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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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
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
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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Today we will learn how to mind map. Mind maps are a great way to learn a language. And they are so easy and fun to make! Please watch the video below!
Here is the finished mind map:
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Today we will learn how to describe the weather using simple expressions. Please watch the video, then see below for the expressions.
Have a great day!
How’s the weather?
What’s the weather like?
What’s it like outside?
It’s a little cloudy.
It’s a beautiful day.
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In today’s lesson we will learn two useful expressions- “How Often?” and “How Much Time?”.
After watching the lesson, you can see all the expressions and many more below.
How often do you __________?
go to the bank
go to the dentist
brush your teeth
go to hospital
watch the Olympics
play computer games
talk to your friends
email your friends
watch a movie
All the time
Once/twice/three times/four times a year/month/week/day/hour
Maybe once/twice/three times/four times a year/month/week/day/hour
About once/twice/three times/four times a year/month/week/day/hour
As often as I can
Whenever I need to
As rarely as I can
listening to music?
playing computer games
with your parents
with your friends
doing a part-time job
One hour a day
Two hours a day
One hour a week
Three hours a week
Eight hours a month
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Hey everyone! Welcome to English advanced lesson 1!
Please watch the video. The transcript for the whole video is below:
“Hey guys! Welcome to the Advanced Season 1 Lesson 1. This will be a kind of audio video blog. So you can just listen to what I talk about and see how much you can understand. Even if the subject’s boring, maybe you can practise your English listening skills. So, today I’ll talk about two things. The first thing I’ll talk about is the new Transformers movie which I went to see last week or this week, and the other thing I’ll talk about is the Wimbledon tennis which of course finished very recently.
So first, let’s take a look at the new Transformers movie. Now the storyline is basically following on from the other two Transformers movies. If you enjoyed those movies, for sure you’ll enjoy this one. I won’t spoil it too much. Also I can’t remember half of what happened, which doesn’t help! The special effects of the movie were really really good, yeah, the computer generated stuff is really fantastic, as usual, I really enjoyed that. If you’re a fan of the old Transformers cartoon, which used to be a children’s show, then for sure you’ll enjoy these movies. I really used to enjoy the cartoon so I like the movies and the computer generated CGI stuff. The movie’s available in 3D, if you want to watch it in 3D, so if you wanna wear the sort of err plastic, plastic glasses, you can do that!
What did I like about it? I liked the story line, I thought it was quite cool, it was to do with them having to go to the moon to get something, because something was left on the moon, and, that was pretty interesting, pretty good ideas.
Is it worth going to see this movie? Yeah, for sure. I think it’s worth going to see. I think that it’s erm, probably one of the better movies that I’ve seen this year. I really did think it was worth, worth watching. So my rating for this movie, for Transformers 3, Dark of the Moon, is going to be 4 stars, out of 5, so, go and see it!
Next I’ll talk about the Wimbledon tennis which of course finished on Sunday. I’m a big fan of the Wimbledon tournament. I think it’s a lot of fun to watch especially as it’s in England, it’s in London, so, it’s obviously very famous in my country. And it’s also very famous around the world. I always enjoy watching tennis on TV. I like seeing the other major tournaments, the French Open, the U.S. Open and also the Australian Open.
And I’ve really enjoyed tennis in recent years because we’ve been very lucky to see two of probably the best players who have ever played tennis. And of course these guys are Rafa Nadal from Spain, and of course Roger Federer from Switzerland. Rafa Nadal is maybe about three or four years younger than Roger Federer, so he’s probably going to be around a little bit longer than Federer, but both of them are incredible players and they’ve had an incredible rivalry throughout their careers; which actually mostly Rafa Nadal has had the upper hand. He’s beaten Roger Federer many many times in major tournaments, particularly in the finals of tournaments.
But the most recent Wimbledon tournament was won by Novak Djokovic from Serbia, so, that was really good to see. Another guy winning the tournament, that was good fun for everybody and congratulations to him.
Ok, I hope that you enjoyed this and you weren’t too bored, and err, I’ll see you next time, so, have a great day! Bye.”
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That’s my cat, isn’t she awesome? In this first lesson of the intermediate series, I will give you some great, natural conversational English expressions which can be used instead of the same old “How are you? I’m fine thank you, and you?” that everyone is taught at school. At this stage of your learning you are probably good with your English grammar and know lots of vocab, but you want to know how to improve spoken English and how to sound more natural. Hopefully these expressions will be a great start for you. Enjoy, and remember to comment and share this lesson on Facebook or Twitter using the links on the right!
How are you?
How’s it going?
How are you feeling?
I’m doing well!
Not (too) bad.
Not so good.
I feel a bit under the weather.
I feel terrible.
I feel lousy.
I’m (really) tired.
I’m (really) stressed.
I’m really worried.
Question 2 (why?):
What’s going on?
What’s been happening?
I had a great night’s sleep.
It’s nearly the weekend!
It’s a beautiful day.
I’ve had a great day/week.
I had a bad night’s sleep.
I didn’t sleep well.
I feel ill/sick/unwell.
It’s Monday morning!
I had an argument/a fight with my Mum/Dad/friend/boyfriend/girlfriend.
I’m so busy right now.
I have exams.
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Welcome! Please watch the video and then see below for the lesson!
What’s your name?
My name is Jon.
I’m called Jon.
Where are you from?
I’m from England/Spain/Korea/London/Madrid/Tokyo.
I come from France/China/Brazil/New York/Beijing/Bangkok.
What do you do? What do you do
What’s your job?
I’m a student/teacher/policeman/nurse/secretary.
I work as a doctor/fire fighter/cleaner/taxi driver.
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