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  The feeling of being happy: full of enjoyment and pleasure. (of a condition or situation) lucky.  feeling, showing, or causing pleasure or satisfaction. (of words or behaviour) suitable.  having … Continue reading

20/03/2014 · Leave a comment

Our shared journey

The BBC has been teaching English for 70 years. In this video, learners from around the world talk about their shared journey. What about you? Why did you start to … Continue reading

11/09/2013 · 1 Comment


A small but useful piece of practical advice. Yes, exams are coming. Have a look to some useful revision tips:  Don’t overdo it. Everyone revises diferently. Take breaks. Make a … Continue reading

03/06/2013 · Leave a comment

Side by side

Close together and facing the same way. Pierre Dulaine, the well-known ballroom dancer, returns to Jaffa, his birthplace, with the idea of fulfilling his lifelong dream: teaching Jewish and Palestinian … Continue reading

29/05/2013 · Leave a comment


“Ron Gutman reviews a raft of studies about smiling, and reveals some surprising results. Did you know your smile can be a predictor of how long you’ll live — and … Continue reading

27/05/2013 · Leave a comment


Make (a garment or other item) by interlocking loops of wool or other yarn with knitting needles or on a machine. It seems a delicate job for hard men, but … Continue reading

24/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Turn a blind eye

Pretend not to notice. 1.125, mostly young men and women, is the number of victims found , up to now, in the debris following the collapse of a clothes factory in Bangladesh. … Continue reading

13/05/2013 · Leave a comment


I’ve found this beautiful piece of fitness history in which a torero from Spain, Gabriel Alcoba, demonstrates his invention to exercise at home. This slimming device from the 1950s has … Continue reading

08/05/2013 · Leave a comment


Creativity  ” is the process of having original ideas that value.” claims Sir Ken Robinson. This expert in education maintains that schools kill creativity because we’ve been educated to become good … Continue reading

03/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Swing along

“Jazz is the music of freedom”. That’s how Irina Bokova, Unesco Director  General, described this type of music while presenting  April 30th  as the International Jazz Day. The aim of this celebration … Continue reading

30/04/2013 · Leave a comment

Suspended coffee

The idea is simple:- people pay in advance for a coffee meant for someone who can not afford a warm beverage. They don’t have to “prove” anything to claim one, … Continue reading

26/04/2013 · Leave a comment

One-way ticket

One-way ticket to Mars……Why one-way? Because during the journey, which will last from seven to eight months, astronauts will lose bone and muscle mass. After spending time on that planet, … Continue reading

19/04/2013 · 1 Comment


The frequency and severity of disasters have increased over the last few years as a result of climate change. Disasters are not natural, they only occur when people lack preparedness … Continue reading

12/04/2013 · Leave a comment


A long search for something that is difficult to find, or an attempt to achieve something difficult. The photo exhibition “Journeys to School” tells an inspiring story of girls’ and … Continue reading

08/04/2013 · Leave a comment