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Learn English meaning of ‘global warming’ – Global Warming

1. Learn Vocabulary – Learn some new vocabulary before you start the lesson.

2. Read and Prepare
– Read the introduction and prepare to hear the audio.

In recent years, people have worked to raise awareness of climate change and its effects. One of these effects is global warming, which has many of its own negative results. Some of these include the melting of polar ice caps and rising sea levels. While most people agree that it is important to work against these unnatural changes, others say that the situation is baloney.

When the effects of global warming hit home, many people react by trying to minimize their carbon footprint. They might ride a bike instead of driving a car, and they might also turn down the heat in their houses. The important thing is to stay optimistic and believe that we can improve our world if we work together.

Andy is concerned about global warming. Listen as he and Brian discuss this important issue in today’s English lesson.

1. Listen and Read
– Listen to the audio and read the dialog at the same time.

2. Study
– Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.

Andy_H:  Brian, I’ve got to tell you, I’m kind of worried about the world because global warming is just becoming more and more apparent as an issue.

Brian:  Right. I mean, climate change is happening, but it’s a matter of how it’s happening. I know a lot of politicians say it’s baloney, or it’s not real, but we can see how the temperatures change and how the weather has changed.

Andy_H:  And, you know, you can say something for as long as you want, but facts are facts. Our temperature globally is rising, the polar ice caps are melting, and the sea levels are rising. I’m really concerned but also optimistic, considering how much recycling and taking away our carbon footprint has really increased in the past five years.

Brian:  There’s definitely more awareness. I think it’s really hit home that fossil fuels are a limited resource, and we have to find alternative energy.

Andy_H:  It’s really amazing that, with all of the stars and all of the solar energy that exists in our universe, we dig in the ground.

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Learn English meaning of ‘going to the dentist’ – Going to the Dentist

Andy_H:  Hey Dominique! I just finished watching “Little Shop of Horrors,” and it reminded me of my anxiety for going to the dentist. It’s something that I really don’t like doing. I usually expect the worst. When I’m actually in a chair at the dentist, I feel like the dentist might be some kind of sadistic weirdo.

Dominique:  I actually love going to the dentist.

Andy_H:  Really?

Dominique:  I love getting my teeth clean. Just something about the dentist cleaning my teeth, it makes me feel really good, and I like seeing my x-rays, too.

Andy_H:  The coolest part about me going to the dentist is actually seeing my x-ray. I do like seeing my teeth, but whenever the doctor is chiseling or drilling inside my mouth, I always start to clench the armbars and really just get anxious.

Dominique:  I get anxious, too, but in a really good way, like I can’t wait. I’m actually going this Wednesday.

Andy_H:  Really?

Dominique:  Yes, I am excited.

Andy_H:  Well, you know, maybe I’ll have to book my own appointment. It’s been a while.

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Focus YOUR POWER | Thoreau – Learn to Speak English Powerfully With Effortless English

And I am sure that I never read any memorable news in a newspaper. If we read of one man robbed, or murdered, or killed by accident, or one house burned, or one vessel wrecked, or one steamboat blown up, or one cow run over on the Western Railroad, or one mad dog killed, or one lot of grasshoppers in the winter, – we need never read of another. One is enough. If you are acquainted with the principle, what do you care for a myriad instances and applications? -Henry David Thoreau

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5 Books To Read Improve Your English | Learn English Through Story Books | ChetChat | ChetChat


So, you’re locked down at home and you’re bored. So let’s go on an adventure into 5 of my favourite storybooks. I have loved reading each one of these books and I guarantee that these books will fill your day with joy and enthusiasm, besides of course improving your English

Let’s learn English through my 5 favourite storybooks

5. Unbroken – by Laura Hillenbrand

Is an NY Times bestseller, now a movie directed by Angelina Jolie and it has also been adapted into a book for young adults with over 100 great photographs.
The story begins with his small military plane crashing into the Pacific Ocean and ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a sinking raft, thirst and starvation.
Louis Zamperini was a rebel kid turned into a champion US Olympian and then joins the US military as an airman during the second world war. The story grips you with how this champion now turns into a survivor. Eventually Louis lands up in a Japanese camp as a prisoner of war, but this survivor would not be broken. Unbroken is both moving and inspirational.
You could see the movie as well, though I would recommend listening to the book first. That way you’ll enjoy the movie a lot more

And if you have already read Unbroken, don’t forget to tell me your favourite part of the book and also tell me your favourite storybook which has helped you improve your English, as a comment

4. 13 Reasons Why – Jay Asher

You may have seen the netflix adaptation of 13 reasons why but I quite enjoyed the book. So Hanna Baker is gone, she committed suicide. And Clay Jenson, one of Hannah’s friends who always liked her is going to find out why, when he listens to the tapes that have been sent to him. We know that 13 people are responsible for Hanna’s death, the question is who are they? and what did they do?
As the story unfolds, layers of surprising connections and some high school dynamics unfold which grip you as you read along. It is also a thought provoking story, as you wonder about how even one word you say can change somebody’s life
The book is quite a quick read, so read it even if you have already seen the TV show.

