Learn English with Ted Talk: English Manias

Looking for inspiration to learn English? Ted Talks are an interesting way to stimulate your mind while also informing you on remarkable or pressing subjects in today’s ever-changing world. Today, we will focus on a short Ted Talk by Jay Walker, given in 2009 but still as relevant as ever, about the growing need for English and how it is the language of problem solving. Have a watch here:

After listening, how did you find the vocabulary? Difficult? Well have no fear, here are some exercises you can do to learn the vocabulary once again. After doing this, have another listen and see if you recognize any of the words!

Manias Vocabulary Exercises

Match the vocabulary to their definitions.

RunWalkRun – An English Blog

THE FOLLOWING PIECE IS BY ONE OF OUR TOP STUDENTS, ROSI. AFTER LEARNING ABOUT WRITING BLOG POSTS IN ONE OF OUR GROUP LESSONS, HER HOMEWORK WAS THE FOLLOWING:

Create the blog post you planned with your partner during the lesson!

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How can you eat and drink while putting your worries at ease?

Your best bet is to go running!

In this blog we’ll explain to you how to run a half marathon even if running doesn’t relate to you and if you genuinely love food.

The purpose of our programme isn’t to run as fast as you can but to complete a Half Marathon with just three months of training and without starving!

Don’t raise your eyebrows, start to run with us!

 

The technique is easy: it’s called “RunWalkRun

Like the word says, you should alternate two minutes of running with one minute of walking, following your own rhythm without stress or anxiety.

Routes are always different: Navigli, Parco Nord, Parco Ravizza, Naviglio Martesana, Parco Sempione and CityLife.

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In this way, while you are walk-running, you can explore different parts of our beautiful city, paying attention to everything around you.

We are sure that those simple things could perk up your day regardless of how tired you are.

So… What are you waiting for?

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THANK YOU ROSI FOR YOUR WONDERFUL CONTRIBUTION!

Do you have an idea for a blog post you’d like to read and/or write? Comment below!

Starbucks Milano – L’invasione americana a Milano

Watch this YouTube video from CBS (published November  25th 2017) and listen for the following phrases:

  • “coffee is simple and straightforward
  • “makes for awkward conversation here”
  • “tradition runs deep
  • “is Italian coffee culture under threat?”
  • “are catering to American tastes
  • “to stay at the counter
  • “there’s plenty
  • lamenting the looming US import”
  • “to concoct something else strong”
  • “to hold their ground

Can you hear them? Listen again to check.

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What do they mean? Look at the alternatives below:

  • coffee is not complicated, and easy to do
  • causes uncomfortable conversation
  • tradition is very serious and old
  • is Italian coffee culture in danger?
  • are giving Americans what they are accustomed to
  • to remain at the bar surface, not at the table
  • there’s a lot
  • expressing sadness about the imminent American import
  • to create something else strong
  • to stay where they are, to not retreat

Have you visited the new Milan Starbucks yet? Or Starbucks in another country? Tell us what you think about it’s arrival in Milan in the comments below!

To practice your English further, write a summary of what you watched in the video. Include your own opinions if you’d like!

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