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Be Happy with Less Stuff – Read, listen and learn a little English!

A recent survey by the National Association of Professional Organizers reveals that 54% of Americans feel overwhelmed by clutter and 78% have no idea what to do with it. According to psychologists, people accumulate things because they are unhappy but having too many posessions brings stress and more unhappiness. Minimalists say you can live better if you focus only on what’s really important and get rid of your excess stuff. You can donate things you don’t need to charity. Minimalism is not new. Some of the ancient Greek philosophers were advocates, as were Mahatma Gandhi and Leo Tolstoy. There may be more joy in owning less than in constantly accumulating more.

Do you have too much clutter?

Would you like to get rid of it?

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Read by Christine Leedy (U.S. accent).

Study the words

Reveals- shows
Overwhelmed- inundated (when there is too much of something)
Clutter- a lot of useless objects
Accumulate- collect
Get rid of- give or throw away
Stuff- things
Donate- give away for free
Advocates- supporters
Joy- happiness

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Don’t Set Goals: Use Systems – Read, listen and learn a little English!

Have you already set your goals for the New Year? Do you want to lose 10 kilos, run a marathon or speak fluent English? Some experts believe that you need systems, not goals. A system is something you do on a regular basis. This means focusing on what you can control (your actions) rather than what you can’t (the unpredictable). For example, don’t focus on losing 10 kilos, focus on shopping for healthy food and cooking something light every day. Don’t focus on the marathon; focus on the training schedule. Invent a system to improve your English, one step at a time. Good luck!   

Do you usually set goals?

What are your goals for the New Year?

Do you think you need a system?

What regular actions are important to improve your English?

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Read by Annette (Scottish accent).

Study the words

Set your goals- identify your aims, objectives
On a regular basis- every day/ every week
Rather than- instead of
Schedule-plan
One step at a time- gradually

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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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