A travel writer from the National Geographic set herself a goal on her vacation to Belize: try not to use any single-use plastic. She ended up avoiding it 79 times.

“You don’t have to be perfect. Even if you mess up along the way, doing *something* makes a difference.”

And this goes for your English, too. It doesn’t have to be perfect; just do something.

Let’s all try to follow her example this summer. I’ll be back in September with more topics. In the meantime, there’s plenty in the archives to read, watch, and learn about, and then to talk about with your friends or write about in your porfolio.



“If the singing stops, so does the engine.”🎵

“Carpool Karaoke” made singing in cars a thing. For a few days in one city in Finland, you could sing in taxis instead of paying, says this short article from Japan Times Alpha (a good place to get some reading practice in English, this site has Japanese translations of the articles to help you understand and improve vocabulary). This article is labeled in the “easy” to read category. Read it to find out why the company did it.


The English: “Finnish karaoke taxi lets passengers pay for their rides by singing”

The Japanese: 「フィンランドの音楽フェス、シャトル運賃の支払いは「歌」で」

“Say no to plastic; say yes to pasta”

Banning plastic straws is something more and more restaurants and shops are doing in the U.S. New York City is the latest to consider a ban. On this morning’s NHK news, one segment focused on Malibu, California’s new ban, which begins in January. Some restaurants are moving to paper straws, and one is trying pasta straws.

It seems at least one place in Bristol, England is also doing this too: (image links to video on BBC)

Here’s an article from USA Today about these and other alternatives:

“Glass straws? Straw straws? Here are some eco-friendly alternatives to plastic”