“Any teacher that can be replaced with a computer, deserves to be.” – David Thornburg

31 March 2011

A FAREWELL TO ALARMS

If you want to see this episode from My Family again, here you have a direct link. Enjoy!!

21 March 2011

LAW AND ORDER


'Crime and punishment' old entries

Crime vocabulary exercise 1
Crime vocabulary exercise 2

Law and Order vocabulary exercises

Crime and punishment and related topics with lots of exercises (vocabulary, reading, listening, games, ...)

Learn English with music: crime vocabulary
Bob Dylan, Hurricane

Learn English with American television: crime vocabulary
Law and Order

Look out for cyclists ad

Whodunnit: who killed Lord Smithe?

Great literature? NY Times
The ingredients for a great Whodunnit
Midsomer Murders (TV series)

My favourite Whodunnit writers:
Agatha Christi
PD James
Ian Rankin
Caroline Graham
Charlaine Harris
Sue Grafton
Camilla Läckberg
Henning Mankell

08 March 2011

COMPULSIVE EXERCISE

Compulsive exercise or gymorexia (a kind of new anorexia) is a new mental disorder where people get obsessed with working out so, the question is: how much exercise is too much?

LISTENING ACTIVITY.
Watch this video and do the fill in the gaps exercise below.



-Some men feel the need to look __________________ and for more and more men their ___________ is turning into an obsession.

- Asked about whether he is addicted, David Moore admits he is a _______________ and worries about calories whenever he misses a day in the gym.

-According to the reporter, gymorexia is due to ___________________ and the _________________ on young men.

-According to sport psychologist, what happens physiologically when you exercise is that the endorphins _________________ and if you miss a day your body feels it’s missing something.

-As the reporter says, the key is finding a balance. Some people like Mark , in fact, have no problems ___________________. He says that if he misses one day or two it’s not the _____________________

Vocabulary question: Can you remember all the expressions used in the report to refer to gymorexia?



Answers:
1- Lean and muscular
2- Workout
3- Slave to the scale
4- The spread of the fitness club culture /increasing pressure
5- Kick in
6- Stepping off the treadmill
7- End of the world

Vocabulary question:
Gymorexia, exercise dependency, gym junkie, being obsessed, pushing their workout to the extreme, slave to the scale, exercise compulsion.

Funky phrasals: health
Health vocabulary and lingo challenge
Feeling healthy quiz
Health quiz
How to... health

House MD about vaccination


House-ism


For March, 4th 2010 post on healthcare, click here.

02 March 2011

IF YOU HADN'T BUT YOU DID...

Listen to this song about regrets and do notice the effort to make words rhyme with 'if', like when she says 'what's the diff?' meaning 'what's the difference?'
The song is quite fast, so the lyrics are provided in case you might need them.
Have fun and sing along, if you can!



Lyrics | If You Hadn't But You Did (From Two On The Aisle 1951) lyrics

Kristin Chenoweth appeared in the popular TV series Pushing Daisies. Have you ever heard about it? It is sometimes referred to as a forensic fairy tale. It centers on the life of Ned, a pie-maker gifted with the mysterious ability to bring dead things back to life by touching them. There are some conditions to this talent. Ned quickly learns that if something is revived for more than exactly one minute, something of similar "life value" in the vicinity drops dead, as a form of balance. Additionally, if he touches the revived person or thing a second time, it falls dead again, this time permanently.