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.

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


NORAD's Santa Tracker and Games



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?

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

Wikipedia on asteroid mininig

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

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

Dec 20, 2020

Lesson 1/7   60 Min

Hello Sergei!


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


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


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

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!

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

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!!

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

Airlines finalizing Covid passports

Supersonic travel

Nov 18, 2020

Lesson 7/10  60 Min

Hi Sergei!

Today our topic is business tradefairs and their future.

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

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?

8000 Jumbo jets will be needed to deliver vaccines.


And have you heard of Sky Weddings?

Nov 3, 2020

Lesson 5/10  60 Min

Hello Sergei!


This essay is about Halloween.


ESL Discussions​​


EL Civics: Halloween

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!

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?

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:

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