Tuesday, June 22, 2010

LEARNING WHILE SURFING THE NET

1) Soccer in a nutshell:
A description by the well-known writer, Paulo Coelho, with a final message

Useful phrase: in a nutshell= in very brief form; in a few words
Example: Just tell me the story in a nutshell. (definition by Dictionary.com)

2) In Pictures: Stonehenge Summer Solstice 2010: 
An estimated 20,000 revellers were at Stonehedge to mark the Summer Solstice.

A Wikipedia definition of the Solstice:
A solstice is an astronomical event that happens twice each year when the Sun's apparent position in the sky reaches its northernmost or southernmost extremes. The name is derived from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), because at the solstices, the Sun stands still in declination; that is, the apparent movement of the Sun's path north or south comes to a stop before reversing direction.

The term solstice can also be used in a broader sense, as the date (day) when this occurs. The solstices, together with the equinoxes, are connected with the seasons. In some cultures they are considered to start or separate the seasons, while in others they fall nearer the middle.

3) What is energy?
A site to raise children's awareness of energy conservation. The games and quizzes offered are not to be missed!

Useful word: conservationthe careful utilization of a natural resource in order to prevent depletion (all definitions by Dictionary.com)

4) Facebook, Twitter Revolutionizing How Parents Stalk Their College-Aged Kids: A very funny video on how to keep an eye on oblivious kids! English subtitles are included.

Useful words: stalkto pursue by tracking stealthily

oblivious= unmindful; unconscious; unaware (usually fol. by of  or to ) Example: She was oblivious of his admiration.

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