The Burning House

shoes-69682_640Have you ever been asked  “If your house was burning, what would you take with you?

A photography website has used this prompt to portray the most important things in life for us.  People from all around the world have taken part. It’s a difficult question. It should be small enough to carry, quick to find, a small amount of things, too… What to go for? Something precious, valuable, practical?

If you are a language learner and would like to explore this topic, I suggest these activities:

1. Before you see the pictures, answer the question yourself. What would you take with you? Why? Next, click on the Photography Blogger website and see if there’s anyone who would have chosen the same things as you. You can also have a look on tumblr

2. Wild guessing. Have a look at the collections. Before you read the owner’s profile try to answer these  questions: Who do you think the owner is? Do the objects say anything about what they might do for a living or their hobbies? Afterwards, find out if you were right.

3. Answer the question yourself. “If your house was burning, what would you take with you? Leave a reply and share your thoughts. I also invite you to share your opinions, videos and articles on Twitter. All you have to do is tweet your opinion followed by #one_click. For more information on how to use twitter and the hashtag #one_click go to:

Do you need some help with language? For revising conditional sentences go to ESL Test.

 ”The Burning House is an eye-opening pictorial meditation on materialism;

an in-depth, intensely personal interview contained in a single question;

a revealing window into the human heart.”

Quote from Photography Blogger


The Most Beautiful Sounds in the World

If you were to say which was the most beautiful sound in the world, what would you choose?

A baby giggling, or the sound of streams and rivers are just a couple of examples that could be listed among the most beautiful, indeed. If you would like to test your vocabulary of sounds and noises you can have a look at the following two links, which have interesting interactive games to learn verbs that describe sounds that people make: The Sound Monster Interactive GameSounds that people make. Game. Also, you will find extra practice of vocabulary and some grammar that can help you describe more easily how you feel about certain sounds here: Describing Sounds BBC Learning English

To find out which really is the most beautiful sound in the world, sound expert Julian Treasure created a competition where people recorded and submitted what they thought were the most pleasant sounds. The winning entry was the sound of a swamp with frogs singing. Before you listen, can you imagine what that might sound like? Would you say frogs produce a nice sound? Click below to  find out. What do you think?

By clicking on Beautiful Now you will hear samples of some other sounds that were submitted. Which one do you like?

Below you can listen to Julian Treasure interviewing Marc Anderson, who submitted the winning entry. They talk about where the sound was recorded and what makes sound sometimes more reliable than photos. There are four listening comprehension questions below which go from minute 0.00 to minute 4.00.

How does Julian Treasure describe the sound of the swamp? What struck him about it?

Why did Marc choose that sound in particular?

In what ways does he describe sound is more telling than a photo?

Why is sound more truthful at times than a photo?

After listening to these beautiful sounds here is an article which lists the most annoying sounds. The 10 most Annoying Sounds

If you would like to share your feelings and opinions about this, go ahead and post your comment. Is there any sound that you find pleasant or annoying that you hear very often? What do you like to listen to when you need to relax or concentrate?

Also, by using the hashtag #oneclick we can discuss on twitter. Not only can you say what you think, but you can also share links to videos, news items and other blog posts about the topic.

While travelling. Part 2

‪中文(香港)‬: 港鐵西鐵綫列車車門 ‪中文(香港)‬: Train doors ...

‪中文(香港)‬: 港鐵西鐵綫列車車門 ‪中文(香港)‬: Train doors of MTR West Rail Line train (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just as the previous post was an actual story which took place  a couple of days ago, this one is about an imaginary situation at a train station.

Before you read the whole story, guess what was preventing the train doors from closing. Next, read and enjoy. It’s very witty, indeed.

Inside Chennai Central Station, India

Inside Chennai Central Station, India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)