[Quotes] O Captain! My Captain!

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Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892) was an American poet, essayist, and journalist. He was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse.

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His poems are powerful and passionate. By reading his poems aloud, readers can feel the surging emotions in those words.

Let’s read one of his most famous poems, O Captain! My Captain!:


O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills,
For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding,
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here Captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head!
It is some dream that on the deck,
You’ve fallen cold and dead.

My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still,
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will,
The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done,
From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won;
Exult O shores, and ring O bells!
But I with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.


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Let’s call it a day! Do you like this poem?

See U next time. 🙂

 

[Song] It’s Another Day Of Sun!

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Answers to the last episode first.

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I guess you got the correct answers, right?

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Here comes the practice for today. Today’s listening is from the opening scene clip in the film, La La Land, which is really encouraging and energetic, especially when you are on your way to school or work.

Let’s enjoy Another Day of Sun:

The audio version is given below:

Please LISTEN PATIENTLY. And the question goes to three blanks in the script below.


[Script]

[First Girl:]
I think about that day
I left him at a Greyhound station
West of Santa Fé

We were seventeen, but he was sweet and it was true
Still, I did what I had to do
‘Cause I just knew

Summer Sunday nights
We’d sink into our seats
Right as they dimmed out all the ??? (1 word missing)
A Technicolor world made out of music and machine
It called me to be on that screen
And live inside each scene

[First Girl & First Man:]
Without a nickel to my name
Hopped a bus, here I came
Could be brave or just ??? (1 word missing) 

[First Girl, First Man & Second Man:]
We’ll have to see

[First Girl:]
‘Cause maybe in that ??? (2 words missing)
He’ll sit one day, the lights are down
He’ll see my face and think of how he used to know me

[All:]
Climb these hills
I’m reaching for the heights
And chasing all the lights that shine
And when they let you down
You’ll get up off the ground
‘Cause morning rolls around
And it’s another day of sun

[Young Man:]
I hear ’em ev’ry day
The rhythms in the canyons
That’ll never fade away
The ballads in the barrooms
Left by those who came before
They say “you gotta want it more”
So I bang on every door

[Second Girl:]
And even when the answer’s “no”
Or when my money’s running low
The dusty mic and neon glow
Are all I need

[Young Man:]
And someday as I sing my song
A small-town kid will come along

[Second Girl & Young Man:]
That’ll be the thing to push him on and go go

[All:]
Climb these hills
I’m reaching for the heights
And chasing all the lights that shine
And when they let you down
You’ll get up off the ground
‘Cause morning rolls around
And it’s another day of sun

[Instrumental Break]

[First Girl:]
And when they let you down
The morning rolls around

[All:]
It’s another day of sun
It’s another day of sun
It’s another day of sun
It’s another day of sun
Just another day of sun
It’s another day of sun
Another day has just begun
It’s another day of sun

It’s another day of sun

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Do you feel the positive attitudes towards life and dream conveyed by this song?

Hope U enjoy it:) Don’t forget to comment with your answers below.

See you next time!

[Listening] A Baby Is Coming To British Royals!

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Let’s look at the answer to the last [Listening] episode first.

…The WHO’s 2018 campaign focuses on…

…most people know that smoking increases the risk of…

I guess many of you got the correct answers!

Anyway, congratulations on these three blessed guys who gave the correct spelling ahead of anyone else!

Here comes the practice for today. It’s a breaking news about the pregnancy of Meghan Markle, the wife of Prince Harry.

Please LISTEN PATIENTLY. And the question goes to two words I have blanked in the script below.


[Script]

In breaking news, Kensington palaces just announced that the Duchess of Sussex is pregnant.

Megan and Prince Harry are expecting a baby in autumn next year but the month has not yet been publicly released.

There’s been speculation of royal ??? (one word missing) since their wedding in May. Confirmation has come through just moments ago. The Duke and Duchess say they’re ??? (one word missing) to be sharing the news with the world.


Don’t forget to comment with your answers below.🙂

See you next time! 😀

How To: Build Confidence

Be confident. Act confident. It’s something you always hear when going for a job interview, date, presentation, etc. But it still remains a challenge to do so. If we are really confident, it’s likely we wouldn’t need the extra encouragement. So, how can we build confidence and stay confident?

Acknowledge It

Speaking from experience, when I acknowledged that I wasn’t confident in a situation, I felt slightly better, albeit not by much but it alleviated some stress. I realized my weakness, and I could build my confidence little by little with each similar experience or understanding and learning what went wrong in a situation.

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Sometimes we try to deny insecurities and keep telling ourselves to feel confident in a situation. That sounds stressful and takes a lot of energy–energy that could be better-spent toward controlling emotions. However, acknowledging or being at peace with our insecurities is easier said than done. It requires time and being comfortable with ourselves–the good and the bad.

Staying Confident

No one can stay confident their whole lives. We’re going to be put in new situations and tackle new challenges that put ourselves outside of our comfort zones. But isn’t that how we grow?

