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00:05 

How to Hire Fake Friends and Family

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In Japan, you can pay an actor to impersonate your relative, spouse, coworker, or any kind of acquaintance.

Money may not be able to buy love, but here in Japan, it can certainly buy the appearance of love—and appearance, as the dapper Ishii Yuichi insists, is everything. As a man whose business involves becoming other people, Yuichi would know. The handsome and charming 36-year-old is on call to be your best friend, your husband, your father, or even a mourner at your funeral.

His 8-year-old company, Family Romance, provides professional actors to fill any role in the personal lives of clients. With a burgeoning staff of 800 or so actors, ranging from infants to the elderly, the organization prides itself on being able to provide a surrogate for almost any conceivable situation.

Yuichi believes that Family Romance helps people cope with unbearable absences or perceived deficiencies in their lives. In an increasingly isolated and entitled society, the CEO predicts the exponential growth of his business and others like it, as à la carte human interaction becomes the new norm.

I sat down recently with Yuichi in a café on the outskirts of Tokyo, to discuss his business and what it means to be, in the words of his company motto, “more than real.”

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@темы: links, Relationship, Reading, Family, English, Discussion points, Advanced

23:42 

The Last Conversation You’ll Ever Need to Have About Eating Right

статья большая, но все же))
можно использовать для обсуждения темы в классе, источника лексики, да и просто для чтения

Mark Bittman and doctor David L. Katz patiently answer pretty muchevery question we could think of about healthy food.

By MARKBITTMAN and DAVIDL. KATZ

Raw tomatoes or cooked tomatoes? Our metabolism can more easily access the antioxidant that makes tomatoes red when they’re cooked than when they’re raw.

It’s beyond strange that so many humans are clueless about how they should feed themselves. Every wild species on the planet knows how to do it; presumably ours did, too, before our oversized brains found new ways to complicate things. Now, we’re the only species that can be baffled about the “right” way to eat.

Really, we know how we should eat, but that understanding is continually undermined by hyperbolic headlines, internet echo chambers, and predatory profiteers all too happy topeddle purposefully addictive junk food and nutrition-limiting faddiets. Eating well remains difficult not because it’s complicated but because the choices are hard even when they’re clear.

With that in mind, we offered friends, readers, and anyone else we encountered one simple request: Ask us anything at all about diet and nutrition and we will give you an answer that is grounded in real scientific consensus, with no “healthy-ish” chit-chat, nary amention of “wellness,” and no goal other than to cut through all the noise and help everyone see how simple it is to eat well.

Here, then, are the exhaustively assembled, thoroughly researched, meticulously detailed answers to any and all of your dietary questions.

Just tell me. Ethical concerns aside, which diet is the best: vegan, vegetarian, or omnivorous?

We don’t know, because the study to prove that any one diet is “best” for human health hasn’t been done, and probably can’t be. So, for our health, the “best” diet is a theme: an emphasison vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, andplain water for thirst. That can be with or without seafood; with or without dairy; with or without eggs; with or without some meat; high or low in total fat.

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@темы: links, Reading, Food&Cooking, English, Discussion points, Advanced

23:50 

для любителей современной прозы

Журнал New Yorker в разделе Fiction регулярно публикует рассказы современных авторов, доступ свободный.
рассказы так же начитаны и их можно прослушать
www.newyorker.com/magazine/fiction

@темы: Reading, Listening, English, links

23:59 

Links - Fashion (+Clothes)

Listening
listenaminute.com/f/fashion.html +пара заданий
www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/news... +pdf
www.trainyouraccent.com/a-fashion.htm +points to discuss
efl-resource.com/materials/topic-based-esl-mate... - 1 аудио+1 видео

Speaking
esldiscussions.com/f/fashion.html
www.dailyesl.com/clothing.htm +listening/vocabulary/reading
efl-resource.com/materials/topic-based-esl-mate... - 20 вопросов

Reading
www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/news...

Exercises
elt.oup.com/student/englishfile/upperint/f_idio...
www.esl-lab.com/eslbasic/clothing-fashion-1.htm
www.esl-lab.com/clothing/clothingrd1.htm
learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/word-street/...
www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/quiz...

