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#278 The History and Meaning of Thanksgiving
Tom (Being serious): Hey, do we have to send thank you notes to everyone we've ever met for Thanksgiving?
James (Laughing): Oh no, it's not like that! Thanksgiving is more about enjoying turkey and pie with family and friends, not writing thank you notes to everyone!
Hi! Welcome to a special podcast about Thanksgiving! I'm Georgiana, your English teacher, and I want to tell you about Thanksgiving.
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Thanksgiving is celebrated in the US and Canada. It's a special day when people express their gratitude for things like family and food.
Why People Celebrate this holiday: Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for good things. Many people have a big meal with family and friends.
When It Is Celebrated: Thanksgiving is on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. In Canada, it's on the second Monday of October.
Where It Is Celebrated: People celebrate Thanksgiving in their homes or with family in other places. Others travel to be with family.
What's the origin of this holiday? Thanksgiving began long ago when Pilgrims from England came to America on a ship called the Mayflower. Pilgrims are people who have a tough journey because of their religion, and these ones came to America so they could practice their religion freely.
When they came to America, it was tough. It was cold, and they didn't have much food. But Native Americans, showed the Pilgrims how to grow food like corn, beans, and squash.
In 1621, the Pilgrims had a good harvest during the fall because of what they learned from the Native Americans. So they had a big meal together to say thank you and celebrate. The feast is known as the first Thanksgiving.
Since then, Thanksgiving has been a special day when people come together with their families. They usually eat turkey, potatoes, veggies, and pie. Some people also watch parades and football games on TV.
As you can see, Thanksgiving is a wonderful day celebrated in the United States and Canada. Even if you're from another place, it's good to remember that Thanksgiving is all about being thankful and enjoying time with your loved ones.
#277 Romeo and Juliet - Shakespeare for beginners part2
Hi! Let’s continue learning about the play Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare. But don’t worry because I’ve made it very easy for you to understand.
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In a previous episode, I began discussing the play “Romeo and Juliet.” Today, we will continue with Acts 4 and 5 of the play.
Great! Let’s start with Act 4:
[Act 4 – Juliet’s Bold Move]
In Act 4, the story takes another turn. Juliet’s parents want her to marry Paris, a man she doesn’t love. She’s already married to Romeo, but it’s a secret.
Juliet’s Problem: Juliet worries about marrying Paris because she loves Romeo. She goes to Friar Laurence, a good friend to the young lovers, for help.
Friar’s Plan: Friar Laurence develops a plan to help Juliet. He gives her a special drink that will make her look like she’s dead for a while. He advises her to take it the night before her wedding so that everyone will believe she has died.
Juliet’s Fear: Juliet is terrified of the plan. She’s worried that the drink might actually kill her or that she’ll wake up alone in a scary tomb.
Juliet’s Agreement: Juliet agrees to the plan because she’s desperate to avoid marrying Paris. She goes back home, and her parents are happy because they think she’ll marry Paris soon.
Wedding Rush: Her parents decide to move the wedding up to the next day, which makes Juliet even more nervous.
Romeo’s Missed Message: Meanwhile, Friar Laurence tries to send a message to Romeo about the plan, but it doesn’t reach him because of a problem.
[Act 5 – A Sad Ending]
In Act 5, the story reaches its tragic conclusion.
Romeo Comes Back: Romeo secretly returns to Verona because he thinks Juliet is dead. He wants to see her one last time.
Fight with Paris: Romeo and a man named Paris fight at Juliet’s tomb. Romeo doesn’t want to hurt Paris, but they end up fighting, and Romeo accidentally kills Paris.
Juliet’s “Death”: When Romeo sees Juliet in her tomb, he thinks she’s really dead. So, he drinks poison and dies next to her.
Juliet Wakes Up: Just after Romeo dies, Juliet wakes up. She is very sad when she sees Romeo dead. Juliet tries to kiss the poison from his lips, but it doesn’t work. So, she takes his dagger and kills herself.
Friar Explains: Friar Laurence comes to the tomb and explains everything to the Prince and the families. He tells them about Romeo and Juliet’s secret marriage and how it led to their sad endings.
