Monthly Archives: December 2011

Pictures from Kyoto, Japan

Hey guys!

Here are some pictures I took when I visited Kyoto in Japan.

Kyoto is a famous, historic city with so many beautiful and interesting things for visitors to see. It has a population of 1.5 million people and was once the capital city of Japan.

I had a wonderful time in Kyoto, although it was very very hot! I was very tired every day because of the weather.

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Pagoda at Kiyomizu-dera

Traditional artwork.

Girl wearing a traditional Japanese kimono.

A metro train in Kyoto.

View of Kyoto city from Kiyomizu-dera.

Couple wearing traditional Japanese clothes.

Japanese girl at Kiyomizu-dera.

Traditional parasols in the Higashiyama District.

Ryōzen Kannon in Kyoto. Made with 500 tons of concrete and opened in 1955 as a memorial to the soldiers who died in World War II,

Ryōzen Kannon in Kyoto.

Motorbike numberplate in Kyoto.

Shopping street in traditional Higashiyama District.

Fountain at Kiyomizu-dera.

Statue of samurai Nakaoka Shintaro in Maruyama Park, Kyoto.

Duck in Maruyama Park, Kyoto

Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto.

Wooden prayer boards, Kyoto.

Information about cat cafe in Kyoto. You can pay to spend time with cats in the cafe whilst enjoying coffee and cake!

Games arcade in Kyoto.

Night view of Kamo River in Kyoto.

Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto.

Dragon shrine fountain, Kyoto.

Buddhist girl, Kyoto.

Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto.

Jazz club, downtown Kyoto.

High street, Kyoto.

Traditional lanterns, Kyoto.

Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum, Kyoto.

Motorcyclist near Kyoto Castle.

Man in traditional Japanese dress at Kyoto Castle.

Kitty Wars (Hello Kitty/Star Wars) T-shirt for sale in Kyoto.

Kyoto International Manga Museum.

Interior of Kyoto Train Station.


Advanced Season 1, Lesson 5: An Inspirational Speech

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Hey guys,

Today’s lesson is a video lesson. We will start by watching a video. We will then read the text of the video. Then we will watch the video once more. Finally, we will answer some questions about the video.

Let’s start!

1. Please watch the following movie:

2. Now, please read the movie text below.

I’m sorry. But I don’t want to be an emperor. It’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible. Jew, gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each others’ happiness, not by each others’ misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. This world has room for everyone and the good Earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful. But we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men’s souls; has barricaded the world with hate. Has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed.

We have developed speed but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical, our cleverness hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities life would be violent and all will be lost. The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men. Cries out for universal brotherhood, for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world. Millions of despairing men, women and little children. Victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. For those who can hear me I say “Do not despair!” The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass and dictators die. And the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.

Soldiers, don’t give yourselves to brutes! Men who despise you, enslave you; who regiment your lives; tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle! Use you as cannon fodder! Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men, machine men! With machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don’t hate, only the unloved hate. The unloved and the unnatural. Soldiers, don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty! In the seventeenth chapter of Saint Luke it is written “The Kingdom of God is within man. Not one man nor a group of men. But in all men! In you! You, the people have the power. The power to create machines. The power to create happiness. You the people have the power to make this life free and beautiful. To make this life a wonderful adventure. Then, in the name of democracy let us use that power. Let us all unite! Let us fight for a new world, a decent world, that will give men a chance to work, give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things brutes have risen to power. But they lie, they do not fulfil their promises. They never will! Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people! Now let us fight to fulfil that promise, let us fight to free the world. To do away with national barriers, to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness. Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let us all unite!

3. Now, please watch the movie one more time:

4. Now please take the test. Please click “Start” to begin.

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Intermediate Season 1, Lesson 11: Shut the Door!

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Hello English learners!

In today’s intermediate lesson, we will practice using “a/an” and “the”. We will also use the imperative of a verb.

Articles A/An and The

A/An: For unspecified things. (We don’t know which one). Use “An” for words beginning with vowel sounds (a, e, i, o, u sounds). Use “A” for words beginning with other sounds.
For example:
1. Can I have a sandwich please?

