How to Pass the Cambridge First Certificate Exam (FCE)

What is the Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE)?
This is a certificate run by the University of Cambridge. It is for people who would like to demonstrate that their English proficiency is at an upper-intermediate level. It is one of the best known and most well-renowned English language certificates, and is accepted as proof of English proficiency by thousands of universities, companies, governments and others throughout the world. Attaining this certificate can lead to much better opportunities in education and employment. Due to the international recognition afforded by the certificate, attaining it can even allow you the chance to live and work or study in other regions or countries, thanks to the importance of English as the global language.
The Exam Format
The Cambridge First Certificate in English (hereafter referred to as FCE) consists of five papers:
- Paper 1: Reading (1 hour)
- Paper 2: Writing (1 hour 20 mins)
- Paper 3: Use of English (45 mins)
- Paper 4: Listening (approximately 40 mins)
- Paper 5: Speaking (14 mins)
Papers 1-4 are taken on the same day. Paper 5 (Speaking) is taken at some point during a “window”, that is, a period of several days around the main exam date.
Each paper is worth 20% of the total mark. In other words each paper carries equal importance.How to pass the Cambridge FCE exam 2
Should I Take the FCE Exam?
The FCE exam is a serious test of English ability, aimed at upper-intermediate English speakers, and should not be taken lightly. There is nothing more discouraging than attempting an exam in which you don’t know any of the answers, and finding the time limits far too short for your current level. It is a reasonable expectation that any English learner choosing to take the FCE should have at least two years of part time English study completed before taking the exam. English learners who have spent time living in an English speaking country might be ready within 6 months to a year, depending on their progress. In this teacher’s experience, mother-tongue speakers of European languages are able to achieve English competence in about half the time and effort taken by mother-tongue speakers of non-European languages, such as students from the Far East or Middle East. The reasons are obvious enough, in that languages from the same families have so many similarities. A French student learning English can enjoy around 15,000 cognates between French and English, whereas a Japanese student will have to make do with a few hundred English loan words they have come across in their own language.
Of course, every English learner is different. But these rough guidelines are to save you time and money in the long run, and to ensure you only take the exam once you have a good chance of passing. Attempting the exam before you are ready might have negative consequences, in that a bad exam experience can damage confidence and put learners off future studies.
In any case, if you are confident in your English abilities, the FCE exam can give you a goal to aim at and be an excellent motivator for taking your English to the next level.
Preparing for the FCE Exam
It is good to prepare for each paper of the exam as a separate challenge, due to the specific skills each requires. Here we will look at what exactly to expect in the exam, and how best to get ready for each type of question.
Paper 1: Reading
1 hour
3 parts (30 questions total)
Each text is 550-700 words.
Part 1: Multiple choice.
8 questions.
Each question has four answers to choose from (A, B, C or D).
2 marks per question.
In this section you will read a section of text 550-700 words long, and then answer 8 multiple choice questions on the text. The text could be from any of a number of sources, for example a newspaper, a novel, a diary extract or a letter. 
Part 2: Gapped text.
7 questions.
8 possible answers (sentences A-H) to fit into 7 possible gaps.
2 marks per correct answer.
In this section you will read 550-700 words of text with seven gaps. Each gap requires one of eight sentences provided to you. You must choose which sentence should go where. As before, the text could be from any of a number of sources (novel, newspaper, magazine etc.).
Part 3: Multiple matching.
15 questions.
1 mark per correct answer.
In this section, you will read 550-700 words in one section or several short sections. This will be divided into sections A-E. You will then have 15 questions to answer. For each question you must answer which section of the text is being referred to. 
Since each of the three parts carries about the same number of marks (16, 14 and 15), you should divide your time roughly equally. So 20 minutes per part.
20 minutes is actually quite a short time to do each section. The biggest pitfall here is spending too long reading the text and trying to understand every word. The chances are the text is slightly too difficult for you to understand every single word and meaning. It is too easy to waste a lot of your time trying to do so, and then having insufficient time to actually answer the questions. A much better technique is to actually start by reading the questions. Then, scan read the text looking for key words that might link to the answers. If you have time you can read the text fully at the end, checking whether you still feel your answers apply.
How to pass the Cambridge FCE examHow to prepare for the reading paper: It is a good idea to get used to reading English text quickly. Try not to get into the habit of staring at words you don’t understand. If you don’t know a particular word, keep on reading. The chances are you can guess the meaning based on the words around it. Medium length newspaper or magazine articles are often about 550-700 words long, so they are a good place to practise your reading skills. Try to read the article in about 5 minutes and then try to describe (in English) what the article is about. This can seem very challenging at first, but it is this speed of understanding that you will need to reach in order to pass the reading section.