#276 My first computer and modern tech
- Why did the computer catch a cold?
- Because it had too many windows open! 😄
Hi! I'm Georgiana. Thanks for joining me for another episode of the podcast. Also, thank you for the 30 million downloads!!!! 🎉 🎉 🎉
Today, I'll talk about my very first computer and compare it with modern tech.
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Have you ever thought about how computers have changed over the years? Well, I have, and I want to share my experiences with you.
I will start with the parts of the computer:
First, the "mouse." A mouse is a small device you move on your desk. It's like a digital pet that helps you control your computer. My mouse was big and had a ball underneath. It wasn't small and smooth like today's mice. It had a cord that often got tangled, but I liked it. I used it to click on things and move around on the screen.
Well, nowadays, we have some other ways to do the same thing:
Many laptops have a flat area below the keyboard called "touchpad" that you can use your finger to move the arrow around. It's like a tiny built-in mouse.
Some computers now let you touch the screen directly with your finger to control things. This is called a "touch screen." It's just like using your finger to tap or swipe on your phone.
You can also use a special pen on some computers to point and click, just like you used to do with the mouse.
Next, let's talk about the 'screen.' The screen is like a computer's TV. But the ones I used in the past were different from today's flat screens.
My old screen was big and not flat like modern screens. It looked more like a big, heavy box on my desk. The pictures and words on it didn't look very clear. They were a bit fuzzy, not sharp like today's screens. Nowadays, screens are much thinner and lighter, showing pictures and words much more clearly. So, things on the computer look better now.
Now, let's talk about the 'keyboard.' A keyboard is like a big board with many buttons you press. Each button has a letter, number, or symbol on it. It helps you type words and tell the computer what to do.
The keyboard I used back then had all the letters and keys you need, just like today's keyboards. But it looked bigger and the buttons were a bit farther apart. When you typed on them, they made a clicky sound, unlike today's quieter keyboards.
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#275 Romeo and Juliet - Shakespeare for Beginners
Hi! I'm Georgiana. Thanks for joining me for another episode of the podcast. My mission is to help you improve your fluency.
Today, I will discuss Shakespeare's play "Romeo and Juliet," but don't worry because I've made it very easy to understand.
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Today, we'll explore the famous play 'Romeo and Juliet' by William Shakespeare, written over 400 years ago. This play is divided into five acts, like chapters in a book. I've prepared a short summary for each act. In this episode, we'll focus on Acts 1, 2, and 3, and in our next session, we'll continue with Acts 4 and 5.
In the play, Shakespeare explored important things like love, family, and problems that were important back then and still matter to people today.
Now, let's start with the first three acts of this classic story.
[Act 1 - A Tale of Two Families]
Okay, picture this: we're in a lovely place called Verona, Italy. There are two big families there, the Montagues and the Capulets, and they don't get along.
But guess what? A young guy named Romeo, from the Montague family, and a girl named Juliet, from the Capulet family, meet at a fancy party and fall in love, unaware of the enmity between their families.
And so Act 1 ends with a big surprise. Romeo and Juliet find out who each other really is. This is a big shock because they're from enemy families. This surprise begins a sad and complicated story with many problems that happen next.
[Act 2 - Balcony Magic]
In Act 2, the story becomes more romantic. Romeo sneaks into Juliet's garden, and they talk from her balcony.
They declare their love and plan a hidden wedding with the help of Juliet's Nurse.
Tybalt, who is Juliet's cousin, challenges Romeo to a fight. This happens because Tybalt is angry with Romeo. Their clash is a significant moment in the story.
As a result, the Prince banishes Romeo from Verona. The act concludes with Romeo and Juliet apart, encountering fresh difficulties, and their secret marriage adding more complexity to their love tale.
[Act 3 - Trouble in Town]
In Act 3, things get even more intense. Tybalt, who is Juliet's cousin, wants to get back at Romeo, and this leads to a big fight with Mercutio, which sadly ends in Mercutio getting hurt very badly.
