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Readings, videos and other contents related to history, seasonal festivals and cultural facts about English speaking countries.

You too can Haiku

Haiku is a short form of poetry. It originated in Japan as the opening stanza in a longer collaborative linked poem. By the 17th century master poets began writing haiku as independent, standalone poems. These poems were often written by

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Look Who’s Laughing Now!

Let’s do an experiment. Read the two texts below and then try to answer these questions: What is each text about? Which nationalities or social groups do you think the people come from? Text 1 “My findings indicate that while

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Open ears / open minds

A colleague and I were debating the meaning of bilingualism the other day.  We were talking about the definition of it and how it applies to ourselves (both of us English speakers relocated and living in Spain) and our kids

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Reading in the Eye of Binhai

Located in the Binhai Cultural District in Tianjin, China, the five-level library covers 34,000m2 and can hold up to 1.2 million books on its undulating shelves. Designed by Dutch studio MVRDV in collaboration with the Tianjin Urban Planning and Design

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International Day of Non-Violence

Dreams can take many shapes. Some people want to travel around the world, others dream of winning the lottery. Some want to go skydiving, and others just want to learn how to make the perfect paella. Big or little, our

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