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"Easier" = Level 0, 1, 2 and 3   (CEFR A2 - B1).
"Harder" = Levels 4, 5 and 6   (CEFR B1 - C2).

People vote for Tree of the Year
30th October - "Harder"
Ten trees across England are in the running to be crowned as the nation's Tree of the Year. The poll is organised annually by the environmental charity the Woodland Trust. ...
More gum disease today than 2,000 years ago
28th October - "Easier"
A new study shows that people today have more gum disease than people living 2,000 years ago.
Web full of energy but also has 'dark side'
26th October - "Harder"
The founder of the Internet, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has spoken about his creation 25 years after he helped to conceive it. He said it is a force for good, but....
Toy store stops selling drug-dealer dolls
24th October - "Easier"
The store Toys R Us has stopped selling a drug-dealer doll. The store was selling the action figures from a popular American TV series.
Nigeria declared car horn-free day
22nd October - "Harder"
Nigeria's largest city Lagos declared a car "Horn-Free Day" last week in an attempt to raise awareness of noise pollution. ...
Barack Obama's credit card problem
20th October - "Easier"
Even the President of the United States of America has embarrassing moments with credit cards. Barack Obama had one last month.
Teens like voice search, adults not so keen
18th October - "Harder"
More and more people are speaking to their computers or mobile devices to search for things online or on their hard drives....
Somalia postal service back after 20 years
16th October - "Easier"
Somalia's government has restarted its postal system for the first time in over 20 years.
Malala Yousafzai wins Nobel Peace Prize
14th October - "Harder"
The 17-year-old girls' rights activist Malala Yousafzai has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014....
Greenpeace gets Lego to end ties with Shell
12th October - "Easier"
Danish toy maker Lego it will not sign a new deal with the oil company Shell. They had a partnership in which Lego made toys with the Shell logo on them.
India to remove 287 'laughable' laws
10th October - "Harder"
The Indian government has scrapped 287 obsolete laws that date back to the 19th century, when India was under British rule. ...

Money does not make children pass exams
8th October - "Easier"
A new report says promising children money to pass exams does not help exam grades. The report says parents could be wasting their money by...