If you do practice papers from previous years, be sure to do the reading section within the specified time limits. Be strict with yourself with regards to timing, as during the exam you will have strict time limits. Reading at speed can be quite demanding. You may find your concentration fades quickly. But you should get into the habit of being able to read English at high speeds for an hour at a time, as that is the time you will have to read for during the exam. You can build up by starting with 10 minutes at a time, then 20, all the way up to an hour at a time.
Paper 2: Writing
1 hour 20 minutes
2 parts (1 compulsory question and 1 question chosen from a selection of 5)
Part 1: 
You will be given a piece of text (up to 160 words in length) to read. Using information from this text, you will write a letter or email of 120-150 words. 
In this letter or email you will need to do one or more of the following:
- apologise
- compare
- describe
- explain
- express opinions
- justify
- persuade
- recommend
As an example, you might be given a description of a terrible holiday experience had by a customer of your travel agency company. You will be required to write a letter to the customer, apologising for the bad experience, explaining what went wrong, and telling the customer what you will do to make things better.
Part 2:
In part 2 you must choose one of five questions to answer. 
These consist of:
Questions 2-4: Write one of an article, an essay, a letter, a report, a review or a story.
Question 5: Choose one of two questions (A or B). These are based on two set reading texts.
The set texts are the same from the beginning of 2012 until the end of 2013. They are as follows:
- William Thackery: Vanity Fair (Black Cat or any edition)
Mary Stewart: This Rough Magic (OUP)
In part 2 you must write 120-180 words.
The writing paper is worth 20% of your total mark. Part 1 and Part 2 carry equal marks. Since the paper duration is 1 hour and 20 minutes, you should spend about 40 minutes on each question.
How to prepare for the writing paper: You will need to get used to writing English (by hand) very quickly. For each question you will need to spend a few minutes reading the information and question you have been given. You should also spend a few minutes planning your answer. Once you start writing you do not want to have to go back to the start because you have structured your answer wrong.
With the writing section you can actually prepare quite a lot beforehand. 
Part 1:
Since you know that part 1 will be a letter or email, you can research standard language to start and end the communication. Expressions like “Dear Sir/Madam” and “Yours faithfully” or “Best regards” are certain to be useful. You can also memorise certain standard expressions found in letters and emails, such as “I am writing to inform you that…” or “I am writing to apologise about…”. Other useful expressions include “If I can be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact me”, “I am sorry to hear that you had a bad experience” and “I hope that this information is useful to you”. At least 10-20% of your 120-150 words in part 1 can be perfect English if you take the time to memorise useful written communication expressions.
Another good way to prepare for part 1 is to do practice exam papers from previous years. These are available from the Cambridge ESOL website and other sites. Remember to adhere to time limits strictly, since you will need to be able to do so during the exam.
It can be difficult to mark the work you have done since there are no exact “right” answers in a writing question of this nature. A good way to gauge your standard is to use a website like Lang-8, where you can have your work checked and corrected by an English native speaker. By doing this you can look at the mistakes you made, and then learn the correct or appropriate expressions or spellings.
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You should prepare in a similar way to part 1. However, if you wish to you can work on question 5 which is based on the set texts. If so, you should read one (or both) of the texts in the months or weeks leading up to the exam. The more time you can spend reading these texts, the better prepared you will be to answer any question on them. Since you can only answer a question on one of the texts, it is a good idea to choose just one of the texts and focus on that rather than spreading your time thinly between two books. To give yourself a good chance of being able to write about the text, it is a good idea to make one or two mind maps of the text. For example, you could draw a mind map which contained sections for each of the main characters in the book, and what key things happen to them, along with their connections to other characters. This will allow you to quickly remember key information about the characters when you are answering an exam question. Another good method would be to draw a chain of events which happen in the book. A series of 10 or 12 events is likely to be a good summary of the text which is also easy enough to remember. Then practice writing (within the set time of 40 minutes) different essays of 120-180 words. You should imagine what kind of question topics are likely to come up, such as key characters, main events and ongoing themes, and write about those. 
Paper 3: Use of English
45 minutes
4 parts (42 questions total)
This section tests your knowledge and ability to use English vocabulary and grammar appropriately.
Part 1: Multiple choice cloze.
12 questions.
1 mark per correct answer.
In this section you will read a section of text which has 12 gaps. For each gap you must choose the most suitable word from four possible answers. Each answer will be a word with a similar meaning (for example: but, however, yet, although). 
Part 2: Open cloze.
12 questions.
1 mark per correct answer.
In this section you will read a section of text which has 12 gaps. You need to decide what word would fit into each gap. There are no hints or multiple choice answers for this part. For example: It’s a hot day ___ I feel cold. Answer: but
