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How about taking a break from Pokemon to study English? – by Toni Parks

Okay! Okay! I get it. You love Pokemon. It’s addictive!

Consequently, you can’t stop playing. You don’t have to be a kid. Fortunately, Pokemon craze has infiltrated the adult world, as well.

You don’t have to stop. Alternatively, there is a better solution for you. When was the last time you watched the first Pokemon movie? Here it is in English. Pay attention to the English, and as you do so, you will be working on your English listening skills.

This Pokemon listening lesson has 3 parts:

  • 1- Learn about how to build your listening skills.
  • 2-Practice by listening.
  • 3- Complete listening activities.
  • 4- Practice in conversation with your teacher.

Be the best listener, like no one ever was!

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Let’s get started!


Did you know that watching movies is one of the best ways to build English listening skills? As a matter of fact, you can watch any movie you want. If you are a beginner you should try to pick simple movies. Pokemon is a great choice for beginners and advanced English learners alike.

Here are some tips for getting the most out of your Pokemon listening lesson:

  • Remove all distractions or watch in a quiet place.
  • Prepare yourself to listen by getting relaxed.
  • Try to immerse yourself in the movie. Pretend you are a character.
  • Empathize. Try to recognize the feelings of the characters.
  • Be patient with yourself. If you don’t understand something rewind and listen again. If you don’t know a word, pause and take the time to learn the meaning.
  • Listen to the tone when the ask questions or get excited.
  • Listening and hearing are not the same thing. Take the time to make sure you understand. Try to recognize body language and other nonverbal queues

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That’s enough of me talking. Let’s watch and LISTEN!


Did you enjoy the movie? Have you seen it before? Did you learn about any new Pokemon characters that you didn’t know about before? If your brain is not too tired from listening to English maybe you can watch another one. If it is too tired, come back tomorrow and listen some more.



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Here’s another one. Enjoy!



We often focus on building our English speaking and conversational skills, but you really can’t speak without listening, can you? At least not very well. Let’s take a look at what kinds of tips the British Council recommends for building your listening skills. Visit British Council now.

Don’t miss the “My Favorite Film” exercise. 



Now that you have worked so hard on building your listening skills, why not schedule a conversational lesson with a native English teacher so you can practice.

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One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say. - Bryant H. McGill

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Sometimes English is Funny

Chris Ciolli wrote this great article for AFAR that I couldn’t resist sharing with our World’s English students. There are many funny things that can happen with the English language and this is one of them.

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10 English Words With Unfortunate Meanings in Other Languages

A beginner’s guide to which words to watch out for where.

There’s a name for the phenomenon of everyday English words that sound like less-innocent words in other languages: “false friends.”

When I first started teaching English in a small academy just outside Barcelona, I couldn’t figure out why the kids would start whispering and giggling every time I said something was cool or when we talked about what pets they had at home.

As it turns out, in Catalan, the word cool sounds almost identical to cul, or rear end, and pet is pronounced and spelled identically to the Catalan word for passed gas. Naturally, the kids could hardly contain themselves when I talked about cool pets.

Ironically enough, I’m guilty of the same reaction. In Catalan, the word fart means sick, as in sick of something—and even though I know I should be sympathetic toward someone who is clearly talking to me about their frustration, I almost can’t help but smile when I hear someone say it.

So before your next trip, while you’re going over key vocabulary like “hello,” “good-bye,” “please,” and “thank-you,” take a few more minutes to familiarize yourself with English words you should avoid abroad. If nothing else, you’ll have a clue as to why that classroom full of small children (or the cute guy at the coffee shop) is giggling.

Read on for a beginners’ guide to which words to watch out for where.

Kiss and kiss her in Sweden

These words sound a little too much like the Swedish word kissa—especially considering the fact that kissa has nothing to do with shows of affection. It means pee.

Lull in Holland

Lull is spelled and pronounced similarly to the word lul in Dutch. When you find out it means male genitals, you suddenly understand why you don’t want to talk about a “lull in business” in your presentation.

Puff in Germany

In German, puff, far from being a fluffy pastry or a cloud of smoke, is a slang term for a brothel.

Payday in Portugal

Even if you’re excited because it’s the end of the month and your bank account is about to be replenished (however temporarily), you might think twice about shouting praises to payday from the rooftops in Portugal. It sounds a little too much like peidei, which is Portuguese for “I passed gas.”


Cookie in Hungary
To avoid any strange encounters at the bakery, think twice about ordering a cookie in Hungarian bakeries (and not just because you’re better off trying local specialties like rétes and bejgli strudels). The word for America’s most famous exported baked good is pronounced the same as the Hungarian word koki, which means an undersized willy, if you get my drift.Face in France

Fun fact: While the spelling is certainly different, the French word for rear end, fesse, is pronounced the same as face. If you think there’s any room for confusion when referencing your face, add gestures.

Preservatives in FranceBeware asking locals about preservatives in food. They’re likely to either a) give you a strange look or b) start howling from the strange visual you’ve just presented them with. In French, préservatif means condom.

Pick in Norway

When in Norway, you choose or select; never pick. Why? Because pick sounds too much like the Norwegian word for male genitals, pikk.

Salsa in Korea

Even if you’ve got serious cravings for a burrito during your time in Korea, try not to talk about salsa much in public or group settings. You may even want to consider calling salsa “picante” or “sauce” for the duration of your trip. Salsa sounds just like seolsa, the Korean word for diarrhea.

Pitch in Turkey

Whether it’s in a formal meeting or in negotiations with a vendor in a Souk, forget talking about a proposal or an offer as a pitch—the word sounds too much like the Turkish word piç, which means bastard or mongrel.

Bonus Tip: Every version of English has its own slang. That’s why Americans in the United Kingdom should be careful about using the word fanny—in U.S. English it may mean backside, but in British English it’s a rude word for women’s private parts. The same goes for poof. No matter that you heard it from Monty Python or in Bridget Jones’s Diary—it’s a derogatory term for gay people that you should stay away from in Britain and also in New Zealand and Australia.


Learn more funny things about English with one of our funny English teachers, like Aaron.


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Elements of Descriptive Writing (part 5)-by Bethany Hall

Bethany’s final tips on the elements of descriptive writing

Elements of Descriptive Writing continued…

Hello! Nice to see you again. Welcome back for the culmination of Bethany’s tips on the elements of descriptive writing. Remember that example you read yesterday? You’re going to need to read it again to prepare for the next element…

First of all, it’s noisy. You wouldn’t think that it is. But every few minutes, when your eyes are fixed on the pitch black sky in anticipation, there is an almighty BANG! 

Try to imagine an explosion. But not a terrible and vicious explosion that injures and destroys. No, this explosion erupts in vibrant colour and dances in the sky. Sometimes, it shatters into a million pieces, it would be impossible to count them all. And sometimes, it flurries around itself, creating effervescent patterns in the night sky. And still, other times it tumbles like a scarlet waterfall or floats like a glittering silver shower. It spins, it spirals, it spurts, and it sprays. It spatters and splatters and scatters.

Descriptive Writing Elements

Now I have not forgotten about the colours, and however could I?

The midnight sky contrasted wonderfully with the vivacious colours of this benevolent explosion. There was red. Blood red. Like the colour of a lover’s rose.

And green, in all of its natural goodness. There was purple, the colour of royalty. And silver and gold and blue.

Can you identify what types of figurative language the writer has used in this text?

The writer has used personification in this text, dances in the sky, flurries around itself. Can you explain why?

The writer wants to stir emotion in the reader with this piece. Perhaps this firework display takes place on New Years’ Eve or July 4th, both are holidays which are intended to spent with loved ones and are generally a time of emotion and intimacy. By using personification, the writer can portray emotion and expectancy.

We have already briefly discussed onomatopoeia in the word “BANG!” The use of onomatopoeia in this text reinforces the notion of sound.

Hyperbole is also used in the text. Can you find any examples? The writer describes the fireworks as an explosion. This is an exaggeration and adds drama to the text.

The writer uses yet another sound device, that of alliteration; “It spins, it spirals, it spurts, and it sprays. It spatters and splatters and scatters”. This creates rhythm and sound within the text.

The writer has one idea for the text, a firework display. The text does stray from that idea. The writer does not mention what the occasion is, who the audience, what time of day it is. This information is non-essential and has therefore been left out. The writer focuses on the initial frightful sound, the color and the movement of the fireworks.