So, if you have already read 13 Reasons Why, don’t forget to give me your personal opnion about the book as a comment

3. Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

Ready Player One has once again been turned into a movie by Steven Speilberg but I still think you should read the book, even if you have already seen the movie.
Ready Player One is set in 2045 where most of humanity spends all their time on this virtual reality universe called ‘The Oasis’ and when the founder James Halliday dies, he leaves his fortune , half a trillion dollars and total control of The Oasis, to one lucky someone.
Halliday scatters a bunch of riddles and puzzles througout the oasis for people to decipher and that will ultimately lead them to an Easter Egg. The first person to reach it, wins.
The story begins when we meet Wade, the main character of Ready Player One. It is a fascinating read with back stories both about the creation of The Oasis and about Wade. During this journey Wade meets his love interest Artemis and together they go about trying to find the Easter Egg.
You may find the beginning a little slow, but push through it coz it gets very exciting soon.
And do give me your personal review of the book if you have already read it as a comment

2. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

Every year a boy and a girl between the ages of 12-18 are to participate in the Hunger Games and only one can survive it. This is a punishment to the districts for once rebelling against the capitol. These 12 districts are unique in that they each produce a different resource and the hunger games are all conducted in a very reality TV way.
This year it is Katniss Everdeen’s turn to fight against the kids from District 1-12 . It is a super fast paced and crazy action filled book that keeps you on the edge all the time. You can read this book in a couple of days. Once again, there is a movie to watch as well which is a less detailed reproduction of the book. Read the book to improve your English and also to get a more first hand feel of the horror, fear and anxiety of the Hunder Games.
Put a comment telling me which of these five books do you feel like reading right away. And if you have already read The Hunger Games, do give me your personal review.

1. The Fault in Our stars – John Green

Hazel Grade Lancaster has been diagnosed with tumour which leads her to join a cancer support group where she meets Augustus Water. This causes a gorgeous change in her life. The characters are teenagers with some maturity because of what they’ve been through, though the dialogues are very realistic teenager like. There is a very nice balance of some pranks and some poetry. If you’re looking for a cute and sad love story, then this will enthrall you. It’s a NY Times bestseller and I read this book in one go, and you will feel like doing that too.
This one too has been made into a movie and reportedly a hindi movie is also being made on this book soon.
So, if you have read this book already, do tell me your favourite parts of the book

I hope you enjoy these books as much as I did, so try it out today and put a comment under this video telling me which of these was your favourite book.

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Learn English Phrases: Let me go! Let me be! Lemme… – Espresso English

Hi students! It’s Shayna from espressoenglish.net and I’m here today to answer another question from one of my students. Someone asked about the difference between the expressions let me go and let me be – when do we use each of these expressions, and how are they different?

Let me go!

The phrase let go is used when you stop holding something with your hand. So if I’m holding this pen and I let go of it, it means I open my hand and I stop holding the pen. If I’m holding this whiteboard and I let go, that means I open my hand and I stop holding it.

So if someone is holding you, for example, a robber or just someone you don’t want to touch you, and they’re holding you physically, then you would say, “Let me go!” which means stop holding me. Stop physically restraining me.

You might also see “let me go” in movies when a criminal or a bad guy has taken someone captive and is holding them prisoner and the person who is being held prisoner might say, “Let me go.” It means release me physically or stop holding me. So let me go is physical.

Let me be!

Let me be is used when someone is bothering you or annoying you. So for example, let’s imagine I’m trying to study for a test, but my little brother keeps coming into the room and making jokes and asking me questions and making comments. I might tell him, “Hey, let me be,” which means, stop bothering me.

Another phrase that is probably more common would be, “leave me alone.” That also means stop bothering me or annoying me.

All right. So we have let me go, meaning to stop physically holding me, let me be, meaning stop bothering me or annoying me.

Let me… (Lemme)

And we also use, “let me…” in a couple other situations in English, for example, let’s say my friend is reading the newspaper and I want to check something in the newspaper. I might say, “Hey, let me see the newspaper for a minute.” That’s, let me see. Let me see the newspaper for a minute. In this case I’m using “let me…” to ask for permission. So it’s almost like, “Please allow me to see the newspaper.”

Of course, another way to ask would be, “Could I,” or “can I see the newspaper for a minute?” But when speaking informally, we often say, “Let me.”

And when speaking fast, we pronounce it like lemme. So my friend is reading the newspaper and I want to see the newspaper for just a moment. I would say, “Hey, lemme see the newspaper for a second.”