Part 3: Word formation.
10 questions.
1 mark per correct answer.
In this section you will read text with 10 gaps. Each gap requires you to insert an appropriate word based on a prompt.
For example: 
Germany is also famous for the _________ of quality cars. 
Prompt: PRODUCE. 
Answer: production
Part 4: Key word transformations.
8 questions.
Up to 2 marks per correct answer.
In this section, you will be given 8 sentences for read. For each sentence, you must rephrase it using a given word. Use between two and five words.
For example:
Mr.Jones was too hungry to think.
Word to use: THAT
Rephrased sentence given: Mr.Jones was _____________ he couldn’t think.
Possible answer: Mr.Jones was so tired that he couldn’t think.
This paper is worth 20% of your overall mark and must be completed within 45 minutes. You should aim to spend about 12 minutes on each of part 1 and part 2; 10 minutes on part 3 and 8 minutes on part 4. 
How to pass the Cambridge FCE exam 4How to prepare for the Use of English paper: This is a challenging paper which will test your understanding of the subtle differences between words like “but” and “although”, and your ability to build English sentences correctly. The best way to prepare for this paper is to do as many practice papers as possible, and then to study the answers and learn why they are correct. Each paper tests similar elements of your understanding, so you can improve your mark considerably by learning the type of question you are likely to encounter.
Paper 4: Listening
40 minutes
4 parts (30 questions)
This section will test your ability to listen to natural speed English and pick up meaning, detail, topic, mood and so on.
Part 1: Multiple choice
8 questions.
1 mark for each correct answer.
You will hear 8 short recordings of about 30 seconds each. For each recording you must answer a question by choosing an answer from A, B and C. 
Part 2: Sentence completion
10 questions.
1 mark for each correct answer.
In this section you will hear a 3 minute monologue or conversation. You must listen carefully and answer 10 questions. These questions are sentences related to the recording you have heard, and require you to fill in a gap.
Part 3: Multiple matching
5 questions.
1 mark for each correct answer.
In this section you will be presented with six written statements. You must listen to five recordings of 30 seconds each, and match each recording to the statement that best describes it.
Part 4: Multiple choice
7 questions.
1 mark per correct answer.
Listen to a 3 minute monologue or conversation, and answer 7 multiple choice (A, B or C) questions related to the recording. 
How to prepare for the listening paper: Exam technique is very important in the listening paper. The biggest mistake listeners tend to make is trying to remember the meaning of a word or sentence they have heard, and missing the rest of a recording. You should allow the recording to flow through your mind as you listen, and do not worry if you miss a bit or don’t understand everything. The recording will almost certainly contain words or phrases you have never heard before, but that doesn’t mean you can’t answer the questions correctly.
To prepare for the listening test effectively, try to listen to as much naturally spoken English as possible. This can be from TV, radio, past exam papers and so on. Try to ensure you hear a variety of accents. In particular British and American accents should both be familiar to you. 
In this paper you don’t need to worry much about the time limit as the recordings will be played at a speed you cannot control. So the most important thing is just to concentrate on what you hear and write your answers. It is worth turning your head (and ear) towards the speakers which play the recording. This may seem unusual but when you are trying to concentrate on a difficult recording of a foreign language, it can help you pick up detail better.
Paper 5: Speaking
14 minutes per pair of candidates.
4 parts.
You will take this paper with one other candidate and two examiners. One examiner will ask you questions and talk with you, and the other examiner will listen to you and mark your performance.
Part 1: Interview
3 minutes.
Your examiner will ask you questions about yourself and you answer with appropriate information. You might have to describe things like past experiences, personal preferences, plans for the future and so on. 
Part 2: Long turn
1 minute per candidate.
You will be given a pair of photographs with questions about them. You will speak for a minute about the photographs. This might be expressing your opinion, describing differences and so on.
Part 3: Collaborative taskHow to pass the Cambridge FCE exam 5
3 minutes.
You and the the other candidate are given some pictures and asked to make a decision together. You must give your opinion, discuss it with your partner and attempt to reach a decision together. 
Part 4: Discussion
4 minutes.
This part involves more discussion with the other candidate about the pictures in part 3. You must express further opinions and give your reasons for agreeing or disagreeing with your partner. 
How to prepare for the speaking paper: Many students are very comfortable with other English skills but lack confidence in speaking. Therefore it is essential that you have had enough speaking practice. If you have the opportunity to speak to other people in English, whether native speakers or other learners, talk to them as much as possible. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes when you are speaking. Fluency comes by making mistakes and learning from them. If you have English speaking friends, try to chat with them on Skype. Spend time expressing what you like and dislike, and tell them your views on certain things in order to get used to expressing opinions. Even if you don’t have someone to chat to, you can still practise speaking on your own. Try to speak everyday. Another good technique is to make YouTube videos of yourself. If you are posting them on YouTube you will have a lot of motivation to do your best and to improve your English speaking.

