One life is not enough

One life is not enough

Green Renaissance

‘If you are not a reader, you have only one life. But if you are a reader, you have a million lives.’ Rakel believes that one life is not enough. The span of years and hours and seconds that makes up her life, do not give her the time to experience all that she would like to. But the power of a good story opens the door to endless travel and adventure. Rakel Helmsdal is a writer, a puppeteer and an artist. Journey into her world!

Visit Rakel HERE

Vocabulary chunks to learn :

  • One life is not enough
  • Hundreds and thousands of things
  • Go exploring
  • A new adventure
  • If you are a reader you have a million lives
  • You lose yourself in it
  • It makes me richer
  • Understand the world more
  • Something that touches you
  • I can’t help telling stories
  • I have to tell them
  • It’s larger than themselves
  • The errors you made
  • Life is not perfect
  • According to plan
  • The world needs creative people
  • Its so terribly important
  • Do what you love
  • Keep your feet on the ground
  • Dream while I’m still awake
  • Get lost
  • It’s your adventure
  • I want to make people dream
  • That’s what I love the most

 

How wonderful life is while you’re in the world

How wonderful life is while you’re in the world

 [John  Lewis]

This year’s story is about the power of a gift. And how that gift inspired, changed and influenced the course of a little boy’s life. That little boy just happens to be Elton John. The film begins in present day and works backwards chronologically through Elton’s life right until the moment on Christmas morning when he received the special gift that changed his life.

Your Song Lyrics

It’s a little bit funny this feeling inside
I’m not one of those who can easily hide
I don’t have much money but boy if I did
I’d buy a big house where we both could live

If I was a sculptor, but then again, no
Or a man who makes potions in a traveling show
I know it’s not much but it’s the best I can do
My gift is my song and this one’s for you

And you can tell everybody this is your song
It may be quite simple but now that it’s done
I hope you don’t mind
I hope you don’t mind that I put down in words
How wonderful life is while you’re in the world

Writer(s): JOHN ELTON, TAUPIN BERNARD J P 
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
leave a legacy

leave a legacy

[Absa South Africa]

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

  • Dull and grey
  • Or so they say
  • Get old stop work
  • It’s just not, no way
  • Does much more than talk
  • His soul shines bright
  • Come what may
  • Wonderfully kind
  • Has given new meaning
  • The blind leading the blind
  • Children in need
  • Eyesight impaired
  • A veggie farmer
  • A lady of leisure
  • A national treasure
  • Alternative energy
  • Sparks her flame
  • Sustainable fuel
  • Top of her game
  • A champion is he
  • A fitness fanatic
  • Strong as steel
  • Smooth as silk
  • He looks 33
  • Well this is it
  • We are at the end
  • We need not be dull
  • Go grey or grow old
Play outside

Play outside

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why it’s worth it

why it’s worth it

In life, you will realize there is a role
for everyone you meet. Some will test you,
some will use you, some will love you and
some will teach you. But the ones who are truly important
are the ones that bring out the best in you.
They are the rare and amazing people
who remind you why it’s worth it. -Buddha

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we are all equal

we are all equal

Green renaissance

“Connect with people. Listen to them. By engaging with someone one-to-one, you have a fundamentally more rich experience.” – Anton Crone.

These days, people seem to think that engagement is shouting at each other across Facebook. But that’s not it. The way you engage, the language you use, your body language – that’s all being missed. We need to make time for those real connections.

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

• And it just says
• Life isn’t meant to be easy, it’s meant to be life
• I was going through a hard time
• I started photographing mainly people
• A lot of ancient traditional cultures
• Contemporary cultures
• Connecting with people
• Engaging with them
• Opposing views
• A more rich experience
• How would you call it
• It becomes a complete confession
• Develop a relationship with them
• For weeks at a time
• Engaging with people face to face
• Body language
• To learn about where they’re at
• We are all equal
• Having people around you
• Doing what you love

In a place of great minds

In a place of great minds

Eddie Redmayne wins the 2015 Oscar for Best Actor at the 87th Academy Awards for his performance in The Theory of Everything.

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

In a place of minds

A PhD in Physics

In a place of great minds

I’m a Cosmologist

I study the marriage of space and time

The perfect couple

One never knows when the next great leap forward is going to come or from whom

What if I reversed time, to see what happened at the beginning of time itself

Wind back the clock

Keep going

Life expectancy is two years

I want us to be together for as long as we’ve got

You don’t realize what lies ahead

This is going to be a very heavy defeat

But I love him and he loves me, we’re going to fight this illness together

Brilliant ! Brilliant ! Well done!

Life is everything

It has been a great joy to watch this man defy every expectation, both scientific and personal

Love is everything

There should be no boundaries

However bad life may seem, while there is life there is hope

It was a long long time ago

It was a long long time ago

Hiho Kids

Vocabulary chunks :

• Nice to meet you
• I’m very happy to meet you
• How was it like back then
• We didn’t have radio
• We didn’t have television
• No telephones
• No trucks, they had wagons and horses pulled them
• It was a long long time ago
• I was in the Second World War
• I liked marbles and tops
• We had to wear skirts and stocking
• They didn’t have slacks and pants
• I did research on ants
• You’re really old but you’re really good
• I have a good life
• The secret to living a long life is being happy, working hard, getting exercise, doing things for yourself
• All of those things make you live a long time
• It’s wonderful to meet you, have a great life

It feels like a spark

It feels like a spark

[soulpancake]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • I don’t know how to answer that question
  • Love actually feels kind of nice
  • It feels like a spark
  • Love is about… happiness…friendship.. sharing… caring…and playing with each other
  • Love feels like you’re brave and mighty
  • When two people meet and they are heart to heart
  • If you take someone to Hawaii they would fall in love with you
  • My mom loves me because….
  • She gives me love, kisses, hugs
  • She makes lots of food so I can get strong
  • My dad loves me a lot he loves me since I was zero !!
  • Love came from the beginning of the world…. When the world started
  • Love is everywhere
What are you here for?

