Sunday, December 25, 2016

Queen's speech

There was a time when British Olympic medal winners became household names because there were so few of them. But the 67 medals at this year’s Games in Rio and 147 at the Paralympics meant that the GB medallists’ reception at Buckingham Palace was a crowded and happy event. Throughout the Commonwealth there were equally joyful celebrations. Grenada, the Bahamas, Jamaica and New Zealand won more medals per head of population than any other countries.
Many of this year’s winners spoke of being inspired by athletes of previous generations. Inspiration fed their aspiration; and having discovered abilities they scarcely knew they had, these athletes are now inspiring others.
A few months ago, I saw inspiration of a different kind when I opened the new Cambridge base of the East Anglian Air Ambulance, where Prince William works as a helicopter pilot. It was not hard to be moved by the dedication of the highly skilled doctors, paramedics and crew, who are called-out on average five times a day.
But to be inspirational you don’t have to save lives or win medals. I often draw strength from meeting ordinary people doing extraordinary things: volunteers, carers, community organisers and good neighbours; unsung heroes whose quiet dedication makes them special.
They are an inspiration to those who know them, and their lives frequently embody a truth expressed by Mother Teresa, from this year Saint Teresa of Calcutta. She once said, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
This has been the experience of two remarkable organisations, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the Prince’s Trust, which are sixty and forty years old this year. These started as small initiatives but have grown beyond any expectations, and continue to transform young people’s lives.
To mark my 90th birthday, volunteers and supporters of the six hundred charities of which I have been patron came to a lunch in The Mall. Many of these organisations are modest in size but inspire me with the work they do. From giving friendship and support to our veterans, the elderly or the bereaved; to championing music and dance; providing animal welfare; or protecting our fields and forests, their selfless devotion and generosity of spirit is an example to us all.
When people face a challenge they sometimes talk about taking a deep breath to find courage or strength. In fact, the word ‘inspire’ literally means ‘to breathe in’. But even with the inspiration of others, it’s understandable that we sometimes think the world’s problems are so big that we can do little to help. On our own, we cannot end wars or wipe out injustice, but the cumulative impact of thousands of small acts of goodness can be bigger than we imagine.
At Christmas, our attention is drawn to the birth of a baby some two thousand years ago. It was the humblest of beginnings, and his parents, Joseph and Mary, did not think they were important.
Jesus Christ lived obscurely for most of his life, and never travelled far. He was maligned and rejected by many, though he had done no wrong. And yet, billions of people now follow his teaching and find in him the guiding light for their lives. I am one of them because Christ’s example helps me see the value of doing small things with great love, whoever does them and whatever they themselves believe.
The message of Christmas reminds us that inspiration is a gift to be given as well as received, and that love begins small but always grows.
I wish you all a very happy Christmas.

How to talk about your birthday and birthplace

How to talk about your birthday and birthplace: You will surely have to ask and answer the important question of where and when you were born many times in your life. Yet many students make mistakes when providing this critical information. Watch this English lesson to get it right.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas in Ukraine

Hark how the bells,
Sweet silver bells,
All seem to say,
Throw cares away
Christmas is here,
Bringing good cheer,
To young and old,
Meek and the bold.
Ding dong ding dong
That is their song
With joyful ring
All caroling.
One seems to hear
Words of good cheer
From everywhere
Filling the air.
Oh how they pound,
Raising the sound,
O'er hill and dale,
Telling their tale.
Gaily they ring
While people sing
Songs of good cheer,
Christmas is here.
Merry, Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas,
Merry, Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas.
On on they send,
On without end,
Their joyful tone
To every home.
Ding dong ding dong
Ding dong ding dong
Hark how the bells,
Sweet silver bells,
All seem to say,
Throw cares away
(We will throw cares away)
Christmas is here,
Bringing good cheer,
To young and old,
Meek and the bold.
(Bringing cheer to the young and old)
Oh how they pound,
Raising the sound,
O'er hill and dale,
Telling their tale.
Gaily they ring
While people sing
Songs of good cheer,
Christmas is here.
Merry, Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas,
Merry Christmas
Merry, Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas,
Merry Christmas
On on they send,
On without end,
Their joyful tone
To every home.
Written by Mykola Leontovych, Paul Mark Oakenfold, William King Ross •

Christmas in London

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Wednesday, June 15, 2016


Divide words into synonyms and antonyms of HAPPY

Cheerful, glad, delighted, merry, jolly, gay, joyful.

Unhappy, sad, down, serious, upset, depressed.

What makes you happy?

I decided to make a list of ten things that make me happy.  At first it was quite difficult, I had to think quite hard. However as I began writing my list I had more and more ideas.  As the day passed, ideas kept popping into my head and my list became very long.  I realised that there are so many things that make me happy.
Here are ten examples from my very long list:
  1. Spending time with my husband and children.
  2. Dog walking.
  3. Music.
  4. Hugs.
  5. The beach.
  6. The sound of my sons laughing together.
  7. Dancing.
  8. Discovering new places.
  9. Drinking wine with my girlfriends.
  10. Coffee in the garden, with my husband on a Saturday morning.
  11. Swimming in the sea. 
  12. Being with my daughters. 
  13. Drinking coffee in a terrace. 
  14. Reading a novel in bed at night. 
  15. Waking up late at the weekend. 

Discussion points:

Q1: Why don't we spend more time doing the things that make us happy?
Q2: Can you buy happiness?

Q3: Do happy people live longer?

Be Happy from kieran donaghy on Vimeo.

Speed dating questions 

 HAPPY OPINIONS: Do you agree with these opinions on happiness? Talk about them with your partner(s).
  1. Money makes you happy.
  2. The older you become, the happier you are.
  3. You can take lessons on how to be happy.
  4. Men are happier than women.
  5. Married people are happier than single people.
  6. People in warmer climates are happier than people in colder climates.
  7. It’s hard to be happy in today’s world.
  8. Every country should have a Minister of Happiness.
 Ask students to write a short composition titled: What I do to live a happy life.

