People will stop dead in their tracks
  • A juke box
  • A chocolate sundae
  • I found my authentic self
  • They got married in 1955
  • It was built in 1953
  • Keeping it authentic
  • A smile comes on everybody’s face
  • It was built to last forever
  • It feels so normal to me now
  • Secondhand
  • Thrift store
  • True vintage
  • Another one of my favourites
  • It was given to me by the original owner
  • Everybody is weird in their own way
  • Everybody is nerdy about something
wildest dreams

wildest dreams

visit California

What’s it like to try an extreme sport, for the first time? This wild man isn’t afraid to show you. (Ok, maybe he’s a little afraid.) Jonny Moseley travels to Lone Pine, California in the Sierras to get a lesson from his buddy, Red Bull sponsored slacklining champ, Alex Mason.

Vocabulary Chunks to learn from video :

  • A pro slack-liner
  • This location that is so beautiful
  • Tight rope
  • Check this place out – it’s so gorgeous
  • Check out these rock formations
  • I think I’m in the spot
  • That is so sick
  • Just channel the energy
  • It looks so damn easy but it’s not
  • I’m pretty flexible
  • Jut give it a try
  • It’s dark, it’s raining, there’s lightning, there’s thunder
  • I knew I was going to be really scared
  • That is not what I expected



dreaming big

dreaming big

visit California

Pro-skater Bob Burnquist has done turns on almost every surface imaginable, including a floating skate ramp on the crystal-blue waters of Lake Tahoe. Surrounded by majestic peaks, this High Sierra gem is definitely one for your bucket list. Winter and springtime snow lets you carve it up at world-class alpine resorts, while summer brings out the water toys—sailboats, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, and more.

Vocabulary Chunks to learn from video :

  • Dream as big as I can
  • Make it happen
  • I love wild ideas
  • The freedom to manifest them
  • It’s a floating ramp
  • All this work will be for nothing
  • All my dreams came true
  • Wake up, dream it, make it happen
  • A mega ramp
  • It just doesn’t end
  • I’m living it everyday



How to tie a bow tie

How to tie a bow tie

[the hill side]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Real easy
  • Swing it over in front of the short side
  • Back side comes out to the left
  • Fold those in front like a butterfly
  • The dangling piece
  • Have faith this is going to work out
  • Almost there
  • Give them a tug
  • Look at yourself in the mirror, smile
Life is an adventure

Life is an adventure


Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • People call me Dusty for short
  • We want to strip the world down to the basics
  • Take away the clutter of modern life
  • You’ve still got to carry your stuff
  • Just a stick and a sack
  • As high quality and as adventure prone as this
  • What are bindles? Bindles are bandanas on a stick
  • No one makes bindles with the same care
  • Craftsmanship and attention to detail
  • Locally sourced from naturally farmed branches
  • Handmade bindles
  • Would you guys care to take a walk around the block with a bindle just to see if it feels right?
  • Bindles are really meant for your hopes and your dreams
  • Take care, be safe
  • What will we do if the company doesn’t succeed?
  • Life is an adventure; you’ve got to have a bindle to put your memories in.
Make Everyday Brighter

Make Everyday Brighter

Ikea India

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

• Well It’s how you see it
• A merry-go-round
• Things to explore
• Open many doors
• A new way for a new every day
• Make some art
• Make a mess
• Add some more
• Make it less
• Sleepovers
• High fives
• Let it go
• Run away
• Peek a boo
• Say hello how are you
• Make some noise
• Let’s go fly away
• Make everyday brighter

Say Hello

Say Hello


People say “hello” every day without it having any meaning. “Say Hello” with Mentos; a friendly way to say more than just “hello”

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

  • A better way to say hello
  • Say hello
  • High five
  • Fist bump
  • Hug
  • Rock paper scissors
  • Hold hands
  • Chest bump
  • Propose
  • Run a race
  • Do yoga
  • Piggy back
Unbelievable !

Unbelievable !

[BBC Three]

When you’re unable to go to a match you rely on the skill and expertise of football commentators. Yet sometimes, if you turn away from the TV and just listen to what they’re saying it can become a little bit confusing. Are they really talking about the game in front of them?

