CNN 10 - May 11, 2018 | Iran and Israel appear to exchange fire in the Middle East

source: NEWS with Subtitles     2018年5月10日
A new exchange of fire between old enemies threatens to affect regional stability in the Middle East. The date is set for a historic meeting between two rival leaders on opposite sides of the Pacific. And a grandfather in southern Asia proves that the love of learning is a lifelong experience.

English listening quiz - Understand NUMBERS

source: Crown Academy of English     2018年4月17日
This English listening exercise will test your understanding of numbers. There are 10 questions and it will help you prepare for listening exams such as the IELTS and the TOEFL.

6 Pronunciations of -ough

source: Speak English with Christina       2018年4月17日
Pronounce words like though, tough, and thought correctly and have more confidence when speaking English
HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL LEARN 1. -ough as /oh/, in words like "dough" 2. -ough as /ow/, in words like "drought" 3. -ough as /ew/, in words like "through"
4. -ough as /aw/, in words like "thought"
5. -ough as /off/, in words like "cough" 6. -ough as /uff/, in words like "tough"

The Simple Ways to Find Happiness | Happiness Life

source: Helena Daily English       2018年4月19日
We all want to be happy. It’s certainly what I spend most of my time pondering. Did a new car do it for me? Nope. A new wardrobe? Nope. It’s hard work to find happiness buddy. Seek happiness, and you shall eventually find it.
Here are 10 steps you can take to increase your feeling of great happiness and bring more happiness into your life:

Live London TOUR! (With Aly)

source: Learn English with Papa Teach Me        2018年4月15日

Active Voice and Passive Voice - Learn English Grammar

source: Learn English with      2018年4月13日
In this English grammar lesson you will learn everything you need to know about active voice and passive voice, and how to convert active voice to passive voice easily. With this video you will be able to able to improve your English grammar. Are you ready to avoid doing common English mistakes?

How to disagree with people

source: BBC Learning English         2018年1月8日
Do you want to learn how to speak English? Then join us here on YouTube for great grammar, drama, news, study, pronunciation, vocabulary, music, interviews and celebrity videos. Every day we have a new video to help you with English. We also produce regular 'extra' videos across the week so come back every day to see what's new.

Is the internet good or bad?--Learn how to talk about the World Wide Web in 6 minutes

source: BBC Learning English           2018年4月26日
These days we take the internet for granted. We share our lives on social media and not just with friends and family. And that isn’t always a positive thing according to the father of the internet, Tim Berners-Lee. Listen to this discussion about whether the internet is a good or bad thing - and learn some useful vocabulary too.

# materials below: from
This week's question:
When did Berners-Lee first suggest the idea for what would become the World Wide Web? Was it in...
a)    1985
b)    1989
c)    1991
Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

initially: at first - in the beginning
neutral: not controlling / not taking any action to control
anonymity: the state of having a hidden identity or personality
ameliorate: make a situation better
to tweak: to make a small change
kudos: praise and appreciation for something someone has done

(Note: This is not a word for word transcript)

Hello welcome to 6 Minute English. I'm Rob.

And I'm Neil.

Can you remember the first time you ever used the World Wide Web or as we often call it, the internet, and what you used it for?

Oh that's a good question. I do remember. And nothing really changes does it? Because I looked up pictures of cats!

Cats! Very useful, anyway do you think the internet has generally been positive or negative for the world?

Wow, that's a big question. A huge question. I don't know if I can answer that.

Well one person who perhaps can answer it, is the man who invented it: British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee. We'll find out what he thinks has become of his 'child' shortly but before that, a question for you all. When did Berners-Lee first suggest the idea for what would become the World Wide Web? Was it in...
a) 1985
b) 1989
c) 1991

Tricky but I think it's earlier than people think so I'm going to go for 1985.

Well that was a long time ago but we'll reveal the answer a little later in the programme. I think it's true to say that the internet has been one of, if not the most important technological developments perhaps of all time. Would you agree Neil?

Well it's hard to imagine living without it. Not impossible, but not nearly as convenient.

