Darling, I am here for you.

In 2014, I’ve decided to write about the people that inspire me. I wrote about the Dalai Lama last week.

Thich Nhat Hanh is next.

His best selling book ‘Living Buddha Living Christ‘ is a must read. He is a peace activist, buddhist monk and renowned author.  In this interview, Oprah asks him questions about his Childhood, Vietnam, Martin Luther King, Terrorism, Conflict & Mindfulness. He shares the 4 little mantras that can make us a little happier. They seem so simple. Why are they so tough to put into practice? Have you got the answer? I hope you become more mindfully present after watching this video clip.

Read the 10 questions below. Watch the clip & try to find the answers to the questions.

  1. How old is he in this video?
  2. How many books has he written?
  3. Where does he live today?
  4. How does he respond to stressful events?
  5. Why were his parents reluctant about him becoming a monk?
  6. How does he define the Beginner’s Mind?
  7. Why couldn’t he go back to his country?
  8. How do you perform Deep Listening?
  9. Is there ever a place for anger?
  10. What are the 4 little mantras that can make us happy?

How do you check your answer?

  • Share this video with a friend and try answering them together.
  • Set this as a homework activity for English class.
  • Post your answers here & we can correct them together.

Can you ask these questions to someone you know? Interview that person & then get interviewed in return.

  1. Did you know Thich Nhat Hanh before today?
  2. How did the interview make you feel?
  3. What did you like most about what he said?
  4. Did you dislike anything about the interview?
  5. Would it be difficult for you to follow the 4 simple Mantras? Why?

You can like & share this post with a friend if you found it useful.


p.s. this post was a mix between English & Mindfulness training. I thought I’d try a double whammy!




Learn Italian Hand Gestures with D&G Male Models


My  friend Annette shared this clip on Facebook this morning. It’s amazing so I wanted to share it with all of you.

Hope it makes you smile too.

Kudos SWIDE!

Thanks AP.


p.s. this is more of an Italian lesson just in case you are planning a trip to Italy any time soon.


Less Chucking & More Recycling

Here is a short video that speaks about garbage & the importance of recycling.

Can you understand what they are saying? Answer the questions below.

1. How long did it take to accumulate the garbage in the video?

2. What is Oliver doing in the video?

3. Whose garbage is it?

4. What is Oliver’s resolution ?

5. Why did the Sphinx choose Oliver for this game?

What do the following expressions mean?

  • A pile : a group of things put one on top of the other
  • Stuff : used to describe things when you don’t need to explain exactly what they are.
  • Now you’re cooking! :  you are now doing what you should be doing.
  • What is left can be put in a bag:  what remains
  • A bozo : a stupid or foolish person (polite)

What is your take on recycling?

What do you recycle at home? Could you perform this activity better, how? Do people in your area have composters? Have you got any tricks or information to share about recycling?

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Thanks for following…LEM..xo!



Malala Yousafzai Speaks Out

She is an advocate for girl’s access to education worldwide and is the youngest person ever to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, Malala is an inspiration and brings hope to women everywhere.

Can you answer these questions after watching the video?

  1.  According to Malala, when do we really value what we have?
  2. Why are the terrorists afraid of education?
  3. Why did she decide to speak out against the conditions in which women were living in her country?
  4. What was Malala’s initial plan, in case a Talib showed to to her house to kill her?
  5. Why did she change it?
  6. What was her final plan?
  7. In the end, the interviewer makes a proposal to Malala and she giggles. What does he want to do?

What do the words in bold mean?

  • Until it is snatched from our hands : taken, seized
  • We were not allowed to go to school : permitted
  • Women’s rights were denied :  refuted rejected
  • And then suddenly : unexpectedly
  • The Talibans have theatened you : menaced , compromised
  • You sure are swell! : great, wonderful

In her shoes… What would you do?

If you had to choose between your life and your freedom?

If your teenage daughter decided to risk her life to fight for a cause? Would you support her or lock her in her room?

Tell LEM..xo!


What does Happiness mean to the Dalai Lama?

This clip is so uplifting and funny. He speaks about being happy and he also tells an anecdote about farting! Yes, you read that right! For those of you who do not know the word fart, it means releasing gas from the anus…oops! Hilariously real.

Can you answer these questions after watching the video?

