Great Big Story

Located about an hour outside Amsterdam is a village of spherical homes straight out of your futuristic fantasies. From a distance, Bolwoningen’s domes appear to be a set of golf balls, but up close, they are the architectural masterpiece of Dutch artist and sculptor Dries Kreijkamp. Built in 1984, each home contains three levels with round windows that give view to the scenic canal. The intent of the complex was to bring residents closer to nature. Although the designer has since passed, his legacy continues to live on in.

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :

• A science fiction set
• An alien invasion
• Located in the Netherlands
• Dutch Artist and sculptor
• It was created and supported by a subsidy
• Experimental housing projects
• There are 3 levels
• Bedrooms on the ground
• Living space on the top
• To bring its inhabitants closer to nature
• The complex is positioned near a scenic canal
• His legacy still lives on

Have you got a walking bike?

Have you got a walking bike?

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Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :
  • A relaxing stroll
  • A fitness studio
  • A walking bike
  • He showed me how it functions
  • Treading sets the bike in motion
  • The bike first hit the streets in 2014
  • Now it’s taking off internationally
  • Since then it has become a runaway success
  • Regular cycling can be difficult
  • The manufacturer is finding it hard to meet demand
  • A full day tour of the city
  • You don’t need a license
  • Practicing on a country road
  • The Dutch are known as a nation of cyclists
  • After a while I really get the hang of it, but I’m still drawing attention
  • A few brave souls ask if they can have a go
  • Locals and tourists alike are keen to jump on board


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