These days we take the internet for granted. We share our lives on social media and not just with friends and family. And that isn't always a positive thing according to the father of the internet, Tim Berners-Lee. In a recent BBC Tech Tent programme he talked about his concerns with the internet and particularly the companies that control its information. Companies which he calls 'internet giants'. What does he say he thought these companies had to do?

Tim Berners-Lee
Initially I felt the main thing an internet giant had to do was just to be neutral, just be a platform and humanity, once connected by technology, will do wonderful things. And clearly it doesn't work like that. If you connect humanity via Wikipedia then they do produce, in general, wonderful things. If you connect people by social network where they have anonymity, then it can bring out the very nastiest of people.

So what did he say he thought these internet giants had to do?

He said that he thought initially, that they just had to be neutral. Initially means 'at first', 'in the beginning' and it also suggests that later he changed his mind. Anyway, he said that he thought they just had to be neutral. Neutral here means that they didn't need to do anything, they didn't need to control the internet or information. He thought it would be a tool to connect people and ideas and information and it would be wonderful.

But it's not all good, is it?

No. He does say that giving people access to sources of information is generally a good thing but that when it comes to social networks, social media, people have anonymity.


Yes. It means that on the internet people can hide their true identity or personality. Some people write things that they would never say to someone in person because they think there will be no consequences. Berners-Lee says anonymity can bring out the nastiest side of people. People saying horrible and terrible things to each other.

Berners-Lee does have some suggestions for how this could be changed. And it's based on the idea of likes and shares, which he calls kudos. What's his suggestion?

Tim Berners-Lee
The different social networks and different platforms are in different situations and in some cases they have acknowledged there is an issue. I think they realise that the issue could be hugely ameliorated by tweaking the way the thing works by changing the way retweets are propagated or changing the way people get kudos - give them more kudos for being constructive for example.

So how does he think companies could address the problem?

Well, he says that some of the social networks have agreed that there is a problem and they know what could improve it.

He didn't use the word improve though, did he?

No he actually used the rather formal verb ameliorate, which means 'to improve or make something better'.

So how does he suggest the problem could be ameliorated?

By tweaking the way in which people give or receive kudos. Tweaking means 'making a small change to the way something works'. Much of what happens on the internet is driven by our desire to get likes and shares – this is the kudos that Berners-Lee talks about. He feels that tweaking this could lead to a better experience. For example, getting more kudos for constructive or positive actions.

Mmm, interesting – but I wonder who would decide if something is constructive?

Well that's another big question for another day, I guess.

For now though, let's have the answer to our small question. In what year did Berners-Lee present the idea for what would become the World Wide Web? The options were a) 1985, b)1989 or c) 1991. It was infact 1989. Now before we go let's have a quick recap of today's vocabulary.

Initially – means 'at first - in the beginning'. Then we had neutral.

In this case it meant 'not controlling' or 'not taking any action to control'.

Then there was the noun anonymity which is the state of having a hidden identity or personality.

Next, to ameliorate a situation is to make it better.

To tweak something is to make a small change to the way something works.

And then we had kudos. Kudos is praise and appreciation for something you've done.

Well kudos to you Rob for today's programme. Thank you very much.

Well, thank you Neil and thank you everyone for listening. That's all we have today but you can, find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, and of course our website! Bye for now.

Thanks for joining us and goodbye.

English @ the Movies: 'Bounce Back'

source: VOA Learning English         2018年3月23日


source: VOA Learning English                2018年3月22日

American English Slang with Will Smith

source: Learn English With TV Series      2018年3月30日
In this lesson we teach you useful American English Slang and Black Urban pronunciation along with lots of vocabulary, culture, and more! Understand real native English with our course:

Answering "What Are Your Greatest Strengths?" In A Job Interview

source: Speak English with Christina           2015年11月10日

ORDINAL NUMBERS (1st, 2nd, 3rd...)

source: Interactive English        2017年7月4日
Can you count to 10?...using ORDINAL NUMBERS?
We should all know ordinal numbers. And this lesson will teach you what they are and how to use them. There's even a fun practice at the end where we test your knowledge of ordinal numbers.

Collocations w/ 'COME'

source: Gerry English Expressions      2016年1月29日