Learn Idioms with James Bond – You Only Live Twice!

Here’s the first video for the novel ‘You Only Live Twice’ by Ian Fleming. The James Bond novels have a lot of idioms and they’re not that easy. So Tikhon and I devoted this video only to idioms. They’re so much fun to use of you can understand them, so I think it’s well worth trying them out.

Also we’ve added a practice/review section so that you can go over some of these difficult phrases and try to remember them better.

Happy practicing!!

❤ BD Bear x x

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April 3, 2014 · 6:03 pm

James Bond – You Only Live Twice. Book Disucssion for April 2014

“Do you expect me to talk?”

“No Mr. Bond, I expect you to read!”

Ian Flemming’s classic comes to Book Discussion! Tikhon and I recreated a classic Bond moment to get you in the mood for reading this April!

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March 29, 2014 · 2:51 pm

Book Discussion – Get Inspired! My Favourite Books #2 – Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence

Feel like you want to read in English but can’t motivate yourself? Here’s something to inspire you! Katya talks about her favourite book, Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence, how it helped her to get to know England and how it helped her develop her understanding of human nature and different personalities.
We also pick out and teach a few interesting words and phrases from the novel to get you excited about the interesting and amusing bits of language you can learn from books.
It’s never too late to get on board and join the Great Book Discussion!

❤ BD Bear x x

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March 27, 2014 · 12:32 pm

MAUS and Schindler’s List – Comparison

This time my friend Polina and I discuss two pieces of art that have the same theme, The Holocaust. We talk about why this is such an important topic to study, how it’s relevant to everyone’s lives and look at some useful phrases for comparing things.

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March 23, 2014 · 3:58 pm

Quotes on Fridays – MAUS

“Friends? Your friends? If you lock them together in a room with no food for a week…Then you could see what it is, friends! …” – MAUS I by Art Spiegelman

This quote from MAUS reminds me of Samuel Beckett’s play ‘No Exit’ where the characters realise they are locked in a room together forever. Even though they are friends they soon realise that this situation is hell. Art’s father Vladek has the same thought, that same dark realisation about human nature.  In our modern comfortable lives its really easy to forget that we are animals to our very core. Remove us from food or rest or shelter and we will very quickly show our animal nature. Survival is not an idea, it is an instinct.

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March 8, 2014 · 11:24 am

My Favourite Words – Vocabulary Lesson – The Bookseller of Kabul

Today Tikhon and I have picked out our favourite words from The Bookseller of Kabul. We try to explain the meaning of the words to you in this video.

You can learn lots of great words from the books you read, I hope this video inspires you to make a list of your own favourite words from this book, or any book that you’ve read.

Trying to explain the words you have learned to other people can help you retain them better in your own memory.

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February 26, 2014 · 7:44 pm

Introduction to Discussing Comics – Prepare for MAUS!

A great little discussion about comics to get you all in the mood for March’s Book Discussion of The Complete MAUS!

Vova has some interesting things to say about comics that he likes, why comics are useful for learning and how comics have changed his life!

Get involved! Send in your questions for Vova about Comics in the comments below!


BD Bear x x

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February 25, 2014 · 9:42 pm