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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?


from Oxford Dictionaries

Cat Idioms

Curiosity killed the cat

As the conclusion on a coroner’s report, this might be less than convincing – curiosity would have had to wipe out all nine lives of a cat, for starters – but idiomatically, it is of more use. The expression is a warning that being too inquisitive is likely to get you into trouble. It should also be heeded by any cats wandering around Mars.

No room to swing a cat

When I’m organizing my living arrangements, my primary concerns run along the lines of “Are there enough cupboards in the kitchen?” or “Is there room for fourteen bookcases?” Swinging cats seems to be me a singularly profitless use of time, but (it turns out) this expression – which simply denotes a confined space – refers to cat in the sense of cat-o’-nine-tails – that is, a whip once commonly used by sailors.

Has the cat got your tongue?

This idiomatic question – posed to someone remaining silent when they should be speaking – is one of those which, if you think about it, is rather more unpleasant than you might imagine. Also in this category: ‘touched a raw nerve’ and ‘keep your eyes peeled’. Sorry for making you wince.

Like a cat on a hot tin roof

A wonderfully evocative image, this simile is used to express agitation or anxiety. In British-English, a variant is like a cat on hot bricks. It also, of course, gave rise to the Pulitzer-prizewinning Tennessee Williams play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955).

[Put the] cat among the pigeons

As well as being the title of an Agatha Christie novel, this British-English idiom is used to describe saying or doing something controversial – indeed, something (to continue the ornithological trope) that is likely to ruffle feathers. Having spent time in pigeon-filled parks, I don’t fancy the chances of the average moggy against a flock of pigeons. Most of the felines of my acquaintance would far rather have a gentle nap than rage against the flying of the birds.


I’m more nervous than a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs (my favorite).