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.
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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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.
1. Can I have a sandwich please?
Imperative verbs are used to tell someone to do something.
The imperative form is the same as the infinitive, without “to“.
infinitive: to eat; imperative: eat
infinitive: to watch; imperative: watch
infinitive: to study; imperative: study
Now let’s practise.
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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.
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Hello intermediate level English learners! We have a very useful lesson for you today. We will be learning English noun plurals. Noun plurals in English can be a little difficult as there are many irregular forms. But don’t worry! In this lesson you will learn the rules for plurals, and the most common exceptions. Enjoy the lesson!
What Are Plurals?
Regular Plural Nouns
Irregular Plural Nouns
There are many irregular plural nouns in English. Here are some of the more common ones:
Singular / Plural
mouse / mice
tooth / teeth
man / men
woman / women
child / children
goose / geese
octopus / octopi
Nouns with Identical Singular and Plural Forms
Some words in English are the same in both singular and plural forms.
- one species
- five species
Words with Only Plural Forms
Some English words only have a plural form.
Compound Noun Plurals
For compound noun plurals, we add -s to the first noun.
- a father-in-law
- some fathers-in-law
- one runner-up
- four runners-up
Now let’s practice. Click Start!
Today’s advanced lesson is a reading lesson for you. First, read about the British weather below. And then try to do the quiz at the bottom!
The British Weather
There are few things British people like to talk about more than the weather. This is because the weather in Britain changes so often. If someone aksed me to desrcibe the weather in Britain, I’d have to say that it can be four seasons in one day! You can have warm weather, rain, wind, clouds and snow all in the same day! The British weather is actually one of the first things that visitors to the U.K. notice. Rather than having brilliant sunshine or icy cold, most visitors will be struck by how much rain, clouds, wind, and also blue skies one place can have.
The reason for the unpredictable nature of Britain’s weather is the location of the country. Great Britain is an island in North-Western Europe. As such, Britain enjoys the warmth brought by the Gulf Stream from the Atlantic Ocean. This is a current of warmth produced by the ocean flowing from Florida all the way to Europe and Africa. Thanks to the Gulf stream, Britain doesn’t get too cold for most of the year. However, there are disadvantages to being an island next to the Atlantic Ocean. With oceans come clouds and rain, and Britain get s a lot of both! As such, even in the summer British people have to put up with overcast days and heavy rainfall. This is a source of disappointment to many tourists and locals alike!
Personally, I don’t like the weather in Britain. Well, I certainly don’t like the clouds and rain, anyway. I have been to lots of countries that have wonderful sunny weather all year round, without too much rain. And I have been to countries which, even though they are very cold, get lots of beautiful snow. But Britain doesn’t have much glorious sunshine, and it also doesn’t get very much snow. I find the cloudy, grey weather very depressing, actually. If the sky is blue I always feel cheerful, even if it is cold outside. But when the sky is grey and there isn’t much light, it makes me want to stay indoors!
Britain is famous for the sense of humour people have. People around the world talk about “The British sense of humour”. British people often have a very “self-deprecating” sense of humour. This means we don’t mind laughing at ourselves, and don’t take ourselves too seriously. I think we might have this sense of humour as we are used to disappointing weather, and rather than feeling upset about the bad weather we have learnt to laugh about it. In the same way, we have learnt to laugh at our own failures rather than getting too upset about them.
Now try answering some questions!