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:

 

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A healthy vending machine

I bought a book of short stories at a used book store years ago that was organized by length of the story. But it wasn’t by word count; it was by how long it would take you to read the story. So the first section was titled “Waiting in line at the supermarket” and others were “Waiting at a doctor’s office” and “Commuting on the train” and others I don’t remember.

This website is like that: Short Edition

It’s a France-based company, and the website is in English and French.

You can choose 1-minute, 3-minute, or 5-minute stories. For many non-native speakers, though, you might think of them as 5-minute, 10-minute, or 15-minute stories?

There’s also a section of Classics by century where you can find short stories and poems by such authors as Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland), Shakespeare, O. Henry, and many more.

And according to Mental Floss, they have installed vending machines that dispense short stories. The first one was put in France’s main airport and there are more than a hundred around that country and about 20 in the U.S.

Quarks & Coffee

Quarks and Coffee is a website for the curious. It’s an FAQ for the 2-year-old in all of us that wants to know Why? about everything in the universe. The questions are asked by readers and answered by physics student. It’s a great place to get a little reading practice, satisfy your curiosity, and inspire you to make your own FAQ about a theme you’re interested in.

Some recent questions:

A daily museum visit on your phone

DailyArt is a free educational app for your phone that helps you learn a little about art. Each day, you’ll see a work of art, accompanied by a short text with description and sometimes an interesting backstory. It’s a way to get a little English input and feel like you’re visiting a musuem every day or getting a short art history lecture.

This is today’s selection: