📽Learning English With Famous Speeches
🗣Selena Gomez | Emotional Interview Selena Gomez sits down with Zane Lowe to speak about her major milestones in the music industry and the unique challenges she faced in the process of achieving such a feat. She discusses her struggles with anxiety and dealing with being exposed to the public eye for so many years as well as overcoming that struggle by channelling it into two new singles, ‘Lose You To Love Me’ and ‘Look At Her Now’. Selena also speaks about how her decade-long friendship with Taylor Swift has been truly inspirational to her especially during her tough times when she feels like giving up.
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 22, 2022 is:
🔍transpire • \tran-SPYRE\ • verb
Transpire means "to happen" or "to become known."
"Talk of the benefits of a four-day work week have circulated for years. … Now, it transpires that a six-month trial of a four-day working week is going to be launched in the UK." — Olivia Petter, The Independent (United Kingdom), 17 Jan. 2022
The police are still trying to determine what transpired on the night of the accident.
After the business magnate was arrested for financial-related crimes, it transpired that he has been in insurmountable debt for years.
❗️Did you know?
Transpire (based on Latin spirare, meaning "to breathe") was originally used technically to describe the passage of vapor through the pores of a membrane (such as the skin). From this use developed the figurative sense: "to escape from secrecy" or "to become known." That sense was used in ambiguous contexts and often meant "to happen" or "to take place."
6 Minute BBC Podcasts
🎧 ( 2021 / 10 / 21 )
In this programme, Sam and Neil talk about tipping - the act of giving extra money to the waiter or waitress that has served you so well. But are these employees allowed to keep it? And how do they feel when they aren't? We discuss the topic and teach you vocabulary.
🎧9 Reasons People Become Fluent English Speakers Fast (and others don't)
Why do some people become fluent in English while others struggle? Here are the 9 reasons why people become fluent English speakers.
🎧IELTS Vocabulary for Working (Or Not Working!)
You'll be slack-jawed when you hear today's amazing idioms! These are perfect for IELTS Speaking and Writing questions about jobs and work performance.
🎧Are native English speakers bad communicators? (The Travel Adapter with Matt Halsdorff)
Talking to English teacher Matt Halsdorff about a project to train native English speakers how to communicate better with non-natives. We talk about the reasons why native speakers are often bad at communicating with non-natives, what they should do to fix this and the wider issues relating to this topic.
🎧Using Party Drugs to Treat Depression
From MDMA to ketamine to psychedelics, the drugs we were told in high school that would ruin our lives are now being used to potentially save lives. Dr. Roger McIntyre, professor of psychiatry and pharmacology at the University of Toronto, discusses the growing promise of ketamine therapy to treat severe depression and the shift to cutting edge treatments using other substances such as MDMA and psylocibin from so-called magic mushrooms.