Current Live Lessons 

Feb 12, 2021

Lesson 6/7   60 Min

Hello Sergei!​

The Financial Times presents us with the model plane that might be the future of flying!

Feb 10, 2021

Lesson 5/7   60 Min

Jan 25, 2021

Lesson 4/7   60 Min

Hello Sergei!

 

From the Guardian the article:

Why walking in the dark is good for the soul

Then, Christmas is tomorrow on the

Western calendar so we'll read 

'Twas the Night Before Christmas.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Visit_from_St._Nicholas
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/17135/17135-h/17135-h.htm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7JtY4UcmM4

Check these websites to see Santa Claus flying his sleigh around the world on December 24th, the evening before Christmas.

 

Google's Santa's Village and Santa Tracker

https://santatracker.google.com/?hl=en#liftoff

 

NORAD's Santa Tracker and Games

http://www.noradsanta.org/

 

Tracking Santa.net

http://trackingsanta.net/

Dec 27, 2020

Lesson 3/7   60 Min

Hi Sergei,

Today we discussed some questions on your aviation exam.

Dec 26, 2020

Lesson 2/7   60 Min

Hello Sergei!

 

Did you know that Luxembourg has had a successful history in mining iron ore? 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luxembourg#Economy

Now, in the 21st century they plan to mine again.  This time it will be asteroids!

https://breakingnewsenglish.com/1602/160206-asteroid-mining.html

Wikipedia on asteroid mininig

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteroid_mining

In aviation news, Chinese flight crews are told to wear diapers to avoid COVID19!!

https://www.businessinsider.com/flight-attendants-wear-diapers-as-covid-19-protection-in-china-2020-12

And Mazda, famous for developing the suitcase car in 2013, now has a portable  off-road scooter!

https://www.motorbiscuit.com/electric-off-road-scooter-can-take-you-anywhere/

Dec 20, 2020

Lesson 1/7   60 Min

Hello Sergei!

 

Fifteen Asian and Pacific countries have signed the world's biggest free trade deal.

https://breakingnewsenglish.com/2011/201117-free-trade-deal.html​​

Quizlet: 

https://quizlet.com/549023501/asian-nations-form-worlds-biggest-free-trade-deal-flash-cards/

China has a new Silk Road plan called the Belt and Road Initiative.

https://breakingnewsenglish.com/1705/170516-silk-road.html

Quizlet https://quizlet.com/245703204/china-outlines-silk-road-plan-for-global-trade-05162017-flash-cards/

In avaiation news, Vaccine news has led to a spike in travel bookings for 2021 and beyond

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/vaccine-news-has-led-to-a-spike-in-travel-bookings-for-2021-and-beyond/ar-BB1c0zyh

Dec 19, 2020

Lesson 10/10  60 Min

Hello Sergei!

Ecotricity founder to grow diamonds “made entirely from the sky!”

 

And, lab created-diamonds made from ashes or hair are now advertised as a way to remember deceased loved-ones!

https://eterneva.com/loved-ones?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=traffic&utm_term=DeathDiamonds&utm_source=Google&utm_medium=CPC&utm_campaign=10107085850_107221382531&utm_term=%2Bloved%20%2Bones%20into%20%2Bdiamonds_b&utm_content=437025415574_c&gclid=CjwKCAiAt9z-BRBCEiwA_bWv-D1yFl7j6Mxct_626PmgjePPGcHOh_TXI-NiesdNfc6dqMsb4DiKNBoCCrsQAvD_BwE

In aviation news, a self-driving catering cart went crazy at Chicago's O'Hare Airport last year!

https://twitter.com/i/status/1178781464097374208

Dec 2, 2020

Lesson 9/10  60 Min

Hello Sergei!

This lesson our topic is viral sensation Doggface and the video that gave 2020 some joy: 60 million hits!

And this reminds me of another viral video from years ago: 

Gangnam Style with 3.875 billion views!!

https://breakingnewsenglish.com/1211/121127-gangnam_style.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bZkp7q19f0

Nov 25, 2020

Lesson 8/10  60 Min

Hi Sergei!
 

Today we'll talk about cluttercore: the pandemic trend for celebrating stuff, mess and comfort

https://breakingnewsenglish.com/2004/200407-manga.html

Airlines finalizing Covid passports

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0ckvo2Z5BU&feature=emb_logo

Supersonic travel

https://www.forbes.com/sites/elizabethhowell1/2020/11/23/new-supersonic-travel-options-emerge-on-earth-and-mars/?sh=7561ec0015bf

Nov 18, 2020

Lesson 7/10  60 Min

Hi Sergei!
 

Today our topic is business tradefairs and their future.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fora.tv

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPjpj2CqcQM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ionLh13lo50

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSjCm2-h4aQ

If we need more to discuss, Google has improved its video conferncing platform

https://breakingnewsenglish.com/2004/200429-google-meet.html

Nov 11, 2020

Lesson 6/10  60 Min

Hi Sergei
 

Billionaire Chuck Feeney achieves goal of giving away his fortune!

 

Can money make you a bad person?

https://breakingnewsenglish.com/1503/150320-wealth.html

8000 Jumbo jets will be needed to deliver vaccines.

https://breakingnewsenglish.com/2009/200912-covid-vaccine.html

 

And have you heard of Sky Weddings?

https://www.businessinsider.com/private-jet-firm-offering-socially-distanced-weddings-in-the-sky-2020-11

Nov 3, 2020

Lesson 5/10  60 Min

Hello Sergei!

 

This essay is about Halloween.

https://www.eslfast.com/eslread/ss/s016.htm

Vocabulary.com

https://www.vocabulary.com/lists/7438279

 

ESL Discussions

https://esldiscussions.com/h/halloween.html​​

 

EL Civics: Halloween

https://www.elcivics.com/halloween.html

Oct 30, 2020

Lesson 4/10  60 Min

Hi Sergei!
 

Have you heard  about signs revamping low-traffic neighbourhoods? 

​​

One man painted his own parking lines!

https://breakingnewsenglish.com/1708/170802-parking-restrictions.html

And have you heard about Quantas

flights to nowhere?  They were 1st class 8 hour flights which had no destination but which sold out fast!

I wonder if Quantas' Dreamliners are from Washington or South Carolina?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1zm_BEYFiU

Oct 23, 2020

Lesson 3/10  60 Min

Hi Sergei,

Today we'll discuss  a new vehicle on the streets of Paris: 

Owning and operating a regular car is expensive:

https://breakingnewsenglish.com/1304/130418-car_ownership.html

Update on UAE, Latest news: 

 

Dubai's Princess Haya paid her ex-bodyguard boyfriend

11/23/2020 · Pranav Bakshi and 6 more

 

Princess Haya paid £1.2 million to keep affair with bodyguard secret:

11/20/2020 · Daily Mail and 3 more

 

Dubai's Sheikh Al Maktoum ordered the kidnap and torture of his two runaway daughters, court finds

3/6/2020 · Reuters and 15 more