Lesson about happiness

In the sea games

In the sea video

 Baby shark

Sunday, May 15, 2016


When strangers are coming... 
They come to your house, 
They kill you all and say, 
We’re not guilty not guilty. 

Where is your mind? 
Humanity cries. 
You think you are gods. 
But everyone dies. 
Don't swallow my soul. 
Our souls 

Yaşlığıma toyalmadım 
Men bu yerde yaşalmadım 
Yaşlığıma toyalmadım 
Men bu yerde yaşalmadım 

We could build a future 
Where people are free 
to live and love. 
The happiest time. 

Where is your heart? 
Humanity rise. 
You think you are gods 
But everyone dies. 
Don't swallow my soul. 
Our souls. 

Yaşlığıma toyalmadım 
Men bu yerde yaşalmadım 
Yaşlığıma toyalmadım 
Men bu yerde yaşalmadım

Monday, April 4, 2016


Shopping for clothes

Can I help you?
Yes, please. I'd like to buy a pair of jeans.
No, thank you. I'm just looking.
Excuse me, could you help me?
I'm looking for a gray business suit.
Could you show me leather jackets?
Is it real leather?
Is it pure wool?
Can I try it on?
How much is it?
It's ninety-five dollars.
I'll take it.
Excuse me. I bought this jacket here yesterday, and it's torn inside.
I'd like to replace it, please.

Shopping for food

I'd like a loaf of white bread and four sesame rolls, please.
I'd like a pound of ground beef and one small chicken, please.
A pound of cheese, a carton of milk, and four cups of strawberry yogurt, please.
A dozen eggs, a jar of mayonnaise, and a bottle of ketchup, please.
Two pounds of red apples, a bunch of bananas, and three big oranges, please.
How much is it?
Forty-three dollars and fifty cents.
Here's fifty dollars.
Here's your change.
Thank you.

Thursday, February 25, 2016


1/ Jack Stark Private Detective - это специально созданный видео сериал о приключениях частного детектива Джека Старка из города Сан-Франциско. В фильме много распространённых фраз, используемых в повседневных ситуациях.

2. Частный детектив Джек Старк и его помощница Надин продолжают расследовать дело о пропаже Патрика Пибоди.

3/ Продолжение детективной истории о таинственном исчезновении мистера Пибоди.

4. Частный детектив Джек Старк продолжает расследование дела мистера Пибоди.

5. Расследование дела о пропавшем муже подходит к концу, виновные обязательно будут наказаны.

Загадка мумии (часть 1)

Puzzle English - London central

London Central - это обучающий сериал про молодого бразильского парня, который поехал в Лондон, чтобы выучить английский.
Лео немного устроился в Лондоне и теперь хочет найти работу.
3 Лео продолжается осваиваться в Лондоне и узнаёт кое-что новое про Джорджину.
После того, как между Лео и Джорджиной произошла ссора, Лео понимает, что он неравнодушен к Джорджине.
5 У каждого бывает неудачный день, когда ничего не получается. Для Лео день не задался с самого утра.
6  Лео и Оскар внезапно узнают, что им нужно было сделать генеральную уборку к приходу Джанет.
Джанет решила научить Лео печь свой фирменный морковный пирог.
Несмотря на плохую погоду, Лео и Джорджина прекрасно провели время.
Лео готовится к своему первому серьезному экзамену по английскому. Ставки очень высоки, поэтому он немного нервничает.
10. У Лео сегодня очень важный и насыщенный день, полный сюрпризов и неожиданностей.

Monday, February 1, 2016

groundhog day

                                                         EARLY RISER

          Many animals hibernate during the winter. That means they stay in their homes underground and asleep during the cold months. In spring, when the weather gets warmer, they wake up. They come out of their homes to look for food.
            A woodchuck is an animal that hibernates. A woodchuck is also called a groundhog. Of all the hibernating animals, the woodchuck, or groundhog, is the first one to come out of its winter home.
            February 2 is known as Groundhog Day. It is still winter.  People watch for the animal to come out of its home. People think the groundhog can tell if warm spring weather is coming soon. If the groundhog sees its shadow, it goes back into its hole. The weather will be cold for six more weeks. If the groundhog does not see its shadow, warm spring-like weather will be coming soon.

      1    What word means to sleep all winter?__________________
2    When do most hibernating animals come out of their winter homes?________
3    How is a woodchuck also called?_________________________________
4    In what season does a groundhog come out of its home?_______________  
5    How do people call  February 2 ?______________________
6    Why do people watch for the animal to come out?___________________
7    What does the groundhog  do if  it sees its shadow?__________________
8    What kind of weather must it be in order to see groundhog's shadow?_______
9    Have you ever seen a groundhog?________________

10   Have your ever heard of Groundhog Day?_________

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894)
My Shadow

I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.

The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow--
Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;
For he sometimes shoots up taller like an india-rubber ball,
And he sometimes goes so little that there's none of him at all.

He hasn't got a notion of how children ought to play,
And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.
He stays so close behind me, he's a coward you can see;
I'd think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!

One morning, very early, before the sun was up,
I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;
But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head,
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.

video 1 video 2 story video lesson 3

My favorite groundhog song is by "Miss Jackie" Silberg.
Groundhog, groundhog,
Come on out and play.
It's a beautiful, beautiful, February day.
The sun is shining and the sky is blue.
Won't you come on out?
I want to play with you!

Groundhog, groundhog,
Come on out and play.
It's a gloomy, gloomy, February day.
The sun is shining and the sky is gray.
Won't you come on out?
I want to play today!