There are many different types of people in the world. Where we live and what we look like makes us special. Because of this, people from Europe will often act differently than people from Asia. But if we take those differences, and say they are always true, we are making a stereotype.
Some stereotypes are harmless, but many stereotypes can be very mean. Placing many people into one category, just because they look or act a certain way, is unfair. Stereotypes often give us an incorrect understanding of other people. A common phrase in English is don’t judge a book by its cover. We should get to know people before we decide what they are like.
Kellie is sad because one of her friends was stereotyped. Find out what Brian thinks in today’s English lesson about judging people.
No one likes to do them, but we have to. Chores are just one of those daily tasks that everyone must do to live comfortably. When we were little, we had easy chores like putting away our own toys. As we grew older, we began to have more and more chores.
Even though chores might not be difficult to do, they must be done often and are not fun. Wouldn’t you rather be going out with friends than cleaning your bathroom or folding laundry? People might even fight over chores when they live together because it is such an annoying task.
Gary and Julie talk about having to share the responsibility of doing chores. Find out more in today’s English lesson about keeping a clean house.
Where do you go when you want to buy new clothes, or new electronics, or new dishes, or new books? In most big cities, you’ll head to the nearest shopping mall.
Shopping malls are very convenient because there are many different kinds of stores all in one building. Whether you need clothes or shoes, dresses or dishes, games or gifts, you’ll probably be able to find what you want at the mall.
Since there are so many stores, there are also lots of people at the mall. It’s usually a crowded, busy place. For some people, this kind of sensory overload makes them feel overwhelmed. Other people thrive on excitement and energy.
Malls with a parking garage, a movie theater, and some restaurants are also popular. Not only can people shop until they drop, they can also relax, and eat. The entertainment factor is also good when you’re at the mall with someone who’s not really interested in shopping, such as your boyfriend or your kids. Find out who’s actually afraid of malls in this English lesson about shopping.
We can all spend too much time on the Internet. There are endless websites to visit, and no matter what your interests are, there is more than one video that you’ll like. Funny and interesting videos are shared every day, and it seems like there are videos about everything.
YouTube is the most popular site for videos when you’re searching for something to watch. It can be a music video to your favorite song, or a tutorial video that teaches you how to do something. There are even videos to teach you English on YouTube!
Brian and Gary talk about the different things they watch on YouTube. Find out more in today’s English lesson about videos on the web.