Regular listening practice based on interesting facts in easy English. Includes pre-reading vocabulary, reading, audio, gap-fill exercise, comprehension quiz and answers.
Basements Are Rare In Tornado Alley
Why don’t builders dig deeper in this storm belt?
Preventing “The Bends” In Spacewalks
What went wrong during the first spacewalk?
Peacocks Are Always Male
Would you keep a peacock as a pet?
Mr. Bean Saves The Day
Why is Mr. Bean a hero to his own wife and kids?
A Boat That Lived Up To Her Name
Did this boat owner predict the future when he named his prized possession?
Yawning Is A Form Of Communication
If you’re not tired, why are you yawning?
Three Dogs Survived the Titanic
Did first-class pets on the Titanic have special privileges?
Jumbo The Elephant
What is the origin of the word “jumbo”?
You Need ID To Buy Gum In Singapore
Is it a crime to chew gum?
The Evolution Of The Military Salute
What is the origin of the military salute?
A Dentist Invented “Cotton Candy”
What is cotton candy called around the world?
Uppercase And Lowercase
What did Gutenberg have to do with these terms?
The First Coupon
What was the first company to offer a coupon to its consumers?
The Stamp Without A Name
What is unique about British stamps?
Roses And Apples Are Related
What do apples and roses have in common?
The Vein Of Love
What is the origin of the ring finger?
The Colour Orange Was Named After The Fruit
Which came first, the colour or the fruit?
Your Brain Feels No Pain
If the brain feels no pain, what is brain freeze?