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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Activism Needs Introverts
Mar31

Activism Needs Introverts

Today’s TED video lesson is about activism and personality. Many people think that if you want to change the world, you need to be outgoing – in other words, an extrovert. But is that really true? Isn’t it possible that the world could be changed by introverts? In this TED video, Sarah Corbett argues just that point. The Video   Vocabulary Activism /ˈaktɪvɪz(ə)m/ – noun – the...

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Why Do Cats Act So Weird?
Mar08

Why Do Cats Act So Weird?

Around the world, people keep pets for many reasons. One of the most popular pets is the common house cat. They are so cute that even people who don’t want to own a pet cat will watch hours of funny cat videos on YouTube! But what is it that makes them cute? What makes them funny? In this TED video, you will find out:   Listening Let’s go back to the beginning of the video. We are going to do a gap-fill exercise....

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Bitcoin: The Future of Money
Dec29

Bitcoin: The Future of Money

Everyone is talking about Bitcoin these days, and for good reason. For nearly a decade, it has been quietly revolutionizing money, and most experts think that it will continue to do so in the future. In this fascinating TED talk, Neha Narula talks about the blockchain and what it means for all of us.   Vocabulary Let’s look at the video closely. At 06:36, Narula says: Cryptocurrencies are the first step of this...

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