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?

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p.s. The Dalai Lama rocks!







Happy New Year!

“Some people swear there is no beauty left in the world, no magic.Then how do you explain the entire world coming together on one night to celebrate the HOPE of a NEW year?”

Let’s kiss last year goodbye along with all regrets, remorse and resentment. Let’s thank it for every moment, every experience, for our friends, our loved ones, our joys, for us surviving our mistakes and our losses… and send it on its way, as we pat ourselves on the back for getting to where we are now.

Let’s not burden ourselves with New Year’s resolutions, so that we are free to embrace new joys, new ideas, new challenges, new solutions, new adventures and surprises as we welcome the new year with open arms because, as they say:

“”Yesterday is History, Tomorrow is a Mystery, Today is a Gift. That’s why it’s called the Present.”

So as we prepare for the New Year, let’s throw away the list of things we’ll force ourselves to do in 2014, let’s just be ready to unwrap 31 million presents with the same excitement and gratitude we feel at Christmas.

FYI, There are 31,536,000 seconds in a year

What can we learn from this post?

  • to swear- to make a solemn declaration
  • to kiss something goodbye – accept the end of something
  • regret- a sense of loss, disappointment, dissatisfaction
  • remorse- a feeling of responsibility for doing wrong
  • pat on the back- to praise someone for something
  • to burden – to place a weight on someone, to make sad
  • to embrace – to receive or accept gladly, to put one’s arms around someone
  • to throw away – to get rid of something useless or unwanted
  • to unwrap – to uncover, to open a present

May 2014 Rock for you!


Are you sitting too much?

Do you stay mobile at the office?Do you think your posture is good while sitting for 8, 9 or 10 hours ? Do you use an active chair? Have you got standing desks at the office?

Watch the video and learn more…



Merry Christmas to All!

A reunion that will touch your heart!

“Twas the Night Before Christmas”

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
A miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
A little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
And more rapid than eagles his reindeer all came,
As he shouted out “Dasher” and each reindeer’s name
So up to the house-top the reindeer all flew,
With the sleigh full of toys — and St. Nicholas too.
Down the chimney he came with a leap and a pound,
He was dressed all in fur and his belly was round,
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.
But I heard him exclaim, as he drove out of sight —
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

Who wrote ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”?

A Visit from St. Nicholas“, also known as “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” from its first line, was first published anonymously in 1823 and later attributed to Clement Clarke Moore, who acknowledged authorship.

This poem has been called ” the best-known verses ever written by an American”,[] and is largely responsible for some of the conceptions of Santa Claus from the mid-nineteenth century to today. It has been set to music and recorded by many artists. (Source: wikipedia.org)

What vocabulary can we learn from this text? 

  • stirring : moving
  • stockings: item of clothing for the foot and leg, traditionally filled with gifts at Christmas
  • chimney: fireplace
  • Saint Nicholas: Santa Claus
  • sleigh:  an open vehicle that used over snow or ice
  • reindeer: a large type of deer living in the north of the globe
  • leap: to jump or move quickly
  • belly: the part of the body that contains the stomach
  • fur:  the hairy coat of an animal used to make or line clothes
  • jerk: a quick twist or pull
  • nod: to move your head to say yes,  as a signal to someone or as a way of saying hello or goodbye to someone

To all of those who celebrate this holiday, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!



Seth Godin’s take on Nelson Mandela

6th April 2000 Visit of Nelson Mandela to give...
6th April 2000 Visit of Nelson Mandela to give a lecture at LSE on ‘Africa and Its Position in the World.’ Held at the Peacock Theatre. IMAGELIBRARY/575 Persistent URL: archives.lse.ac.uk/dserve.exe?dsqServer=lib-4.lse.ac.uk&a… (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The internet has been inundated with posts on Nelson Mandela’s passing. I especially liked Seth Godin’s  so I have decided to share it with you. You can find the original link here.

 What did Seth Godin have to say?

A Legacy of Mandela by Seth Godin

Others can better write about Nelson Mandela’s impact on the world stage, on how he stood up for the dignity of all people and on how he changed our world.

For those that seek to make a change in the world, whether global or local, one lesson of his life is this:

You can.

You can make a difference.

You can stand up to insurmountable forces.

You can put up with far more than you think you can.

Your lever is far longer than you imagine it is, if you choose to use it.

If you don’t require the journey to be easy or comfortable or safe, you can change the world.

What do the following expressions mean?

  • A legacy: something received form someone who has died
  • To seek : to look for, search
  • To stand up to: refuse to receive bad treatment from someone
  • To put up with: to tolerate

How would you answer the following questions?

  1. How would you describe Nelson Mandela’s accomplishments to children?
  2. Who else has had such a positive impact on Humanity?
  3. What other humanitarian causes need to be adressed today?
  4. When thinking of your community, what can you do to make a change?


Great Man. Powerful Words. Big Love!


Etymology: To Break The Ice


breaking ice

breaking ice (Photo credit: NapaneeGal)




I kicked off a new course this week. I always plan a few  activities that help people to relax at the first lesson. These activities are called icebreakers. That got me thinking. Where does this idiom come from? It is actually pretty intuitive to understand but when did people start using it as an idiom?

What does ‘To Break The Ice ‘mean?

