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Real English - learn English without studying: Fun Friday #5

Real English. We all want to speak the language so that people think you are bilingual, right? To get to that point, you have to copy native speakers. To do that, first you have to LISTEN. Fun Friday is all about learning English WITHOUT really studying. Look at the selection of real, natural English videos below. If one of them looks interesting, watch and learn. That's it - no work! It IS Friday after all! :)    

Real English Fun Friday 5

Funny animals speaking English (from the BBC)

  Some very funny conversations that animals would have if they could speak English.  

   

Steve Jobs Life Lesson

  Steve Jobs gave a speech to students graduating from university. This is a small excerpt, but an important one. There is a transcription below so that you can read what you hear.  

 

Steve Jobs Transcription

  For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumour on my pancreas. I didn't even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor's code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you'd have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.     Click here to see and read this whole speech from Steve Jobs (it's about 10 mins long)    

Secrets of the Central Line

  The Central Line on the London Underground (or TUBE) goes through Oxford Circus station right by SGI in the middle of London. A lot of the SGI students travel to and from their SGI accommodation on this line every morning. This is a real Londoner talking about some of the unusual things you can see on this Tube line.  

        YOU MAY ALSO LIKE our other Fun Friday posts, where real English (not boring textbook language) is easy to absorb...   Fun Friday 1 Fun Friday 2 Fun Friday 3 Fun Friday 4    

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