Sports commentator Job Profile :

Sports commentators describe what’s happening at sporting events to listeners and viewers and offer their opinions.

You can get into this career :
by training as a journalist and then specializing in sports
by commentating on sports at a local level with or without a degree or background in journalism
after having a career as a sports professional

To build a network of industry contacts and to get experience, you could also:

volunteer to commentate on charity events like fun runs
commentate for amateur matches at schools, college or for local teams
record commentary for websites or internet radio stations
volunteer for community, hospital or student radio, or TV
get a placement or internship

Skills required
You’ll need:
excellent communication skills
a clear voice and good pronunciation
confidence when talking to large numbers of people
good research skills
the ability to react quickly to unexpected situations


Clap clap

Clap clap

checkers sa

Learn The Little Garden Song

Little Garden Song Lyrics

I put a little seed of hope in the ground…
And grew a little love today…
And if everyone I knew went and planted just one too,
We could grow a better future – what do you say?

What we’ll grow…
What we’ll grow…
Can you imagine what we’ll grow?
We’re gonna plant hope here and there,
We’re gonna plant it everywhere, oh!
Can you imagine what we’ll grow!

What we’ll grow…
What we’ll grow…
Can you imagine what we’ll grow?
More than enough for us to share,
No more hunger anywhere…
Can you imagine what we’ll grow?

Fold, roll or bundle

Fold, roll or bundle

[Heathrow Airport]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Expert advice
  • Cabin crew
  • Fly 24/7
  • You know a thing or two
  • How best to get it all in
  • To make the job easier
  • Eliminate about a third
  • The truth is like your wardrobe you never use as much as you take
  • Stuff underwear or socks inside
  • Fill awkward gaps with very soft items
  • Bulkier items
  • Minimize creasing and maximize space
  • One by one fold the garments back in
  • Throw a bag from the dry cleaner on top of your packing
  • Next up non clothing items, such as toiletries, books and cameras
  • Double back your toiletries
  • Stain free clothes and gunk free cameras
  • Rather than stuffing the inside pockets of your case with all the bits your forgot to pack
Who knocked you up this morning ?

Who knocked you up this morning ?

[great big story]

Imagine life without alarm clocks. Workdays would start at noon, breakfast would be brunch, and no one would make it to class before the first bell. From the early 1800s through the 1960s, factory workers didn’t have much of a choice. To get to work on time, they relied on “knocker-uppers,” aka, human alarm clocks. Using long bamboo sticks, or peashooters, Britain’s knocker-uppers would stroll down the streets rapping at windows to help their patrons kick-start their days.

Vocabulary chunks from the video :

• They were called knocker-ups
• We’re travelling back in time
• The early 1800s
• A paid job
• A bamboo pole
• Be up early for their shift
• Industrial cities
• A hook or knob on the end
• Wakey wakey
• Pea shooters
• Why not just shout
• The evidence suggests
• Mystery solved

A tongue-twister :

We had a knocker-up, and our knocker-up had a knocker-up

And our knocker-up’s knocker-up didn’t knock our knocker up

So our knocker-up didn’t knock us up

‘Cos he’s not up.

They call it madness

They call it madness

McDonald’s UK

Madness, madness, they call it madness
Madness, madness, they call it madness
It is plain to see, that is what they mean to me
Madness, madness I call it gladness

Cecil Bustamente Campbell OD (24 May 1938 – 8 September 2016), known professionally as Prince Buster, was a Jamaican singer-songwriter and producer. The records he released in the 1960s influenced and shaped the course of Jamaican contemporary music and created a legacy of work that would be drawn upon later by reggae and ska artists. READ MORE

Have you ever climbed a tree?

Have you ever climbed a tree?