  1. What makes him happy?
  2. Why doesn’t he consider himself different from other people?
  3. Why does everyone start laughing ?
  4. What bring satisfaction & benefit?
  5. What does the western world look for?
  6. What is one of the fundamental things that brings human happiness?
  7. What is the number one cause of depression in the west?
  8. Did you enjoy this video? Why?

Remember to share this with 3 friends who you think will enjoy the post & like it if it made you laugh!


p.s. The Dalai Lama rocks!






What are the chances?


“Meet by chance”

We talk about ‘Chance’ when there is the possibility of something happening or “the occurrence of events in absence of any obvious intention or cause.”

Synonyms for ‘chance’ are: random, casual, haphazard…these adjectives apply to something determined by accident.

Chance stresses lack of premeditation…for example, ”a chance meeting with a friend”

We can ask “Is there any chance the project will be completed by Friday?” (chance= possibility).

So, “chance” is:

  • A favourable set of circumstances; an opportunity: “a chance to escape”.
  • A risk or hazard: “I took a chance that the ice would hold me.”; “Is there any chance of rain?”.
  • Something caused by chance is unexpected: “a chance encounter”; “they met by chance on a plane”
  • A chance result: “Chance will determine the outcome”
  • To take the risk or hazard of: “I’m willing to chance it”; “Chances are good that you will win”.

Practice Questions

  1. Do you take chances with the weather?
  2. How far do you take chances with your plans?
  3. Do you think you can meet people by chance?


“Bump into” …this is a phrasal verb;

  • this means ‘to collide violently with an obstacle’, for example “I bumped into the lamp post”.
  • A second meaning is metaphorical, for example when you meet someone by chance encounter or unexpectedly, you can say “I often bump into him at the supermarket”.

Practice Questions:

  1. Do you ever bump into friends when you are in town?
  2. Have you ever bumped into a hard object while walking down the street?


 “Come Across”this is a phrasal verb

There are several meanings for this phrasal verb, the first is similar to ‘chance’ and ‘bump into’:

  • To meet someone by chance: “I came across my old college roommate in town today”
  • To give an impression: “He comes across as a very sincere individual”; “I came across the wrong way”
  • to visit informally
  • To pay over money that is required: “He came across with the cheque”.

 Practice Questions:

  1. Do you ever wonder (ask yourself) “How do I come across?” in interviews or meetings?
  2. Have you recently come across an old friend?

Who write this post?

Sarah came up with this post & I think she did such a great and thorough job! She is our resident stats expert and researcher. Great lady & kindred spirit!



Happy by Pharrell Williams

What does happy mean?

A happy person is characterized by good luck, fortune, marked by pleasure, joy satisfaction. The person is usually well-adapted, cheerful and willing to help others.

Why did we choose this video?
  1. It has subtitles so you can watch it and sing, sing , sing at the top of your lungs. This helps you articulate to communicate…and feel great.
  2. We wanted to make you smile and boogie…TGIF people!

Who wrote this post?

Crissy wrote this post. She is our resident Language Coach and seeker of happiness!

Who inspired this post?

Sigrid did because she wanted to make us feel good. I think you reached your goal, Siggy.

Have a great weekend everyone!


Sound Confident, Look Good, and Feel Great Speaking English!


The words “look”, “sound”, “seem” and “feel” are used to describe our feelings, impressions and reactions, but it can be a little tricky to understand how exactly to use them. So let’s have a look:

“look”, “sound”, “seem” & “feel” + adjective

1. You look great in that new dress! – We express our reaction to what we see

2. I haven’t seen her, but we spoke over the phone and she sounded nice and friendly. – We express our reaction to what we hear

3. I went for a massage yesterday, it felt really great. – We express how we feel

4. She seems really nice. – We want to covey our impression


“look”, “sound”, “seem” & “feel” + noun phrase  to express our reactions, feelings and impressions through a simile (a comparison)

1. She looked like a movie star.

2. A. My new boyfriend sent me some flowers and a very nice card !

B. Wow, he sounds like a very romantic guy!

3. The place was so cozy and warm it felt like home.

4.  I met her only a few times, but she seemed like a nice person.


Other uses of “feel like”

We can also use “feel like” to talk about what we are in the mood for (the things and actions that match the way we are feeling). Verbs following this expression are always in the gerund form.

feel like dancing tonight, let’s go out!

A: Would you like a drink?”

B. No thanks, I don’t feel like it.


I feel like a million dollars. (i.e. in excellent health and spirits)


How about a little video clip?

Here’s a little video for you, I hope it sounds good, looks good and makes you feel good!