Tag Archive: Health & Lifestyle – Intermediate

The supersensory: Synaesthesia

Music-Vision Synesthesia

Pre-reading questions I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What is the best view you have ever seen? Please describe it. What kind of music do you like listening to? Vocabulary I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. ridicule /RID-i-kyool/ [verb] – to laugh at someone or something in an unkind way He was often ridiculed for his strange yet interesting opinions. origin /AWR-i-jin/ [noun] – the beginning or cause of something The origin of the word remains unclear. involve /in-VOLV/ [verb] – if an activity, situation, etc. involves something, that thing is a part of the activity, etc. The job involves workers traveling…
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What fuels success?

Girl with magnifier lens is distrustful about something.

Pre-reading questions I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What are you currently interested in? What were you curious about as a child? Vocabulary I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. satisfaction /sat-is-FAK-shuhn/ [noun] – a pleasant feeling that you get when you receive something you wanted, or when you have done something you wanted to do It gave him satisfaction to see his book achieve best-seller status. curiosity /kyoor-ee-OS-i-tee/ [noun] – an eager wish to know or learn about something The children observed their teacher with curiosity. considerably /kuhn-SID-er-uh-blee/ [adverb] – to a large, noticeable, or important degree The issue has…
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Lashing out at staff: How can we avoid it?

Couple on a date angry at a waitress in an outdoor restaurant.  They are upset and dissatisfied with the customer service or the food in the cafe.  The image depicts the food and service industry.

Pre-reading questions I will read each question. Then, please answer them. How would you describe the customer service standards in your country? What are your expectations of a company’s customer service? Vocabulary I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. mistreat /mis-TREET/ [verb] – to treat a person or animal badly or cruelly People who mistreat pets must not be allowed to have them. deal with /deel with/ [phrasal verb] – to talk to someone or meet someone, especially as part of your job They have to deal with rude customers almost every day at work. routine /roo-TEEN/ [noun] – a usual or fixed way…
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The behind-the-scenes of being a social media influencer

Female make up influencer record eyelashes care tutorial with sm

Pre-reading questions I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What career paths are in demand nowadays in your country? Is being an influencer famous in your country? Vocabulary I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. influencer /IN-floo-uhn-ser/ [noun] – a person who is paid by a company to show and describe its products and services on social media, encouraging other people to buy them She has now started working full-time as an influencer. rocky /ROK-ee/ [adjective] – difficult or uncertain The show is now popular after its rocky start. underappreciate /uhn-der-uh-PREE-shee-ayt/ [verb] – to not hold in sufficiently high esteem Critics underappreciate…
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Catastrophizing: What is it and how can it be stopped?

Head shot stressed young woman holding paper document, bank debt notification, thinking of financial troubles, looking away. Lost in negative thoughts depressed woman worrying about bad news notice.

Pre-reading questions I will read each question. Then, please answer them. How do you feel on your first day at work/at school? What do you do to make sure you will succeed in your plans? Vocabulary I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. envision /en-VIZH-uhn/ [verb] – to imagine or expect something to happen, appear, etc. in a particular way They didn’t envision any issues with the new building. likely /LAHYK-lee/ [adjective] – if something is likely, it will probably happen or is expected The tickets will most likely be expensive. guarantee /gar-uhn-TEE/ [noun] – a promise that something will be done or will…
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Re-wilding ourselves with nature books

Impressive summer sunrise on Eibsee lake with Zugspitze mountain range. Sunny outdoor scene in German Alps, Bavaria, Germany, Europe. Beauty of nature concept background.

Pre-reading questions I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Which do you prefer, nature or cities? Why? Where in nature (the mountains, oceans, deserts, beaches, space, or forests) is it most beautiful? Why? Vocabulary I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. heal /heel/ [verb] – if a bad situation or painful emotion heals, it ends or improves, and if something heals it, it makes it end or improve It’ll take time for her mental wounds to heal. tragedy /TRAJ-i-dee/ [noun] – a very sad event or situation, especially one involving death or suffering The plane crash was indeed a tragedy. emphasize /EM-fuh-sahyz/…
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Don’t hide your stress! Here’s why

Upper view of stressed middle age business woman at the table.

Pre-reading questions I will read each question. Then, please answer them. How could you tell if someone is stressed? What do you usually advise people who are stressed? Vocabulary I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. anxiety /ang-ZAHY-i-tee/ [noun] – an uncomfortable feeling of nervousness or worry about something that is happening or might happen in the future Her voice has a hint of anxiety. minor /MAHY-ner/ [adjective] – having little importance, influence, or effect, especially when compared with other things of the same type The program has undergone some minor adjustments. interviewee /IN-ter-vyoo-EE/ [noun] – the person who answers the questions during an…
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Techniques to help you fall back asleep

young woman is waking up with alarm clock

Pre-reading questions I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What time do you usually sleep at night? Was there a time when you had difficulties sleeping? Please tell me more about it. Vocabulary I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. handle /HAN-dl/ [verb] – to deal with Thanks, but I think I can handle all tasks by Friday. stimulate /STIM-yuh-leyt/ [verb] – to make someone excited and interested about something This shampoo can allegedly stimulate hair growth. knitting /NIT-ing/ [noun] – the activity of making a garment, blanket, etc. by interlocking loops of wool or other yarn She’s knitting baby clothes for…
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Is remote work rapidly closing?

Work from home

© Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. Have you ever attended an online meeting after getting out of bed? Why or why not? What does work-life balance mean to you? Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. summary /SUHM-uh-ree/ [noun] – a comprehensive and usually brief abstract, recapitulation, or compendium of previously stated facts or statements In summary, his views are out of date. conference /KON-fer-uhns/ [noun] – a meeting I attended the conference last summer. decision /dih-SIZH-uhn/ [noun] – the act of or need for making up one’s mind He based his decision on facts, not emotions….
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Stereotypical bore: Why do we judge people as “boring”?

Girl sitting in front of young guy and talking to him. He looks bored. Man is not interested in conversation at all

Pre-reading questions: I will read each question. Then, please answer them. What activities or things bore you? What catches your attention the most in conversations? Please tell me more about it. Vocabulary: I will read the words, meanings, and sample sentences. Then, repeat after me. bore /bawr/ [noun] – someone or something that is not interesting This book is such a bore. It teaches me nothing. jigsaw /JIG-saw/ [noun] – a picture stuck onto wood or cardboard and cut into pieces of different shapes that must be joined together correctly to form the picture again It took us all night to finish a 1,000-piece jigsaw. vibrant /VAHY-bruhnt/ [adjective] – energetic,…
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