Category Archives: Vocabulary

This category is for posts whose goal is to teach new vocabulary words, phrases, or expressions.

Mourning Routine

Do you have a morning routine? How do you feel when your routine gets disrupted, when someone shatters the peace and quiet of your morning? You are going to watch the scene from a famous sitcom “Frasier“. The context: Frasier … Continue reading

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Flood Disaster!

A Flood Disaster Experience A newspaper office received a call that the Hoover Dam on the Nevada-Arizona border had developed a crack and that water was leaking past the dam and flooding the downstream land area. The editor of the … Continue reading

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Some Funny English Words. Woo hoo!

Some funny English words I met on my way to the forum:  (presented using the Row/Column widget) A dad and his 5-year old son were playing outside in their front yard.  The wife stepped outside and shouted, “Yoo hoo!  Honey, … Continue reading

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What Does “The Mad Rook” Mean?

Hello, everyone. I have nearly come here since ten days ago. I can see “The Mad Rook” on the website every day. Today, I suddenly decided to learn about the meaning of it. I went to a few dictionaries, and … Continue reading

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Hotel Experience 1

A friend and I are going to stay for two nights at the Sheraton Rio Hotel and Resort. It is located on the coast and has a nice beach. We have just pulled up in front of the hotel in … Continue reading

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Medieval Times Dinner Theater

Scenario Angie is an American college student who has volunteered to take a couple of international exchange college students out for a night on the town. She is taking them to a dinner theater show in Orlando, Florida, USA, called … Continue reading

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Scenario – New Hire in the Office

Role Dialog  Narrator This setting is a newspaper printing office going about their daily routine. The editor-in-chief (Chief) manages his secretary Tess and the newspaper staff. Tim is a new hire who has just joined the staff as a writer. … Continue reading

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Nationality Idioms

I run across many nationalities in English idiomatic expressions. I think those idioms are rather curious and I wonder whether they are frequently used by native speakers. Are some of them considered to be politically incorrect nowadays? 🙂 Let’s start … Continue reading

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Money, money, money…idioms

Hello everybody, Have a look at this great infographic I have just found. The challenge for everybody is to explain one or several idioms and make several sentences using them. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask them. … Continue reading

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“Over in the Meadow” – Vocabulary Lesson [Elementary +]

[Picture source] This vocabulary lesson will help you learn some adjectives as well as regular and irregular verbs; You’ll learn/review the pronunciation of -ed in the Past Simple; You’ll learn/review the spelling rule (doubling of final consonant); You’ll learn/review the … Continue reading

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Head and Heart Idioms

Hello, everyone! Here is a quiz for you which lets you check your knowledge of some idioms. Good luck! Please, post your own example sentences using the idioms you’ve learned. Practice, practice, practice!  

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If only our pets could speak…

Hello everyone, Have you ever thought about the words your pets would say to you if they could speak? Please watch this short video to listen to the confession of one sweet Chihuahua called Prince. The vocabulary list below will … Continue reading

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Top Ten Most Intelligent Animals [vocabulary practice]

[source] I enjoy watching documentaries about animals and nature, that’s why when I came across this wonderful video I couldn’t remain indifferent. You are going to watch the video about the most intelligent animals on our planet. Can you guess … Continue reading

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Tripping the Light Fantastic

Introduction This is just a short discussion about light — yes, I’m talking about the kind that shines. Did you know that some light is visible to the human eyes and some light is not?  To illustrate this, I must … Continue reading

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Tech Support Call

Role Dialog  Narrator  A computer technical support desk, commonly called the Help Desk, is serving customers who call in with computer problems.  Mike  Help Desk, this is Mike. How may I help you?  Kathy  My computer has a problem. Mike … Continue reading

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Mall Experience

Role Dialog Narrator Darla, Cindy, and Evan have just arrived at a new shopping mall. They are on the lower level. Darla Wow, what a humongous mall! Its going to take us a while to explore all the nooks and … Continue reading

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Scuba Diving Adventure

T.Lee recording Group Recording by students Teabag (Taiwan), Shelley (Japan), and David Wang (China). This team added some snazzy sound effects. The result was very impressive! If desired, you may watch a demo video at https://www.padi.com/padi-courses/open-water-diver Narrator Four friends decide … Continue reading

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QC Problem-Solving Experience

Your browser does not support the audio element. Introduction I wrote this exercise for a student who works in a supply chain company so he could practice job-related vocabulary. This exercise is provided here to challenge you to leave your … Continue reading

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Planetarium Visit – Constellations

Role Dialog  Narrator  Betty has invited Jerry to visit a planetarium show at a local college.  They have just arrived at the entrance to the planetarium. A class of high school students are also attending as part of a school … Continue reading

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Murder Mystery Dinner Train

Role Dialog  Narrator  Vicky has invited three friends to go to a tourist attraction in Fort Myers, Florida, USA. They have just arrived at the ticket counter. It is 5:30 pm. (Website: https://semgulf.com/ ; introduction video available)  Vicky  Okay, everyone, … Continue reading

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