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Poem demonstrating many of the irregularities of English pronunciation.
People on the street answer the questions.
Major UK commercial television news station. Large selection of recent and archived news stories, many with English subtitles (marked CC)
Two-minute video on how to do produce a banana that is already sliced when peeled.
Writer and social commentator Susan Maushart talks about how she banned computers and other technology from her family (three teenagers) for six months.
feelings / emotions
Michael Moseley in the streets of Edinburgh demonstrating how stimulating the smile muscles, here with a pencil, can trick the brain into feeling pleasure. No captions.
history of science
Clip from cartoon about Galileo in which he explains heliocentrism. Length: 2:17
Short video with animation and narration describing the well-known trolley problem moral dilemma. (Simple switch and pushing man over bridge.)
Short video in which psychologist Kevin Dutton discusses a number of moral dilemmas and how both psychopaths and 'normal' people approach them. Time: 4:45
Professor Joe Nellis discusses this question. Time: 6:54
People in the street answer three questions about advice. Are you the kind of person who asks other people for advice? What’s the best or worst advice you’ve ever been given? What would be your best advice for living a happy life?
travel / holidays
People in the street answer three questions about travel. Tell us about travelling and your favourite places. Do you have any holidays or trips planned? Do you have a regular haunt that you like to visit?
People in the street answer questions about justice. Have they ever had reason to contact the police? Have they ever broken the law? What legal or social issues concern you the most? If you could introduce a law in your country or community what would it be?
People in the street answer three questions about secrets. Are you good at keeping secrets? Is it ever a good thing to keep a secret from someone? Do they have a secret talent that their friends or family don’t know about?
tastes and preferences
People in the street answer three questions about trends in fashion and music. Are they interested in music and fashion? Tell me about a music trend or style that you love or hate. Tell me about a fashion trend that you love or hate.
People in the street answer three questions about family. 1. Do you spend much time with your family? 2. Have you inherited any family characteristics? 3. Does your family history play a part in your sense of who you are?
What is says - university student gives rambling presentation on marketing
Part of documentary programme about the history of the IT revolution dealing with the Altair Computer (1975), regarded as the first PC.
food and drink
Intermediate level teaching video with people talking about their diets.
travel / holidays
3:04 Difficult in parts - spoken prose, softly spoken interlocutor