Lessons from March 2018 - June 2018

ESL lesson on the new nation of Asgardia, which was established in space on Monday.
ESL lesson on the singer Sting calling world leaders
ESL lesson on seabirds' stomachs being too full of plastic to eat.
ESL lesson on Algeria turning off its Internet to stop exam cheats.
ESL lesson on ex-US soccer player being criticized for supporting Mexico at the Russia World Cup.
ESL lesson on a U.K. politician blocking the passing of a law on upskirting to become a crime.
ESL lesson on the lowering of the legal age of adulthood in Japan to 20 years old.

Japan lowers age of adulthood to 18

17th June - "Harder"
Japan's government has lowered the age at which people become adults. It is the first time since 1876 that this has happened.
ESL lesson on the possibility that U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un could get the Nobel Peace Prize.
ESL lesson on Pope Francis warning 50 of the world's top oil company executives about the threat to humanity from fossil fuels..

Pope warns fossil fuels threaten humanity

13th June - "Harder"
Pope Francis has given a stark warning to around 50 of the world's top oil company executives about the threat to humanity from fossil fuels.
ESL lesson on scientists being close to turning air into fuel via carbon capture.
ESL lesson on women hold most government positions in Spain's new government.
ESL lesson on a French man who is trying to swim across the Pacific Ocean.
ESL lesson on a divorce test being used in China to try to reduce the increasing divorce rate.
ESL lesson on why Malaysians are giving lots of cash to help their government.
ESL lesson on a study that shows that hotter weather lowers exam results.
ESL lesson on the Korean boy band BTS reaching number one in the US album chart.
ESL lesson on cockroach milk being the next superfood.
ESL lesson on new attempts that use DNA to find the Loch Ness Monster.
ESL lesson on humans being responsible for the destruction of over half of life on Earth.
ESL lesson on Starbucks' new policy that anyone can use or sit in its cafes in the US without buying anything.
ESL lesson on the fact that humans are causing big shifts in freshwater locations on Earth.
ESL lesson on scientists being close to finding a cure for the common cold.
ESL lesson on time travelers being invited to Stephen Hawking's memorial service.
ESL lesson on a man being fined $120 million for making 96 million nuisance phone calls.
ESL lesson on Malaysia's new 92-year-old leader.

Malaysia to have 92-year-old leader

12th May - "Harder"
Malaysia's former leader Mahathir Mohamad has staged a remarkable political comeback to end the six-decade rule of the Barisan Nasional party.
ESL lesson on the huge carbon footprint global tourism creates.
ESL lesson on the shrinking number of children in Japan.
ESL lesson on the world's busiest air routes.
ESL lesson on research that says it's best to learn a new language before the age of 10.
ESL lesson on all villages in India now having electricity.
ESL lesson on the role Pyongyang cold noodles played in a historic summit between the leaders of North and South Korea.
ESL lesson on a new device that rewards children who say 'Please'.
ESL lesson on how children's fitness levels are as high as those of endurance athletes.
ESL lesson on a job that requires you to ride a Harley-Davidson motorbike across the USA.
ESL lesson on the African nation of Swaziland changing its name to eSwatini.
ESL lesson on Kendrick Lamar winning the Pulitzer Prize for music for his album 'DAMN'.
ESL lesson on a social media site reversing its ban on LGBT content after a public outcry.
ESL lesson on a study that says going to bed late could shorten our life.
ESL lesson on the discovery of enough reserves of rare-earth metals to satisfy global demand for up to 700 years.
ESL lesson on France helping Saudi Arabia to set up its first opera house and classical orchestra.
ESL lesson on former Brazilian president ds Silva starting a jail sentence.

Former Brazilian president in jail

10th April - "Harder"
Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is in jail after surrendering to authorities on Saturday night.
ESL lesson on Iceland's First Lady wearing a jacket from a charity-shop at an awards ceremony.
ESL lesson on a special vault storing the world's most precious seeds.
ESL lesson on children lacking skill in holding pencils because of using iPads too much.
ESL lesson on how robots will help us to make our own furniture, safely.
ESL lesson on the first male dancers to join an NFL cheerleading team.
ESL lesson on China and Russia leading a new arms race to make hypersonic missiles.
ESL lesson on Facebook's apology for the breach of privacy on data of 50 million of its users .

Facebook apologizes after data breach

27th March - "Harder"
Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg apologized for the data breach that was revealed last week. He took out full-page advertisements in broadsheet newspapers to make his apology.
ESL lesson on fears over a possible trade war between the USA and China.

Fears over USA - China trade war

25th March - "Easier"
The world is waiting to see if a trade war breaks out between the USA and China. Stock markets in Asia did badly in Friday's trading because investors are worried.
ESL lesson on the death of the world's last male northern white rhino.
ESL lesson on Stephen Hawking explaining about multiverses and the end of our universe.
ESL lesson on calls from a UK government official for everyone in England to speak English.
ESL lesson on U.S. students walking out of school to protest against gun violence.

U.S. student walkout to protest gun violence

17th March - "Easier"
Students in the USA took part in a protest on Wednesday. Tens of thousands of high-schoolers walked out of their schools to protest against gun violence.
ESL lesson on 3D printers being used to provide cheap homes in developing countries.
ESL lesson on why Disease X is a 'big risk' to the world.
ESL lesson on Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un meeting each other.
ESL lesson on a Japanese robot-wolf that protect farms by scaring away animals.

Japanese robot-wolf to protect farms

9th March - "Easier"
Technology has come to the rescue of Japanese farmers. Engineers have invented the 'Super Monster Wolf' to scare away animals.
ESL lesson on Thailand closing its famous beach in the summer to protect coral.
ESL lesson on the Paris Metro fining a woman 60 euros for walking the wrong way.
ESL lesson on African countries not being able to meet their targets on malnutrition.
ESL lesson on the discovery of a large 'city of the dead' in the desert in Egypt.




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