New printer with enough ink for two years
6th October - "Harder"
Are you fed up with paying extortionate sums of money for ink cartridges that run out soon after you buy them? Help may be at hand......
'Tom and Jerry' cartoon gets racism warning
4th October - "Easier"
The Internet giant, Amazon, has put a warning on some of the 'Tom and Jerry' cartoons it offers to its customers.
Moon vacations possible by 2024
2nd October - "Harder"
A website that provides price comparisons for flights, hotels and car hire across the globe has made some bold predictions for what travel will look like in a decade from now. ...
Indian leader calls for global yoga day
30th September - "Easier"
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked world leaders to start a U.N. International Yoga Day. He was speaking at the U.N. General ...
Curry spice may help repair brain cells
28th September - "Harder"
Scientists believe the spice turmeric could help the brain to heal itself. This is encouraging news for those affected by degenerative ...
U.S. city will fine people who waste food
26th September - "Easier"
The U.S. city of Seattle is introducing a system to fine people who waste food.
'Sexist' poll - women moody 10 days a year
24th September - "Harder"
Researchers who claim women are grumpy for the equivalent of ten days a year have been called sexist by a London newspaper....
Sahara desert twice as old as we thought
22nd September - "Easier"
Scientists believe the Sahara desert is twice as old as we previously thought. A study from a centre for climate research in Norway says...
Scotland rejects independence from U.K.
20th September - "Harder"
Scotland has voted to stay in the United Kingdom after rejecting independence in a historic vote on Thursday....
Noisy neighbours biggest problem
18th September - "Easier"
A new report says that a quarter of people in Britain have had problems with their neighbours in the past year.
Pope says World War III pretty much here
16th September - "Harder"
Pope Francis has announced that the world is pretty much in the grips of its third world war. ...
Thousands wake up during surgery
14th September - "Easier"
A new report in England states that thousands of patients a year wake up during an operation.
Apple unveils new Apple Watch
12th September - "Harder"
Apple has finally unveiled its much talked about smart watch. Apple is well versed in wowing its followers during its legendary....
Number of blue whales increasing
10th September - "Easier"
Scientists have reported that the numbers of blue whales in the eastern Pacific Ocean are the highest they have been in over a century.
School children punished over wrong trousers
8th September - "Harder"
A school in Britain has apologised to more than students for punishing them after they wore the wrong trousers to class....
Food crime is an international problem
6th September - "Easier"
There is a new and growing danger with the food we eat. Criminal gangs are selling billions of dollars of fake food to supermarkets...
Coffee company to improve sustainability
4th September - "Harder"
The coffee company Nespresso has announced ambitious new plans to help make its operations more sustainable....
Blue most common eye colour in Britain
2nd September - "Easier"
Scientists have made a map of the eye colour of people in Britain. They found out that the most common colour is blue.
Hello Kitty is a girl, not a cat
31st August - "Harder"
The creators of Hello Kitty have set the record straight. Japanese toymaker Sanrio have declared that its iconic creation is not a cat....
Indian woman fights and kills leopard
29th August - "Easier"
A woman has killed a leopard that attacked her near her village when was on her way to fetch water from a canal in...
Ice bucket challenge good for charities
27th August - "Harder"
The Ice Bucket Challenge is the latest viral campaign to emerge on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and other networking sites....
Shoppers in Venezuela to be fingerprinted
25th August - "Easier"
There are many food shortages in Venezuela. Many Venezuelans cannot buy basic goods. This problem is made worse because people...
UAE warns citizens of London dangers
23rd August - "Harder"
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has advised its citizens to avoid certain areas in central London they consider to be dangerous....
16-year-old joins F1 team as race driver
21st August - "Easier"
16-year-old Max Verstappen has just been signed up to drive for a Formula 1 racing team.
Cambridge Univ. needs chocolate researcher
19th August - "Harder"
The job of a lifetime is currently on offer for those with a sweet tooth. Cambridge University has just posted a position for a researcher...
No work E-mail for workers on vacation
17th August - "Easier"
The German carmaker Daimler is giving its workers the choice to not receive e-mail when they are on holiday.
Drivers who took car crash photos in trouble
15th August - "Harder"
British police are prosecuting four motorists for slowing down on a busy highway to take photos of a crash scene....
We clean our teeth the wrong way
13th August - "Easier"
Scientists say we clean our teeth the wrong way. Researchers found that most of the advice that dentists give us is very different.
U.S.A. starts air strikes in Iraq
11th August - "Harder"
The USA has started targeting forces of the Islamic State (IS) in northern Iraq....
People use technology more, sleep less
9th August - "Easier"
People in Britain now spend more time watching TV, gaming, and using their mobile phones and computers than sleeping.
Art galleries waste of time for kids, says artist
7th August - "Harder"
A British artist has said taking children to art galleries is a total waste of time....
Man noses vegetable up mountain
5th August - "Easier"
An English man who decided to push a Brussels sprout up the highest mountain in Wales with his nose.
No Lesson
Millions of workers live with parents
1st August - "Easier"
Almost two million young workers in the U.K. have to live with their parents because they cannot buy a house or rent a room.
Fist bumps more hygienic than handshakes
30th July - "Harder"
A new(ish) and alternative form of greeting and showing respect has been found to be more hygienic than shaking hands - fist bumping....
Falling insect numbers dangerous to humans
28 July - "Easier"
The number of insects in the world has fallen by 45 per cent in the past 35 years. Scientists say this could be dangerous for humans.
Study shows dogs get jealous of other dogs
26th July - "Harder"
Dog lovers have known since time began that pets get jealous, but now a new study has shown that it is true....
Beef production damages the environment
24th July - "Easier"
A new study says beef production is very damaging to the environment.
Woman wins $23 bn from tobacco company
22nd July - "Harder"
A court in the USA has ordered the tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds to pay a woman $23.6 billion in damages....
No Lesson
France restaurants to get'home-made' logo
18th July - "Harder"
French restaurants and eateries will soon have to put a new logo on menus to inform customers whether or not their food is...
Bad teeth top reason for children in hospital
16th July - "Easier"
Tooth decay is the biggest reason for children in the UK going to hospital.
2014 Brazil World Cup - The Final
14th July
Almost 75,000 fans packed into Rio's Maracana Stadium to witness Germany beat Argentina 1-0. A billion more fans watched on TV around the world.
Burberry shareholders rebel against CEO pay
14th July - "Harder"
Shareholders from the British fashion house Burberry are up in arms about a proposed pay package for its CEO. ...
Pilot buys pizza for 157 passengers
12th July - "Easier"
An airplane pilot felt sorry for his hungry passengers, so he bought them all pizza. The pilot, Gerhard Bradner, works for...
2014 Brazil World Cup - Semi-Finals
10th July
Lesson, listening and online activities on the Brazil v Germany game and the Holland v Argentina game.
Hit musical 'Cats' gets rap song
10th July - "Harder"
The hit musical 'Cats' has had a slight makeover for its comeback performances starting in December in London. One of ...
Heavy metal headbanging can damage brain
8th July - "Easier"
Doctors in Germany have warned people that headbanging could be bad for your health.
2014 Brazil World Cup - Round-up 6
6th July
A report on the Quarter Finals of the 2014 World Cup with football vocabulary, reading, listening, online quizzes and more.
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2014 Brazil World Cup - Round-up 5
2nd July
Round Two of the World Cup Finals has finished and we now enter the quarter-finals. There are now just eight teams and eight games left in the tournament.
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