Gratitude Might Be the Secret to Happiness

Introduction:

Gratitude is the quality of being thankful. That means being thankful for food, friends, family or anything else. It’s an important quality that may actually make you happier! Saying things like “I’m glad you’re my friend,” or even a simple, sincere, “thank you” go far in helping to improve people’s days. Give it a try and see if you don’t feel a little better too?

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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!

Gratitude Might Be the Secret to Happiness | Definition Match

Definition Match (10 Questions)

Gratitude Might Be the Secret to Happiness | Fill in the Blank

Fill in the Blank (10 Questions)

Gratitude Might Be the Secret to Happiness | True or False

True or False (5 Questions)

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Full text:

A new poll suggests that the secret to happiness may be expressing gratitude.

A random survey of 2,000 Americans examined a potential connection between gratitude and happiness. It showed that 65% of respondents who report that they’re very happy on a daily basis were more likely to give thanks.

One-third of respondents said they “always” express gratitude in their everyday lives. Of those, 62% said they were “very satisfied” with their lives.

When people are proactive about being grateful, it changes their brain to look for positives instead of the negatives. Acknowledging someone has a large impact on making people feel that their everyday efforts make a difference: feeling appreciated improves their quality of life.

One study done at UC Berkeley showed that people who practice gratitude consistently report many benefits, including: Higher levels of positive emotions; more joy and pleasure, more optimism and happiness, being more helpful, generous, compassionate, and forgiving, feeling less lonely and isolated.

Cambridge University Trains Robots to “Taste” as It Cooks | Learn English with the News

The future is here! Soon robots will be able to serve you up a perfect three course meal. For now, however, it’s just eggs. These robots can “taste” while they’re preparing the food. The hope is that it will improve the quality of quickly-produced meals.

Watch the video and then do the accompanying English language exercises.

The news is a consistent source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery that never ceases to exist and always comes 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 is without a doubt a piece of your everyday routine that can’t go ignored.

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

This is why Scrambled Eggs has decided to unite two of your biggest worlds: learning English and keeping up with what is happening in the world. We hope our challenging daily exercises, composed of listening, vocabulary and comprehension exercises in English, will satisfy both of those above worlds in a satisfactory and also entertaining way.

So enough about introductions, let’s get to today’s Learn English with the News topic:

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Cambridge University Trains Robots to "Taste" as It Cooks | Definition Match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

Cambridge University Trains Robots to "Taste" as It Cooks | Fill in the Blank

Fill out the text below with the correct answers.

Cambridge University Trains Robots to "Taste" as It Cooks | True or False

Indicate which sentences are true and which ones are false.

 

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Full text:

A robot was trained to “taste” food at different stages of the chewing process. Why? To check if it is salty enough, in a way similar to humans. The goal is to make robots “better cooks.”

Researchers at the University of Cambridge said it can help in automated food preparation. The robot previously learned how to make omelets. According to the research, the robot tasted nine variations of scrambled eggs and tomatoes.

The team put the egg mixture in a blender to imitate the change in texture caused by chewing and had the robot test the dish.

To imitate tasting in their robot chef, researchers attached an instrument that acts like a saltiness sensor to a robot arm. Using this instrument, the robot “tasted” the dishes, giving a response in just a few seconds.

It then produced taste maps for the dishes.
The researchers found that the taste-as-you-go approach improved the robot’s ability to quickly and accurately assess the saltiness of the dish.

Learn English with Literature | Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe’s debut novel Things Fall Apart, published in 1948, was one of the most important pieces of literature to come out of Nigeria—and Africa—in the 20th century. The book tells the story of Okonkwo, an ambitious Igbo tribesman famous for his wrestling abilities. Though initially victorious and successful in his pursuits, Okonkwo is beset by various troubles and difficulties. In particular, his life—and the life of the Igbo community as a whole—is turned upside down by the arrival of European colonial settlers.

The book is a staple in African literature courses the world over. Achebe himself has become synonymous with African liberation and decolonisation. Though Achebe was influenced by Western culture and chose to write his first novel in English, he refused to adopt an English name (a common practice in Nigeria during his lifetime) and instead retained his Igbo name.

Below, you’ll read the opening passages of the book. Some words have been left out. First, you’ll fill in the blanks by choosing the option you think makes the most sense. Then, in the next exercise, you’ll strengthen your vocabulary by confirming the meaning of some of the most challenging words from the excerpt and from this introduction. Enjoy!

Chinua Achebe "Things Fall Apart" | Fill In The Blank

Fill out the text below with the correct answers.

Chinua Achebe "Things Fall Apart" | Vocabulary Quiz 1

Match the word with its synonym.

Chinua Achebe "Things Fall Apart" | Vocabulary Quiz 2

Match the word with its synonym.

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