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Students Enjoy Cinema Grand Opening

Grand Opening Cinema
Grand Opening Cinema

Learning English with Movies at the Learn It Town Cinema. This is what we did in our class today. We built a cinema and then watched the movie Frozen. It was business English class. The students picked 5 movies for our opening. We created everything! Good job! Congratulations on your excellent business planning and Grand Opening of the Cinema!

Students enjoy watching the movie together.
Students enjoy watching the movie together.

To join us go to the store and sign up! We will love to see you in Learn It Town. www.learnittown.com

Students gather from all over the world for the Grand Opening of the Cinema
Students gather from all over the world for the Grand Opening of the Cinema

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

HOW A FISH SELLER BECAME A MILLIONAIRE IN FEW SECONDS

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

β€” 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).

My friend Vitaly’s adventures

It happened to my friend Vitaly in 1982. We were in the second grade at that time. Once he was coming back home from school. It was the lunch time, so there were not many people outside.

Suddenly Vitaly felt that somebody was following and watching him. He carefully turned back and noticed a man. After a while, almost near his building, my friend turned back again and noticed the same man going right after him.

Frightened, Vitaly started to run towards his porch. The man rushed after him. Happily, the rascal tripped on the porch because he hadn’t noticed a small step.

Vitaly literally flew on his fifth floor, where their apartment was, but the man was about two or three floors down. My friend took away his key, opened the door very quickly and closed the door right before the rascal’s nose.

My friend’s heart was pounding at breakneck speed. He clung to the door with his back and was leaning at it till somebody knocked. Vitaly turned and started watching outside through the peephole. No doubt, it was that man. He was looking worried but confidently said, ‘Open the door’, and jerked the doorknob.

‘What to do?!?!’, anxiously thought my friend. At that time ordinary people didn’t have telephones and mobile phones hadn’t been invented yet. In a second a decision came to his mind. He ran to the kitchen, grabbed a fork, tied it to a thread and started to lower the fork down using it as a plummet. At the forth floor level he started to swing the fork, so it scratched and hit the window glass. A woman living in that apartment heard the noise and opened her window. She was beginning to rant but stopped having seen my friend’s face.

‘What happened?’, she asked. Vitaly told her about the man at his door. The woman seemed not believing him!!! But Vitaly pleaded with her to help him almost crying. The woman reluctantly promised to watch what was happening in the hall. After 5 minutes she knocked at Vitaly’s door, he saw her through the peephole and opened the door. She said she hadn’t seen anybody in the hall and was still angry at my friend. But Vitaly pointed at some wooden debris on the floor and the woman realized she was wrong. Being the cleaner of the stairway she couldn’t permit such a mess. Moreover, she had cleaned it some hours ago!

Feeling safely Vitaly went to his bedroom, changed his clothes and started watching TV. It was almost the end of a program named ‘In the animal’s world – one of a few interesting programs on Soviet television those days. The anchorman and the narrator was the same interesting guy. He always told fascinating stories about different critters on the Earth.

When Vitaly was telling me his story, I recalled that day and remembered that I had also been watching that program that day and been totally unaware that at the same time something strange had been happening to my closest friend…

Something that made me very proud of myself

AFTER

Finally I was able to use my English skills in my job and you are wondering how? Well let me tell you about this experience that has been great for me.

As many of you know, I’m the person in charge of a workshop for a graphics company that works anything and everything related to the advertising. One of the things that we usually do is to organise special events for local institutions.

This week it took place in an instituional building of my city a special meeting of UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) and the participants came from all over the world. So I had to organize a welcome desk in the hall of the palace where I had to register people and create a special pass that allowed them to get into every room of the building.

By sitting in a chair in front of a PC with a webcam, I had to ask for their passports or ID cards, take a picture of each of them and givethem extra information about the meeting. They were from the Nederlansd, Switzerland, Germany, Great Britain, Belgium, Montenegro, Qatar, Nigeria, Japan, Mexico, Brazil and more. I thought about all of you, and all the things that I have learned thanks to you. It has been unbelievable!!!

Let me conclude this story by saying that I didn’t earn any extra money for this, but I earned something more precious. What? A deep confidence in my English skills. All of this isl thanks to you

Many thanks.
Gianni (Italy)

BEFORE

Finally I could use my English skills in my job and you are wondering how? Well let me tell you this experience that has been great for me.

As many of you know, I’m the person in charge of a workshop for a graphics company that works with all the things related to the advertising. One of the things that we usually do is to organise special events for local institutions.

This week it took place in an instituional building of my city a special meeting of UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) and the partecipants of it came from all over the world. So I had to organize a welcoming desk into the hall of the palace where I had to register them and create a special pass that allowed them to get into every rooms of the building. By sitting in a chair in front of pc with a webcam, I had to ask for their passports or ID cards, took a picture for each of them and gave extra information for the meeting. They were from Nederland, Swiss, Germany, Great Britain, Belgium, Montenegro, Qatar, Nigeria, Japan, Mexico, Brazil and so on and on. I thought about all of you, all the things that I learned thanks to you. It was unbelievable!!!
Let me conclude this story by saying that I didn’t earn any extra money for this but I earned something more precious, what? A deep confidence with my English skills and all thanks to you
(please correct all my mistakes)
Many thanks
Gianni (Italy)

Mapped: The crazy relationships among European languages

Mapped: The crazy relationships among European languages

THE IDIOM, β€œIt’s all Greek to me,” finally makes sense. It has a comparatively large lexical distance from other European languages!

This map is a visual representation of how far apart European languages are when comparing differences in their overall vocabulary. Take a look to better understand how many people speak each language, which group it belongs to, and how different it is from the languages of neighboring countries.

Also, check out the original post at Etymologikon for more details on this study.

originally posted at http://matadornetwork.com/abroad/mapped-crazy-relationships-among-european-languauges/