Monday, May 21, 2012

Reality TV

At home in Germany, I don't have a television, so I'm not exposed to much of the craziness that you can see on TV.  Right now I'm on vacation in the United States and am quite shocked and amazed at the variety and ridiculousness of reality programs.  There are shows about everything:  polygamists, gypsies, housewives, people with big families, teen moms, and just about anything else you can imagine.  What's your opinion on reality TV?  Do you love it?  Do you hate it?  Is it a guilty pleasure of yours or would you never watch it?
Let us know!  Send your answer to us (write as much as you need to!) at

Also check out this reading exercise and test on the same topic:

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Bad things people do

Hello English Learners!

What are sins and how bad are they?  Have you ever done anything really terrible?  Or are you always completely correct in your actions?  By following the link below, you will come to an American radio show called "This American Life".  Listen to the episode we linked to below entitled "Mortal Vs. Venial" and complete the tasks below.  When you finish, email us your answers at


Visit the This American Life website and listen to the show "Mortal Vs. Venial" here:

1.  What is mortal sin and what is venial sin as described in the show?
2.  Please summarize the three acts.
3.  Have you ever done anything terrible that could be considered a "sin"?  Did it have any effects on your life or did you learn an important lesson from it?