[Londonist Ltd]

Follow Jack’s tree climbing adventures HERE

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching video :

  • I’m an obsessive tree climber
  • Probably 200 or so trees across the city
  • I’ve distilled that into my book
  • The tree climber’s guide
  • Central London
  • All the emails, the phone calls and the spreadsheets
  • So I stepped out into a park with a sandwich
  • A pine tree
  • 60 Feet above London
  • The view was just amazing
  • Start at the end of your road
  • Local green space, a park or garden
  • Start on a low branch
  • Until your confidence builds
  • Take a friend to help you out
  • With a friend you can get into 100 more trees than you would on your own
  • Work your way up
  • Risk-averse (opposed to taking risks) age
  • Councils are terrified about being sued
  • If you’re cautious and respectable
  • There is no reason you shouldn’t explore trees across the city
  • It grows up to 60 or 70 feet high
  • You can get all the way to the top
  • Maybe one day we’ll come back

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‘Tis the season to be jolly #1

‘Tis the season to be jolly #1


When you’ve got an extra-special present to give, make sure the wrapping does it justice by going for bold with classic tartan paper and an impressive foliage finish made by building the present its own mini wreath

Good Mornings

Good Mornings

Belvita UnitedKingdom

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :

• Welcome aboard
• Make the effort to go to work today
• Cold dark Monday morning
• Nice one, wicked
• This is the fast service to Waterloo
• Ladies and Gentlemen
• Please note that this station doesn’t have a lift
• Hands up if you chose between snooze or shower this morning
• This is a customer announcement
• Please tone it down
• Thank you all for making my morning such a good one
• I hope you had a good one too
• Respect brother
• Nice one
• Have a great day



Africa : You’ll never forget it

Africa : You’ll never forget it

 [G Adventures]

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • I’m not a tourist
  • Nature on a leash
  • From the safety of a couch
  • No commercial breaks
  • Just Africa in high-definition
  • The reception is always perfect
  • I travel to see the world as it is
  • Take snap shots
  • This is an experience that doesn’t fit inside a viewfinder
  • This ain’t  no zoo, no cages, no handlers
  • No gift shop
  • It’s not an enclosure it’s the real deal
  • Escorted out by security
  • This is my planet, the work of living, breathing art
  • You should really come see it sometime



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When you need to snap out of it

When you need to snap out of it

[Kit Kat Australia  & New Zealand]

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

• This won’t fit
• Not the way it looks in the instructions
• This is ridiculous
• Where are the words
• It’s like they want you to fail
• Hello, what’s this
• Have you tried turning it clockwise
• Let’s give it a go then
• When you need to snap out of it
• Have a break have a KitKat
• This is called a help line

Are you changing at Jamaica?

Are you changing at Jamaica?

[Jet Blue]

Changing trains at Jamaica Station is a rush-hour ritual for millions of Long Island Railroad commuters. Watch as JetBlue surprises a few of them with a different kind of change. Ready for your own Jamaica moment? Book now at JetBlue.

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

• Good morning from Jamaica
• Are you changing at Jamaica
• In Jamaica it’s 85 degrees
• How long was your commute
• You’re on the beach, relax
• Feel the warmth
• A train ticket
• No joking matter now, serious now
• How would you like to trade in this train ticket for a plane ticket
• We’re sending you to Jamaica
• Take care


Make room for life

Make room for life



Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

Paper shuffling

• Coffee to go

• Road rage

• Catching your breath

• The beginning of life

• I am home

• Make room for a new beginning

• Those you let you down

• For wins and losses

• Their never-ending stories

• The first time and the last time, the ones in between

• Make room for one more

• Make sure

• Make room for love

• For the things you cherish

• Whatever the costs

• Make sure you make room for life

I am a dabbawala

I am a dabbawala

[great big story]

With a population of over 18 million people, Mumbai is one of the world’s largest megalopolises. To put it mildly, the city can be unpredictable. But amid the chaos, Mumbai has one thing that is nearly 100 percent reliable: your lunch delivery. The dabbawalas of Mumbai are an institution. Dabbawalas deliver homemade lunches to workers across Mumbai—nearly 200,000 of them per day. Crisscrossing side streets on bikes, balancing trays that weight almost 150 pounds on their heads, this group of 5,000 men helps define the city. But it’s not just the staggering quantity or exhaustive work that sets these guys apart; their 99.9% delivery accuracy and incredible efficiency is the envy of delivery services the world over.