What are you here for?

[Green renaissance]

“What are you here for? What are you living for? We’re here to do something, and it starts from being able to listen to that little voice inside.” – Nirmala Nair

Nirmala doesn’t want to live a settled down life. She continuously questions the status quo and works towards living a more authentic life.

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :

• I’m a social misfit
• I’m quite unusual in my thinking
• Settle down
• Sharing the ability to question the status quo
• Be comfy
• What are you here for?
• What are you living for?
• A tiny little thing
• To be disconnected inside
• Time has become linear
• I have a deadline
• An enthusiasm to discover
• Ready-made answers
• We don’t go out and engage
• We don’t relate
• We don’t discover
• Take the risk to follow ones’ heart
• Make mistakes
• That is authenticity

 

What is Greatness?

What is Greatness?

 

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

 

  • There are no grand celebrations here, no speeches, no bright lights, but there are great athletes
  • The truth is greatness is for all of us
  • Greatness is not in one special place and it’s not in one special person
  • Greatness is wherever somebody is trying to find it.
I do it because it helps

I do it because it helps

“One can’t do without humour, one needs more and more in the world today.” – Estelle Bryer.

Estelle is 88 years old. And she regularly gives of her time and her energy, to entertain residents living in retirement homes. She is a shining example, that we are never too old to make a positive difference in the lives of others.”  Green Renaissance

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :

• It’s a name I’ve always tried to live up to
• My mission in life
• Whatever I do I have to try to be an example
• So there you have it
• It’s kept me going
• Enthusiasm is a warming quality
• I joined this group
• Who think they can still sing and dance
• Retirement home
• And we entertain the oldies
• Senior citizens
• It’s nice being on the stage
• Stand up comedian
• I make them laugh
• I can connect with the audience
• One can’t do without humor
• I do it because it helps

To the ends of the Earth

To the ends of the Earth

 

“My biggest fear in life is regret. I follow my curiosity, my instinct, as it tells me to go to the ends of the earth. There’s an insatiable desire in me to explore with a camera in hand to try and capture a fleeting moment that encapsulates the soul of that place”  Meet Canon Master and extreme sports photographer Krystle Wright  HERE

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • My biggest fear in life is regret
  • Try and capture a fleeting moment
  • Adventure sports photographer
  • It’s a lifestyle that I live and breathe
  • Photography changed my perception of the world
  • Hanging off cliffs
  • Trudging through the rain
  • Capture something unique
  • You can call me a nomad
  • Seeking out what lies over the next horizon
  • Adventure is best shared with friends
  • I’m a blend of inspiration, creativity and insanity
  • Frozen to the core that even my bones felt cold
  • There is risk to what I do
  • But why? Because it makes me feel alive
  • If you follow what you love it will not lead you astray
  • It continues to be one incredible life with no regrets
If it feels good here, then I know it’s right

If it feels good here, then I know it’s right

[coveteur]

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • A crazy reason
  • Eyeglass frames
  • Strange looking
  • Being a flea market freak
  • I like the big ones
  • The bigger to see you
  • I’d chat them up
  • They either strike me or they don’t
  • First impressions to me are exceedingly important
  • I fall in love with things
  • If it feels good here, then I know it’s right
  • The secret to a happy marriage
  • A sense of humor
  • My Russian heritage
  • It takes a little work
  • It really really pays off

Iris Apfel might be 95, but don’t think for a minute that the legendary interior designer and fashion icon has resigned herself to a quiet life. In fact, Apfel shows no sign of slowing down any time soon, thanks to the popular demand for her brand of unapologetically colorful and outrageous style. Read more HERE

 

 

Age is just a number

Age is just a number

[The Great Big Story]
Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video
  • A retirement community
  • Part of the artist in residence program
  • They live rent free in exchange for performing recitals and concerts
  • I get a lot of mixed reactions
  • A wonderful idea
  • I had not been a part of this community
  • I walked over and introduced myself
  • Tiffany and I became friends
  • Fashionable shoes
  • Age difference
  • A college dorm
  • From different places, from different backgrounds
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
Average or Beautiful || How do you perceive yourself?

Average or Beautiful || How do you perceive yourself?

Watch the following video :

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • It was my choice
  • We had an option of two pathways to walk, and they led to two doorways
  • Be self-conscious of how you perceive yourself
  • If it lines up with how the rest of the world perceives you
  • I didn’t even hesitate
  • It was different from what I live
  • What’s constantly bombarded at me, What I’m being told that I should  accept
  • I had rated myself average, and nobody else
  • My mum just pulled me over to the beautiful door
  • It was quite a triumphant feeling; it was like telling the world I think I’m beautiful
  • I just wished more young women realized it
  • Next time I look in the mirror I will see somebody beautiful looking back at me
  • Beautiful is a great word, so why not see what’s on the other side of that
What is your recipe for LOVE?

What is your recipe for LOVE?

Watch the following video :

Recipe for love
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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 !