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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?                                                                

 NEW:  VOCAB CHALLENGE CARDS!

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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

NEW: VOCAB CHALLENGE CARDS!

  

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Do the takeaway test: Stressed Workers pay to talk

 

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By Gilad Rom from Israel (Chinstrap Penguin) [CC-BY-2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

Recently a story began spreading via social media that knitters were needed to make sweaters for penguins hurt in an oil spill.  Soon, some people claimed it was a hoax.  In fact, it seems that the sweaters will not be worn by real penguins, but by toy penguins.  However, these toys will be sold to raise funds for the penguin foundation.  So if you really want to knit a penguin sweater, go ahead — but bear in mind that the cost of shipping it to Australia won’t be cheap.  Alternatively, you might just want to donate some money directly to the Penguin Foundation or even adopt a penguin. 

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Read by Tina (Australian accent)

Study the words

Spreading- being passed from person to person
Sweaters- pullovers, jumpers
Oil spill- accidental release of oil into the sea
Claimed- said
Hoax- a fraudulent story
To raise funds- to collect money
Go ahead- just do it
Bear in mind- consider
Cheap- inexpensive

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Do the takeaway test:Do Penguins Really Need Sweaters?


 A tourist from Taiwan had to be rescued after falling off a pier in Melbourne, Australia because she was checking her Facebook page.  The woman, who couldn’t swim, was taken to hospital for a check-up but was unhurt.  Incredibly, she didn’t even lose her phone: she kept hold of it throughout the ordeal.  According to research, accidents like these are on the rise.  The age group most at risk for cell-phone related injuries while walking is adults under 30.  Other incidents include walking in front of moving traffic and falling off bridges.  The senior police Constable in Melbourne warned people to pay more attention when using social media around water.

Do you ever check Facebook while walking?

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Read by Tina (Australian accent).

Study the words

Rescued– saved
Pier– wooden structure leading to the sea, where boats are secured.
Check-up– medical examination
Unhurt– not injured
Kept hold– did not drop
Ordeal– bad experience
On the rise– increasing
At risk– in danger
  

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Do the takeaway test: Woman Walks off Pier Because…


English: Australian King Parrot (Alisterus sca...

If you ever find yourself in an Australian forest, don’t be surprised if a parrot swears at you. Across Australia, people are reporting that wild parrots are talking to them and that they are not always polite. In fact, some wild birds have learned to speak English and in particular, to use expletives. It is thought that the language skills have been learned from pet birds that escaped from their cages and returned to the wild. The wild birds have picked up the new sounds and have even taught them to their offspring. The result is a weird chorus of English nonsense high in the treetops.

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Read by Tina Williamson (Australian accent)

Study the words

Swears – uses bad language
Polite-  civil, well-mannered
Expletives- bad language, vulgar expressions
Pet- domestic (animal)
Skills– abilities
The wild- the natural habitat
Offspring- babies
Weird- strange
Nonsense- language with no meaning
Treetops-  the highest branches of the trees
 
 

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Do the takeaway test: Wild Parrots Learn to Swear

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