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There’s no formula in staying confident in new or certain situations. And sometimes we may never get comfortable with a situation no matter how many times we encounter it, but we’ll get a better understanding of how to tackle it.

How Do You Tackle Confidence?

Share with us on how you handled a situation that you weren’t confident in. How did you build your confidence?

[Listening] Sheldon Tries To Teach Penny A Little Physics

 

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Let’s look at the answer to the last episode first.

…Time can bend your knees…

…Beyond the door there’s peace I’m sure…

I guess many of you got the correct answers!

Here comes the practice for today. It’s a video clip selected from The Big Bang Theory Series, where Penny wants Sheldon to teach her basic physics to surprise Leonard.

Please LISTEN PATIENTLY. And the question goes to two blanks in the script below.


[Script]

Penny: Okay, so here’s the thing. I was wondering if you could maybe teach me a littlephysics.

Sheldon: A little physics? There’s no such thing, physics encompasses the entire universe, from quantum particles to supernovas, from spinning electrons to spinning galaxies.

Penny: Okay cool. I don’t need the PBS special. I just wanna know enough so I can talk to Leonard about his job. You know, like Bernadette does.

Sheldon: Why can’t Leonard teach you.

Penny: Because I want to surprise him.

Sheldon: Can’t you surprise him in some other way? For example, I’m sure he’d be ??? (one word missing) taken aback if you cleaned your apartment.

Penny: Come on Sheldon. This is important to me.

Sheldon: Penny, this would be a ??? (one word missing) undertaking and my time is both limited and valuable.

Penny: You’re siting here playing video games all day.

Sheldon: Okay, point.


Don’t forget to comment with your answers below.🙂

See you next time! 😀

[Phrases] Poor? Rich!

Hi, guys! How’s last week going?

Today we are going to learn some phrases about money.

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1. To be strapped for cash.

= It means you’re quite low on cash.

A: Would you mind covering the cost of dinner? 

B: I’m a little strapped for cash at the moment. 

My brother always complains that he’s strapped for cash, but it’s no surprise when he won’t go find a job!

2. To be broke/flat broke.

=It means that you have no money or you have very little money.

Well, I’m still here. Didn’t have to go to rehab, and I’m not broke.

It was the early 1970s and I was recently divorced. I had three kids and was totally broke

3. To be down to your last penny.

=It means literally that you have one penny left, you have nothing left.

They took everything she had, down to the last penny.

He has calculated the costs down to the last penny.

4. To be rolling in it.

=It means that you have mountains of cash and you could roll in it.

If they can afford a yacht, they must be rolling in it.

I hear her father is rolling in it, so I wouldn’t be too worried about her future.

5. To be loaded.

=It means that he or has a lot of cash.

Wow, look at him, he’s got a Lamborghini, a Ferrari and a expensive watches. he must be loaded.

6. To go from rags to riches.

=It means that somebody goes from being very poor to being very rich.

 My uncle has truly gone from rags to riches.


[Practice]

1. I’m ______, can you loan me 10 dollars?

A. strapped for cash           B. rolling in it          C. gone from rags to riches.      D. loaded

2. Once we get this plan underway, we’ll be ________ in no time!

A. strapped for cash           B. rolling in it          C. gone from rags to riches.      D. loaded

3.He grew up without a penny, but now he founded his own company. He has truly _________.

A. strapped for cash           B. rolling in it          C. gone from rags to riches.      D. loaded


Share the answer with me in your comment!

We will announce the correct answer in the next phrases.

See you next time! 😀

[Fun Time] Zombie Or Vampire? An Oxford Uni’s Exam Question.

Hi there! It’s Sunday! Let’s read something interesting.

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It is reported by The Times that the entrance exam at All Souls College, Oxford, asks prospective fellows to write an essay on whether they would prefer to be a zombie or a vampire.

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Zombies and vampires are two creatures from western folklore. In recent years, they often become the main characters in pop novels, films and video games.

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So which one should we choose? Martin Belam, Guardian’s senior social reporter, gives his opinions about the pros and cons of their lifestyles:

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Vampires:

They are always good-looking;

Their life looks like an erotic riot;

They are immortal.

However, being immortal sounds fun, until you realise it means watching everyone you love grow old and die in front of your eyes. Unless, of course, you vampirise them so they can spend eternity with you, which puts a lot of pressure on your relationship choices.

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Zombies:

They go around in a marauding mob-not lonely;

The zombie diet of choice – brains – is totally delicious, and has the health benefit of being full of DHA, which is an important omega-3 fatty acid.

On the other side, their communication is done with low moans, or by muttering: “Brains! Brains!” with arms outstretched. Plus, the appearance and smell are not that charming as vampires’.

Isn’t it funny? It is said that if Oxford is to publish students’ answers one day, there will be another heated discussion on this question again.

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Organizations like Oxford and Cambridge, they usually come up with this kind of ultimate dilemmas or philosophical questions to test students’ critical thinking.

