Archive | May, 2013

Money Questionnaire

31 May


Have you ever …

  • (spend) more than you could afford?
  • (waste) money on something you have never used?
  • (buy) anything on the internet?
  • (sell) anything on the internet?
  • (lose) anything valuable?
  • (win) money?
  • (be) robbed?
  • (borrow) money from someone?
  • (lend) money to someone who never paid you back?
  • (use) your credit card?
  • (find) money in the street?
  • (lose) money at gambling?

Compound Nouns

31 May

Try to answer the questions in two minutes with a compound noun:

  • What do you use to brush your teeth?
  • What do you call a person who supports his or her family?
  • What do you call a woman who rents an apartment to a tenant?
  • What do you call the time of day when buses are full?
  • What do you call a long line of cars that can’t move?
  • What’s the opposite of a private school?
  • What do you need to know when your classes start and finish?
  • What do you call a period from Friday evening through Sunday evening?
  • Where do you play tennis?
  • What do need to open a can?
  • What do you call a big shop that sells everything?
  • What is another word for pavement?

Shopping Quesionnaire

29 May
  • How often do you go shopping?
  • What kind of shops do you most like going to?
  • shoppingDo you ever shop in street markets?
  • Do you ever shop in flea market?
  • Do you ever shop online? What for?
  • Do you prefer shopping by yourself or with somebody?
  • What do you enjoy buying?
  • What do you detest buying?
  • Do you shop in the sales?
  • Where do you go if you want to find a real bargain?


Can you …?

29 May

Can you …

play a musical instrument?

dance salsa?

ride a horse?



speak a foreign language apart from English?

create a website?




How well?

When did you learn?Did you find it easy or difficult?Would you like to be able?

Why (not) ?


Good or Bad Manners?

29 May


Do people do these things in your country?

Do you think it’s good or bad manners to do these things, or doesn’t matter?


  • Kiss people on both cheeks when you meet them.
  • Shake hands when you meet someone for the first time.
  • Call older people by their first names.

In a public place

  • If someone be entering the door shortly after you, pause a second and hold it open.
  • If you accidently bump into someone, say “Excuse me”.
  • Don’t discuss rude topics (gossips, dirty jokes, swear words, etc.)
  • If you are on a crowded bus, offer an elderly person, a pregnant woman, a woman with a child your seat.


  • Yield to pedestrians.
  • Try to give cyclists enough space.
  • If you come to a four-way stop that another driver doesn’t seem to know how to manage, just motion him to go ahead of you.
  • Don’t tailgate people.
  • Use your turn signals even if you think anyone is around.
  • Don’t hoot at someone who‘s driving slowly.

Visiting people

  • Take a present if you’re invited to dinner at someone’s home.
  • Arrive at least 10 minutes late for a dinner.
  • Smoke in a house where the owners don’t smoke.


  • Don’t chew with your mouth open.
  • Say “excuse me” whenever you need to leave the table.
  • Ask for someone to pass you a dish or a seasoning.
  • Don’t put your elbows on the table when you’re eating.


Is Green Tea As Healthy As You Think?

29 May


  • What beverage do you prefer drinking?
  • Is it considered healthy?
  • What healthy beverage do you know? Why are they seen as healthy ones?


That Green Tea Drink May Not Be As Healthy As You Think

By Brandon Ballenger

Is green tea as healthy as its reputation suggests? That depends on who makes it and where it comes from, a new study says.  Bottled green tea may be little more than green sugar water, while some green tea leaves, most likely from China, were found to contain lead.  Fortunately, it stayed on the leaves: very little lead found its way into the final product, according to researchers.  “It’s fine as long as you’re not eating leaves,” president Dr. Tod Cooperman told The New York Times. looked at four brands of green tea beverages sold in stores.  Diet Snapple Green Tea was found to have almost none of the healthy antioxidants in more natural forms of the tea, despite claiming to be made from “the best stuff on Earth” and listing among its ingredients both “green tea” and” green tea concentrate”.

Honest Tea’s Green Tea With Honey claimed to have 190 milligrams of a certain kind of antioxidant, but found only about 60 percent as much.  A bottle also had half as much sugar as a can of Sprite and two-thirds of the caffeine in a cup of coffee, the Times says.

ConsumerLab .com also looked at tea bags and loose tea leaf products.  It found that Teavana’s Gyokuro green tea has lots of antioxidants.  But it’s pricey, costing $2.18 to get the same amount of a certain antioxidant that can be anywhere from 27 to 60 cents with Lipton and Bigelow tea bags, according to the Times.

The Teavana leaves had no measurable amounts of lead, but the leaves in the Lipton and Bigelow tea bags contained as much as 2.5 micrograms per serving.  The leaves are believed to come from China, where industrial pollution creates a lead problem, the Times said. found that the bags functioned as a filter, and the lead did not leach into the tea.

  • What did find in their research regarding green tea?
  • According to the article why might it be dangerous to consume green tea?
  • Which form of consumption is the most harmful based on the research?
  • What does Honest Tea’s Green Tea With Honey have in common with Sprite and coffee?
  • What is the cause of a lead problem in green tea?


25 May


“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” George Bernard Shaw


“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”  George Bernard Shaw 


“England and America are two countries separated by a common language.” George Bernard Shaw 


ow“Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history.”  George Bernard Shaw


“When in doubt, tell the truth…“ Mark Twain


“Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life….” Mark Twain

“Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.” 
Oscar Wilde


“Genius is born–not paid.” Oscar Wilde 



“The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.”  Oscar Wilde 


“All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.”  Sir Winston Churchill 


“I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.”Sir Winston Churchill 


“It’s not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what’s required.” Sir Winston Churchill