Learn about Count and Noncount Nouns

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Learn about Count and Noncount Nouns

Date: Jun 20 2012

Themes: Food

Grammar: Count and Noncount Nouns

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When it comes to dessert, there are plenty of tasty sweets. But on a hot day, nothing hits the spot like a big scoop of ice cream.

Ice cream seems to be popular all over the world. In Italy, gelato is popular. Some people might prefer popsicles or fruity sorbet. No matter what your preference is, there’s sure to be a tasty way for you to cool down during the summer. Hear Marni and Ella talk about ice cream.


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Ella: So, I was trying to make some ice cream the other night, but it just ended up tasting too salty. With the amount of ice cream I eat, I should learn how to make it. I just love it.

Marni: Wow, I didn’t even think about making it. I mean, there’s so many delicious flavors out there, and so many delicious options that, I don’t know, making it just seems too difficult.

Ella: Yeah, it’s not one of those things that the reward is really awesome, ‘cause you just get tired afterwards and you don’t really want to eat it. So I think I’m just gonna stick to the store.

Marni: Yeah, it seems so messy to make it. But there’s so many amazing flavors out there that are so refreshing, like mint ice cream or even like a gelato or sorbet that’s really fruity in the middle of summer when it’s so hot out. Love it.

Ella: I love coffee ice cream.

Marni: Oh yeah.

Ella: Those are my favorites.

Marni: I know. Who doesn’t like ice cream. But can you eat ice cream when it’s cold out?

Ella: Oh yeah, I don’t care. I’ll get a milkshake if it’s below zero.

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Ella tried to make ice cream, but it ended up being too salty. She says she’ll stick to the ice cream you can buy in the store from now on.

But Ella really loves ice cream. Marni agrees that it is a great dessert. She likes gelato and sorbet as well. Mint is one of Marni’s favorite flavors of ice cream. Ella prefers coffee.

One thing Marni doesn’t like is eating ice cream on a cold day. Only Ella loves ice cream enough to do that!

Do you like ice cream? What are your favorite flavors?

Learn English to get a better job in Canada

Immigrants must learn English to get a better job in Canada

Speaking English is important for Immigrants


An immigrant has to follow certain rules to receive the status of “permanent resident” of the nation. There are two official languages in Canada- English and French. An adequate knowledge of any of the two languages is important to become a “permanent resident” of the nation. Adequate knowledge refers to speaking and understanding the basics of a language.

Taking example of Quebec, in the recent past the immigrants with no knowledge have been denied arrival at Canada. This has helped them rather than hurting them as they find it easier to settle down in the new culture faster and sooner. It also gives them a better opportunity to secure a better job in the labor market which prefers English or French speaking skilled immigrants.

Some people are of the opinion that it would be unfair to force people to learn English before they can immigrate to Canada. However, one must appreciate that learning a language which is so popularly recognised across the world would only enhance the skill set of a person and even help them get the jobs they have always been looking for.

If you are thinking where to get the necessary training from then the good news is that there are plenty of training centres which train you on your language and communication skills.  One can also undergo a language assessment test to understand if their language is fit enough for immigration.

Statistics show that about 85% of the total population of Canada is English speaking. Out of the total eligible population of 33,355,400 about 252,46220 people are English speaking. Statistics also show that about 58.5% of the Canadians have English as their mother tongue, while 23.2% of Canadians have French as their mother tongue.

 The importance of learning English is before moving to Canada is evident from this statistics which shows that more than 80% of the population in Canada is English speaking.

English has almost become the official language for communication in any developed or developing country; therefore the importance of learning cannot be overemphasized not only for immigrating to Canada but for undertaking any job. This is the reason why most of the schools in developing countries have chosen English as their medium for teaching. It cannot be denied that for any competition or job an English speaking candidate has an edge over a non English speaking candidate.

English sucks…but don’t give up.

The Maple Leaf Rag

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If I say to you ‘bit by bit’, will you know what I mean? It’s the same as ‘step by step’. Want to learn English? Want to lose weight? Want to learn computer programming? Do it bit by bit, step by step. There is no other way. 

I’m trying to lose weight. I exercise every day, eat a bit less every day (I hope) and try to keep active. It’s frustrating sometimes because it doesn’t look as if I’m losing anything at all. But I am…very slowly. I could spend all day exercising but that wouldn’t last too long. I could eat a lot less but that wouldn’t work either. As a matter of fact, that would be the worst thing I could do. (Don’t ever diet to lose weight. It just makes it harder the next time you want to lose weight. Your body changes, it stores fat because it thinks you’re starving. Don’t diet….ever!)

Same thing with English. Don’t get frustrated. If you learn a word a day, you’ll have 365 new words at the end of a year. Ten words a week? That’s 520 new words by the end of a year. Do the math. It’s not impossible to fully understand 1,000 new words by the end of a year. Don’t have time? Sure you do. Keep an English dictionary in the washroom and learn five new words every time you are sitting down…get my point? 

The average educated English speaking person knows about 20,000 words. That person would use about 2,000 words in a week. (I probably know more and use more because I’m a writer. Don’t use me as an example.) Knowing that, you would only have to learn 2,000 words to be able to carry on a conversation with an English speaking person. How long would that take to do? Maybe a year, maybe less, maybe more. But, above all, it is ‘doable’. That’s a new word. If you can do something, it is ‘doable’ or able to be done. 

