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Lindsay, ON Canada Please call Stella. Ask her to bring these things with her from the store: six spoons of fresh snow peas, five thick slabs of blue cheese, and maybe a snack for her brother Bob.

We also need a small plastic snake and a big toy frog for the kids.

She can scoop these things into three red bags, and we will go meet her Wednesday at the train station.

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New Headway Videos

(1) Three Plus One

(2) Elementary

(3) A Picture of Health
7 minutes
37 minutes

(_) A New Neighbour

(5) A Dog's Tale

Part 3- Pre-intermediate
- several episodes, 40 minutes total

August 13, 2015

The Gifts of Wali Dad

The Gifts of Wali Dad - Traditional Chinese

July 22, 2015

Electric airplane

Photos from Pluto

June 2015

Idioms

English for Chinese speakers

Picture Dictionaries

Health & Medicine

Listening practice:
    Podcasts

  1. Talking to a doctor
    (Note: OHIP is the Ontario Health Plan. In Saskatchewan you use your Health Services Card.)
  2. When to call 911

  3. What to say when calling 911


  4. For these podcasts right-click and select " Save link as":
  5. Getting Standard Medical Test Results: Podcast     Transcript
  6. Consulting a Pharmacist Podcast     Transcript
  7. Taking prescription drugs Podcast     Transcript
  8. Describing Stomach Problems Podcast     Transcript
Lessons about
  1. medicine:
  2. Body parts: outside
  3. Body parts: back and inside
  4. Doctors's visit:
  5. Video about filling a prescription

Have some fun

Music & Lyrics

    Click on the links below to listen to the song on YouTube, while following the lyrics
  1. Bird on a Wire Aaron Neville
  2. As Time Goes By (from the fim Casablanca) Dooley Wilson
  3. To Know Him is to Love Him Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt
  4. Sounds of Silence Simon & Garfunkel
  5. Bridge Over Troubled Water Simon & Garfunkel
  6. Working Man Rita McNeil
  7. Rocks & Trees by the Arrogant Worms
  8. Canada is Really Big by the Arrogant Worms
  9. I Love Paris Ella Fitzgerald
  10. Banks of the Ohio Doc Watson & Alison Krauss
  11. Three Cigarettes in an Ashtray by Patsy Cline
  12. Silhouettes The Rays)
  13. I Just Fall in Love Again by Anne Murray
  14. Song For The Mira by John McDermott
  15. If We Never Meet Again Elvis Presley
  16. Log Driver's Waltz Kate & Anna McGarrigle

Practice Dictation

  1. www.englishclub.com/listening/dictations-medium.htm
  2. This one has an English accent, and uses British words for punctuation ("fullstop" for "period")
    www.learnenglish.de/dictationpage.htm

Listening exercises

Mango Languages:

Mango is an online language learning system teaching practical conversation skills for a variety of popular languages", including ESL (English as a Second Language) courses specific to speakers of several languages, including Spanish, French, and Chinese (Cantonese)
Sign up via the Regina Public Library website: www.reginalibrary.ca/literacy/index.html

CBC radio:

Practice English listening at home listening to the radio: 102.5 FM in Regina
cbc.ca/radio
There are lots of good podcasts at www.cbc.ca/podcasting/pastpodcasts.html

Radio Canada International

www.rcinet.ca
(There's also a Chinese live radio link here, but I don't know if it's Mandarin or Cantonese)

"The Link": a show about current affairs for people learning English: www.rcinet.ca/english/program/the-link/home/

Live Mocha

www.livemocha.com
This is a great website to practice learning a language. It's free (though they will try to sell you more "advanced" lessons). What I like about it is that people help each other. You can learn English while helping others to learn your language.

TV Commercials:

Listen to the commercial, and see if you can catch the "errors": TV Commercials

Lyrics:
  1. Bird on a Wire

    written by Leonard Cohen, performed here by Aaron Neville. (The words have been changed a bit from Cohen's original version)
    	Like a bird on the wire, like a drunk in a midnight choir
    	I have tried in my way to be free.
    	Like a fish on a hook, like a knight from some old-fashioned book
    	I have saved all my ribbons for thee.
    
    	If I've been unkind
    	I hope that you can just let it, let it go by.
    	If I   have been untrue
    	I hope you know it was never to you.
    
    	Like a bird, free
    	as a bird, free
    
    	Like a baby, stillborn, like a beast with his horn
    	I have torn everyone who reached out for me.
    	But I swear by this song and by all that I have done wrong
    	I will make it all up to thee.
    