That example was literally asking for permission, but actually we often use let me or when spoken fast, it sounds like lemme, when we’re just talking about something we are going to do. So in that case it’s similar to “I will.”

For example, if my friend invites me to see a movie next Tuesday, I might say, “Let me check my schedule.” So I’m not asking permission for me to look at my own schedule. But I’m saying let me as a way to say I will. Usually, I will do this right now. So she calls me on the phone, she says, “Do you want to go to a movie next Tuesday?” And I say, “Ah, let me check my schedule.” That means I am going to check right now.

Or let’s say that two English students are working together and reading a text and they find a word that they don’t know. So one of them might say, “Let me check the dictionary.” Not asking permission, but just saying, “I will check the dictionary right now or in the near future.”

These are a couple of different ways that we use the expression let me in English.

I hope that answers your question! In native spoken English, there are a lot of these little expressions which might be confusing to you because you’re not sure what the context is. A great way to learn some of those expressions is inside my courses.

I have two courses that are specifically on . And so you can learn English from conversations between two native speakers and learn these little expressions, these informal expressions that we use all the time. I’ll show you how they’re used in context and then I’ll explain them to you so that you can better understand conversations between native speakers.

Thank you for joining me for today’s live lesson. I hope to see you inside one of my courses, and that’s all for now. See you next time.

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Learn English meaning of ‘Smoothies’ – Smoothies

Jessica:  So, Dominique, I am trying to incorporate smoothies into my daily regimen. But I don’t know if I like them.

Dominique:  They’re so easy to make. I have one every day. I get my essentials, my vitamins. It’s low calories. It’s just delicious.

Jessica:  I just don’t find them very tasty. Maybe, I need to get together with you, and we can look up some recipes because I feel like I’m not getting enough calories. I am so hungry after I have my smoothie that it’s not worth it.

Dominique:  But that’s the weight lost part of it. I mean, it fills you up, and you lose weight. Apples, carrots, celery… kale…

Jessica:  Do you use wheatgrass, too?

Dominique:  I do a shot of wheatgrass but not all the time.

Jessica:  That’s so scary to me. It really intimidates me.

Dominique:  You have to do it in a shot, and then you have to chase it with orange juice. It’s the only way.

Jessica:   That’s making my tummy turn. I don’t know if I can handle a smoothie a day.

Dominique:  I swear to you they’re tasty. Come over to my house. I’ll make one for you.

Jessica:  OK, that sounds like a plan. Sounds good!

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How to stay motivated to learn English – Tip #1 – Espresso English

Do you ever feel sad and discouraged about your English-learning progress?

Do you sometimes find it hard to stay motivated, because learning English takes such a long time?

Are there days when you just don’t feel like studying?

If you’ve ever experienced these emotions, then you will really enjoy the lessons I have for you this month. I’m going to teach you 10 practical ways to stay motivated in your English learning.

This is a special series of lessons that isn’t specifically about grammar or vocabulary, but instead about how you can stay motivated and keep learning English, even when it feels hard. I’m making these videos for you because I want to see you succeed in your English learning, and these will be my top tips to help you keep going!

Before we get started with tip #1, I want to invite you to take some from my courses about speaking, vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, and more. You can try the free samples to see which one of my courses will be best and most helpful for you.

All right, get ready to learn how to stay motivated when learning English. Again, this is tip #1 of 10 that will be published this month, so stay tuned.

Tip #1: Be Encouraged – Your English Is Probably Better Than You Think It Is!

Unfortunately, a lot of English learners have a very negative view of their English skills. Do you ever find yourself saying or thinking things like…

“My English is probably full of mistakes.”

“I’m afraid to speak, because other people might not understand me.”

“I’ve been studying for years, but my English is still bad.”

I can tell you honestly – your English is probably better than you imagine. As the teacher here at Espresso English, I’ve interacted with thousands of students. I correct hundreds of homework assignments from students in my courses. So I can say with confidence that most of you are doing great in English!

Yes, of course there is room to improve. But you already have good English skills, and I can understand your speaking and writing. That’s a really big accomplishment.

So if you tend to have a low opinion of your English, try to eliminate those negative thoughts by focusing on what you CAN do, not what you can’t do yet.

That’s all for today, but don’t forget to check out those free sample lessons from my courses! And keep watching my channel for the next nine motivational tips, which you’ll see every couple days during this month.

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Speak English with Christina: The story behind it all

There are a lot of reasons to learn English. You probably have your own goal! Maybe it’s for a business opportunity or a career change. Maybe it’s for a personal reason, like making new friends, preparing a travel, talking to your spouse’s family… Or maybe it’s just for fun, you just want to watch TV series in English!

All goals are valid. But at some point when learning English, you’ll probably find that you’re frustrated. You feel limited in what you can say. Like you’re missing out on something. You can be cool, smart and confident in your own language – but when you try speaking English, it all disappears!

