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Advanced Season 1, Lesson 6: Economic Problems!

Hi everyone!

Today’s advanced lesson is a reading lesson.

Please start by reading the paragraph below.

These days, people all over the world are feeling the effects of the world’s financial crisis. Things started to get bad in  the late 2000′s, and to this day people are still struggling.

There are many signs of this economic downturn. For example, many people have lost their jobs, and new jobs aren’t being created as quickly as they used to be. Another sign of the problems is people have less disposable income than they used to, due to things like more expensive food, housing and transport; and a lack of pay increases in recent years.

How can we cope with this situation? There are many things that we can do.

-First of all, it’s important to get used to spending less money. We should look at where our money goes, and decide whether there are measures we can take to reduce our expenditure.
-Secondly, we should plan for a rainy day. Even if we have an income right now, there is no guarantee that our jobs will be safe in the future. Therefore, it is important to accumulate savings if at all possible. 
-Thirdly, try to have a back-up plan. If you do lose your job or home, what will you do? Do you have other sources of income or another place to live?

Above all, it’s important to stay positive and to remember that this is a natural cycle. Economies get better and worse as time goes by. Things will no doubt improve in the future.

Let’s look at some of the key words and expressions from this lesson:

-financial crisis: the period of time when the world’s economy has been bad
-economic downturn: A period of time when the economy gets worse
-disposable income: Part of your salary which you don’t spend on essential items like food or housing.
-expenditure: The money you spend.
-plan for a rainy day: Be prepared for a difficult tim in the future, such as not having enough money.
-accumulate: Gather/Build up.
-back-up plan: A plan for if things don’t go well.

Now, let’s read the paragraph again:

These days, people all over the world are feeling the effects of the world’s financial crisis. Things started to get bad in  the late 2000′s, and to this day people are still struggling.

There are many signs of this economic downturn. For example, many people have lost their jobs, and new jobs aren’t being created as quickly as they used to be. Another sign of the problems is people have less disposable income than they used to, due to things like more expensive food, housing and transport; and a lack of pay increases in recent years.

How can we cope with this situation? There are many things that we can do.

-First of all, it’s important to get used to spending less money. We should look at where our money goes, and decide whether there are measures we can take to reduce our expenditure
-Secondly, we should plan for a rainy day. Even if we have an income right now, there is no guarantee that our jobs will be safe in the future. Therefore, it is important to accumulate savings if at all possible. 
-Thirdly, try to have a back-up plan. If you do lose your job or home, what will you do? Do you have other sources of income or another place to live?

Above all, it’s important to stay positive and to remember that this is a natural cycle. Economies get better and worse as time goes by. Things will no doubt improve in the future.

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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?

Advanced Season 1, Lesson 2: The British Weather!

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Hey guys!

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!

The British Weather Quiz

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