Saturday, June 28, 2008
Recently, I participated in a physical challenge called the Wahsatch Steeplechase in Salt Lake City: a 27 kilometer trail race that goes up one side of a mountain and then goes down the other (here is a picture of me with only 12 kilometers to go). And you have to finish it in under six hours. The trail is hard, there are places where you have to climb over rocks, and there are times you have to run through deep brush---but it's "fun." The reason why I like trail runs is that it challenges you physically and mentally. You can read my complete report of the race at:
However, not everyone's challenges are the same. For some elite runners, the race I was in would be like a short jog in the park; for others, it would be beyond their current abilities. However, everyone has some challenges: they might even by physical disabilities that affect our ability to do simple things others take for granted.
So, what about you? What are some of the challenges you have faced in your life? What did these experiences teach you?
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
So, what about you? What power would you enjoy having?
Monday, June 23, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
So, in light of this, how much freedom should teenagers have their own lives to make their own choices (and accept the consequences for their actions)? What was it like as a teenager growing up in your family? How can parents and children develop a positive relationship during this time?
Please share your ideas.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
What can individuals (you and me) to lessen the impact on our lives, increase gas mileage of our vehicles, and conserve more energy? Please share your ideas.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
- Charity begins at home.
- Don't bite off more than you can chew.
- The best things in life are free.
- The more you know, the more you know you don't know.
- Walk the walk and talk the talk.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Please share your ideas.
Monday, June 9, 2008
It is also interesting that many visitors ARE native speakers, but they might have hearing impairments and benefit from the listening content in interpreting meaning from the sounds they hear. I never thought about this use when I first started my site back in 1998.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
So, what about your area, culture, or country? What are some general rules of etiquette I should know and have these rules changed over time?
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
Many learners have used my main Website, http://www.esl-lab.com/, but other students are looking for easier listening activities for low-level students. Well, the good news is that I am adding such activities to my site now, and you can see these in the middle of my main page and are called Basic Listening Quizzes. Give these a try. The can help you improve your basic listening skills. Here are direct links to some of them:
Introductions and Small Talk - http://esl-lab.com/eslbasic/introductions-smalltalk-1.htm
Shopping and Prices - http://esl-lab.com/eslbasic/shopping-prices-1.htm
Directions Around Town - http://esl-lab.com/eslbasic/travel-sightseeing-1.htm
Let me know what you think.