Do you laugh a lot every day?


I recently went to an event hosted by the Harlem Globetrotters with my kids. As I was looking around, I noticed that people in the crowd reacted very differently to the comedic skits . Some people smiled, others smirked and others even belly laughed.

This got me thinking. How many verbs related to laughing can I come up with in 10 minutes?

Do you use these verbs?

  • laugh: express joy by making a sound, moving the face & body.                                               I laugh every time I watch an old episode of Three’s Company.
  • giggle: laugh quietly and repeatedly because you are nervous or embarrassed.
    The teenage girls giggled when they met their favorite singer.
  • snicker : laugh quietly & unkindly at something that is not really funny.                           The school kids snickered when the teacher slipped and fell on his bottom
  • burst into laughter: suddenly start laughing.                                                                         Everyone in the office burst into laughter when George walked in wearing a clown nose.
  • laugh your head off: (informal) laugh a lot and loudly.                                                             Sarah told us one funny story after another, and we laughed our heads off!
  • smile: make one’s mouth curve upwards, in order to be friendly or show happiness          As David left, he smiled at his girlfriend and blew her a kiss.
  • grin: smile widely.                                                                                                                              When Maria opened her present, she grinned with pleasure

Are these idioms part of your repertoire?

  • laugh all the way to the bank: make a lot of money without making much sacrifice .    
         Julia will be laughing all the way to the bank soon. She had such a great business idea.
  • laugh in somebody’s face: to behave in a way that shows no respect for others.                         I asked my supervisor for a pay raise and she just laughed in my face.
  • laugh something off: pretend something is less serious than it really is by laughing about it.   My kid me I was a terrible mom when I removed his TV rights for 1 week. I laughed it off.

How do you pronounce laugh?

This one is a little tricky. It reads L-A-U-G but you pronounce it L-A-F (US) or L-O-F (BE). Moreover, the past of laugh is pronounced L-A-F-D (US) or L-O-F-D (BE) so no syllabic change .


p.s. this post was written by Crissy….who wants to make the world a happier place.


National No Make Up Day


What make up vocabulary can we learn ?

  • a blush brush is used to apply blush which makes your cheeks more intense.
  • eye shadow is used to color your eye lids
  • an eyebrow pencil is used to shape your eyebrows which are the hairs above your eyelids
  • an eyelash curler helps curl your lashes
  • an eyeliner is a pencil that is used to contour your eyes
  • lipstick is used to give color to your lips
  • liquid foundation is applied to your face to cover any imperfections
  • mascara is applied to your eye lashes to darken or lengthen them
  • powder is used to remove any shiny areas on your face.

Can you answer these questions ?

  • When did you start applying make up?
  • Who taught you how to apply eyeliner?
  • Have you ever used an eyelash curler?
  • Have you got a favorite lipstick shade?
  • What is your favorite make up brand?
  • Describe a person you know that wears too much make up?


p.s. Crissy wrote this post and she often does not wear make up.

Do you say ‘out of office’ ?


These expressions came up about 5 times this week both in emails and in class.

We spend lots of time at the office. We had better know how to explain that correctly, right?


p.s. this video animation was created while sipping her Saturday morning coffee by Crissy!


Thanks vs Tanks

I read many learner emails & I sometimes come across ‘Tanks!’ as a sign off.

I often wonder whether it is a genuine typo (i.e. oops…I typed it wrong) or a true blue spelling mistake (i.e. omg…is thank you written with a ‘H’?)

This video should help if the latter is the case!

Typos can be avoided by using your spell check.

Happy Day to You!

p.s. This video was created by Crissy…a passionate EASI Networker.

Come Here…Lover Boy!


Big Love, a little music and some Dirty Dancing.

Happy V-Day everyone!


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Encouragement Does More Than Correction




As a parent, I am often faced with my boys who might not listen or situations in which they can act inappropriately . So, it got me thinking about whether always correcting them was better than just letting certain things go. Could simply encouraging them to do better next time be more productive  than always  highlighting the mistake? Does this hold true in an office setting as well?

What is the definition of encouragement?

Something that makes someone more determined, hopeful, or confident

How do you pronounce it?

en·cour·age·ment /ɪnˈkɚrɪʤmənt/

Can you answer the following questions in conversation with your trainer or a friend ?

  • What do you do to encourage yourself when going through hard times? Does it work?
  • Who do you talk to for encouragement and inspiration?
  • Which of your family members encourage you most? How?
  • What are some saying in your country that bring encouragement?
  • What’s the most encouraging book you’ve ever read?
  • Which is better a word of encouragement or a letter of encouragement? Why?
  • Should people just accept whatever comes there way?
  • What are some ways you feel you can make a difference in this world.
  • What song encourages you most?
  • What person has inspired you the most? How?
  • How can you make yourself believe more in yourself?

Can you write out the answer to the first and last question?

It might be difficult to give this answer. Think about it for a while. Write as many possible options as possible & remember them when you need a little pat on the back!


p.s. This post was written by Crissy F…proud mom of 2 little rascals!

I Hope My Son Is Happy

My son, Giako, came home this week singing “Because I’m happy, clap la-la-la-la….” .

He explained that his second grade class was learning the hook (i.e. chorus) to Pharrel William’s song this week.

I bumped into his English teacher, Matilde, on thursday and we agreed that I would create this video clip for the class to help them memorize the song.

Try singing along with your kids.

I hope it makes you Happy:-)



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?

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



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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