Short Lesson 6: “Used to” and “Would”

Used to and Would

Hi everyone!

Today let’s have a look at two similar expressions that can be difficult to use the right way.

They are: “used to”and “would”.

Used to:
- Repeated actions, events or behaviour in the past
- Past states

- Repeated actions, events or behaviour in the past

1. Repeated actions, events or behaviour in the past:
“Would” OR “Used to”
“I used to watch a movie every evening.”
“I would watch a movie every evening.”

“It used to snow in winter.”
“It would snow in winter.”

“She used to smoke cigarettes.”
“She would smoke cigarettes.”

2. Past states:
ONLY “Used to”
“I used to be a student.”
NOT “I would be a student.” (This means “I want to be a student but I can’t.”)
“We used to live in France.”
NOT “We would live in France.” (This means “We want to live in France but we can’t.)

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Intermediate Season 1, Lesson 14: The Simple Present and The Present Progressive

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In today’s lesson we will study the present simple and the present progressive tenses. These are very simple. But many students make a mistake and use the wrong one! So we will make sure you know which one to use.

1. The Present Simple

This describes:
- A fact. 
“I work for a bank.”
“She is a student.”
“France is in Europe.”
“The dog is on the sofa.” 

She is a nurse.

- A sequence of events in the present.
“I go to work at 8 o’clock, have lunch at 1 o’clock and go home at 5 o’clock.”
“She makes dinner for her kids and then washes the dinner.”
“The sun goes down and it gets dark.”

To make the present simple:
Subject +  Verb infinitive
“I play football on Saturdays.”
“We have lunch at 12:30pm.”
(For he/she/it): Subject + Verb infinitive-s/es
“He needs a new jacket.”
“She watches a movie every Friday evening.” 

2. The Present Progressive

This describes:
- Something happening right now.
 ”We are waiting for a phone call.”
“I am eating a sandwich.”
“The players are getting ready for the game.” 

- A plan for the future.
“He’s going to Africa next year.”
“I’m playing football on Saturday.”
“We are leaving soon.” 

He is reading a book.

To make the present progressive:
Subject + to be Verb + Verb-ing
I/You/He/She/It/We/You/They + am/are/is + eating/reading/going
“I am going to France tomorrow.”
“She’s running a marathon.”
“They are coming over later.”

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Intermediate Season 1, Lesson 13: The Future Simple and the Future Perfect

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In today’s intermediate lesson, we are going to look two different ways of using the future tense.

