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Stressed Workers Pay to talk – Read, listen and learn a little English!

By Tim Parkinson via Wikimedia Commons

Workers in Australia, have a new hotline they can call when they feel stressed and overworked.   The new counselling service, called Talk2Me, will charge its users $2,97 per minute to talk to a counsellor who promises to “just listen” to their work complaints.  Of course, the service offers more than just a friendly ear: the counsellors have special skills.   It’s not the same as  just talking to a friend.  For one thing,  they do not interrupt with their own tales.  Just make sure you don’t talk for too long, otherwise you could end up more stressed when you get the bill.  Would you use this service?                                                                

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Read by Tina (Australian accent).

Study the words

Hotline- telephone service
Stressed- under stress
Overworked- working too much
Launched- started
Charge- ask for payment
Complaints- problems, criticisms
End up- become (in the end)
Bill- invoice
Friendly ear- a kind person to listen to you
Skills- abilities
Tales- stories

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The Bigger the Ring, the Shorter the Marriage – Read, listen and learn a little English!

By 1791diamonds ((http://creativecommons.org /licenses/by/3.0) via Wikimedia Commons

If you’re going to propose in the near future, don’t worry if you can’t afford a massive engagement ring. A recent study suggests that the bigger the ring is, the shorter the marriage will be. Economics professors at Emory University in America have shown that bigger isn’t always better. In fact, men who spend between £1200 – £2000 on an engagement ring are actually 1.3 times more likely to divorce, than those who spend between £300 – £1200. Of course, these statistics don’t prove that a large ring is the cause of the problem. They simply show a correlation. However it seems clear that if you place more importance on the cost of the ring, than the man you’re about to marry, it’s not a promising sign. Do you think the size of an engagement ring is important? NEW: TINY TEXTS VOCAB CHALLENGE CARDS

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Read by Essi (from Finland)

Study the words

Propose- ask someone to marry you
Near future- next days and weeks
Engagement ring- the ring you give as a promise of marriage
Likely- probable
Prove- demonstrate
Correlation- relationship
About to- going to, ready to
Promising sign- indication of positive things in the future
 
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Let’s all do the Highland Hustle! – Read, listen and learn a little English!

 

A Scottish PE teacher has invented a new fitness craze, which is rapidly catching on. The Highland Hustle is a mix of Scottish Highland dancing, ceilidh steps and muscle toning exercises.   Of course, it is also accompanied by fast funky music. At present, there is only one class, in Scotland, but there are several workout videos that can be downloaded from the official website. The routines, which last just half an hour, are designed for busy people with any fitness level. The workout promises to improve your level of fitness, but it will not teach you to be a highland dancer.

Would you like to try this workout?

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Read by Elizabeth (Scottish accent)

Study the words

PE- physical education
Craze- obsession, trend
Catching on- becoming popular
Ceilidh steps- dance steps typical of a traditional Scottish social event
Muscle toning- makes the body firmer
Funky- rhythmic
Workout- exercise routine
Downloaded- transferred to your computer
Last- have a duration of
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Woman Accidentally Deletes a Lifetime of Photos – Read, listen and learn a little English!

 

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A woman accidentally deleted every digital photo she had ever taken. Amy Molloy lost 2,600 pictures, including those of her late husband. It happened when she transferred her pictures from her ex boyfriend’s laptop to a hard disc. She only discovered months later that the disc was empty. By that time, her ex had deleted all of the original pictures. Surprisingly, she was not totally devastated. In fact, she thinks that looking at old photos can keep us stuck in the past. In the days before digital cameras, photographs naturally aged, faded and wrinkled, just like people, and Amy thinks that maybe it’s better that way.

How would you feel if you lost all of your photos?

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Read by Angelica Pegoraro (U.S accent)

Study the words

Accidentally- by mistake
Late- dead, passed away
Laptop- portable computer
Devastated- desperately sad
Stuck- trapped, unable to move
Aged- became old
Faded- lost colour
Wrinkled- became crumpled, not smooth
 
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Original article from the Guardian

An Italian Holiday Home for One Euro – Read, listen and learn a little English!

 

By Azotoliquido (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)

Are you looking for a holiday home in Italy? Why not buy a home in the picturesque town of Gangi for one Euro? This offer may seem too good to be true, but there’s a catch: you have to promise to renovate the property within three years and this could cost you €20,000. Gangi’s mayor came up with the idea to put some life back into the Sicilian town. Poverty caused many inhabitants to leave after World War II. The idea is attracting interest from all over the world.  Would you buy one of these homes?                                                                                              NEW: TINY TEXTS VOCAB CHALLENGE CARDS

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Read by Crissy Faita (Canadian accent)

Study the words

Picturesque- pretty
Too good to be true- unrealistic, unbelievable
Catch- a slight problem
Renovate- repair and restore
Within- during this time
Came up with- thought of
Poverty- poor economic conditions
 
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Open Offices Could be Bad for your Health – Read, listen and learn a little English!

Image: Wikipedia

Do you work in an open plan office? If so, it may be damaging your health. A recent study of employees in Denmark found that people who work in open spaces take significantly more sick leave. The biggest problem with the open office is simply noise. In another study by the Cornell University psychologists Gary Evans and Dana Johnson, clerical workers who were exposed to open-office noise for three hours became less motivated and less creative. The open office was invented in Germany, in the nineteen-fifties, to facilitate communication and idea flow but recent evidence suggests that the opposite is true.

Do you work in an open office?

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Read by  Meredith MacAulay (American accent)

Study the words

Open plan- without dividing walls
Damaging- causing harm
Sick leave- time off due to illness
Noise- sound
Facilitate- make easy
Flow- constant production
Evidence- verification, proof
 
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Silent Disco is too Loud for Salzburg – Read, listen and learn a little English!

 

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The city of Salzburg has refused to renew a licence for a silent disco after complaints that it was too loud and wild. At a silent disco people listen to music on wireless headphones, broadcast via a radio transmitter. If you don’t have headphones, it just looks like a room full of people dancing to no music. However the Mayor of Salzburg, Heinz Schaden, said it was still too loud for residents who like to sleep with their windows open in summer. They are upset about young people coming and going, late at night.  If the city refuses to renew the licence, the owner says he will organise a “silent demonstration”.

Do you agree with the Mayor?

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Read by Tina Williamson (Australian accent)

Study the words

Licence- permit
Complaints- individual protests
Loud- noisy
Wild- crazy, with a lot of activity going on
Wireless- without wires or cables
Broadcast- transmitted
Upset- annoyed
Owner- the proprietor of the disco
Demonstration- a group protest
 
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Original article from The Local, Germany


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