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!







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 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!


Coming out today?


The Human Rights campaign made a video for the 25th anniversary of National Coming Out Day.

They used ‘Coming Out Still Matters’ to show how important and how difficult it could still be for someone to share with the world who they really are.

They did a great job with the video. Lots of written text makes it easy to understand. Interviews are simple and clear.

What can we learn from this?

  • ‘It was a very calculated decision that pedro made’ means that he reflected carefully. He knew that it would be a strategic decision.
  • How you doin’?‘ is a colloquial way of asking ‘how are you?’. The verb to be, ‘are’, is omitted in this case.
  • ‘I am over the top!‘ means that she exceeds normal limits.
  • ‘I gotta live life for myself.’ is slang for ‘got to’ or ‘have to’ so it is an obligation that he has set for himself.
  • ‘ I just happen to be a lesbian as well’ means that by chance this is how she was born. It was unpredictable.
  • ‘Will you love me , period?” means that he wants the other person’s love irrevocably. He does not want anything to change.

Happy Coming Out Day to everyone who will be taking that step towards acceptance.

Visit our Facebook page dedicated to diversity. It is called Respect The Challenge.

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Crissy’s Banana Cake Recipe



I thought I would share one of my favorite family recipes with you. My boys love it as an after school snack and I hope you do too!

Let’s look at some of the expressions from the recipe:

  • When butter is softened, you have left it out of the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  • When a banana is ripe , it is not green but yellow.
  • If I mash something, I press down on it with a fork
  • When I heat something, I increase the temperature of that thing. If I pre-heat an over, I turn it on and heat it to a certain degree before using it.
  • When something is smooth, it does not have bits of pieces  or lumps in it
  • When something is fluffy, I have make it airy, light and soft
  • if I pour batter into a pan, this means that I am moving the liquid into another container
  • Batter is a thick liquid mixture that is made when baking.

Let me know if you make the cake! It would make me happy to get your feedback on the recipe.


Video Watch: Only the Young


I have always loved low-budget motion-pictures (i.e. movies) and this one is amazing.

The trailer is 2 minutes long . I selected a few expressions that could be interesting when speaking about people, relationships & love.

She is attractive.

  • attractive means pleasing or appealing to the senses.
  • the opposite of attractive is unattractive, ugly, repulsive
  • you can use it for people and things

I guess opposites attract

  • ‘I guess’ is used when you are not sure. It is like saying that you suppose or think something is like that
  • Opposites attract’ is a proverb that explains the phenomenon of dissimilar people having a liking or attraction for one another.

I have a crush on her.

  • ‘ To have a crush on someone’ means you like that person. You usually feel uneasy and try to get attention around that person. Sometimes, it’s hard to stop thinking about them.
  • Crush is a verb that means that you press on something so hard that is breaks or loses its’ shape. I guess that in the definition above, we are talking about a person’s heart.
  • In Italian, we’d say’ avere una cotta per’

I could have added so many more sentencess. I choose to limit the expressions that I post because learning deeply is the best way to remember things. If I post 10 expressions, you may not remember any. If I post three, I hope you read this post over again 3 times and remember all three expressions forever.

Watch the video…pick a line you like and repeat it. Don’t think about grammar. You need to articulate to communicate!

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Grammar Alert…8 Basic Verb Tenses


Is Speaking English One of Your Top Objectives?

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Do you make these mistakes?

Inforgraphic right or Wrong Common Office Expressions


They are tricky buggers! 

repeat them as often as you can and set them in your mind. many italian language learners carry these over due to their native language patterns.