We will learn:

1. The Future Simple
2. The Future Perfect

Let’s start.

1. The Future Simple

This describes:
- Something the speaker thinks/knows will happen
“It will rain later.”
“He’ll be here at 6 o’clock.” 
“We won’t need any money today.” 
“Sunset will be at 6:55pm.” 

"It will be a beautiful day today."

- A sudden decision
“I’ll call the police!”
“I’ll go and get Dad.” 

To make the future simple:
Subject + will(shall) + verb infinitive
I/You/He/She/It/We/You/They + will(shall) + watch/eat/go/play/etc.
“You will need an umbrella today.”
Shall is more formal.
“I shall describe it to you.” 

To make the negative future simple, use “will not” or “won’t“. 
“She will not tell me why she’s sad.”
“We won’t need a car in London.”
To be more formal, use “shall not” or “shan’t“.
“I shall be requiring your help later.”
“We shan’t be returning to this restaurant!” 

2. The Future Perfect

This describes:
- Something that will have finished by a certain time in the future.
“I will have found out my exam result by tomorrow.”
“We’ll have arrived in Australia by Thursday.”
“She’ll have finished school in a week.”

- Speculation about something the speaker thinks has probably happened.
“You can’t find your book? You will have left it at school.”(You have probably left your book at school)
“He will have eaten that steak.”(He probably ate that steak

"She will have had a baby in a month."

To make the future perfect:
Subject + will(shall) + have + verb past participle
I/You/He/She/It/We/You/They + will(shall) + have + eaten/gone/studied/thrown/etc.
“They will have finished their meal.”
“We’ll have run out of money by Wednesday.”
To be more formal, use “shall have“.
“I shall have paid you in a week.”

To make the negative future perfect, use “will not have” or “won’t have“.
“They will not have eaten all the bread by tomorrow.”
“He won’t have finished reading that book in a month!”
To be more formal, use “shall not have” or “shan’t have“. 
“You shall not have finished.”
“We shan’t have sold all of the flowers.” 

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Intermediate Season 1, Lesson 12: The Simple Past and the Past Progressive

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Hey guys!

Today we will look at some ways of using the past tense in English.

There are many ways to talk about the past in English. It can be confusing for English learners to know which form of the past tense to use.

Today we will explore two different forms of the past tense:
- the simple past
- the past progressive

Let’s begin!

1. The Simple Past

We use this to describe:
- An action or actions in the past
“I had an orange for breakfast.”
“I saw my brother at the supermarket.”
“They cleaned the cars.”

The woman smiled.

- Actions that happened in a sequence
“I watched the movie and then walked home.”
“She bought the groceries and carried them to her car.”
“You gave him the letter and then left?”

- Actions that happened in the middle of other actions 
“I was relaxing on the sofa when she came home.”
“The kids were playing tennis when the rain started.”
“The burglar stole their TV while they were sleeping.”

To make the simple past, use the past tense (e.g. spoke, ate) and not the past participle (e.g. spoken, eaten). 
“I watched him walk away.”
To make the negative simple past, use did not + infinitive.
“He did not study for the exam.”
“I did not know the news.”
To make the negative simple past in spoken English, you should use “didn’t”.
“We didn’t have time to visit you.”

The man was walking along when his phone rang.

2. The Past Progressive

Use this to describe:

- An action that was happening in the past
“I was listening to the radio.”
“She was describing her holiday.”
“We were waiting for two hours.”

-  Two or more actions that were happening at the same time
“He was watching TV while she was washing the dishes.”
“The boys were waiting at the beach but the girls were waiting at the mall.”
“The students were studying but the teachers were drinking coffee and talking.”

- A past action that gets interrupted by a different action or event
“I was sleeping until the phone rang.”
“He was driving home when the car skidded.”
“She was sitting quietly when the man entered the room.”

To make the past progressive, use the past tense of “to be” and the continuous form of a verb.
Subject (I/You/He/She/It/We/You/They) + to be past form (was/were) + continuous form of verb (verb-ing)
“He was eating sushi.”
“We were playing golf.”
“I was expecting a phone call.”

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Pictures from Kyoto, Japan

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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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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!





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

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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!

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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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Happy Christmas Everyone!

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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.