English with Raymond (EwR) in Madrid

By Lo Mejor de Madrid Capital | Enjoy practicing English with this collection of reading, writing, listening, and speaking material and information. www.englishwithraymond.com .

“Come rain or shine” = no matter what We will make GIFs and pictures about idioms (using K-pop idols) *come rain or shine*. 🌧️ ☀️ #idiom https://t.co/w6TXkP2Jml

What’s your answer? #BraveAndInterestingQuestions https://t.co/hZnXZwkjXn

Adaptor = adapter → ✔ Advisor = adviser → ✔ Impostor = imposter → ✔ (It’s not a 🇺🇸 vs. 🇬🇧 thing; it’s a matter of preference.) #spelling https://t.co/Whn4Kzhhtb

Polemic [poh-LEM-ik] (n.) a controversial argument, esp. attacking a particular opinion #vocabulary https://t.co/c3Q1hx0y1F

The correct expression for “freedom” is *free rein*, not “free reign” or “free rain”: Jo gave the toddler *free rein* to use her iPhone. 👶📱 https://t.co/Q6RsygdGGj

Sanguine [SANG-gwin] (adj.) confidently optimistic and cheerful 👍 🙌 #vocabulary https://t.co/P7oLyh0aM8

Is gray your neighbor’s favorite color, or is grey your neighbour’s favourite colour?

A quick look at British and American spelling<p>For the past three years, we have been answering questions ranging from the use of punctuations …


SINGULAR ➡️ PLURAL: • Criterion ➡️ criteria • Phenomenon ➡️ phenomena • Stratum ➡️ strata • Bacterium ➡️ bacteria • Datum ➡️ data https://t.co/3B8JmAOwzW


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What is a rookie? Where does the word come from?

A rookie is someone recently promoted to a higher level of competition, particularly in sports. It is the term used in north America to describe a …


Where does the word Easter come from?

The word Easter is not in the New Testament. Nor does it feature in most translations of the Bible into vernacular languages. <b><br>Isn't Easter linked to</b> …

What is Globish?

Globish is a term invented by a French business man, Jean-Paul Nerriere. It describes the form English used as a lingua franca or common language …


The beauty of what we'll never know | Pico Iyer

Almost 30 years ago, Pico Iyer took a trip to Japan, fell in love with the country and moved there. A keen observer of the human spirit, Iyer …


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Have you ever wondered: Am I a human being? Ze Frank suggests a series of simple questions that will determine this. Please relax and follow the …

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How to speak up for yourself | Adam Galinsky

Speaking up is hard to do, even when you know you should. Learn how to assert yourself, navigate tricky social situations and expand your personal …

Chip Conley: Measuring what makes life worthwhile

http://download.ted.com/talks/ChipConley_2010-64k.mp4When the dotcom bubble burst, hotelier Chip Conley went in search of a business model based on …


The story we tell about poverty isn't true | Mia Birdsong

As a global community, we all want to end poverty. Mia Birdsong suggests a great place to start: Let's honor the skills, drive and initiative that …


This scientist makes ears out of apples | Andrew Pelling

TED Fellow Andrew Pelling is a biohacker, and nature is his hardware. His favorite materials are the simplest ones (and oftentimes he finds them in …


The two kinds of stories we tell about ourselves

We’ve all created our own personal histories, marked by highs and lows, that we share with the world — and we can shape them to live with more …


The lost art of losing

We’re all scrambling for practical solutions for the uncertain future of work. But there’s a mental shift we need to make, too.We live in a …

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How to speak up for yourself

Yes, it’s possible to ask for what you want without coming across as a jerk, says social psychologist Adam Galinsky.<b>Speaking up is hard to do.</b> I …


Let's teach for mastery -- not test scores | Sal Khan

Would you choose to build a house on top of an unfinished foundation? Of course not. Why, then, do we rush students through education when they …


Why you should love statistics | Alan Smith

Think you're good at guessing stats? Guess again. Whether we consider ourselves math people or not, our ability to understand and work with numbers …


John Wooden: The difference between winning and succeeding

http://download.ted.com/talks/JohnWooden_2001-64k.mp4With profound simplicity, Coach John Wooden redefines success and urges us all to pursue the …


How to gain control of your free time | Laura Vanderkam


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What reality are you creating for yourself? | Isaac Lidsky

Reality isn't something you perceive; it's something you create in your mind. Isaac Lidsky learned this profound lesson firsthand, when unexpected …


8 TED talks that will change how you think about human psychology

TED talks on psychology rank as some of the most-watched and highest-rated of all-time, most likely because people are endlessly fascinated with themselves.<p>Some of the talks deal with happiness and success, and others with memory and motivation. But all of them provide an important window into what …