Well, at least that’s what I felt – except I was learning French. I felt blocked, and frustrated, and just… not the same person, you know?

Hi, I’m Christina, your American Business English teacher.

Today, let me tell you how teaching business English in France inspired me to create Speak English for Christina.

1. Before teaching Business English: My Story

Back when I was young in the US, I always loved other cultures, and other languages. I learned French in high-school, and I really loved the class. I got good grades and everything.

But I really wanted to live the full experience. So I moved to France! It was exciting, I was finally going to apply what I learned, for real!

Well… I quickly realized it wasn’t going to be easy. In the real world, French people don’t speak the way they do in language classes. They speak fast, they don’t all have the same accent, they won’t stop when you don’t understand… I really wished real-life conversations had subtitles!

I “knew” that when learning a new language, you never feel as funny, spontaneous, or natural, as in your own language. But I didn’t really think it would really happen!

Well, it did. It was hard to feel like myself, in French. Hard to fit in, to make friends…

Of course, I was living in full immersion, so it’s a great way to learn. But I took special lessons to improve my French as well. I learned a bunch of new things.

And now, I feel much better!

The extra mile:

You can use this lesson today to start improving your English: there are many idiomatic expressions in here (such as “a bunch of new things” etc.)

2. Teaching Business English: What I learned

My own experience taught me a lot about what it takes to really feel like yourself in another language. What you need to learn, what people often forget, what you need to hear.

So I started teaching business English, here in my French city, for local companies, for business executives and employees living nearby.

I gave lessons to older business people, in high positions. And they had the same hesitations that I experienced, the same problems when speaking English than I had when speaking French!

In English, they didn’t know how to react to some situations – that they can deal with in French. Like:

And so I realized: “I’m not alone! And they’re not alone!”

It wasn’t just me, who felt like a little kid when speaking English. It’s a universal feeling!

That’s what really drove me to teach business English to a lot of people here.

After some time, I also learned that business people are… busy. There’s always a business trip, a new problem, or a special meeting! A lot of my clients had to miss their lessons sometimes, for business reasons. But they really wanted help in English!

I asked myself: “Well, what can I do to help my clients learn?” And I started to film a few video lessons on the Internet for them.

The first ones were really bad, but like everything, the more you do it, the better it gets! I learned about video, about editing, I bought a better camera and a microphone… And then people from all around the world started contacting me.

And that’s how “Speak English with Christina” was born.

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Number One News – Learn English By Yourself with the News – NO. 1 INSTITUTE

Step 1 (0-5 minutes)

Start with a video! Most News services offer short 1 or 2 minute news highlights.

I like the News in 90 Seconds with the ABC as they have the key headlines for Australia which update every hour. It’s not for English learners so it will be fast. There are usually 4-6 stories per video.

Watch the video twice with no sound and answer these two questions:

Step 2 (5-15 minutes)

Now watch the video with sound! You can watch it a few times so that you understand the main points. 
Write one sentence to summarise each of the main stories. Use your own words!

Step 3 (15-25 minutes)

Choose ONE of the stories from the video that interests you. Try to find a news article about these stories. You can use any of the websites I listed above. Try to choose an article that is not too long or too difficult for you.
Read the article out loud to yourself. Use a highlighter to highlight any words that are new for you. Don’t stop reading, just highlight and continue.

Step 4 (25-45 minutes)

Check the meaning of the words in a dictionary. Be sure to consider the context so that you choose the right meaning.

Step 5 (45-60 minutes)

Read the article again – write a few key words to summarise each paragraph.

Step 6 (60-90 minutes)

Do some English exercises. 
If you have used an article from an English learning news website then choose some exercises or activities they have. If not, you can make your own! Here are some ideas:
1. Gap fill: Copy the text to Microsoft Word and delete all the highlighted words and replace with a gap. Then go back and see if you can remember which words go in which gap.
2. Cut the story: Cut the story into each line. Mix up all the lines and try to put them back together!
3. Write comprehension questions: Imagine you are the IELTS examiner! What questions would you ask to test whether the student understood the text.

Step 7 (90-120 minutes)

Discuss your opinion.
Think about your own opinion on the article or the topic/ issue. If you can, discuss your opinion with a friend.
Also, many news articles have a comments section at the bottom. If your article does, write your opinion there. You can also read the other comments and reply to people as if you were having a discussion.

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Free Online English Courses on edX – Learn English Online

Are you looking to learn English in the comfort of your own home? Many top universities are now offering a wide range of Free Online English Courses and classes.

Take free online English language courses to improve your English grammar, composition, conversation, and writing skills. Learn effective English communication skills with online classes and courses from Tsinghua, ASU, HKPolyU, and other top schools.

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