 

 

 

 

2. I saw an ostrich.

 

 

 

 

3. There’s a TV show about Africa.

 

 

 

 

The: For specified things. (We know which one). Or there is only one of something.
For example:
1. Isn’t the moon beautiful tonight?

 

 

 

 

2. The dog is on the sofa.

 

 

 

 

3. Prince William’s grandmother is the Queen.

 

 

 

 

Imperative Verbs

Imperative verbs are used to tell someone to do something.
The imperative form is the same as the infinitive, without “to“.
For example:
infinitive: to eat; imperative: eat
infinitive: to watch; imperative: watch
infinitive: to study; imperative: study

Example sentences:
1. Give me that book please.

 

 

 

 

2. Put the groceries away!

 

 

 

 

3. Paint the fence tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

4. Tell me your name.

 

 

 

 

5. Be quiet!

 

 

 

 

6. Stop shouting!

 

 

 

 

Now let’s practise.

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Intermediate Season 1, Lesson 10: The Day of Seven Billion!

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Hey everyone!

Welcome to today’s intermediate lesson! This is a reading lesson. Please read the text. At the end of the lesson there is a quiz, so you can check your understanding. Enjoy!

Here is the text:

The Day of Seven Billion

Have you heard of “The Day of Seven Billion”? This was the day that the world’s population reached seven billion. Seven billion people! That’s incredible. Seven billion is seven thousand million. Or 7,000,000,000. What an incredible number of humans.

The Day of Seven Billion was October 31st, 2011. Of course, it’s impossible to count every human in the world. But that was the symbolic day that was chosen by the United Nations.

Where do all the people live?

Here are the population totals of each continent:
Africa: 1,020,000,000 (one billion, twenty million)
Asia: 3,880,000,000 (three billion, eight hundred and eighty million)
Australasia: 33,000,000 (thirty-three million)
Europe: 731,000,000 (seven hundred and thirty-one million)
North America: 535,000,000 (five hundred and thirty-five million)
South America: 386,000,000 (three hundred and eighty-six million)

The population of the world is growing quickly. It reached six billion in 1999, and is expected to reach eight billion in 2027. Why is it going up so quickly? Some of the reasons include better healthcare and nutrition. People have better medicine and food, so they can live much longer.

Having so many people is a big challenge. Many problems like pollution, overcrowding, food shortages and deforestation are caused by a growing population. We will have to work hard to avoid these problems.

On the other hand, a huge population of people can have benefits. Since there are so many humans, we are able to invent new technology and develop our culture very quickly. Also, there is so much diversity in the world, like different races of people and different languages.

Now try the quiz. Please click “Start”!

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Happy Christmas Everyone!

Hello everyone!

This is a video message to wish everyone a very happy Christmas!

Please watch the video below:

Here is the text:

Hi everyone! 

This is just a message to say that I hope you have a really fantastic Christmas, and a very happy time, whether you’re with family, or friends, or by yourself. Wherever you are, whether you celebrate Christmas in your country, or whether you don’t. I just really hope that you have a fantastic time. And it’s a really wonderful time of the year to look back at what’s happened this year and to think about the year coming, and to look forward.

So, wherever you are, and whatever you’re doing, I just hope that you have a really fantastic happy time. Bye.

Beginner Podcast S1E2: I Have Two Dogs!

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Welcome to the podcast lesson!

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Here is the text: I have two dogs. They are very beautiful. I haven’t got a cat. I’ve got a brother. His name is Paul. I don’t have a sister. I’ve got a bike, but I haven’t got a car.

Useful Sentences:

I have = I’ve got

"I have a piano."

1. I have (+ noun)
e.g.
I have two dogs.
I have a piano.
I have six cousins.
I have a white jacket.

2. I’ve got (+ noun)
(I’ve = I have)
e.g.
I’ve got friends in Canada.
I’ve got a problem!
I’ve got no time.
I’ve got a new book.

"I don't have blue eyes."

I don’t have = I haven’t got

3. I don’t have (+ noun)
(don’t = do not)
e.g.
I don’t have blue eyes.
I don’t have a dog.
I don’t have long hair.
I don’t have a watch today.

4. I haven’t got (+ noun)
(haven’t = have not)
e.g.
I haven’t got any money!
I haven’t got a brother.
I haven’t got the book.
I haven’t got a car.

