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?

LEM…xo!

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

 

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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!

Lem…xo!
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!

LEM…xo

Learn English with Us…Chi Ti Ricorda?

 

We understand!

Drop us a line at info@easienglish.it  and book your free trial lesson today.

If you have felt this way before, LIKE it & SHARE it with a friend. It would make us very happy.

LEM..xo!

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:-)

Lem..xo

 

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.

LEM…xo!

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?

You can like this post & share it with a friend if you feel it was useful!

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!

Lem…xo!

p.s. The Dalai Lama rocks!

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Idiom

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!

FEEL GOOD MUSIC CLICK HERE