2:30 of English listening – “Dieting Advice” (Learn 10 new words!)

ūüéßAudio Player and YouTube video at the bottom of this post!ūüéß Dieting: Old Advice, New Again From: The Times in Plain English http://www.thetimesinplainenglish.com/dieting-old-advice-new-again/ All bold text has a definition image to learn the words as you read and listen to them! Diets usually fail. That‚Äôs how dieting has become a billion-dollar business. You lose weight, you stop dieting, you gain back the …

News conversation topics with AUDIO (Listening practice) Syrian refugees

Canadians prepare to welcome thousands of Syrian refugees (News story 2015) 1 – Read the story and study the new words. 2 – Listen to the story audio once or twice while reading the notes. 3 – Listen to the story audio again a few more times without the notes, just focusing on listening. Canada Welcomes Syrian Refugees Canadians are …

English news story to learn new vocabulary! (Advanced) "Cloud computing"

IBM to invest $1.2 billion in cloud services January 19th, 2014 International Business Machines (IBM) plans to invest $1.2 billion to expand its cloud services. The computing and technology giant wants to increase its presence in the next generation of cloud storage and other services. The project includes building 15 state-of-the-art data centers across the world. IBM has to adapt …

English vocabulary – stroll (another word for walk)

stroll ¬†verb to walk somewhere in a slow relaxed wayPeople were strolling along the beach. Read this short news story about president¬†Obama’s stroll in Washington.¬† (Remember we learned the idiom “Walk in the park” here!) Obama‚Äôs stroll is no walk in the park for Secret Service President Obama took a walk Wednesday ‚Äď but not just any stroll on the …

Do you use vending machines?

I live in Japan. In Japan there are many vending machines around, many many many vending machines!¬† What’s a vending machine? A¬†vending machine¬†is a machine which sells items like snacks, drinks, alcohol, cigarettes, etc. to customers automatically, after the customer inserts money or¬†credit¬†into the machine. Click the link below for audio pronunciation Vending machines most often sell soft drinks. How …

Learn English with a news story – World Cup and technology

Are you watching the World Cup? Many people around the world are watching the World Cup, and this year the games are being video taped more than ever! Read this news story about Sony and the use of High Definition in Brazil! Other Tech¬†–¬†Sony, who is supporting official FIFA broadcaster HBS, has installed more than 224 high-definition (HD) cameras which …

English vocabulary from the World Cup – eliminate

It’s the round of 16 now! 32 teams qualified for the 2014 World Cup so 16 teams have been eliminated.¬† On May 19th I posted a blog that explained some English meanings for the verb¬†qualify. (click the image below to review that post!) Today let’s look at a few ways to use¬†eliminate. eliminate ¬†verb 1¬†to remove or get rid of …

An apple a day… Listening practice!

Audio listening practice! ¬†Listen to the MP3 from the story and fill in the blanks. Click the image the audio! An apple a day keeps the doctor away New research says eating an apple every day can _____ your body from a heart attack. The research is from Oxford _______ in England. The researchers said if people in England over …

English proverbs – An apple a day keeps the doctor away

This is my 300th BLOG post!!!Today is 3 x the English!!! For today’s special post we will:1. Learn a new proverb¬†2. Read a news story¬†3. Practice using the conditional clause “IF” that we learned yesterday!¬† Click image to go to yesterday’s IF post The proverb:¬†An apple a day keeps the doctor away This proverb means if you eat an apple …

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day everyone!!! How did¬†Father’s Day¬†begin? According to Wikipedia:¬† Modern Father’s Day began in America in the year 1910. It was started by a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd as a compliment to Mother’s Day. Sonora had 5¬†brothers¬†and sisters who were all raised (taken care of) by their father after their mother passed away when Sonora was younger. Father’s …