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

• Mumbai has over 18 million people
• Amidst this chaos
• Your lunch delivery
• Homemade lunches
• This is how the system works
• He picks up your lunch
• They are sorted and delivered out into the city
• Lunch box
• They are delivering you a meal straight from your kitchen
• The most efficient logistics system in the world
• Per million transactions
• Less than 4 mistakes are made
• Side streets
• Balancing trays
• They help define the city
• 6 Days a week, monsoon or shine
• The train might be late
• You power may go out
• Your lunch will be on time



Goat Yoga | Would you try it?

Goat Yoga | Would you try it?

[60 second Docs]

It started as an experiment: Get a group of yogis together to practice yoga in a barn, then bring on the goats. This type of meditation might be unusual but people from around the world are finding the benefit (and fun) in it. According to Lainey Morse, the owner of Goat Yoga in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, fans have fallen in love with this type of animal therapy so much so that there is already a 600 person waiting list. 

Book your next Goat Yoga Class HERE

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

• Social goats wandering around

• People love the interaction with the goats

• There’s a 600 person waiting list

• The class is an hour

• Lose interest

• They own the show

• Goats are very mischievous

• They’ll nibble on the yoga mats

• Snuggle with you

• There’s something very therapeutic about goats

• Hang out in the barn

• Take goat selfies

• Snuggle with the goats

• It’s part of therapy

• People are desperate for something that is pure and peaceful

• Baby goats jumping around you



19 Minutes later

19 Minutes later


Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • Passengers of coach 14
  • I regret to inform you
  • Challenging weather conditions
  • Mechanical difficulties
  • Redirected to alternate tracks
  • Our estimated arrival time
  • Holiday plans and celebrations
  • We are very sorry for this inconvenience
  • Complimentary Christmas Brunch
  • Chocolate flavored beverage
  • In the cafeteria section
  • At the rear of the coach
  • Please do join us


One day I’ll fly away

One day I’ll fly away


 [John  Lewis]

One Day I’ll Fly Away

I follow the night
Can’t stand the light

One day I’ll fly away
Leave all this to yesterday
What more can your love do for me
When will love be through with me
Why live life from dream to dream
And dread the day when dreaming ends

One day I’ll fly away!
Leave all this to yesterday!
Why live life from dream to dream?
And dread the day when dreaming ends

The music is One Day I’ll Fly Away performed by Vaults, the original song was by Randy Crawford.  Find the track HERE
Everyday feels like an adventure !

Everyday feels like an adventure !


Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Ahoy! Our boat and our abode, welcome aboard
  • Everyday fells like another adventure
  • It’s closer to nature than living in an apartment or a house
  • They have their own quarters
  • Fresh eggs in the city everyday
  • Being sculptors we know how to work with every material, from steel to wood
  • She’s the oldest vessel that is actually floating
  • This is the crew quarters
  • That used to sleep 16 crew members
  • Slaying with boat
  • Bunks for our grandchildren when they come visit
  • An open space
  • As big as any country kitchen
  • So we have everything that you would call home right with us
The pinkie

The pinkie

[Oreo Cookie]


also pink·y  (pĭng′kē)

n. pl. pink·ies Informal

The little finger.

[Probably from Dutch pinkje, diminutive of pink, little finger.]
Read more @ [The free dictionary]




English @ the Movies #2

English @ the Movies #2

[Movie Clips Trailers]

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • Animals of all breeds
  • Predator and prey alike
  • In peace and harmony
  • Make the world a better place
  • Gripped by fear
  • Priority one
  • I’m here to ask some questions about  a case
  • You are under arrest
  • You are a key witness
  • We are in a really big hurry
  • I am on break
  • Deep down we are still animals
  • You are going to start a howl
  • From the creators of FROZEN
  • We all make mistakes
  • Change starts with you
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English @ the Movies

English @ the Movies


[VOA Learning English]

so long (interj.)

