Make other people happy

Make other people happy

[great big story]

Some of the best roses in the world bloom in Kenya. While the country is widely known for its scenic national parks and wildlife reserves, it’s also a major flower producer. Winnie Gathonie Njonge is the production manager at Nini Flowers, which sits on the shores of Lake Naivasha. She knows all there is about growing perfect roses and oversees the harvesting of 300,000 to 450,000 a day. “The ultimate goal of growing roses is to make other people happy,” she says. It brings her joy to know the roses she cultivates are sent to the United States, Japan and other countries, spreading love and beauty all over the world. This Great Big Story was made possible by  Kenya Tourism

Vocabulary in chunks

  • Make other people happy
  • I’m responsible for 630,000 roses
  • The climate and fresh water supplier
  • The growers here work extra hard
  • The roses that end up in bouquets
  • We harvest between 300,000 in a day to 450,000
  • Various colours
  • Kenya is a centre for these flower
  • Rose production has flourished in the region
  • Over the last few decades
  • These roses are shipped off to Europe, Japan and the US
  • Many other worldwide destinations
  • She heads back to work
  • To create more beautiful bouquets

 

 

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I’m a Trad

I’m a Trad

[Green Renaissance]

Michael lives in the old Victorian town of Oamaru, on the South Island of New Zealand. He is a ‘Trad’ – a Traditional. He embraces the good aspects of the past and tries to live a life that is a little more gentle than the modern day consumer world.

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Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • A brief period of my life
  • Some sort of dress up
  • An item of clothing
  • How i approach my life
  • My normal is very odd and different
  • I’m a trad, which means I try to live somewhat a traditional lifestyle
  • I have a very conservative view
  • Modern fashionable things
  • A bit gentler than the consumer world
  • The handmadeness of an object, the personal touch
  • Book binding
  • Sewing a book with a needle and thread
  • I am amazed that the world in holding itself together
  • Our lifestyle is destroying the planet
  • The generation 7 times down the line
  • We don’t question or think about things that much
  • How are you benefiting other people
  • How are you benefiting the planet
  • There’s gotta be give and take
  • I would always say follow your passion
  • To give me the option of choice and freedom

 

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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

 

 

Meet South Africa

Meet South Africa

South African Tourism

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video

 

  • What is Mbhaco you may ask
  • A Xhosa Bride
  • He needed to find inspiration elsewhere
  • Where was this elsewhere
  • If any inspiration needed finding it would be here
  • Cows with horns that stab the rain
  • Perhaps rubbing shoulders with kings and queens
  • Consult the elders
  • It was further than a short walk away
  • He wasn’t one to give up
  • He looked to the mountains
  • The valley of a thousand hills
  • Ballroom dancing
  • So inspired
Real Magic

Real Magic

Great Big Story

Tim Linhart was sculpting ice in Colorado when he decided to try something new  : creating a giant, frozen violin. When a friend jokingly asked how Tim thought his violin would sound, it sparked an idea. Why not make an entire, functional orchestra out of ice? That was 21 years ago. These days, Tim is based in Sweden and gathers his icy ensembles to play in cosmic igloos. Grab a seat, and best don’t forget your coat.

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video

  • An ice instrument
  • The purity and the clarity
  • A wooden instrument
  • An acoustic material
  • The founder of ice music
  • The idea first came to me about 21 yeas ago
  • An ice sculptor
  • To build a giant violin
  • The instruments are made of white ice
  • A mixture of snow and water
  • The ice part takes about  5-6 days
  • Classical music
  • A wide variety of different things
  • We’ll put on about 45 concerts
  • The concert hall
  • A giant ice cave
  • They cannot wrap their brain around a piece of ice making a sound
  • Very pleasantly surprised
Welcome to the jungle #2

