What is your favorite word ?

What is your favorite word ?

[hiho kids]
What is culture?

What is culture?

[Hamilton Love Your City]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Festivals and events
  • A thriving art scene
  • Stories and customs
  • A sense of history
  • Creative talent
  • Public art
  • Outdoor places
  • A positive energy known as cultural vibrancy
  • It helps to build community
  • A unique identity
  • They get involved and they talk about it
  • As the word spreads
  • It can promote identity, creativity, tourism, jobs and growth
  • Revitalizing neighborhoods
  • Transforming cities
  • Making communities attractive, open, welcoming and vibrant

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You’re in for a treat

You’re in for a treat

[Matador Network]

“Hit the road along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, 1,500 miles of rugged coastline, rich history, colorful villages, and the finest local produce. You’re in for a treat!.”

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • An awesome coastal experience
  • Hit the road
  • It stretches for 1.500 miles
  • Along the coast
  • Hike to the epic peak
  • Time capsules
  • A ‘you-won’t-believe-it’ Instagram moment
  • The freshest seafood coupled with the perfect pint
  • A tiny sample of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

 

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Life is an adventure

Life is an adventure

 [bindlebros.com]

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.
Wonder where my baby is tonight

Wonder where my baby is tonight

[BeatlesAreKinks]

The Kinks are recognized as one of the most important and influential British groups of all time, with millions of record sales and countless awards and accolades to their name. From their explosive beginnings as part of the British Beat movement to forays into concept albums, stadium rock and acoustic balladeering, The Kinks have left an unimpeachable legacy of classic songs, many of which form the building blocks of popular music as we know it today.

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“Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight”

Well I wonder where my baby is tonight
I wonder where my baby is tonight
I wonder where my baby’s gone
Hope she’ll do no wrong
Lookin’ for my baby, she’s not around
I wonder where my baby is tonight

I wonder what on Earth’s my baby’s doin’
If she’s not at home there’s trouble brewin’
If she really loves me she’ll believe in what I say
Tryin’ hard to find out where my baby is tonight
If she’s not at home I’d better go

Well I only know I wanna see my baby
Went to call for her but she is gone right out of sight
Looking for my baby
She’s not around
I wonder where my baby is tonight

Well I wonder where my baby is tonight
I wonder where my baby is tonight
I wonder where my baby’s gone
Hope she’ll do no wrong
Lookin’ for my baby, she’s not around
I wonder where my baby is tonight
I hope that everything’s gonna be all right
Well I wonder where my baby is tonight

 

The power of parks

The power of parks

[National Recreation and Park Association]
Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :
  • A  place where people of all backgrounds can gather to talk, exercise, learn or relax
  • The economic value of park systems is vast
  • Parks have environmental power
  • Protect and conserve biodiversity
  • Parks have health power
  • Aids in the control of obesity
  • Can increase life expectancy
  • Parks have community power
  • Socialize with one another
  • Form lasting ties
  • Parks have safety power
  • Reduced crime and violence
  • Strengthen communities,  transform lives and protect the future
  • Parks are the most powerful aspect of every community
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Do you like climbing trees?

Do you like climbing trees?

[Londonist Ltd]

 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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Meet Cape Town

Meet Cape Town

[Cape Town Tourism]

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • The rising sun
  • A dwelling of pride and hope
  • The crashing of waves
  • Sandy shores
  • Vibrant café life
  • Graffiti tells a story
  • The congregation of bustling feet
  • Indulge in Cape Malay curry spice
  • Young at heart
  • The good old days
  • Tour buses
  • Sip renowned wine
  • The lush green of Kirstenbosch Gardens
  • Where Mother Nature is always near
  • The world on a plate
  • Fine dining and spa resorts
  • Excite your inner child
  • Cape Town feels like home
  • We invite you to stay

 

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.

Advantages

  • 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.

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Down South

Down South

  [Jeremy Loops]

Jeremy Hewitt, (born 4 March 1984), known by his stage name Jeremy Loops, is a South African  singer and songwriter.

Down South

I didn’t want to leave you down south
When I said that I will call you, squeeze you a little bit of love
I didn’t want to but it’s good to see you
Tell me how you’re doing
I didn’t want to leave you down south
When I said that I will call you, squeeze you a little bit of love
I didn’t want to
Anyway

And in the light of day
I didn’t know this
And everything she was
I didn’t show this
And in the light of day
I didn’t know you
But I wanted you to stay and I didn’t wanna go
I wouldn’t take it away from you, no no

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Make life easier

Make life easier

  [Howdini]

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?
What are Language Chunks?

What are Language Chunks?

Language chunks are definitely one of the main ingredients of successful transition to the advanced levels of English. They’re what sets apart one language from the other, what makes each language distinct and unique. Noticing language chunks is a skill that needs to be well-developed by the intermediate level of English. If a student is unable to recognize common phrases and word combinations, s/he’ll stay at his/her current level and will never make it to the advanced stages.
 
The following are commonly referred to as language chunks :
Collocations are phrases that consist of words that recurrently co-occur together (derived from Latin locare ‘to locate’ and cum ‘together; introduced in 30s by John R. Frith).
 
dual citizenship but double occupancy
above zero but over 10 years (experience)
shipwreck but car accident
cut
hair but trim hedge
other terminology: 
‘prefabricated chunks’, ‘phraseological units’, ‘multi-word combinations’
 
Idioms are expressions which meaning cannot be understood from the meanings of its component parts (derived from Latin ‘idioma’ – special property).

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