Romeo is very sad about Mercutio and gets into a fight with Tybalt, which results in Tybalt's death. Because of this, Romeo has to leave Verona. Things are getting really tough for Romeo and Juliet because they can't be together.
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#274 Stress-Free English Learning and Healthy Living Tips
Hey there, everyone! If you're new here, welcome to our podcast family! 🎙️
I'm Georgiana, your English teacher, and a language learner just like you. I believe that learning should be fun and easy.
With my exclusive method I've helped many people worldwide speak English fluently without using grammar or textbooks.
Yes, you heard that correctly! It's time to say goodbye to those boring grammar books.
How can you do it? Well, I'll tell you a short story twice, and each time, I'll change the tense or whether it's singular or plural. This way, you can learn by comparing these changes in the context of the story.
But first, our main topic today is stress management because, let's admit it – learning a new language can be quite overwhelming.
Don't worry, I'm here to help. I'm going to share some really helpful tips to make learning a new language less stressful.
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Ok, let's start with some useful tips on how to manage stress:
#1 Breathe deeply: When stressed, pause and focus on your breath. Inhale slowly through your nose, letting your lungs fill with air, and then exhale slowly through your mouth. This simple breathing exercise can quickly calm your nerves and help you relax.
#2 Stay Organized: Try making a list to manage your tasks and reduce stress. Write down what you need to do, prioritizing the most important things. This organized approach helps you use your time and resources effectively.
#3 Exercise Regularly: Physical activity is a great stress reliever. Make it a habit to move your body regularly. You don't need intense workouts; even a short walk or simple stretches can make a big difference. Exercise releases endorphins, which naturally boost your mood and reduce stress.
#4 Talk to Someone: Sharing your worries with someone you trust can be really helpful. Reach out to a friend, family member, or teacher. A supportive conversation can give you emotional relief and a fresh perspective on your stress.
#5 Get Good Sleep: Try getting 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night. Sleep is crucial for your physical and mental well-being. It allows your body and mind to recover, making it easier to handle stress when you're well-rested.
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#273 Healthy Lifestyle - Sleep
Today, we're discussing our precious hours in bed every night, and why it's important to get a good amount of sleep. And with a mini-story, you will practice your English speaking.
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I remember a time when I constantly felt tired. I'd drag myself through the day, feeling like I was two steps behind. I thought, "Maybe it's just how life is."
But, one day, I looked at my nighttime habits and realized I wasn't giving my body the rest it needed. And trust me, once I made a few changes, everything transformed. I felt alive and happier, and everything just became easier. I want that for all of you, too. So, let's dive in!
Why are restful nights crucial?
1. Recharge your body and mind. During those quiet hours, your body and mind reset. Imagine it like charging a phone. When you wake up, you're ready to go!
2. Better mood. Getting enough rest can make you happier and less irritable. When we're tired, everything seems harder.
3. Helps with memory. Rest can sharpen your memory. This is essential for students and those with busy jobs.
4. Keeps you strong. Getting a good night's sleep helps your body stay healthy, and you might not get sick as much.
Knowing this, how can we make the most of our nights?
1. Set a routine. Try to go to bed at a similar time every night. This creates a rhythm for your body.
2. Peaceful surroundings. Ensure your room is dark and silent. This signals to your brain that it's time to wind down.
3. Avoid screens. Put electronics away at least one hour before you head to bed. Their light can disturb your natural rhythms.
4. Comfort is key. A comfy bed, the perfect pillow, and a cozy blanket can really make a difference.
5. Relax before bedtime. Read, listen to soothing music, or enjoy a warm bath. These activities can help you unwind.
Sometimes it's hard to get 8 hours of sleep. But remember, it's about quality over quantity. Six hours of good, solid rest can be better than eight hours of tossing and turning.
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This podcast is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to take their English skills to the next level. Georgiana speaks at the perfect speed, with absolute clarity. Her passion for the language shines through. Listening to her feels like sitting with a lovely friend. You’ll be surprised at how much you learn because Georgiana is full of interesting ideas and is never boring! As an American English teacher, I am grateful to be able to recommend this podcast to students.
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