Category Archives: English as a Second Language

Learn It Town Students Write Christmas Lists

Christmas time is here. Learn It Town students live across the world from each other. So in this class, students wrote out their virtual Christmas list. They wrote what they would want to give their friends from around the world. They set their own budgets. Here are a few.

Tina (Netherlands)

Budget is 100 euros totally….   Actually everyone get e special book they have choosed

1. Book, price= 20.- euro, buy it in a bookshop or internet

2. Scarf of cashmire 40.- euro buy it in a shop for accessory.

3. Fashion dress shirt 40.- euro, buy it in a exclusive man shop.

Andreas (Germany)

for Rose:
big bunch of red roses to say thank you for being such a wonderful person
cost: 50 USD
imported from Thailand

for Laura, Tina, Rose and me:
I will cook for us all….eating and drinking international in a group of old friends :)
cost: 200 USD
international and handmade/self cooked

Lowri (United States)

Andreas – Running shoes – ASICS Men’s GEL – Kayno 20 Running Shoe – (Knee protector)  – Retails for $81.07   – Sale $50
Produced in Kobe, Japan by Onitsuka Co. Ltd

Rose – $50 gift certificate to  – so she can download sheet music

Tina Toshi – Tickets to the Rotterdam International Film Festival Jan 21 – Feb 1
Make sure she goes to the Workshop Make your own propaganda film
Closing night film in Grote Zaal in de Doelen, followed by a spectacularly closing party Total $50 with a Plus 1
Screenings are $2 a ticket



Synthetic Ice Cream Parlor in London

Synthetic Ice Cream Parlor in London with Nova Kenyon
Synthetic Ice Cream Parlor in London with Nova Kenyon

Improvisation with Nova Kenyan –


Today a special ice cream parlor has opened in the center of London. They sell ice creams like this one in the picture. What is special in it? It does NOT contain any milk, sugar, eggs or fruits. These unique ice creams are made only synthetically from chemicals which are harmless to people. Even the banana, the strawberry, the cherry or the peanuts are not real fruits, they are specially formed and colored. In spite of the fact that they do not contain any natural ingredients, they have similar or even better taste than traditional ice creams. Furthermore, these desserts have less calories and do NOT contain any allergens, even lactose-intolerant customers and people with food allergies can eat them.

for LIT News, by Leslie Laci Coy, London, UK

— with Rinat Gilyazetdinov, Nova Kenyon and Toma Spot.



How a Fish Seller became a Millionaire in a Few Seconds

Improvisation - How a Fish Seller became a Millionaire in a Few Seconds
Improvisation – How a Fish Seller became a Millionaire in a Few Seconds

Improvisation with Nova Kenyon in Learn It Town


A fish seller in the seafood market in a suburban area of New York city was surprised when he cleaned a fresh salmon’s innards. His special extra sharp ceramic knife was chipped on something when he cut the bottom of the fish. After examination, he found a more than 7 carat diamond ring in the innards of the fish. The estimated price of the ring is around one million dollars. The lucky salesman showed us the salmon that brought him this extraordinary gift. Beside selling this fish, he is planning to sell the diamond ring, too. With the money he will get for the ring, he wants to buy a seafood shop in the center of the city.

For a long interview with this lucky man watch the video on our website,
for LIT News, Leslie Laci Coy, New York

— with Rinat Gilyazetdinov, Fictive Millionaire, Nova Kenyon, Alex Kachok and Toma Spot.

My story from Nova Kenyon’s improvisation class..

Leslie Laci Coy's story from Nova Kenyon's improvisation class
Leslie Laci Coy’s story from Nova Kenyon’s improvisation class

By Leslie Laci Coy (Slovakia)

This story happened when there was full moon on the Halloween night. A little girl, whose name was Jenny, after a long and tiring night of trick-or-treating with her friends went home, fell into her bed and started sleeping right away.

She slept very deeply, but on the dawn she suddenly woke up and saw two ugly hands of a monster under her cozy bed (1st picture).

The monster crawled out and looked at the girl. When it saw that the girl was nice and polite, it changed its form into a small friendly boy and said: “Jenny, sorry for scaring you, I mixed up the addresses, wanted to appear in other child’s room”.

The boy bade the girl goodbye and went out of Jenny’s house to find the right house where the naughty kid lives (2nd picture).

Learn It Town ESL Vocal Warm Ups

by Laura Jeffcoat

Before speaking, it is always good to warm up your mouth and tongue. Before you begin a class, try these vocal warm ups.

ESL and Theater Vocal Warm Ups

  • If you saw a Pink Pug Puppy Playing Ping Pong with a Pig
    or a Great Gray Goose a Golfing with a Goat
    Would you think it half as funny…
  • Trinidad!
    And the big Mississippi
    and the town Honolulu
    and the lake Titicaca,
    the Popocatepetl is not in Canada,
    rather in Mexico, Mexico, Mexico!
    Canada, Málaga, Rimini, Brindisi
    Canada, Málaga, Rimini, Brindisi
    Yes, Tibet, Tibet, Tibet, Tibet,
    Nagasaki! Yokohama!
    Nagasaki! Yokohama!
  • Red letter, yellow letter
  • Red leather, yellow leather
  • Good blood, bad blood
  • Eleven benevolent elephants
  • Teaching ghosts to sing
  • The big, black-backed (backT) bumblebee
  • A critical cricket critic
  • Selfish shellfish
  • Really rural
  • Unique New York
  • The tip of the tongue, the lips, the teeth
  • To titillate your tastebuds, we’ve got these tasty tidbits
  • Toy boat, toy boat, toy boat
  • Beep, bip, deep, dip, reap, rip, sheep, ship

Tongue Twisters

  • Around the rugged rocks the ragged rascals ran.
  • I slit a sheet, a sheet I slit, upon a slitted sheet I sit.
  • The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick.
  • How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
  • A canner can can anything that he can, but a canner can’t can a can, can he?
  • I’m a mother pheasant plucker. I pluck mother pheasants.
  • I’m the most pleasant mother pheasant plucker who ever plucked a mother pheasant.
  • One One was a racehorse. Two Two was one, too.
  • When One One won one race, Two Two won one, too.
  • Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepper.
    Did Peter Piper pick a peck of pickled peppers?
    If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
    Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
  • Sally sells sea shells by the sea shore. But if Sally sells sea shells by the sea shore then where are the sea shells Sally sells?