The “i” in AI

This is an article from Aeon Magazine about what “intelligence” means when it comes to robots. They need to be able to have emotions to have true “intelligence”, the author argues.

You can listen to the article being read (by a human). It’s about 6:30 in length (1000 words).


One line I liked:

“… perception is not a passive process that merely reflects the external world. Rather, it involves picking up on the significance of objects, and determines how they are processed. Vision is never neutral, it is always laden with affective meaning.”


Interactive worksheets and brown tea

Find interactive worksheets, and make your own if you sign up, with this site called Live Worksheets. Most of the ones in English I found were rather elementary for the students in my classes, except maybe some of the ones for articles and collocations might be helpful.

But the site also has worksheets for other languages, and these might be fun for students who are just starting to learn a third language.

I tried this simple one for colors in Chinese. It was pretty easy, because most of the kanji are the same or similar in Japanese, but I got two wrong. I guessed that 粉 would be brown, but I was wrong. I’ve never seen the Chinese kanji for brown before.

This does make me wonder why, in Japan where green tea is historically more prevalent than black tea (which is actually brown), the word in Japanese for brown is 茶色 (“tea color”).



DOGO News is a news site for kids, but it’s a great place to find short, relatively easy news articles for older language learners, too. These are the categories you can choose from:

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Most of the articles include related videos.

But maybe the most useful aspect of this site for language learners is that you can listen to the articles being read aloud. The voice is a bit robotic but not that bad. And the words are highlighted as the audio continues:

There’s a dictionary:

You can also play Word Search games for each news story.

And there are book and movie reviews on the site, as well.

Chocolate ears

I found this video on a post from Youngzine about chocolate and Valentine’s Day. Youngzine is a good source of reading and watching/listening material — mostly about news & current events —  for EFL students of any age, though the specified target audience is native English speaking children.

The video has a couple of funny subtitle mistakes. Listen and see if you can correct them.

at about 1:46:

at about 2:30: