Thursday, May 11, 2023

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Climate Change

With some people still refusing to believe climate change is real, it is good to refer to scientists for proof. Read about it in this link, NASA.

Quite a few of us are worried about what is happening but actors and actresses know how to say it with the emphasis it needs. Listen to Harrison Ford speaking his mind about this in the video below.

Friday, December 9, 2022

Food For Thought: Refugees

The UK has just passed a law, The Nationality and Borders Act, which will hit hard the lives of children, women and men fleeing war, conflict and bloodshed. I bet you can recognize many of the actors and actresses who speak against it in the video below.

In the following video,  former Home Secretary Suella Braverman was cornered till she actually admitted that there are no safe routes to claim asylum in the UK for most countries, forcing refugees to make dangerous channel crossings.

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Food For Thought: Things That Matter

Here is a lesson for us to remember: "It doesn't matter what you look like, what does matter is the size of your heart and the strength of your character" 

Close your eyes and pay attention to what you hear, how much can you understand? 

Una publicación compartida de Positive & Motivational Quotes (@positivitylimitless)

Friday, September 2, 2022

Plastic Pollution

Even though this video is Christmas-related, it makes you reflect on the amount of plastic we use everyday. The video is one of many made by the organization Clean Seas in its fight against plastic pollution. 

The first video is subtitled in English and the second in Spanish but the audio is in English in both of them. Watch the one that suits you best and give some thought to the amount of plastic you use now and how much of it you can easily replace.

 Click here to learn more about Clean Seas

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Learning History

History Teachers is a YouTube channel where you can learn history in a different way: they change the lyrics of popular songs to "teach you a lesson". In the video below, for instance, you learn about the painting "Guernica", by Picasso, to the sound of the song "Mad World", by Gary Jules and Michael Andrews.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Vocabulary Learning

 Vocords  is a very good page not only to learn vocabulary but to practice  listening. The video below is a good example; it teaches you the meaning of the following words and expressions: weight-in, lad, stigma, weight on your shoulders, mate. How many of those do you already know?  What is your guess for the others? 

In this video, Paddy  Pimblett, a boxer known as Paddy the Baddy, gives a powerful message about mental health. Paddy is from Liverpool and he has quite a strong accent from northern England; how well can you understand it?

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Nature with a Voice

 Conservation International is an American nonprofit environmental organization that focuses on nature and the need to protect it. They have created a series of videos ,  narrated by famous actors and actresses, to raise awareness.

The video below is the voice of the ocean, by Harrison Ford. Click to get the subtitles in English.

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Motivational Video

 Joaquin Phoenix won an Oscar for Best Actor for his role in the film `Joker´in 2020; when he received it, apart from mentioning his late brother River, he spoke about ecology and humanity. 

Listen to his speech in the videos below - the first one with the subtitles in English and the second one with them in Spanish.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Battle Against Gender-based Violence

Food for thought: how do we react when we are witnesses of a situation of violence where a woman is verbally harassed by men? do we feel ok with our usual reaction? should we react differently?

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has launched a new campaign to address the violence, committed by men, against women and girls. The focus is on men and the need for them to `have a word with yourself, then your mates.´

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