    	Don't cry no more, don't cry
    	It's completed, oh it's finished
    	it's been paid for
    
    	Like a bird free, as a bird, free
    	Like a bird free, as a bird, free
    
    	Like a bird free, as a bird, free
    	Like a bird free, as a bird, free
    
    
    	Like a bird (free) on the wire, (free)
    	Like a bird (free) free
    
    
    
  2. As Time Goes By
    (from the film Casablanca)
    written & performed by Dooley Wilson
    	You must remember this
    	A kiss is still a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh.
    	The fundamental things apply
    	As time goes by.
    
    	And when two lovers woo
    	They still say, "I love you."
    	On that you can rely
    	No matter what the future brings
    	As time goes by.
    
    	Moonlight and love songs
    	Are never out of date.
    	Hearts full of passion
    	Jealousy and hate.
    	Woman needs man
    	And man must have his mate
    	That no one can deny.
    
    	It's still the same old story
    	A fight for love and glory
    	A case of do or die.
    	The world will always welcome lovers
    	As time goes by.
    
    
    
    ... repeats:
    	Moonlight and love songs
    	Are never out of date.
    	Hearts full of passion
    	Jealousy and hate.
    	Woman needs man
    	And man must have his mate
    	That no one can deny.
    
    	It's still the same old story
    	A fight for love and glory
    	A case of do or die.
    	The world will always welcome lovers
    	As time goes by.
    
    
    
  3. To Know Him is to Love Him

    written by Phil Spector, performed by Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt ("Trio")
    
    	To know know know him
    	Is to love love love him
    	Just to see him smile
    	Makes my life worthwhile
    	To know know know him
    	Is to love love love him
    	And I do
    
    	I'll be good to him
    	I'll bring love to him
    	Everyone says there'll come a day
    	When I'll walk alongside of him
    	Yes just to know him
    	Is to love love love him
    	And I do
    
    	Why can't he see
    	How blind can he be
    	Someday he will see
    	That he was meant for me
    
    	To know know know him
    	Is to love love love him
    	Just to see him smile
    	Makes my life worthwhile
    	To know know know him
    	Is to love love love him
    	And I do
    
    
  4. Sounds of Silence

    Simon & Garfunkel
    	Hello darkness, my old friend
    	I've come to talk with you again
    	Because a vision softly creeping
    	Left its seeds while I was sleeping
    	And the vision that was planted in my brain
    	Still remains
    	Within the sound of silence
    
    	In restless dreams I walked alone
    	Narrow streets of cobblestone
    	'Neath the halo of a street lamp
    	I turned my collar to the cold and damp
    	When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
    	That split the night
    	And touched the sound of silence
    
    	And in the naked light I saw
    	Ten thousand people, maybe more
    	People talking without speaking
    	People hearing without listening
    	People writing songs that voices never share
    	And no one dared
    	Disturb the sound of silence
    
    	"Fools", said I, "You do not know
    	Silence like a cancer grows
    	Hear my words that I might teach you
    	Take my arms that I might reach you"
    	But my words, like silent raindrops fell
    	And echoed
    	In the wells of silence
    
    	And the people bowed and prayed
    	To the neon god they made
    	And the sign flashed out its warning
    	In the words that it was forming
    	And the sign said, "The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
    	And tenement halls"
    	And whispered in the sounds of silence
    	
  5. Bridge Over Troubled Water

    Simon & Garfunkel
    	When you're weary, feeling small,
    	When tears are in your eyes, I will dry them all;
    	I'm on your side. When times get rough
    	And friends just can't be found,
    	Like a bridge over troubled water
    	I will lay me down.
    	Like a bridge over troubled water
    	I will lay me down.
    
    	When you're down and out,
    	When you're on the street,
    	When evening falls so hard
    	I will comfort you.
    	I'll take your part.
    	When darkness comes
    	And pain is all around,
    	Like a bridge over troubled water
    	I will lay me down.
    	Like a bridge over troubled water
    	I will lay me down.
    
    	Sail on silvergirl,
    	Sail on by.
    	Your time has come to shine.
    	All your dreams are on their way.
    	See how they shine.
    	If you need a friend
    	I'm sailing right behind.
    	Like a bridge over troubled water
    	I will ease your mind.
    	Like a bridge over troubled water
    	I will ease your mind.
    	
