Some deserve our gratitude

Some deserve our gratitude

Geometry Argentina

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

  • The pandemic locked us all in
  • Make everything happen
  • Deserve our gratitude
  • Delivery workers
  • Type of work
  • Keep delivering
  • To those they haven’t seen in a while
  • Reconnect with them
  • Be excited
  • From afar
Every single day I live life

Every single day I live life

Green Renaissance

“Every single day I live life. It is living today. It’s not about ‘someday I’ll do this’… that may never come. You do it now.’

Joel made a decision to move out of the city, and create a more natural way of life for himself. And the positive benefits on his health have been incredible. Take a listen to his story…

We “Green Renaissance”, make these short films as passion projects, to share inspiration. You can help us make more films like this by making a tiny donation, so we can continue this journey with you – @ greenrenaissance

Who is Green Renaissance? We are a tiny collective of 4 passionate filmmakers (Warren, Jacky, Michael and Justine). We live off-grid and dedicate our time to making films that we hope will inspire and share ideas.

Green Renaissance

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :

• No shortcuts
• It’s hard work it’s not that easy
• My prime years
• Doctor’s rooms
• I changed the whole way of eating
• Allopathic drug
• It’s a holistic situation
• Growing my own food
• Clean water
• My priority
• It’s the air I breathe
• It’s pure free of chlorine and chemicals
• Every single day I live life
• Living today
• That may never come, you do it now
• It’s quite amazing
• Every day I am grateful that I’m here
• But that’s not the word I’m looking for
• It’s an absolute privilege to live out here

‘Tis the season to be jolly – The book of dreams

‘Tis the season to be jolly – The book of dreams

 

‘The Book of Dreams’ as a dad’s childhood dreams are awoken when he sees the drumkit his daughter has circled.

 

Play the lyrics game on Lyrics training HERE

What is the power of trees?

What is the power of trees?

New research shows that trees communicate with one another and share nutrients through their roots! They need each other. In urban areas, trees also help us with health, economic and social benefits. They are part of our culture. We need them. So, how can we return the favor?

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

  • Great great great grandson
  • Run around in the woods
  • Make rope swings
  • Inland rain forest
  • We spent all of our summers in the bush
  • Trees in urban environments are essential
  • As equal partners
  • People recover more quickly from surgery in hospitals
  • The workplace
  • There is evidence of these benefits
  • Every trees was connected to every other tree
  • Everything was connected to everything else
  • We would bury then in the trees
  • They literally live in the trees
  • Trees can recognize their kin
  • The air is cleaner
  • Constant contact with trees
  • It comes down to economics
  • Kids are doing better in school
  • A more urbanized nation
  • The value of having nature in the city
  • The cycle of life
  • We are just a strand in this web
  • We don’t own the earth we are part of the earth
  • Maintain that connection

 

I love life

I love life

Green Renaissance

For centuries, the greatest thinkers have suggested the same thing: Happiness is found in helping others. There is no greater gift than that of giving of one’s time and energy to help others, without expecting anything in return. “What you receive is just wonderful. You don’t receive it in money. Just the pleasure of seeing their faces.” – Peggy

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :

  • I’m a very luck old lady at 83
  • I’ve had a lovely life
  • The departure lounge
  • I love life
  • We so fortunate to be alive
  • Everyday is a challenge
  • What’s around the corner
  • Enjoy every minute of it
  • I never get bored
  • Think positive
  • I never ever ever got lonely
  • It’s beyond my understanding
  • Make a cup of tea
  • Just knit a few stitches or a few rows
  • I love to knit
  • I’ve knitted 25 jerseys so far
  • A busy outlet
  • It’s for you It’s a gift
  • What you receive is just wonderful
  • Packed like a sardine can
  • I give them away
  • What a wonderful idea
  • I’ve never bought wool, It’s just arrived
  • It’s part of me
  • I’d be very heart sore
  • I so badly want to be remembered
The power of gratitude

The power of gratitude

Teacher Whitney Cole at Oak Ridge Elementary School in Sacramento knows how powerful gratitude can be, so she has her sixth grade students keep a gratitude journal that is impacting her students beyond the classroom.  [soulpancake.com]

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

• Gratitude journals
• 3 Things that you are grateful for
• It forces a happy end to the day
• Everybody can find success in their gratitude journals
• Saying thank you
• Being grateful for what you have
• It might make a hard day turn into an easy day
• I’ve actually changed
• It continues, it starts becoming part of their everyday behavior
• They are still inspired
• They have high hopes for their future
• You get to shape who they are
• Then you get to watch them fly on their own
• She means a lot to me

 

 

 

Every single day there is something to be grateful for

Every single day there is something to be grateful for

Green Renaissance

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :

• I never knew this kind of life existed
• Not even remotely
• Downstairs is our shop, and we live upstairs
• We have a TV, it’s called life
• We lie in the bath at night and watch the stars
• Go visiting
• It’s a quiet life, it’s gentle
• Being a single mom
• It was quite daunting
• I was constantly angry and cross
• I tried to make ends meet
• Giving them an opportunity to actually connect with something that is real
• Add value to their lives
• Every single day is a miracle
• Every single day there is something to be grateful for
• A bread maker
• You spread the load and you’ve got twice as much
• It’s magical
• You can’t explain it
• It’s just a way of being, it’s choice
• We are all one, we are collective

 

 

Daily Gratitude #4

Daily Gratitude #4

photography by vocabularyinchunks

 

“In the garden, birds sing, bees hum and the flowers and butterflies bewitch me.