 

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Pictures From Yogyakarta (Jogjakarta), Indonesia

Hi everyone!

Here are some of my photos from Yogyakarta (Jogjakarta), which is a famous city in Java, Indonesia. I had a wonderful time in this amazing city.

I travelled to Indonesia in the summer of 2010.

You are welcome to download these photos and use them any way you like. If you like these pictures, please share this page on Facebook! Thanks!

Have a great day!

Jon

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Yogyakarta Taman Sari Water Castle

Yogyakarta Taman Sari Water Castle

Friends enjoying the evening.

Tasty dinner.

A couple having their picture taken in the Taman Sari Water Castle.

So many interesting things to buy in the market.

Horse and cart in the city centre of Yogyakarta.

Taking the cycle rickshaw to get home in the heat!

Rickshaw cyclist in Yogyakarta.

Enjoying the ride!

Delicious street food!

Preparation for a show.

Guitar for the atmosphere.

Great city, great people.

Relaxing with friends in the evening.

One of Yogyakarta's Colourful Bikes

Great fun!

Bikes in Yogyakarta. You can ride them for a small fee.

Advanced Season 1, Lesson 4: I Lost My Wallet!

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Hey guys!

Welcome to this advanced video lesson! This is a video lesson which should be very helpful for improving your listening skills.

In today’s lesson I will tell you an experience I had recently when I lost my wallet in London and I couldn’t get home! It was very stressful!

Please start by watching the video below.

Here is the transcript:

Hi guys! Welcome to this advanced lesson.

Today I’d like to tell you about an experience I had a few months ago in London when I lost my wallet. I live about 50 miles away from London, which is about 80Km. And sometimes I like to take a trip to London to do various things. Of course, in London there’s so much

Inside the British Museum. Isn't it amazing?

to do, so much to enjoy. And one thing I like to do is go to interesting museums. So, it was my plan to go to a place called the British Museum, which is a very very famous museum in London. One of the most famous museums in the world in fact. They’ve got a wonderful collection of things from all over the world. So much history, so much culture, it’s a fantastic place to go if ever you get the chance. And I went to London for the day and I took the Underground train. We call it “The Unerground”, in other countries it’s called a subway or metro. I took the Underground train to the museum and I opened my bag to get my camera out, and I found that the front of my bag was open, which is you know, a problem! And, I found that actually my wallet was missing. My wallet was gone! Which is of course, a really bad thing.

Now, in my wallet I had my train ticket to travel home; I had all of my cash, and I had all of my bank cards. So of course I had no money, and no way to get home. This is a serious problem! So, the first thing that I did was I had to call the bank. I had to call the bank to cancel my cards, because of course if you lose your bank card, maybe maybe somebody will use your card to buy something or to take some money from your bank account. It’s a serious problem. So I had to call the bank and get the cards cancelled. Unfortunately, I have a lot of different bank cards, with different banks, and I even have a card with a bank in South Korea because of course I was living in Korea for a few years. So I had to make phone calls to all the different bank accounts, for credit cards, debit cards, and I had to ring people on my phone. I had to call them in Korea just to cancel, or at least to try to cancel my card in Korea. It was very difficult as of course it was the middle of the night in Korea. In England the time was about 3pm, but in Korea it was about midnight! So it was a big problem to have to call people, to wake them up and say “Can you go on to the website of the bank and find the emergency phone number and call the bank?” Terrible!

Next, I had to find a way to travel across London back to the main train station so that I could travel home. Now, I went to the Underground train station, the subway station, and I asked them if there was a way that I could give my name and address and get a ticket and then pay it back when I got home. But there was no way, unfortunately, it’s impossible. So, what I had to do was, I had to walk across London, erm, it wasn’t too far, it was maybe about two and a half miles walking, but the problem was it was very very

The entrance to a London Underground station.

busy. It was a Friday evening. So, by this time, there were a lot of people travelling around London; a lot of people going home from work, and also a lot of people going out to go to maybe go to a bar or a restaurant, or the theatre, or something like this. So lots of people were everywhere. So, it was very very slow to walk through London.