Here are some more good questions related:

  • All lives matter. Do they?
  • Does Google know us better than we do?
  • Should sugar be taxed?
  • Is the chair really there?
  • Is ignorance bliss?
  • Are there too many books?
  • How do you know the moon isn’t made of cheese?
  • Defend tweeting.
  • Does Google know us better than we do?
  • Are Old Masters overrated?
  • Are there topics one should not joke about?
  • “Music came to a full stop with Brahms” (Wittgenstein). Discuss.
  • What, if any, are the advantages of binge-watching?
  • How should we close the gender pay gap?

That’s all for today. Hope you enjoy these brainstorming questions.:)

What is your own answer? Share with us in the comment!

See you next time!

[Listening] Smoking Can Cause Heart Disease And Stroke

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Let’s look at the answer to the last [Listening] episode first.

Well, What did the police say?

I’m gonna be divorced twice…

I guess many of you got the correct answers!

Here comes the practice for today. It’s a report about the harms of smoking from WHO.

Please LISTEN PATIENTLY. And the question goes to two words I have blanked in the script below.


[Script]

Smoking Can Cause Heart Disease And Stroke

It is widely known that smoking tobacco can damage the lungs. But many people do not know that it can also cause heart disease and stroke. That information comes from World Health Organization (WHO) officials in Geneva, Switzerland.

The WHO marked May 31 as World No Tobacco Day.  The WHO’s 2018 ??? (one word missing) focuses on the damage smoking does to the cardiovascular system.

Health experts at the WHO say that cardiovascular diseases (CVD) kill about 18 million people each year. Tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure cause nearly 17% of all heart disease deaths. They add that tobacco use is the second leading cause of cardiovascular disease, after high blood pressure.

Douglas Bettcher is the director for the prevention of non-communicable diseases at the WHO. He says most people know that smoking ??? (one word missing) the risk of lung diseases and cancer. However, studies show many of these same people do not know that tobacco use can also cause heart attacks and stroke.

There are major gaps in the knowledge of cardiovascular disease risks of tobacco use. And in many countries, these knowledge gaps are very substantial.


Don’t forget to comment with your answers below.🙂

See you next time! 😀

[Listening] Who Moved My Sandwich?

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Let’s look at the answer to the last [Listening] episode first.

Flash is the fastest guy in there…
Hey flash do you wanna hear a joke
We gotta beat the rush hour in…

Not very difficult, right? I believe many of you got the correct answers!

Here comes the practice for today. It’s chosen from Friendsand it’s about Ross’s sandwich.

The audio version is given below:

Please LISTEN PATIENTLY. And the question goes to two blanks in the script below.


[Script]

Ross: Hi.

Joey: What’s Wrong buddy?

Ross: Someone at work ate my sandwich

Chandler: Well, What did the ??? (one word missing) say?

Ross: My Thanksgiving leftover sandwich. I can’t believe someone just ate it.

Chandler: Ross, It’s just a sandwich.

Ross: Just a sandwich? Look, I am 30 years old, okay? I’m gonna be ??? (one word missing) twice and I just got a victory. That sandwich was the only good thing going on in my life. Someone ate it, the only good thing going on in my life.

Chandler: Nice sweater vest.

Monica: OK. I have enough stuff for one more sandwich. I mean I was gonna eat it myself but…

Ross: That would be incredible, thank you so much. I still can’t believe someone ate it.

Chandler: Knock knock who’s there? Ross Geller’s lunch. Ross Geller’s lunch who? Ross Geller’s lunch, please don’t take me ok?


Don’t forget to comment with your answers below.🙂

See you next time! 😀

[Song] Right Here Waiting

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Let’s look at the answer to the last [Listening] episode first.

…There’s been speculation of royal pregnancy since…

…say they’re delighted to be sharing…

I guess many of you got the correct answers!

Today I want to share one of my favourite song for English learning—Right Here Waiting. 
My dad used to listen to the song everytime he drove me to school. Later I was told that he had been waiting for my mom for 10 years. No wonder he likes the song so much.
Please enjoy it. And the question goes to two words I have blanked in the script below.

[lyrics]
Oceans apart day after day
And I slowly go ??? (one word missing)
I hear your voice on the line
But it doesn’t stop the pain
If I see you next to never
How can we say forever
Wherever you go
Whatever you do
I will be right here waiting for you
Whatever it takes
Or how my heart breaks
I will be right here waiting for you
I took for ??? (one word missing), all the times
That I thought would last somehow
I hear the laughter, I taste the tears
But I can’t get near you now
Oh, can’t you see it baby
You’ve got me going crazy
Wherever you go
Whatever you do
I will be right here waiting for you
Whatever it takes
Or how my heart breaks
I will be right here waiting for you
I wonder how we can survive
This romance
But in the end if I’m with you
I’ll take the chance
Oh, can’t you see it baby
You’ve got me going crazy
Wherever you go
Whatever you do
I will be right here waiting for you
Whatever it takes
Or how my heart breaks
I will be right here waiting for you
Waiting for you

Do you like this song? Please share your feeling after you heard this song in the comment!