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.

Come Here…Lover Boy!


Big Love, a little music and some Dirty Dancing.

Happy V-Day everyone!


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!

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 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!











Introductions Don Jon Style

I watched Don Jon over the holidays.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a guy from Jersey who is addicted to porn and discovers true love in the most unexpected person. I was expecting it to be more commercial but I found it edgy and real. I could have done without the boob comment at the end of this scene where he brings his girlfriend, played by Scarlett Johansson, home for the first time but I guess it is part of what a father & son relationship can be like.

I picked this clip because it is a classic introduction dialogue. Enjoy!

What are they saying in the clip?

Son: Dad, I’d like you to meet Barbara. Barbara, This is my Dad.
Girlfriend: Hi, Mr. Martello.
Dad: Good to meet you…jeez…
Mom: John!!!!
Dad: I wasn’t expecting such a lovely lady. That’s all.
Girlfriend: Thank you. So nice to finally meet you both.
Dad: My pleasure. My pleasure.
Mom: Well, please sit down and I will be right back.
Girlfriend: Can I help you with anything at all?
Mom: Oh! Oh! Oh! I love her already.

You can share this post if the clip made you smile & like it if you’ve lived this situation before.