Living Off-Grid Like a Hobbit

Introduction:

When you’re living off grid like a Hobbit, people are going to want to take a trip to the Shire to see how you’re doing. And who doesn’t love a Hobbit? Lord of the Rings was filmed in New Zealand but one man has brought the idea of Hobbit homes to the UK, though he claims never to have seen the movies. Interestingly, he doesn’t mention not having read the books!

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The news is a consistent and endless source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it’s doubtless a piece of your daily routine that can’t go ignored.

There are many reasons to read, watch or listen to the news. Understanding the ramifications of recent legislation passed. Listening to recent events and grasping the potential consequences to your country. Or, simply listening to what’s happening in other countries so you can compare them to your own. It’s a staple in our lives and the most reliable way to get information.

That’s why Scrambled Eggs has decided to unite two of your biggest worlds: learning English and keeping up with current events. We hope our challenging exercises, composed of listening, vocabulary and comprehension exercises in English, bring these worlds together in a satisfactory and entertaining way.

So that’s all for the introductions, let’s get to today’s Learn English with the News topic:

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Quiz Time!

Living Off-Grid Like a Hobbit | Definition Match

Match the following words with the correct definitions.

Living Off-Grid Like a Hobbit | Fill in the Blank

Fill in the blanks with the correct words.

Living Off-Grid Like a Hobbit | True or False

Decide if the statements are true or false.

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Full text for Living Off-Grid Like a Hobbit:

Stuart Grant, now 90 years old, moved into the cottage he bought as a wreck with no roof and no doors in 1984 while he was renovating a house, but found it was so satisfying doing DIY on the quirky building which dated back 200 years, that he decided to make it his home.

He does not have a mobile phone or use the internet and no longer drives due to his age, but he loves getting out and meeting people, which is good considering he has been inundated with visitors.
Grant states that he has never watched Lord of the Rings and that is only a coincidence that the front door is almost the same shape and same kind of wood.

The old house had doorways, but no doors; window frames, but no windows, and there was no roof either. Outside there were only cows, chickens, and a donkey as neighbors. Building everything by hand, he described as working in “slow motion,” while living in a shed near to the cabin. He cut the wood from fallen trees and collected stones from the river for the stonework.

As the tourists began coming they would routinely apologize for disturbing him and say they would feel better if there were a collection box. He eventually acquiesced but insists no one has to put anything in it.

Couple Finds Coins Worth $250,000 Under Their Floor

Introduction

Some people have all the luck. Every now and then someone does a little renovating and comes across a bit of life-changing treasure. Who wouldn’t want to find some extra cash stashed away in some hidden spot in their home?

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Why Read the News?

The news is a consistent source of entertainment. It’s knowledge and discovery that never ceases to exist, always coming out with more and more material each day. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it’s without a doubt a piece of your everyday routine that can’t go ignored.

Maybe it’s to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed. Or perhaps to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country. Or simply to hear about what is happening in other countries and compare them to yours. The news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

That’s why Scrambled Eggs has decided to unite two of your biggest worlds. Now you can learn English while keeping up with what is happening in the world. We hope our challenging daily English exercises with listening, vocabulary and comprehension exercises satisfies both of those above worlds in an informative and entertaining way.

So that’s all for the introductions, let’s get to today’s Learn English with the News topic:

Adapted from this article.

Couple Finds Coins Worth $250,000 Under Their Floor | Definition Match

Couple Finds Coins Worth $250,000 Under Their Floor | Definition Match

Couple Finds Coins Worth $250,000 Under Their Floor | Fill in the Blank

Couple Finds Coins Worth $250,000 Under Their Floor | Fill in the Blank

Couple Finds Coins Worth $250,000 Under Their Floor | True or False

Couple Finds Coins Worth $250,000 Under Their Floor | True or False

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Full text for Couple Finds Coins Worth $250,000 Under Their Floor:

One lucky couple found a hoard of 260 British gold coins stashed in a small metal pot under their home’s floorboards during a kitchen renovation.

Originally believing it to be the ruins of electrical wiring, they called a London-based auctioneer for help appraising the mysterious glittering coins. The coins date from the reigns of James I to George I and are about £100,000 worth of gold in today’s money. As relics of Great Britain’s past, however, auctioneers expect the collection to fetch about £250,000.

While most of the coins were standard issues, a few stick out as unique. One, a George I guinea from 1720, has a minting error—the coin is missing the king’s head. Another is a Brazilian gold coin that was minted in 1720 and circulated, in a state of outlawry, in England during that time.

Coincidentally, as the 1996 Treasure Law stipulates, any gold or silver coin minted 300 years in the past becomes government property, but is purchased from the finder at a fair market price and is placed in a museum.

All but one of the coins were minted around 292 years ago, meaning they are not considered treasure and are able to be auctioned.

Five links on animals for kids

Kids love animals which is why it is a great way to get them excited about English, here are five useful links to get them started.

Here is an interactive board game the whole family can play. The chips and the dice move. For more advanced learners you can take this game further by asking them whether or not they like the animal they have landed on and get them to make the sound.

 

https://www.eslkidsgames.com/esl-board-games-interactive/animals

Here is a great game to help with spelling:

https://www.eslkidsgames.com/animals-vocabulary-game

A fun interactive video:

https://en.islcollective.com/video-lessons/animals-vocabulary-1

For more advanced learners this description game (animal category) can be good to learn characteristics of the animals:

https://www.gamestolearnenglish.com/describer/

 

Here there are games to practice spelling, grammar and vocabulary all on the topic of animals:

https://www.mes-games.com/animals1.php

 

There are many little things you could do at home to help your children learn animal vocabulary in English. Why not take a trip to the zoo and ask them how many animals they can name. Ask them to describe their favourite animal in English or their pets if they have any. Hearing parents speak English will also give them a little boost of confidence in trying out the language.