  6. Working Man

    Rita McNeil with "Men of the Deep"
    A song about the life of miners in Nova Scotia
    		Chorus
    		It's a working man I am,and I've been down under ground
    		And I swear to God if I ever see the sun
    		Or for any length of time I can hold it in my mind
    		I never again will go down under ground
    
    	At the age of sixteen years
    	Oh he quarrels with his peers
    	Who vowed they'd never see another one
    	In the dark recess of the mine
    	Where you age before your time
    	And the coal dust lies heavy on your lungs
    
    	Repeat Chorus
    
    	At the age of sixty-four
    	Oh he'll greet you at the door
    	And he'll gently lead you by the arm
    	Through the dark recess of the mine
    	Oh he'll take you back in time
    	And he'll tell you of the hardships that were had
    
    	Repeat Chorus
    	
  7. Rocks & Trees

    the Arrogant Worms
    	My country's bigger than most
    	And if asked I boast
    	'Cause I'm really proud
    	So I shout it loud
    	Though our numbers are few
    	We will welcome you
    
    	Although we don't have history
    	Gold medal winning teams
    	Heroes or prisoners
    	World famous volcanoes
    	Still what we've got's glorious
    
    	'Cause we've got
    	Rocks and trees
    	And trees and rocks
    	And rocks and trees
    	And trees and rocks
    	And rocks and trees
    	And trees and rocks
    	And rocks and trees
    	And trees and rocks
    	And water
    
    	All right, everyone!
    
    	We've got
    	Rocks and trees
    	And trees and rocks
    	And rocks and trees
    	And trees and rocks
    	And rocks and trees
    	And trees and rocks
    	And rocks and trees
    	And trees and rocks
    	And water
    
    	In Canada, Canada, Canada, Canada, Canada, Canada, Canada, Canada
    	
  8. Canada is Really Big

    The Arrogant Worms
    	When I look around me,
    	I can't believe what I see
    	It seems as if this country
    	Has lost it's will to live
    	The economy is lousy,
    	We barely have an army
    	But we can still stand proudly
    	'Cause Canada's really big
    
    	We're the second largest country
    	On this planet Earth
    	And if Russia
    	Keeps on shrinking
    	Then soon we'll be first
    	(as long as we keep Quebec)
    
    	The USA has tanks
    	And Switzerland has banks
    	They can keep them, thanks
    	They just don't amount
    	'Cause when you get down to it
    	You find out what the truth is
    	It isn't what you do with it
    	It's the size that counts!
    
    	Most people
    	Will tell you
    	That France is pretty large
    	But you can put
    	Fourteen Frances
    	Into this land of ours
    	(it'd take a lotta work, it's take a whole lotta work)
    
    	We're larger than Malaysia
    	Almost as big as Asia
    	We're bigger than Australia
    	And it's a continent
    	So big we seldom bother
    	To go see one another
    	But we often go to other
    	Countries for vacation
    
    	Our mountains
    	Are very pointy
    	Our prairies are not
    	The rest is
    	Kinda bumpy
    	But, man, do we have a lot
    	(we gotta lot of land, we gotta whole lot of land)
    
    	So stand up and be proud
    	And sing out very loud
    	We stand out from the crowd 'cause
    	Canada's really big!
    	
  9. I Love Paris

    Written by Cole Porter, performed by Ella Fitzgerald
    	Every time I look down on this timeless town
    	whether blue or gray be her skies.
    	Whether loud be her cheers or soft be her tears,
    	more and more do I realize:
    
    	I love Paris in the springtime.
    	I love Paris in the fall.
    	I love Paris in the winter when it drizzles,
    	I love Paris in the summer when it sizzles.
    
    	I love Paris every moment,
    	every moment of the year.
    	I love Paris, why, oh why do I love Paris?
    	Because my love is near.
    	
  10. Banks of the Ohio

    Traditional song, sung by Doc Watson & Allison Kraus
    	I asked my love to take a walk
    	Just a little ways with me
    	And as we walked and we would talk
    	All about our wedding day
    
    	(chorus)
    	Darling say that you'll be mine
    	In our home we'll happy be
    	Down beside where the waters flow
    	On the banks of the Ohio
    
    	(break)
    
    	I took her by her pretty white hand
    	I let her down that bank of sand
    	I pushed her in where she would drown
    	Lord, I saw her as she floated down
    
    	(chorus)
    
    	Returning home about twelve or one
    	Thinking "Lord, what a deed I've done?"
    	I killed the girl I love, you see
    	Because she would not marry me
    
    	(chorus)
    
    	(break)
    
    	The very next day at half past four
    	The sherrif walked right to my door
    	And he says "Young man, don't you try to run
    	You'll pay for this awful crime you've done"
    
    	(chorus)
    	
  11. Three Cigarettes in an Ashtray

    Wriiten & performed by Patsy Cline
    (Introduction:"...and the young lady who has come to visit us this week...)
    	Two cigarettes in an ashtray,
    	My love and I in a small cafe.
    	Then a stranger came along,
    	And everything went wrong.
    	Now there's three cigarettes in the ashtray.
    
    	I watched her take him from me,
    	And his love is no longer my own.
    	Now they are gone, and I sit alone,
    	And watch one cigarette burn away.
    
    	I watched her take him from me,
    	And his love is no longer my own.
    	Now they are gone, and I sit alone,
    	And watch one cigarette burn away.
    	
