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The secret to a long and happy marriage

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An old woman was quietly drinking a glass of wine while sitting in the garden with her husband watching the sun go down.
She says, “I love you so much, I don’t know how I could ever live without you.”
Her husband looks up and asks, “Is that you or the wine talking?”
The old woman replies. “It’s me… talking to the wine.”

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A glass of water

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A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone thought she was going to ask the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she enquired:
“How heavy is this glass of water?”
All kinds of answers came from around the room.
She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”
She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed and incapable of doing anything.”
It’s important to remember to let go of your stress. As early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night.
Remember to put the glass down.


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Pubblicato da su 18 marzo 2017 in Inglese in azione, read

 

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Do you fancy a sandwich?

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Everybody knows what a sandwich is: a bit of food – traditionally cold meat and perhaps some cheese – tucked in between two slices of bread. But where does the name sandwich come from? Well, the story goes that the sandwich was the brainchild of a certain John Montagu (1718-1792), the 4th Earl of Sandwich, a prominent statesman and staunch supporter of the Patriot Whigs, a political faction strongly opposed to the government of Robert Walpole in the first half of the 18th century. Apart from his lifelong dedication to politics, John Montagu was also a very keen gambler who spent long hours at the card table. Such was his passion for cards – in particular cribbage – that he did not want to abandon the card table even when it was time for a meal. He cleverly resolved this problem by ordering his servants to fetch him some slices of cold meat between two slices of bread. In this way he was able to continue paying cards without needing a knife and fork and without getting his fingers greasy. His fellow players, impressed with his idea, also began to order, “the same as Sandwich,” and so the sandwich was born.

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John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich
by Thomas Gainsborough

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Pubblicato da su 6 marzo 2017 in Inglese in azione, read

 

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Looking at life

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A young couple moved into a new neighbourhood. The first morning, while they were eating breakfast, the young woman watched her neighbour hanging her clothes out to dry.
“Her laundry doesn’t look very clean,” she said to her husband. “She obviously doesn’t know how to wash clothes properly. Perhaps she needs a better soap powder.”
Her husband looked at her but said nothing.
During the weeks that followed, every time her neighbour hung her clothes out to dry, the young woman watched her and made the same comments.
One morning, about a month later, the young woman was surprised to see a nice, clean line of washing hanging outside her neighbour’s house.
“Look!” she said to her husband. “Our neighbour has finally learnt how to wash her clothes properly! I wonder who taught her.”
Actually,” replied her husband, finally speaking out, “I  got up very early this morning and cleaned our windows.”
And so it is with life. What we see when we watch other people depends very much on the clarity of the window through which we look.

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Pubblicato da su 20 febbraio 2017 in Inglese in azione, read

 

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The Canterville Ghost: Chapter 2

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Come proseguire:

  1. Ascolta, anche più volte, senza leggere il testo;
  2. Ascolta, leggendo il testo, per chiarire eventuali dubbi;
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  4. Controlla con le soluzioni in fondo alla pagina;
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The Canterville Ghost
by Oscar Wilde

Chapter 2

The storm raged fiercely all that night, but nothing of particular note occurred. The next morning, however, when they came down to breakfast, they found the terrible stain of blood once again on the floor. “I don’t think it can be the fault of the Paragon Detergent,” said Washington, “for I have tried it with everything. It must be the ghost.” He accordingly rubbed out the stain a second time, but the second morning it appeared again. The third morning also it was there, though the library had been locked up at night by Mr. Otis himself, and the key carried upstairs. The whole family were now quite interested; Mr. Otis began to suspect that he had been too dogmatic in his denial of the existence of ghosts, Mrs. Otis expressed her intention of joining the Psychical Society, and Washington prepared a long letter to Messrs. Myers and Podmore on the subject of the Permanence of Sanguineous Stains when connected with Crime. That night all doubts about the objective existence of phantasmata were removed for ever.

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Pubblicato da su 17 febbraio 2017 in Inglese in azione, Palestra, read & listen, true or false

 

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Insects could be the planet’s next food source

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Si tratta di un articolo del giornale The Guardian del 2 marzo 2013, che il sito Onestopenglish.com ha rielaborato per renderlo a livello intermediate e al quale hanno anche aggiunto diversi esercizi da svolgere basati sulla comprensione del testo.

Si può scaricare (gratis) l’articolo e i relativi esercizi in un file pdf cliccando su questo link: Insects

Consiglio di ascoltare il brano senza la trascrizione inizialmente in modo da esercitare al massimo la propria capacità di comprendere solo ascoltando (anche se la comprensione risulta minima è sempre un esercizio utile per l’orecchio!) Successivamente bisogna riascoltare con il testo davanti prima di passare agli esercizi (facoltativi ovviamente!).

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Pubblicato da su 20 dicembre 2016 in Inglese in azione, read & listen

 

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The caveman

L’uomo delle caverne

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For the past 25 years, Ra Paulette has been carving out man-made caves from the sandstone hills of New Mexico, and then sculpting these spaces into works of art he calls wilderness shrines. Lee Cowan has the story of an artist who does his best work underground.

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Pubblicato da su 2 novembre 2016 in Inglese in azione, listen, video

 

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The Canterville Ghost: Chapter 1

[ intermediate / advanced ]

Come proseguire:

  1. Ascolta, anche più volte, senza leggere il testo;
  2. Ascolta, leggendo il testo, per chiarire eventuali dubbi;
  3. Rispondi alle domande “true or false” sul testo;
  4. Controlla con le soluzioni in fondo alla pagina;
  5. Lascia nei commenti una tua breve riflessione in inglese sulla storia.

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The Canterville Ghost
by Oscar Wilde

Chapter 1

When Mr. Hiram B. Otis, the American Minister, bought Canterville Chase, every one told him he was doing a very foolish thing, as there was no doubt at all that the place was haunted. Indeed, Lord Canterville himself, who was a man of the most punctilious honour, had felt it his duty to mention the fact to Mr. Otis when they came to discuss terms.

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Pubblicato da su 20 ottobre 2016 in Inglese in azione, Palestra, read & listen, true or false

 

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