Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator, by Tim Urban
Jun08

Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator, by Tim Urban

Today we’re going to look at one of the most popular TED videos of all time, called Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator. It was given a few years ago by Tim Urban, and I think it’s a really funny and interesting video. It’s pretty simple to understand, so jump right in and let’s learn! Vocabulary First of all, let’s look at some vocabulary. Vocabulary for Tim Urban’s TED Talk from David Wills...

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Quitting Social Media
May18

Quitting Social Media

Are you a social media addict? In the 21st century, it seems that most of us are addicted to our smartphones. More than a billion people use Facebook, and hundreds of millions more are glued to Twitter, Instagram, and WeChat. Social media is everywhere but is it damaging our lives? Some people say yes; others say no. Dr. Cal Newport reckons that staying off social media is beneficial for a number of reasons. Watch and Listen...

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Architecture That’s Built to Heal
May09

Architecture That’s Built to Heal

Today’s TED talk is located at the junction between architecture and society. It is a question of race and building. Could the design of a building help heal racial wounds that go back centuries? Michael Murphy thinks so. In his 2016 lecture, he tells a fascinating story of how working on a house helped save his father’s life, and how that led Michael to a career in architecture that has made a profound difference on lives...

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Sample Answer for Recent IELTS Writing Task 2 Question
May04

Sample Answer for Recent IELTS Writing Task 2 Question

A few months ago, this question was given in the IELTS writing task 2 exam: Some people think it is more beneficial to play sports that are played in teams, e.g. football. However, others think it is more beneficial individual sports, e.g. tennis and swimming. Discuss both views and give your own opinion. Today, I will give you my sample answer for this recent IELTS writing task 2 question, and make a few suggestions on how you can...

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30 Day IELTS Writing Challenge
Apr11

30 Day IELTS Writing Challenge

I have some exciting news. Next month, I’m going to start the 30 Day IELTS Writing Challenge¬†– a completely new feature from TED-IELTS. It is a totally FREE program for IELTS learners who want to improve their scores quickly. Think of it as as sort of boot camp: It will be the fastest, best way to get your IELTS score up towards a band 8. I will be your personal drill instructor, and I will take you up to a higher level of...

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