  12. Silhouettes

    sung by Herman's Hermits
    	Took a walk and passed your house late last night
    	All the shades were pulled and drawn way down tight
    	From within, the dim light cast two silhouettes on the shade
    	Oh what a lovely couple they made
    
    	Put his arms around your waist, held you tight
    	Kisses I could almost taste in the night
    	Wondered why I'm not the guy who's silhouette's on the shade
    	I couldn't hide the tears in my eyes
    
    	--- break --
    
    	Lost control and rang your bell, I was sore
    	Let me in or else I'll beat down your door
    	When two strangers who had been two silhouettes on the shade
    	Said to my shock "you're on the wrong block"
    
    	Rushed down to your house with wings on my feet
    	Loved you like I'd never loved you my sweet
    	Vowed that you and I would be two silhouettes on the shade
    	All of our days, two silhouettes on the shade
    
    	Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah...
    	Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah..
    	
  13. I Just Fall In Love Again

    Anne Murray
    	Dreamin', I must be dreamin'
    	Or am I really lying here with you?
    	Baby, you take me in your arms
    	And though I'm wide awake, I know my dream is comin' true
    
    	And oh I just fall in love again
    	Just one touch and then it happens every time
    	There I go by, just fall in love again and when I do
    	I can't help myself, I fall in love with you
    
    	Magic, it must be magic
    	The way I hold you when the night just seems to fly
    	Easy for you to take me to a star
    	Heaven is that moment when I look into your eyes.
    
    	And oh I just fall in love again
    	Just one touch and then it happens every time
    	There I go by, just fall in love again and when I do
    	I can't help myself, I fall in love with you
    
    	Can't help myself, I fall in love with you
    	
  14. Song For The Mira

    Written by: Allister MacGillivray, Sung by John McDermott
    	Out on the Mira on warm afternoons
    	Old men go fishing with black line and spoon
    	And if they catch nothing they never complain
    	I wish I was with them again
    
    	As boys in their boats call to girls on the shore
    	Teasing the one that they dearly adore
    	And into the evening the courting begins
    	I wish I was with them again
    
    	Chorus:
    	Can you imagine a piece of the universe
    	More fit for princes and kings?
    	I'll trade you ten of your cities
    	For Marion Bridge and the pleasure it brings
    	
    	(These 2 verses omitted in the YouTube version))
    
    	Out on the Mira on soft summer nights
    	Bonfires blaze to the children's delight
    	They dance round the flames singing songs with their friends
    	I wish I was with them again
    
    	And over the ashes the stories are told
    	Of witches and werewolves and Oak Island gold
    	The stars on the river they sparkle and spin
    	I wish I was with them again
    	
    	
    	Out on the Mira the people are kind
    	They'll treat you to home-brew and help you unwind
    	And if you come broken they'll see that you mend
    	I wish I was with them again
    
    	And now I'll conclude with a wish you go well
    	Sweet be your dreams, may your happiness swell
    	I'll leave you here, for my journey begins
    	I'm going to be with them, going to be with them
    	I'm going to be with them again
    	
  15. If We Never Meet Again

    Words & music by Albert E. Brumley, performed by Elvis Presley
    	Soon we'll come to the end of life's journey
    	And perhaps never meet anymore
    	Till we gather in heaven's bright city
    	Far away on that beautiful shore
    
    	If we never meet again this side of heaven
    	As we struggle through this world and its strife
    	There's another meeting place somewhere in heaven
    	By the side of the river of life
    
    	Where the charming roses bloom forever
    	And where separations come no more
    	If we never meet again this side of heaven
    	I will meet you on that beautiful shore
    	
  16. The Log Drivers Waltz

    NFB film, sung by Kate & Anna McGarrigle

    (This is a cute animation, but sung quickly, so may be hard to follow.)
    	If you should ask any girl from the parish around
    	What pleases her most from her head to her toes
    	She'll say, "I'm not sure that it's business of yours
    	But I do like to waltz with a log driver".
    
    	Chorus
    	For he goes birling down a-down the white water
    	That's where the log driver learns to step lightly
    	It's birling down, a-down white water
    	A log driver's waltz pleases girls completely.
    
    	When the drive's nearly over, I like to go down
    	To see all the lads while they work on the river
    	I know that come evening they'll be in the town
    	And we all want to waltz with a log driver.
    
    	To please both my parents I've had to give way
    	And dance with the doctors and merchants and lawyers
    	Their manners are fine but their feet are of clay
    	For there's none with the style of a log driver.
    
    	I've had my chances with all sorts of men
    	But none is so fine as my lad on the river
    	So when the drive's over, if he asks me again
    	I think I will marry my log driver.