Finally, after, I think about two hours of walking through London, it was so slow, after about two hours of walking, I finally found my way to the train station where I needed to be to travel home. And, I went and I asked at the ticket office “Is there some kind of way that I can give you my name and my address and I can pay for the ticket when I get home?” But they said there was no way, it was impossible. So what do you do? What do you do in this situation when you can go home? When you don’t have any money, and you don’t have a bank card, and you can’t get a free ticket temporarily? It’s a serious problem. But, they said what I could do was I could contact someone and they could call a phone number and then that person could pay for my train ticket with a credit card. And then, I could collect my card from the ticket office. Sorry, I should say “collect my train ticket”, from the ticket office, and then I would be able to go home. Now, that’s a good idea, but, when I did it it actually took a very very long time. I contacted my Dad and I asked him to call the number and to request to buy a train ticket for me to come home. But it took about one hour between him making the phone call and the train ticket finally being ready.

So it took so much time, all of it. I remember I arrived at the museum at about 3 o’clock, and it wasn’t until about 8 o’clock that evening that I was able to take a train and travel home. So, it was a really terrible day! And even though I travelled all the way to London to go to the museum, I was only in the museum for about 30 seconds before I realised my wallet had gone. And I had to try to find a way to go home. So it took half a day just to get home from this situation. So, I don’t know what happened to my wallet, maybe I lost it or maybe it was stolen. I guess I’ll never know. But these things happen and at least I got home.

Ok, so, I hope this was enjoyable for you, and I hope that you can practise your listening skills with this video. And, I’ll see you next time. Bye!

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Beginner Podcast S1E1: My Hobby is Travel!

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Welcome to the first podcast!

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Here is the text:

My hobby is travel. I love going to other countries. My favourite countries are Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea and Canada. My favourite continent is Asia. I have never been to Australia or South America.

Useful sentences:

1. My hobby is (+ noun / verb-ing)
e.g.
My hobby is travel.
My hobby is football.
My hobby is watching movies.
My hobby is reading books.

2. My favourite ____ is/are _____. (is = 1; are = 2+)
e.g.
My favourite movie is Die Hard.
My favourite colour is blue.
My favourite sports are tennis and volleyball.
My favourite people are my parents.

3. I have never (+ verb past participle)
e.g.
I have never been to Australia.
I have never seen the Harry Potter movies.
I have never eaten durian!

Note:
favourite & colour: U.K./Ireland/Australia/New Zealand spelling
favorite & color: U.S./Canada spelling

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Intermediate Season 1, Lesson 9: The Secret Ingredient of Coca-Cola

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Do you like Coca-Cola?

How often do you drink Coke?

Coca-Cola was first made by John Pemberton in 1886. At the time it was sold as a type of medicine. Since that time, Coke has been the most famous soft drink in the world. For over a hundred years, billions of people have enjoyed the taste.

Why is Coca-Cola So Delicious?

What makes Coca-Cola so delicious? Why do people like it so much? What is the secret ingredient of Coke?

The answer is something called Merchandise 7X. This secret ingredient gives Coke its amazing, unique flavour. Until recently, only a few people in the world knew the recipe for Merchandise 7X.

(Secret ingredient: Something in food or drink which makes you want more.)

Surprising Discovery

A photo from a 1979 newspaper shows a person holding a book. In the book you can see the recipe for Merchandise 7X.

What is the Recipe for Coca-Cola?

(Recipe: A list of ingredients in a food or drink. Also, the method for making it.)

- Fluid of coca
- Citric acid (3 ounces)
- Caffeine (10 ounces)
- Sugar 
- Water (2.5 gallons)
- Lime juice (2 pints)
- Vanilla (1 ounce)
- Caramel (1.5 ounces)
- Alcohol (8 ounces)
- Orange oil (20 drops)
- Lemon oil (30 drops)
- Nutmeg oil (10 drops)
- Coriander (5 drops)
- Neroli (10 drops)
- Cinnamon (10 drops)

So Can You Make Your Own Coca-Cola?

Of course, it would be almost impossible to make Coke yourself. To get the quantities right would be very hard, and how would you know the method for making the drink?

(Quantities: How much of each ingredient in a recipe.)

Alcohol in Coke

So, it seems that there is alcohol in Coca-Cola! It is only a tiny amount. And maybe the recipe has changed. Maybe there isn’t any alcohol in it these days. What do you think? How does it make you feel?