COMPOSITION

An increasing number of children are overweight which could result many problems when they grow older both in terms of their health and health care costs. Why do you think so many children are overweight? What could be done to solve this problem?

(150 to 250 words – 1 Paragraph)


READING AND LISTENING

What Did They Say? Idioms for Political Campaigns

Some people enjoy the water sport of surfing.

Many others enjoy watching those surfers riding the waves.

And still others enjoy watching when dogs ride the waves.

Dogs?

Last weekend, groups of surfers and their dogs took to the waves in the seventh “Surf City Surf Dog” competition. It took place at Huntington Dog Beach, a short drive from Los Angeles, California.

Many of the dogs surfed like experts, facing both forward and backward. Some fell off their surfboards and into the ocean. But for most at the annual competition, it was all fun and play.

A boxer named Hanzo was a crowd favorite. He has competed in the surfing competition in each of the past seven years. Eric Felland is Hanzo’s owner.

“That was a really fun, fun ride today. Really exciting to see the crowd get behind Hanzo.”

The dogs competed in four weight-class divisions. They were judged on different skills, including the length of their ride and their confidence on the surfboard. Some dogs appeared very sure in their ability to succeed. Others did not.

James Wall owns Faith, an American Pitbull Terrier. He says there are two important requirements for dog surfing.

“First the dog has to love the water, that’s one of the biggest things, and then balance. There’s various ways you can train the dog on balance. What we did was we took her to the bay area where it’s calm water, put her on a board, got her used to the balance and slowly progressed into waves. And here she is now.”

A Pitbull/American Bulldog mix named Copper competed in the surfing contest for the first time. John Daly is Copper’s owner.

“This is his first competition, but he really likes it, so we’re hoping just to kind of learn and keep coming.”

In the end, some dog surfers left with medals. But in the eyes of their owners, all of the dogs were winners.

I’m Jonathan Evans.

Source:

http://learningenglish.voanews.com/content/california-dogs-riding-the-wave/2987759.html

Audio Download

http://av.voanews.com/clips/VLE/2015/10/02/420dd376-1ff1-44e8-bc37-b1451b6bfb36.mp3

Words in This Story

annual – adj. happening once a year

confidence – n. a feeling or belief that you can do something well or succeed at something

contest – n. competition


ONLINE GRAMMAR EXERCISES

Comparison of Adjectives

https://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/adjectives-adverbs/adjectives


ENGLISH VIDEO CLASSES

Dependt Clauses

https://youtu.be/7BsBbZqwU-c


WORD OF THE WEEK

bite your tongue | hold your tongue

Meaning: If you bite your tongue, or hold your tongue, you force yourself not to say something you really want to say.

  • I wanted to tell Carlos he was being stupid, but I bit my tongue and just sat there.  
  • You’re going to have to learn to hold your tongue instead of saying whatever comes into your head.

MUSIC
imagine-dragons-remix

It’s Time – Imagine Dragons

https://youtu.be/sENM2wA_FTg

So this is what you meant

When you said that you were spent

And now it’s time to build from the bottom of the pit,

Right to the top

Don’t hold back

Packing my bags and giving the Academy a rain check

I don’t ever want to let you down

I don’t ever want to leave this town

‘Cause after all

This city never sleeps at night

It’s time to begin, isn’t it?

I get a little bit bigger but then I’ll admit

I’m just the same as I was

Now don’t you understand

That I’m never changing who I am

So this is where you fell

And I am left to sell

The path to heaven runs through miles of clouded hell

Right to the top

Don’t look back

Turning to rags and giving the commodities a rain check

I don’t ever want to let you down

I don’t ever want to leave this town

‘Cause after all

This city never sleeps at night

It’s time to begin, isn’t it?

I get a little bit bigger but then I’ll admit

I’m just the same as I was

Now don’t you understand

That I’m never changing who I am

It’s time to begin, isn’t it?

I get a little bit bigger but then I’ll admit

I’m just the same as I was

Now don’t you understand

That I’m never changing who I am

This road never looked so lonely

This house doesn’t burn down slowly

To ashes

To ashes

It’s time to begin, isn’t it?

I get a little bit bigger but then I’ll admit

I’m just the same as I was

Now don’t you understand

That I’m never changing who I am

It’s time to begin, isn’t it?

I get a little bit bigger but then I’ll admit

I’m just the same as I was

Don’t you understand

That I’m never changing who I am

Translation:

http://www.vagalume.com.br/imagine-dragons/its-time-traducao.html


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