“parting salutation, 1860, of unknown origin, perhaps from a German idiom (compare German parting salutation adieu so lange, the full sense of which probably is something like “farewell, whilst (we’re apart)”); or perhaps from Hebrew shalom (via Yiddish sholom). Some have noted a similarity to Scandinavian leave-taking phrases, such as Norwegian Adjø så lenge, Farvel så lenge, Mor’n så lenge, literally “bye so long, farewell so long, morning so long;” and Swedish Hej så länge “good-bye for now,” with så länge “for now” attested since 1850 according to Swedish sources. Most etymology sources seem to lean toward the German origin. So long (adv.) “for such a long time” is from late Old English. ”   

Read more at Online Etymology dictionary
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I didn’t do my homework because…

I didn’t do my homework because…

[The Story Book Factory]

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An interesting article from Good Schools on homework  : 

There’s a long-running debate on the benefits of homework. The purpose of homework is to bridge the gap between children’s learning at school and at home, but just how relevant is it to the modern generation? We cover the advantages and disadvantages of homework below.


  • Children develop time management and study skills: Homework sets children up to manage their time and plan out study schedules, which are very useful skills to have when they enter senior high school years, tertiary study and eventually the workforce. Completing homework early in the schooling years ensures that it becomes a habit — not an inconvenience.
  • Students can engage with their studies: Even with the whole day spent at school, allocated class time is not always sufficient when it comes to engaging students with their school work. Setting homework allows students to revise content learnt during the day with a fresh set of eyes and a clear head, away from their friends and other schoolyard distractions. This also provides parents with an opportunity to get involved in their child’s school work, providing assistance and additional insight when needed.

Read more

Make life easier

Make life easier


Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • 10 ways to use rubber bands
  • Make you look super smart
  • Sliding down your nose
  • Wrapping them around the arms
  • Rubber bands
  • Digging around in batter
  • Prevent mixing spoons from sliding into bowls
  • Super hero
  • A simple trick
  • Container lids
  • For extra grip
  • A handy trick
  • As tidy as a kindle
  • A rolling technique
  • Securing ends with a rubber band
  • Slice and dice
  • The cutting board is slipping all around the counter
  • Your board will stay put
  • Door handle
  • Let the door shut
  • Wobbly table
  • Screwdriver
  • Swiping your brush on it
  • Wrap a band around the can horizontally
  • What was your favorite hack?
All set for a good night’s sleep

All set for a good night’s sleep

  [Marks & Spencer]



Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Make a perfect bed
  • Mattress protector
  • Minimal cost
  • Apply fitted sheet evenly on all corners
  • Apply undersheet with the decorative edge facing down
  • Use your arm to make a crease
  • Tuck the edges under the mattress
  • Fold the hem of the undersheet over the edge of the duvet
  • Fluff the pillows
What do you wanna be?

What do you wanna be?

  [Lenka VEVO]

“Everything At Once”

As sly as a fox, as strong as an ox
As fast as a hare, as brave as a bear
As free as a bird, as neat as a word
As quiet as a mouse, as big as a house

All I wanna be, all I wanna be, oh
All I wanna be is everything

As mean as a wolf, as sharp as a tooth
As deep as a bite, as dark as the night
As sweet as a song, as right as a wrong
As long as a road, as ugly as a toad

As pretty as a picture hanging from a fixture
Strong like a family, strong as I wanna be
Bright as day, as light as play
As hard as nails, as grand as a whale

All I wanna be oh, all I wanna be, oh
All I wanna be is everything
Everything at once
Everything at once, oh
Everything at once

As warm as the sun, as silly as fun
As cool as a tree, as scary as the sea
As hot as fire, cold as ice
Sweet as sugar and everything nice

As old as time, as straight as a line
As royal as a queen, as buzzed as a bee
As stealth as a tiger, smooth as a glider
Pure as a melody, pure as I wanna be

All I wanna be oh, all I wanna be, oh
All I wanna be is everything
Everything at once

[AZ Lyrics]
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


What do you think the world needs more of ?

What do you think the world needs more of ?

Watch the following video :


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