To say or do something that helps people to relax and begin talking at a meeting, party, etc.  The corresponding noun is ‘icebreaker‘.

What is the etymology?

The ice in question is metaphorically that on a river or lake in early spring. To break the ice would be to allow boats to pass, marking the beginning of the season’s activity after the winter freeze. In this way, this expression has been connected to the start of enterprise for abour 400 years.

How do we use it in context?

  • I broke the ice by telling them about my hometown.
  • Playing 20Questions is a nice way to break the ice at a lesson.
  • What icebreakers do you use to start a meeting?

Can you repeat the sentences you hear?


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2013’s Word of the Year ‘SELFIE’


Selfie (Photo credit: joeldinda)

Oxford Dictionary has announced ‘SELFIE” word of the year for 2013.

It has been around for quite some time but the use of SELFIE has increased by 17000% in this year alone. Can you believe it? That is mind-boggling,right?

If you snap a shot of yourself  with your iphone, then you have just taken a selfie!

It is definitely an  iconic word and it helps us understand how important images are in our world these days.

What is the official definition?

A type of self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera that is planned to be uploaded onto facebook, my space or any other social media platform.

Long live the SELFIE!

If you take selfies, then share, tweet or like this post!


p.s. Special thanks to Heather for posting the announcement on facebook

In the same boat vs On the same page

A group of people riding a wooden boat off a b...

A group of people riding a wooden boat off a beach in Venezuela. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)









Last week, I was in a lesson  with a learner  who was telling me he really enjoyed working with his new boss because they seemed to be “on the same boat”.

He was referring to the fact that they both have similar views and  a similar approach when it comes to their  business, so  what he really meant was that they were on the same page.

What do they mean?

  • On the same page > agreeing about something (such as how something should be done)
  • In the same boat > in the same unpleasant or difficult situation

 How do we use them in context?

  1. The project manager called a meeting to make sure everyone involved was on the same page (i.e. thinking in a similar way).
  2. Katherine said : “I think we should boost sales through a new marketing  campaign.” John replied: “I’m glad to see we’re on the same page” (we agree).
  3. If the company closes, we’ll all lose our jobs, so we all have to make an effort, from top management to junior staff members, because we are all in the same boat.
  4. Jack is always complaining that he doesn’t have enough money, but we’re all in the same boat.

Can we use other expressions that mean the same?

On the same wavelength‘ can be used instead of ‘On the same page’.

It would make us happy if you could share this post with a fried who needs to gain confidence in English. Learning a little English every day, goes a long way.


Best Coronation Street Story Ever

Anyone who knows me knows that I love Strombo . He is one of Canada’s best talk show hosts. His show produces clips called ‘ Best Story Ever’. They are short videos that either make you laugh or just leave you speechless.

The UK’s longest-running TV soap, Coronation Street focuses on the everyday lives of working class people in Manchester, England. In this Best Story Ever, Marc Baylis who plays the pawn shop owner Rob Donovan explains how in an episode,  a football match ending up showing more of one actor than anyone had hoped.

What can we learn from this clip?

  • Rob was winding Steve up a lot. (i.e. do or say something jokingly to get someone upset or annoyed)
  • The goal-keeper was gong to try and save a penalty.(the player who defends the goal in foot ball/hockey)
  • The goalkeeper’s privates had managed to sneak outside of the shorts. (i.e. genitals / to move outside without being noticed by anyone)
  • It is my best Coronation Street story so far.(i.e. up to today)

How can we use them in context?

  • My co-worker and I wind each other up a lot. we are good buddies!
  • The goal-keeper did a bang up job last night. We won 2-0.
  • Keep your privates in your pants !
  • My teenager snuck out last night to go to a party.
  • I have had a relaxing vacation so far.

Practice answering these questions with your trainer, spouse or friends

  1. Who/What winds you up?
  2. Can you tell me about your favorite goal-keeper ever?
  3. Have you ever been caught naked with your privates out?
  4. Did you sneak out much as a teen?
  5. How many books have you read so far this year?

It would make us really happy if you could share this post with a friend who needs to gain confidence in English.  A little English every day goes a long way!




What are the odds?


Tom Peters presented the acronym  MBWA at the WOBI conference in Milan. It stands for Managing By Wandering Around. He argued that one of the biggest problems for managers is losing touch with their people.


What are the odds that you find a CEO wandering around speaking to people at the office? The chances are not that high in most cases. Does your CEO wander around speaking to people just because he wants to know how everything is going and what people are thinking ?

What is the meaning?

  • Odds is a plural noun and it means the chance or probability that something will happen.
  • What are the odds?‘ is like saying ‘What are the chances?’ or ‘What is the likelihood?’.
  • Interestingly, it can sometimes be used as a rhetorical question because we feel we know the answer.

How can we use it in context?

  • What are the odds that you will pass the exam if you don’t study? I figure they are very slim.
  • What are the odds that they will succeed in reaching the set budget? I think it is highly likely.
  • What are the odds of the teacher calling off the test tomorrow? Fat chance, right?

In the dialogue below, It sort of means ‘That’s incredible!’. In this case, it is a stand-alone expression.

Mary: Speaking of travel, how was your trip to Florida?
John: It went really well. We managed to raise 10 000 dollars at the fundraiser. Surprisingly, I was on the same flight as my best friend without knowing it.
Mary: Wow! What are the odds?

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