Lastly, I say this all the time but it bears repeating, if you can’t think of how to say something, try to think of how to say it differently. When I am writing this log, I often start to say something backwards or in a way that only an English reader would understand. That isn’t good for you guys so I try to say things another way. There are millions of English words. Anything that can be said can be said in many different ways. Don’t get hung up over one or two words. Change the words around and use something else. Go ahead. Ask me anything and I will tell you another way to say it. 

Thanks for reading! 

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Daredevil Makes History Over Niagara Falls

Daredevil Makes History Over Niagara Falls

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • generation: the period of time in which a child grows up and starts his or her own family (average 30 years)
  • headset: a sound system you wear that has earphones and a microphone
  • tightrope: a long rope or cable that is secured at both ends high above the ground
  • daredevil: a person who takes serious risks to perform entertaining stunts
  • stunt: a difficult trick that requires mental and physical training and skill
  • accomplish: to achieve a goal


Daredevil Makes History Over Niagara Falls


Nik Wallenda, a seventh generation member of the “Flying Wallendas”, made a successful  walk across the base of  over the weekend. Despite the heavy mist and winds, it took Wallenda less than 25 minutes to complete the 1500 foot tightrope walk. The performer wore a headset and spoke  to news reporters and his father as he made his way from the US to Canada. Thousands of people watched from the American and Canadian shores, while millions  to watch the stunt on TV. It took two years for the daredevil to convince both sides of the Niagara  to allow him to fulfil his childhood dream. Similar high wire walks were accomplished downstream over 100 years ago.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What famous circus family does this daredevil belong to?
  2. What were the conditions like as he walked across the tightrope?
  3. What did the performer do while he walked from the US to Canada?

Discussion Question: Nik Wallenda was wearing a safety tether because the television network that helped sponsor the walk insisted on it. How does the harness change the experience for the viewer and the performer?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub.com 
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

And The Dietary Elixir Of Youth Is…Tomatoes

And The Dietary Elixir Of Youth Is…Tomatoes!

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Tomatoes New Zealand

21 June 2012

And The Dietary Elixir Of Youth Is…Tomatoes!

Tomatoes have been hailed as a key factor in maintaining youthful-looking skin, in a scientific study released this week.

Research presented to the UK’s Royal Society of Medicine, found that eating tomatoes reduces sun damage and boosts levels of procollagen, the molecule which gives skin its structure, maintaining elasticity.

The study also found further evidence to suggest that tomato consumption can help minimise the onset of wrinkles. Volunteers, who ate tomato paste daily for a fortnight, suffered less damage to mitochondrial DNA, which is also believed to be linked to skin ageing.

The researchers credit lycopene, the natural pigment that makes tomatoes red, with providing the age defying health benefits. Leading New Zealand skincare company Trilogy has already embraced the benefits of lycopene, using extracts from tomatoes in its new Rosehip Oil Antioxidant and Tomato Seed Oil products.

Helen Barnes, Business Manager of Tomatoes New Zealand, said that the UK report backed up other global research into the nutritional benefits of tomatoes including studies by New Zealand’s Crop & Food Research.

“It’s widely known that lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that neutralises free radicals which may cause damage to cell components,” she said. “But it is very interesting to hear of tomato consumption being linked directly to increased protection against sunburn and more youthful looking skin.

“There are also many other proven health benefits of eating tomatoes. There is strong scientific evidence for a role of lycopene in reducing the incidence of prostate cancer.

“It may also help reduce the incidence of other cancers and cardiovascular diseases and play a role in eye health and is also a good source of vitamin C, fibre, folic acid, potassium and other vitamins.”

Health and beauty conscious Kiwi shoppers need look no further than New Zealand grown tomatoes to boost their lycopene intake. The Crop & Food study also identified the intense red colour, and therefore higher lycopene content, of some New Zealand grown fresh tomatoes as a point of difference over paler Australian imports.

Crop & Food also reported that consumption of the whole tomato, including skins and seeds, consumed with a little good quality oil, optimises the delivery of the potential benefits of tomatoes.

The UK research, carried out by scientists at Newcastle University, compared the skin of 20 volunteers, aged between 21 and 47, who were given 55g of standard tomato paste with 10g of olive oil every day for 12 weeks, with that of volunteers who had been given just olive oil.

The volunteers were exposed to UV rays found in sunlight at the beginning and end of the trial. The researchers found significant improvement in the skin’s ability to protect itself against UV among those who had eaten the tomato paste with the tomato-eating group having 33 per cent more protection against sunburn in the form of less redness.

Skin samples taken from groups before and after the trial showed an increase in levels of procollagen, the loss of which leads to skin ageing and lack of elasticity. There was also less damage to mitochondrial DNA in the skin.

The redder a tomato is, the sweeter it will taste. In recent years the range of tomatoes available to New Zealand consumers has grown considerably with cherry, low acid, strawberry, roma and vine-ripened tomatoes becoming increasingly popular.

For more tomato tips and healthy tomato recipes please visit www.vegetables.co.nz.

Tomatoes New Zealand background

Tomatoes New Zealand is the official organisation that represents all New Zealand commercial fresh tomatoes growers.

The fresh tomato industry has a ‘farm gate’ value of approximately $80 million, a retail value approaching $120 million, and has over 7,000 people directly dependent on it. Capital investment is estimated at $300 million in 120 hectares of greenhouses.

There are approximately 300 growers who produce approximately 40,000 tonnes of standard and specialty fresh tomatoes that have a farm gate value of $83 million per annum. This equates to a retail value of about $115 million that is split $108 million to the domestic market and $7 million to export. The principle export market is Australia and product is also exported to many Pacific island and Pacific Rim countries.

To learn more about Tomatoes New Zealand please visit www.tomatoesnz.co.nz