This text comprises Precise language. The writer does use adjectives but in moderation. You will notice that the text uses extreme adjectives as opposed to base adjectives,” almighty” instead of “big”, “vivacious” instead of “bright”. This adds to the drama and sensationalism of the text.

It is at times too tricky to tell in what way a text has been organised. Can you tell which way this text has been organised?

The very first word gives it away, “First of all”. This text is organised chronologically. The writer begins with the loud bang that releases the firework, moves onto the initial movement of the display. Lastly, perhaps giving the eyes time to adjust, describes the colours seen in the display.

By following these elements of descriptive writing you will soon be painting clear and precise mental images.

Happy writing!

What did you think of Bethany’s tips on descriptive writing? Give us your ideas in the comments below. Hopefully, you have gained confidence and you are ready to try your skills with one of our English writing teachers. Good luck!

Bethany Hall is a writer from South Africa,with a degree in Linguistics and English, and experience in content writing, technical writing and journalism. She has a versatile writing style and vast knowledge of the English language and its outworkings.

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Learn English and come to America to see our national parks

Come to America and see the parks


America is full of spectacular beauty and the best of it can be found in her national parks. The preservation of our national parks is threatened so we need you to visit them. Unlike the current administration of this country, the rest of us want you to come here. We welcome diversity and offer opportunity. It is the American way. When you come please take the time to visit some of America’s beautiful national parks.





Nearly everyone who calls themselves an American has ancestors that came through Ellis Island, the home of the Statue of Liberty. Lady Liberty still stands to welcome those who dream of a new life in America. We stand strong with her and will not be deterred by the insulting atrocities that we see coming from our government today. We speak of these things without fear in America because we live under the freedom of democracy. Many dream of this freedom as our ancestors did, and should not be denied that opportunity at our shores and borders.


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My heart was very happy to see this in my email this morning – by Toni Parks

Did you see last night’s performance?

World’s English is an American  school and as an English school we teach students from all over the world. The USA is a country founded on inclusion and the current president is fighting the very roots of our country, Most Americans still feel that all are welcome here and that the beauty of our country is its diversity. This morning I found two things in my email that help me to have hope for the future of our country and the world. First, a message from Air BnB. We receive no money from ABB to advertise for them. I am only reposting this because of my appreciation for what they are doing. I hope that more businesses that operate in the US will follow their lead.


The other thing that made me happy was all of the attention given to the message Lady Gaga gave in her performance in the Superbowl halftime show yesterday. In case you missed the show, here it is:

Thank you AirBnB and Lady Gaga! We love our immigrants and all those who have ever dreamed of coming to America.







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Listening on Your Own – Part 2 – by Ana Sierra

Hey there! Welcome back!

Remember Ana’s fun lesson last week on listening on your own. Well she’s back this week with more great ideas to help you build your listening skills, so listen up!

Listen, listen, listen. Then repeat to check  you can say that, and finally, using these expressions, say something about you!!

You can subscribe to these sites or you can browse looking for different teachers’pages, trying to find the one that suits you the best. You just listen to a short video many times and say the same things at first and change ideas later, in order to describe your own experience or background, for example:


You listen to this many times at home, while you clean the house or wash the dog!, then say the same about you: “Hi, my name’s Ana and I’m a teacher….” You can actually produce after you practice, right there, you listen and then you speak!

Many people love music, so why don’t we use more songs to practice? Or as homework? We can listen to songs in English and do some tasks to remember some vocabulary from their lyrics. We can listen to songs and read the lyrics, just that, just for fun! And it’s so easy to find songs with printed lyrics,right?

or we can add some grammar topic to them:

so then, when we listen to the songs we remember vocabulary and grammar! Without any boring rules or exercises.

It is always a good idea to start with simple activities, as the one we mentioned before, just reading the lyrics and listening to the song, for a start. I really think this gives lots of input and we get used to listening. It is a kind of icebreaker. Then we can add some complexity to the activity, such as filling the gaps:


or even singing:

Listening. How essential it is and how neglected it was. It is time for a change. And today we have new technology that can help us a lot. We have listening devices everywhere, different kinds, and different tools in them, social networks and internet sites. Let’s take advantage of all this and make our English practice more fun!!!


Ana is a lively and fun English-Spanish translator and tutor from Argentina. Did you enjoy her lesson? Thank you for the great ideas, Ana!