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STORY OF YOUR LIFE - A short story

Here is Ted Chiang‘s short story on which the movie Arrival is based: Story of Your Life (33 pdf pages).
Story of YourLife is a science fiction short story written by author Ted Chiang, which is a part of his Stories of Your Life and Others collection, originally published in 2002.
Alien lifeforms suddenly appear on Earth. When a linguist is brought in to help communicate with them and discern their intentions, her new knowledge of their language and its non-linear view of time (she remembers the future as well as the past)allows her to see future events and all the joy and pain they may bring.
Stories of Your Life and Others is the most entertaining and thought-provoking collection of science fiction stories I've read for a long time.

Read the first lines and pay attention to the time references: "Your dad and I will sell the first a couple of years after your arrival. I'll sell the second shortly after you departure."
So, very soon in the story, you'll find out what h…


Learn to talk about artificial intelligence in 6 minutes (from BBC Learning English: 6 Minute English)

Learn words from the news: robot, artificial intelligence, driverless cars, autonomous cab (from BBC Learning English: LingoHack) Today's headlines: technology of the future on show (video)
The big robot questions (2017 post)
Face the Speaking Exam with confidence!
Using topic-related vocabulary will be complicated at first, but you can improve if you prepare different topics beforehand. Here you have a link to a page with specific vocabulary on different topics that usually come out in the exams. Remember that you must always hear the sound of words. If the page where you take the vocabulary from has no audio, use to know how the words sound.
Topic vocabulary (20 topics)

Topics C1
Expressions to use in a speaking test (monologue /interaction)
HOW TO...improve your conversational skills (BBC Learning English)

C1 EOI Speaking Test Practice (EOI Fuengirola - 2016-17). In this video you will find an introduction by the teacher, and two students pretending to be taking the EOI Certificate Exams for C1 level. Hope it's useful for your learning!
EOI Teacher Sharing C1 Work: videos of five-minute presentations on different topics.
SAMPLE ENGLISH SPEAKING TESTvideo: Food And Healthy Living C1 student p…


Pancake Day in London
Jamie lets you know about the new pancake recipes up and Foodtube!
Pancake Day Race (Borough Market)


When I was young, it seemed that life was so wonderful,
A miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical.
And all the birds in the trees, well they'd be singing so happily,
Joyfully, playfully watching me.
But then they send me away to teach me how to be sensible,
Logical, responsible, practical.
And they showed me a world where I could be so dependable,
Clinical, intellectual, cynical.

There are times when all the world's asleep,
The questions run too deep
For such a simple man.
Won't you please, please tell me what we've learned
I know it sounds absurd
But please tell me who I am.

Now watch what you say or they'll be calling you a radical,
Liberal, fanatical, criminal.
Won't you sign up your name, we'd like to feel you're
Acceptable, respectable, presentable, a vegetable!

At night, when all the world's asleep,
The questions run so deep
For such a simple man.
Won't you please, please tell me what we've learned
I know …