“And I will, but you won’t
And I do, but, but you don’t
We won’t budge either way
But we like it, we like it”
These lines from Katy Perry’s song “Agree to Disagree” show that just because you disagree …
Look at this poem by Lewis Carrol:
We lived beneath the mat,
Warm and snug and fat,
But one woe, and that
Was the Cat!
Do you notice anything interesting?
There is something special about the rhyming words at …
Did you know that there are over 100 pronouns in the English language? That is a lot of little words!
But wait: Don’t run for the hills!
Today, you only have to learn five.
As an essential (important) part of …
You know that feeling when something just does not seem to end?
Or all those moments that you wish could continue for longer?
Maybe it is that book you have been reading for the past two years.
Or it is …
Have you heard about “Middle Child Syndrome?”
It sounds like a disease, but it is not.
It is a theory about how middle children (people with both older and younger siblings) often feel ignored.
Unlike the oldest child, they are …
“Efficiency is intelligent laziness.”
This David Dunham quote offends many people.
We generally think “efficiency” involves working very hard, while “laziness” is the opposite of hard work.
But efficiency is all about saving time and effort. If you’re efficient, …
And humans speak.
It is the natural way we communicate with one another.
But then why are so many people afraid to speak in public?
Well, giving a speech in front of a whole room …
Have you ever seen a cheetah learn?
When cheetahs are born, they have no idea how to hunt.
They are the fastest land animals in the world. But in the beginning they are actually quite helpless.
Their mother is the …
Surgeons do not guess where to cut.
Pianists do not guess which keys to press.
First, they learn how it is done.
Then, they practice, practice, practice.
It is the same for English conversations.
If you do not know …
English pronunciation is like a dance.
You need to follow a rhythm.
You need to feel the flow of the language.
You need to coordinate different parts of your mouth to make the right sounds.
Just like learning to …
Learning is like exercise.
The older you get, the harder it seems.
But just like adults who work out, people who keep learning after school get a lot of benefits.
This is especially true for working adults.
To gain …
People in trains.
Students in classes.
Shopkeepers in stores.
Almost anywhere you go, you will find people wearing headphones and enjoying their favorite music.
Thanks to services like Spotify, we now have access to a whole world of sound …
Babies usually speak their first word after their first birthday.
By the time they turn two, their vocabulary expands to about 100 words.
When they turn four, they have conversation skills that are comparable to adults!
You’ll follow …
A picture is worth a thousand words.
But do you know what’s even better?
A picture with words!
This simple idea was used to create comic books more than a 100 years ago. Today, the comic book is one of …
Little things are often the most useful.
Take buttons, for instance.
Napoleon may have lost a war because of them.
It is thought that while he was invading Russia, the buttons of his army’s coats may have fallen apart …
Imagine being invited to a huge, delicious feast for a king.
That is what it is like to learn English with films.
There are hundreds of incredible films in English that each give you a different experience.
You will absorb …
The beginning is the hardest part.
Ask the famous writer Stephen King.
He threw away the first draft of his novel “Carrie.”
After his wife encouraged him to rewrite the novel, it got rejected 30 times.
But when …
It’s always cool to be a little retro.
When you’re retro, you’re bringing back a fashion or trend from the past.
You’ve probably seen it before:
People are wearing clothes from the last century.
They’re buying classic cars.
Do you know the difference between something “basic” and something “easy”?
When something is easy, it can be done without much effort.
Something basic, on the other hand, comes from the term “base.” A base is the bottom of something. …
Are you addicted to your phone?
It seems that many people are.
According to one study, Americans check their phones 46 times per day.
Another study found that a third of citizens in the UK start using their …
Today, you’re the ruler of an epic civilization.
Tomorrow, you’ll be a firefighter in the American West.
But you might take a break to train as a warrior and seek revenge on some villains.
All you need are some fun …
We live in an age of discoveries.
Scientists have built a spaceship that could one day take us to Mars.
New human ancestors are being discovered every day.
And now we even have cars that can drive themselves!
Music is supposed to be the universal language of humanity.
That might be true.
But you still need another language to talk about music itself.
And this is where the problem starts.
If you feel that a lack of knowledge …
Some say that music is the universal language.
That might be true.
But it is the language of money that is universally understood.
No matter where you go and why you go there, you will need to talk about money.…
You know what’s sad?
The fact that we think magazines are all about gossip and celebrity photos.
It doesn’t have to be that way, though.
Take it from Maya Angelou. She said, “In a magazine, one can get—from cover …
Tired of TV?
Does it seem like you watch more ads than shows?
Do you leave an episode midway because you have no time?
Or do you simply need different things to watch?
Well, as with everything else, the …
Picture a campfire—a pile of burning wood in the middle of a camp.
The fire itself is not special, but what happens around it is.
Generally, people sit near it and share stories.
Sometimes the stories are scary, but many …
English movies and shows can be hard to understand.
The actors speak too fast.
Too many people speak at once.
Sometimes things are blowing up in the background.
Other times, we are simply distracted by the beauty of the set.…
When is the last time you received a postcard?
In the past, they were used by everyone.
Soldiers sent them to their families with photos from the battlefield.
Tourists used them to show off their trips to all their friends.…
“There’s a lot of difference between listening and hearing.”
This famous quote by the English writer G. K. Chesterton makes an important point.
Hearing is simply perceiving sound. You hear a dog bark even if you were not expecting it.…
Have you tried to run a marathon with no practice?
I hope not. You might pull a muscle.
You need to start small in order to achieve something big like that.
When it comes to learning English, what if I …
You know what brings us all together?
Music is called the “universal language” for a reason.
“Universal” refers to something that is true for or applies to everyone. Every human being has a certain understanding of rhythm and …
Have you heard of the phrase “idiot box?”
It is generally used to refer to a TV set.
Are you really going to spend all afternoon staring at that idiot box?
The common idea is that TV shows …
Quick, think of your favorite joke in your native language.
Did you laugh?
Now translate it into English (yes, you can use a translation app).
Do you think another person will still find it funny?
Humor is …
The first time people saw a train on film, they fled the theater in terror.
It was reported that people thought a real train was about to crash into them.
You might have heard about it.
This is probably a …