What is a bucket list?

What is a bucket list?

20 unusual bucket list ideas

A bucket list is a list of activities or things that people really want to do before they die, as depicted by Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman in the 2007 film of the same name, where two people realise their wildest dreams.

In this podcast Sue and Chris talk about a Bucket lists.

Before listening, do you know what bucket lists are?

While listening.

1. Does Sue want to swim with dolphins?

2. Where does Chris want to go for his bucket list?

3. Where does Sue say she thinks the Northern Lights are?


Listen to the podcast and try the following :

  1. First relax, sit down, close your eyes then listen to the podcast all the way through.
  2. Note down some ideas of what you expect the Podcast will be about. If needed have a look on the Internet for the keyword, ‘Bucket Lists’ to prepare yourself for the listening. 
  3. Listen to JUST Sue, ignoring Chris and try to work out globally what her questions and comments are. (you won’t understand everything, so there is no point trying at this point.)
  4. Listen to just Chris as above.
  5. Now go back and listen to Sue – take a sheet of paper, draw a line down the middle, on the left of the paper, write any ideas that you have of what Sue was talking about.
  6. Now do the same for Chris.
  7. Now listen to the podcast all the way through THEN write down any more ideas that you have about the podcast.
  8. Leave the podcast for a day or two, then come back and listen.
  9. Do you understand any more than from the first session of listening you did?
  10. How do you rate the difficulty level for you? (Too difficult at the moment / A challenge / I understand enough).
  11. When will you return to this podcast to check your listening progress?

Remember :

  1. You won’t understand everything you hear.
  2. There is a lot of regular work to do to tune your ear into Real English – you need to work on listening regularly.
  3. NEVER write notes at the same time that you are listening.
  4. ALWAYS – try to set yourself realistic objectives.
  5. REMEMBER – this is just a part of your learning and you need to be able to connect this work with your other work.
  6. This is REAL English – we don’t believe that slow, over-articulated speech prepares learners for the real world – you may be able to understand an audio extract that is spoken slowly, but what good is that if you don’t understand real people in real situations.
  7. At english-podcasts.com we want to help you to be ready for the real world – it will be difficult at first, but later you will feel the benefit – it is just pure, common sense.

 

Why not try this quiz to give you ideas as to what to put on your Bucket list.

 

 

Covid lockdown and stress; how are you coping?

Covid lockdown and stress; how are you coping?

There is no doubt that the successive lockdowns of 2020-21 have dramatically changed our daily lives on so many levels, and figures show that more people have experienced anxiety due to the social, financial and work restrictions that have been placed on us.

We took the opportunity to talk to Said, who is using his personal experience with overcoming a serious illness to pass the message about the benefits that a positive mindset can have on health outcomes.

So, we asked him to give his take on how our attitude can affect the way we have to deal with the difficulties of successive lockdowns and how we can avoid getting bogged down by the  hurdles that the pandemic has thrown at us.

While listening, listen out for these words:

to heal yourself / to cure yourself = to get better after an illness

your mindset = the way you think about problems and difficulties

“good and bad are two sides of the same coin”

“We create our own happiness”   /  “What makes you happy”. Notice that “happiness” is the noun and that “happy” is the adjective.

The tough aspects of lockdown= the difficult aspects of lockdown

To be grateful  = to appreciate the good things that we have

 If you would like to know more about Said and his wellness journey click on this link to go to his YouTube channel Wanderer Footsteps. 

 

 

Help my workplace is stressing me out

Help my workplace is stressing me out

The workplace is a very demanding, quick-paced and increasingly uncertain place in which we operate on a day-to-day basis, but does it always have to be a stressful place?.

Pressure to meet deadlines, deliverables and working with difficult people, among other factors, puts modern employees under unreasonable amounts of stress.

In fact, being constantly stressed out is so universal that many people have accepted it as unpleasant, but a way of life – it has become the norm.

While a certain amount of stress is acceptable and can actually be beneficial for you—keeping you alert and focused, helping you cope well with challenges—beyond a certain acceptable limit, stress is nothing but bad for you, if it is not channelled and managed.

Not only does it affect your mental stability but also your health, relationships, productivity at work, and overall quality of life.

People are different, so we all react differently to the same set of circumstances; something that one person may find stressful, another may regard as only mildly challenging or even normal.

How you tolerate and respond to stress depends not only on the particularities of your situation but also on what type of person you are; your natural inclinations, beliefs and behaviors.

In this podcast we look at some of the ways that workplace stress impacts people and we look at :

  • Stress trends in the 21st century
  • What stress looks like in the workplace
  • The effects of stress
  • The cost of stress
  • Is your workplace causing you stress?
How was the Covid jab for you ?

How was the Covid jab for you ?

The Covid vaccinations are being rolled out across the world and whether you agree with the vaccine or not,  the vocabulary is worth knowing.

Listen as Joyce in the UK talks about her experience. She gives a step by step account of what she had to do and how she feels about it.

Listen out for key vocabulary:

a jab

an appointment

a dummy run

to register

ushers + to be ushered

disinfect

a needle

a sore arm

side effects

a sticker 

As Joyce lives in the UK the call was recorded by Zoom, so you may hear some slight changes in sound level from time to time.

“Text me when you get home”.

“Text me when you get home”.

A great podcast that everyone can relate to…… safety on our streets.

The murder of Sarah Everard, a young women walking home in London, provoked an enormous reaction as hundreds of thousands of women in the UK and indeed  across the world came together to demand that not only do governments improve street safety but also that threatening attitudes towards women and girls change.  

We caught up with Victoria from Reading, London who explains why in the wake of this outpouring of emotion she set up an Instagram account which aims to highlight this issue and also bring likeminded people together. 

 

Why you shouldn’t have a Bucket List !

Why you shouldn’t have a Bucket List !

Bucket lists, bucket lists, bucket lists, it seems that everyone’s got one. There are hundreds and hundreds of bucket list suggestions on the internet. 

Are these lists inspiring or disheartening ? Are they a great way to broaden your horizons or the fastest way to hate your everyday life? 

Do you have a list of things you would like to do, places you would like to visit and experiences that would make your life complete ? 

Or do you think it’s just a shallow invention of social media sites, a way of showing off and deep down they make us dissatisfied with our everyday life ?

In this podcast Sue tries to convince Chris that bucket lists are unnecessary, unrealistic and predictable. Listen carefully to the reasons she gives. 

What’s your opinion ?

 

If you are making a bucket list try this personality quiz to see what should be on your list…. just don’t tell Sue !!

 

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