Every bug and beetle, petal and leaf grants peace to me in the present moment.

As I tread upon emerald blades that gently sway below crystal skies,

the garden unveils to me the philosophy of life.”  

― Amelia Dashwood

Qhubeka

Qhubeka

[Qhubeka]

 

Qhubeka is an Nguni (Zulu, Xhosa) word that means “to carry on”, “to progress” or “to move forward”. Qhubeka helps people move forward by giving bicycles in return for work done to improve communities, the environment or academic results. Having a bicycle changes lives by increasing the distance people can travel, what they can carry, where they can go and how fast they can get there.  Qhubeka’s mission is to uplift African communities by improving access to essential services through bicycles. A quality bicycle provides access to education, healthcare and economic opportunity. “

Learn more about this project HERE

 

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • Just to get by
  • Treats her patients
  • The beginning of the story
  • With a bike everyting changes
  • Attendance improves
  • Grades improve
  • Healthcare workers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Travelling four times further
  • The opportunity is great
  • The impact is immediate
  • Mobilize me
  • Build my business
  • Care of the sick
  • Finish school
  • Feed my family
  • Follow my dreams
  • Mobilize me and I’ll change the world

 

Be mindful

Be mindful

[Apple UK]

 

Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you carefully observe your thoughts and feelings without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to your current experience, rather than dwelling on the past or anticipating the future. ” [Psychology Today]

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • Make the deadline
  • How many likes did I get?
  • Busy lives
  • Our brains aren’t wired to be constantly switched off
  • Take some time to quiet your mind
  • Be in the moment
  • It can make you less stressed
  • Improve your health overall
  • Be mindful
  • Finding a moment
  • Take a few deep breaths
  • Feeling better already

 

Together even when apart

Together even when apart

[Mumsy]

Celebrations of Mother’s Day throughout the World

Argentina –  It is customary to honor Argentinean Mothers with dinners, poems and special gestures of attention. Children write letters in school or make cards and crafts to take home. Husbands cook and clean and look after the family, allowing the mother to relax and enjoy the day. Moms are almost certain to receive flowers, cards, candy, jewelry or an unexpected surprise.

Mexico  – Celebrations include starting the morning with a song sung to the mother in the morning, followed by a family breakfast or brunch.  Typically the mother will also receive flowers, chocolates, or sentimental cards (May 10 is the largest day for sending cards in Mexico).

China – While China’s Mother’s Day is based primarily on the practices of the United States, it is interesting to note that most Chinese names begin with a character signifying Mother in honor of one’s maternal heritage.  

Ethiopia – Mother’s Day in Ethiopia occurs in mid-fall when the rainy season ends. Called “Antrosht,” Ethiopians celebrate by making their way home when the weather clears for a large family meal and a three day long celebration. For the feast the children bring ingredients for a traditional hash recipe, which the mother prepares for the family.  After the meal a celebration takes place. The mothers and daughters ritually anoint themselves with butter and dance while the men sing songs in honor of family and heroes. This cycle of feasting and celebration lasts two or three days.

Italy – The Italians celebrate La Festa della Mamma with a big feast and a cake made in the shape of a heart. Typically Italian schoolchildren will make something to bring home to their Mothers, and the family will take care of the chores for the day.

Read more @ fromyouflowers.com

Do it with full heart

Do it with full heart

[Happen Films]

“Lou started the Food is Free laneway in Ballarat just over a year ago.

When Lou moved to a big property, she started growing far too many vegetables to use herself, “I was sharing them with neighbours and friends and ran out of people to give it to. I realised I should start sharing with the local community”.

Lou figured out that the easiest place to start her movement would be the laneway next to her house. She now gets anywhere from 20 to 100 visitors a day to her laneway, “It enabled me to know all of my neighbours now and made me feel much more connected to the community”. There are about four spaces in Ballarat now and also in Castlemaine, Bendigo, Gippsland and right across to Perth. “It’s not about food, it’s about connecting. People come and don’t even take food, they just come for the conversations. Gardening is so wonderful for mental health and wellbeing. It’s really become quite a little hub and it’s really lovely to see that.”[Australian of the Day]

Follow Lou’s #foodisfree stories HERE

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :
  • Food is free laneway
  • Guerilla  gardening
  • Utilizing a space beside my property
  • Where food is dropped off, food is grown and food is taken
  • A food swap
  • Grow their own produce
  • It blows people’s minds
  • An avid gardener
  • Growing way too much produce
  • People caught on and realized what it was all about
  • #Food is free
  • Explaining what it was all about
  • It’s taken a year to organically grow
  • Up to 100 people a day
  • You can’t define who comes through the lane
  • Can’t quite make rent
  • Pay the school fees
  • That is what the lay way is all about
  • It’s actually showing human kindness
  • My property was up for sale
  • A local concerned citizen
  • A philanthropic view-point
  • Express my gratitude to this lady
  • An occasional chat by the litter box
  • With my immediate neighbors
  • Go out for dinner together
  • They are so inspired
  • Do it with full heart
  • Encourage as many people as possible
  • A small, simple, effective, grassroots, straight to the heart story
  • Give it your best,
  • Many many more all around the world
  • On every street corner
Random Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness

Watch the following video :

Random Acts of Kindness

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

I completed the mission

So I am now an official member of the Kind Kids Club

10 Random Acts of Kindness

Be kind to one another

The message of kindness

We want to spread kindness

Kindness is when you do something nice for someone

I hope they will feel love and kindness

I think it’s magical

Try and be kind in every way

Be kind and pass it on

What random Acts of Kindness have you done lately?