Fashion - articles
www.menfashionhub.com/p/tag/clothing-collocatio...
www.bbc.co.uk/search?v2=true&q=fashion

Vocabulary
www.esl-lab.com/vocab/v-fashion.htm (Easy)+exercise

Fashion - style of dressing, etc. popular at a particular time
ADJ.
| current, latest, modern, new | growing | changing, passing - changing fashions in education This theory, though recent, is more than a passing fashion.
| high - The store sells everything from sports clothes to high fashion.
| designer - the influence of Italian designer fashion on the clothes industry
| female, street, youth | architectural, cultural, intellectual
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Устойчивые выражения
A feather in one's cap
À la mode
A stitch in time saves nine
A wolf in sheep's clothing
Bee in your bonnet
Belt and braces
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@темы: videos, links, Vocabulary, Reading, Fashion, English, ESL, Discussion points, Clothes

21:34 

Talking Points

Talking Points
небольшие тексты на разные темы с упражнениями (всего 83)
www.englishclub.com/esl-forums/viewforum.php?f=...

Talking Point Worksheets
материалы к текстам
edition.tefl.net/category/talking-point/
"A range of discussion-based worksheets by Liz Regan - all available for free download. Each worksheet is accompanied by handy Teacher's Notes with answers. You can use these worksheets in conjunction with the EnglishClub Talking Point Discussion and Talking Point Homework forums, which your students can find easily from the Talking Point icon on the EnglishClub home page (см. ссылку выше)."

@темы: Discussion points, ESL, English, Reading, Vocabulary, links

21:58 

Карта книжных путешествий

THE OBSESSIVELY DETAILED MAP OF AMERICAN LITERATURE'S MOST EPIC ROAD TRIPS

Любителям литературы посвящается)

Подробная интерактивная карта с указанием маршрутов известных книг. В списке:
On the Road, Jack Kerouac
The Cruise of the Rolling Junk, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Roughing It, Mark Twain
Travels with Charley, John Steinbeck
Wild, Cheryl Strayed
Rolling Nowhere: Riding the Rails With America's Hoboes, Ted Conover
A Walk Across America, Peter Jenkins
Cross Country: Fifteen Years and 90,000 Miles on the Roads and Interstates of America with Lewis and Clark, Robert Sullivan
The Lost Continent, Bill Bryson
Blue Highways: A Journey into America, William Least Heat Moon
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Tom Wolfe

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@темы: English, Reading

14:42 

100 speeches

www.americanrhetoric.com/top100speechesall.html

THE TOP 100 SPEECHES is an index to and substantial database of full text transcriptions of the 100 most significant American political speeches of the 20th century, according to a list compiled by Professors Stephen E. Lucas and Martin J. Medhurst. Dr. Lucas is Evjue-Bascom Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Dr. Medhurst is Distinguished Professor of Rhetoric and Communication at Baylor University (Texas). 137 leading scholars of American public address were asked to recommend speeches on the basis of social and political impact, and rhetorical artistry.
Sections:
Speech Bank
Top 100 Speeches
Rhetorical Literacy
Obama Speeches
Movie Speeches
Figures in Sound
Christian Rhetoric
Rhetoric of 9-11
News & Info

@темы: Listening, Reading, English, links

12:23 

Funny Puns, Jokes, and one-liners

Pun of the Day - Funny Puns, Jokes, and one-liners
www.punoftheday.com/cgi-bin/disppuns.pl?ord=F&c...

@темы: English, Reading, links

13:51 

"Lamb to the Slaughter" by Roald Dahl (1916-1990)

Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl (1916-1990)

Word Count: 3899

The room was warm and clean, the curtains drawn, the two table lamps alight-hers and the one by the empty chair opposite. On the sideboard behind her, two tall glasses, soda water, whiskey. Fresh ice cubes in the Thermos bucket.

Mary Maloney was waiting for her husband to come him from work.

Now and again she would glance up at the clock, but without anxiety, merely to please herself with the thought that each minute gone by made it nearer the time when he would come. There was a slow smiling air about her, and about everything she did. The drop of a head as she bent over her sewing was curiously tranquil. Her skin -for this was her sixth month with child-had acquired a wonderful translucent quality, the mouth was soft, and the eyes, with their new placid look, seemed larger darker than before. When the clock said ten minutes to five, she began to listen, and a few moments later, punctually as always, she heard the tires on the gravel outside, and the car door slamming, the footsteps passing the window, the key turning in the lock. She laid aside her sewing, stood up, and went forward to kiss him as he came in.

"Hullo darling," she said.

"Hullo darling," he answered.

She took his coat and hung it in the closer. Then she walked over and made the drinks, a strongish one for him, a weak one for herself; and soon she was back again in her chair with the sewing, and he in the other, opposite, holding the tall glass with both hands, rocking it so the ice cubes tinkled against the side.

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@темы: Reading, English

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