Category: education

Please listen to Chris give advice about how t…

Please listen to Chris give advice about how to say some
long words in English


memory /ˈmem.ri/







attached /əˈtætʃt/

Learn British English Free (video): ‘annoyed’ …

Learn British English Free (video): ‘annoyed’ and ‘nervous’ vocabulary; pronunciation; subtitles:

Learn British English Free: ‘annoyed’ and ‘nervous’
vocabulary; pronunciation; subtitles

This free lesson with Chris is about expressions for
being annoyed and nervous, with pronunciation and English subtitles (captions).

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brassed ‘off /ˌbrɑːs ˈtɒf/

cheesed ‘off /ˌtʃiːz ˈdɒf/

fed ‘up /ˌfe ˈdʌp/

hacked ‘off /ˌhæk ˈtɒf/

‘hangry /ˈhæŋ.ɡri/

het ‘up /ˌhe ˈtʌp/


over’wrought /ˌəʊ.vəˈrɔːt/

‘rattled /ˈræt.əld/

stressed ‘out /ˌstres ˈtaʊt/

strung ‘up /ˌstrʌ ˈŋʌp/

‘twitchy /ˈtwɪtʃ.i/

Useful grammar (source unknown) 

Useful grammar (source unknown) 

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Chris presents a special quiz about British …

Chris presents a special quiz about British or American words. Please use subtitles / captions.
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autumn / fall
lift / elevator
soccer / football
trousers / pants
zip code / post code

7 Spooky(ish) Scary(ish) TED-Ed Lessons to Wat…



Vampires: Folklore, fantasy and fact – Michael Molina

Animation by The Moving Company Animation Studio


Beware of nominalizations (AKA zombie nouns) – Helen Sword

Animation by Bran Dougherty-Johnson


The terrors of sleep paralysis – Ami Angelowicz

Animation by Pew36 Animation Studios


Diagnosing a zombie: Brain and behavior – Tim Verstynen & Bradley Voytek

Animation by TED-Ed


The science of stage fright (and how to overcome it) – Mikael Cho

Animation by KAPWA Studioworks


The brilliance of bioluminescence – Leslie Kenna

Animation by Cinematic Sweden


How do you decide where to go in a zombie apocalypse? – David Hunter

Animation by @provinciastudio

Happy Halloween! <3 TED-Ed 

Pre-game for Halloween with some Spoooooooky TED-Ed Lessons!

Learn British English Free: important phrasal …

Learn British English Free: important phrasal verb – let
someone know

 Chris explains how to use important phrasal verb let me /
you know in British English.

It’s like ‘tell’ but softer / more polite. Please listen
to Chris to know how to use it.

For commands:

Let me know.

Please let me know when you get the update.

For the future:

I’ll let you know tomorrow.

She’ll let you know next week.

With the past perfect:

They’ve let me know.

I’ve let him know.

Past simple: use ‘tell’

‘I told him yesterday.’

‘I told you so.’

Fixed expression: ‘Let me tell you something…’

I feel a responsibility as a scientist who kno…

I feel a responsibility as a scientist who knows the great value of a satisfactory philosophy of ignorance, and the progress made possible by such a philosophy, progress which is the fruit of freedom of thought…to proclaim the value of this freedom and to teach that doubt is not to be feared, but that it is to be welcomed as the possibility of a new potential for human beings. If you know that you are not sure, you have a chance to improve the situation. I want to demand this freedom for future generations.

English Vocabulary list

English Vocabulary list:

English vocabulary list 6. Please click above for a quick update including enthusiasm and new additions to ‘dishonest’ and ‘picturesque’.


Via Open Culture

Via Open Culture

For my part I reiterate what I said two years ago in the fourth centenary of Cervantes death (there you will find a bunch of links about Cervantes universe):

…always is a good time to grab his works and… devour them, definitely worth it, own a unique and perfect mixture of adventures, humor, history, philosophy and a brilliant analysis of human nature.

Lord Byron – She Walks in Beauty (poem with …

Lord Byron – She Walks in Beauty (poem with subtitles / captions)

SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY by Lord Byron (for Silvia on Facebook) 

New word: ‘gaudy’ (adjective) 

She walks in Beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which Heaven to gaudy day denies. 

 One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place. 

 And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent! 

Poem by Lord Byron. Read by Chris.