Category Archives: Listening

Yemen: On the brink of starvation

Millions of men, women and children are starving in Yemen. Hunger is the Yemen´s silent killer. Food is unaffordable, unavailable, and humanitarian aid is hindered or blocked by a country devastated by war and genocide.  What? Where? Why? Improve your listening skills by watching this video report.  At the same time, ask yourself why this video has only had 3,350 views, while a video on how many girls Justin Bieber has dated has received over 1.7 million hits.

Disgustingly, the British and the USA governments directly support the war in the Yemen by capitalising on the sale of weapons, arms and bombs.

It´s time for us all to stop looking the other way.  Donating money might help in the short term, but using your voice to lobby governments and hold them accountable for their actions is bound to have a longer lasting effect.

Don´t let governments use your tax to sell weapons. Don´t let your governments justify this heinous action in the name of national economic prosperity. Don´t let the childish behaviour of politicians distract you from the ‘real’ issues.  Don´t let the lawyers and academics cloud your sense of moral and ethical justice with legal and intellectual debate.  Perhaps, I don´t know, or don´t have the intellectual capabilities to truly understand all the issues.  And, quite frankly, I don´t care; selling arms for economic and political gain is just wrong.

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What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life?

Robert Woldinger answers: What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’re mistaken. As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.

Listen to Robert´s thoughts on Ted Talks

The unexpected benefit of celebrating failure!

Astro Teller, Entrepreneur, inventor, author

“Great dreams aren’t just visions,” says Astro Teller, “They’re visions coupled to strategies for making them real.” The head of X (formerly Google X), Teller takes us inside the “moonshot factory,” as it’s called, where his team seeks to solve the world’s biggest problems through experimental projects like balloon-powered Internet and wind turbines that sail through the air. Find out X’s secret to creating an organization where people feel comfortable working on big, risky projects and exploring audacious ideas.

Listen to his thoughts on Ted Talks

What it’s like to be a parent in a war zone?

Aala El-Khanim humanitarian psychologist, explores the needs of families affected by war and displacement and the mental health of children who have experienced armed conflict.

How do parents protect their children and help them feel secure again when their homes are ripped apart by war? In this warm-hearted talk, psychologist Aala El-Khani shares her work supporting — and learning from — refugee families affected by the civil war in Syria. She asks: How can we help these loving parents give their kids the warm, secure parenting they most need?

Listen to Aala El-Khanim´s ideas on this topic.

Working Parents and Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama, a lawyer and administrator, is an advocate for working parents and education for girls all around the world. Speaking to an audience of students, US First Lady Michelle Obama reminds each one to take their education seriously — and never take it for granted. This new, brilliant generation, she tells us, is the one that could close the gap between the world as it is and the world as it should be.

Listen to Michele Obama´s thoughts and ideas on Ted Talks.

Education: What is it?

Education: what is it?

Well, it´s a word which uses all of the 5 English vowels. And, phonetically speaking,  it looks like this: /ɛdjʊˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/. In addition, it´s a word that politicians repeat to infinity and beyond during an election campaign.  Finally, it´s something that affects all of us.

OK Janette, but what does it mean?

Well, I have my opinions, but I think this guy has something more interesting to say than me.  If you check out this video, you will improve your English listening and comprehension skills, learn new vocabulary, and you will definitely think. Perfect; bring on the brain shake!

The must link-in websites

English Link InThere is a lot of information on the Internet that you can use to improve your English and get yourself linked-in.

Why not check out the sites that Janette and Inglés Málaga recommend? The Inglés Málaga Link In section gives you direct links to external sites which will help you improve your English level.  To help you on your way, here are a selection of online resources you might find useful:

  1. Downloads: Provides general information for grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  2. Topic of the Month: Provides ideas for writing and speaking on specific topics.
  3. Link In: Provides links to external support.
  4. Written Work: EOI suggested Levels: A2, B1, B2
  5. Written Work: The British Council
  6. Cambridge Write and Improve

Happy surfing!

 

TED Talks is coming back to Málaga

OMG, I love TED! And TED is coming in October and November!

If you are not familiar with the TED Talks empire, you really must check it out.  I have spent hours and hours, and hours and hours learning things about crazy stuff from truly brilliant people. I am always inspired and without a shadow of a doubt I can say that knowledge is sexy, and knowledgeable people are hot!

So kids, stay in school, learn stuff, be curious, question, be critical, experiment and innovate as it´s much more likely that you´ll get laid if you do.

Will Smith says it´s summer time: Get jiggy with it.

Inglés Málaga community, it´s practically summer and it´s time to practise your moves and shakes.

Come on: Get Jiggy With It! 

Jukebox Friday: Summer Chill-Out!

So, the summer vibe is palpable in the streets of Málaga and I´m already creating my beach soundtrack.  My bikini is dust-free, my flip flops are ready to take a stroll and my suntan lotion is in my beach bag.

In fact, if I were in your shoes, I would check out this amazing new band.  For me, FKJ are going to be the chill-out group of summer 2017. Recharge your batteries by listening to FKJ