Welcome to the jungle #2

WWF international
  • Incredible animals
  • To focus on the big things
  • Just about anywhere
  • Now this insect has blown my mind
  • Most diverse creatures
  • A master of disguise
  • Fiercely protective of their nests
  • They are oblivious to the danger they’re in
  • Staple diet
  • They have the power to change landscapes
  • To feed their colony
  • The nutrients disperse into the soil
  • Nutrient rich hotspots
  • Open grasslands
  • Thick dense forests
  • The part they play is irreplaceable
  • Countless species
  • To be transferred up the food chain
  • Break them down
  • Start the cycle all over again
  • The impact they have on our environment is monumental
  • Deep dark jungles
  • Swampy clearings
  • Vital meeting place
  • Numerous species
  • You never know what is going to show up
  • It is the middle of the day
  • Seek shelter in the forest
  • Mineral pass into the soil
  • The more dung gets left here the richer these bais become
  • Large mammals
  • A different chain of events
  • These fish launch themselves out of the water
  • An entire food chain
  • Reclaimed by the forest
  • Where poaching is heavy
  • Closing up entirely
  • Everything here works in perfect harmony
  • The balance of this entire ecosystem would shift
  • Things we take for granted

Congo-Rainforest

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Welcome to the jungle

Welcome to the jungle

WWF international
  • A wild life cameraman
  • The second largest rainforest
  • Explore this incredible place
  • How everything is connected
  • Don’t miss out
  • I can’t wait for you to join me
  • The green heart of Africa
  • Across six different countries
  • Tens of thousands of species call this home
  • I’m going to try as hard as I can
  • This huge variety of different species and the places they live is what we call biodiversity
  • One piece of a huge puzzle
  • The world’s biodiversity is declining rapidly
  • Fresh water and clean air
  • I find this quite worrying
  • Tracking gorillas through the forest
  • Checking out cool insects
  • Getting my feet wet
  • Trying to catch a glimpse of the elusive forest elephant
  • Stick around
  • I am super excited
  • It is critically endangered
  • Unfamiliar sights and sounds
  • Being destroyed at such a rapid rate
  • We wear masks
  • Wild gorilla
  • Their population is declining
  • Finding fruit
  • High up in the forest canopy
  • They live in families
  • Catch a glimpse of him
  • A silver-back gorilla
  • The head of the family
  • The forest thrives
  • Disperse the seeds throughout the forest
  • The ecosystem

Congo-Rainforest

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Open your eyes back to nature

Open your eyes back to nature

[The Great Big Story]

Culinary Artist, James Gop, has dedicated his life to embracing local foods, open fires and the vast beauty of the Berkshire Mountains. Mother Nature, to Gop, is a giant grocery store full of endless possibility. To celebrate the chef’s refreshing take on what it means to be an artist/explorer/chef in today’s world, Coors Light is enabling James’ next masterpiece: a sumptuous feast that showcases his top dishes, using hand-picked ingredients from the surrounding flora and fauna.

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Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video
  • Walk around in the woods
  • Curious nature
  • Culinary artist
  • More often than not
  • Later this week
  • Building a menu
  • Native species
  • The growing seasons are short
  • He never stops
  • It’s very inspiring
  • Continue to be better
  • My artistic expression
  • A seventeen-hour day
  • Sauté them in a lot of butter and a lot of salt
  • Little red berries
  • To forever change your lives today
  • Being here, present
  • Weeds and grasses
  • An edible grocery store
  • Exposing them to something they’ve never seen
  • Foraged pine bark
  • Whole-wheat flour
  • Making time
  • Be part of this experience
  • Open your eyes back to nature
  • Giving us the opportunity to tell our story
Cook with your soul and spirit

Cook with your soul and spirit

great big story

Mexico’s Zapotecs are an indigenous community living in Oaxaca, Mexico. Before Spanish colonization, Zapotecan civilization was a thriving epicenter of food, culture and tradition. Today, chef Abigail Mendoza is on a mission to keep those traditions alive by cooking the food of her ancestors. All the dishes she cooks—including pre-hispanic mole, stuffed chiles with Oaxaca cheese and atole—are made using ancient techniques. Recognized by the world’s best chefs for her dishes, she hopes to keep the food of her ancestors alive and thriving.

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video

  • An indigenous group
  • Pre-colonial era
  • Keep their traditions alive
  • She has become world-famous
  • Keeping the traditional ways of cooking alive
  • A Corn-based sauce
  • She cooks chilies directly on coals
  • Foods that were eaten thousands of years ago

Map of Oaxaca :

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