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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;
  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 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.

Buona visione!


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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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The lie we live

La menzogna che viviamo

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Apart from being a useful listening exercise, this video is above all a personal condemnation, by the author Spencer Cathcart, of the lie that hides behind our civilisation. It is an invitation to each of us to find the strength to change within and thereby bring a collective change to our society. It is by no means an easy choice, but it is perhaps our only real hope if we want to avoid sinking into the abyss of self-destruction. You may not find yourself in total agreement with the author’s point of view, but there is no doubt that there are already many disturbing signs. The video has both Italian and English subtitles which you may find useful.

Your comments are welcome.

Buona visione.


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Pubblicato da su 13 ottobre 2016 in Inglese in azione, video

 

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Dust if you must

dust = polvere / to dust = spolverare

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Dust if you must

~ Rose Milligan ~

 

Dust if you must, but _______ it be _______

To _______ a picture or _______ a letter,

_______ a cake or _______ a seed,

_______ the difference between _______ and _______ ?

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Mind your own business

How I learnt to mind my own business
Come ho imparato a fare i fatti miei

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When I got home from work yesterday, it was a lovely sunny afternoon so I decided to go for a nice long walk. As I was walking past the local school, on the other side of the fence, I could hear all the children shouting, “Thirteen… thirteen… thirteen….”
The fence was too high to look over the top but just in front of me I could see a small hole in one of the planks. Curious, I stopped to see what was going on.
Just as I bent down to look through the hole, one of the children on the other side of the fence poked his finger in my eye and they all started shouting, “Fourteen… fourteen… fourteen…”

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