Temperature related words

In this mini lesson you will learn how to pronounce the following words:



degrees Celsius (°C)

degrees Fahrenheit (°F)

Kelvin (K)

You will also learn how to ask about the temperature of a place or a thing.


Practice time

  1. What’s the weather usually like in your city?
  2. How cold/ hot is it in your city today?
  3. What units do people use in your country to measure the temperature?
  4. Listen to the following song. Find the following phrase “200°F, that’s why they call me mister Fahrenheit” Type in the comments the second or the minute you hear it.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today I’m thankful for YOU!

Today we celebrate Thanksgiving in Canada. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October each year. Most families have a special dinner that consists mainly in turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes, squash or turnips, cranberries sauce, and pumpkin pie. It’s a time to spend with family and friends.

Typical Canadian Thanksgiving dinner

Vocabulary related to Thanksgiving

Vocabulary related to Thanksgiving

Grammar related to Thanksgiving

Canadian families have different traditions during Thanksgiving dinner. My family has a special tradition before eating dinner. First, we say grace, which is a short prayer to give thanks. Then, each person says something they are thankful for. Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and give thanks for one’s life, health, food, family, friends, work, and freedom. 

How to use the word thankful?

First let’s analyze what part of the speech is the word thankful. It’s similar to the word thank, right? The word thank is a verb, so thankful is and adjective (many adjectives have a ‘ful’ ending). Can you guess what the adverb form is? Yes, the adverb form is thankfully (many adverbs have a ‘ly’ ending). Yay! We already have made a word family.

  • thank (verb)
  • thankful (adjective)
  • thankfully (adverb)

The word thankful represents a feeling that people experience when they are happy because of someone or something. It is commonly used to express gratitude.

Thankful for someone or something


He is thankful for his wife.

I’m so thankful for all the support I’ve received during these hard times.

Thankful to do something


I’m so thankful to be alive.

She is thankful to have a job

Practice time

What are you are thankful for today?

Share your answer in the comments below.

For more details about word families, check this:


10 Canadian Animals Pronunciation practice for ESL students

Canada is a famous for its winter sports and maple syrup. However, Canada is home to a wide variety of beautiful animals.

In the video below you will find a list of 10 animals native to Canada. Watch the video, listen to the pronunciation of each animal and repeat.

Happy practice!

Spelling and Pronunciation

If you want to learn more about the Canadian biodiversity visit Environment and Climate Change Canada YouTube channel.


Essential Vocabulary for Online Meetings


Lately most of us have been attending virtual meetings. Zoom has become one of the preferred platforms for working and learning remotely. In one hand virtual meetings have become an effective way to communicate with colleagues, teachers and classmates. On the other they have become a source of stress and anxiety especially for non-English speakers.

This quick guide will offer useful vocabulary and phrases to improve your communication skills online.

First of all you need to become familiar with the icons and their functions. It’s important that you learn how to pronounce their names in English. Some words are universally used around the world but the pronunciation varies according to the language.


Here is a list of words that can help you for your next virtual meeting/ class.

  • video conference
  • host
  • participants
  • camera on
  • camera off
  • adjust volume
  • microphone on
  • microphone off (mute)
  • share screen
  • poll
  • turn up the volume
  • turn down the volume
  • chat
  • record the session


Here are some common phrases used during virtual meetings. How many of them have you heard before?

  • Can you hear me?
  • Can you see me?
  • Can you see the presentation?
  • Can you hear the audio?
  • I can’t hear you / I’m having trouble hearing you.
  • Your mic is off
  • Please turn your mic off
  • I can see you but I can’t hear you
  • I’ll share my screen
  • Can you share your screen?
  • I’ll stop sharing my screen
  • Can you stop sharing your screen?
  • Are you on mute? / I think your microphone is off
  • I have a problem with the connection
  • Sorry, I got kicked out
  • The connection is slow
  • I’m lagging / You’re lagging
  • My/ your video is freezing
  • Did you receive the link?
  • I’m waiting for it to load
  • It’s not loading
  • Scroll up please
  • Scroll down please

Do you want to practice pronunciation? Download a worksheet with pictures and audio


Let’s talk about money

Money has different names depending on the context. Below there is a list with synonyms, slang and idiomatic expressions to talk about money.

Other words for money are:

alimony: money given to one spouse by the other for support after a legal separation or divorce

bill: a piece of paper money

bribe: money or favor given or promised in order to influence the judgment or conduct of a person in a position of trust

cash: ready money

check: a written order directing a bank to pay money as instructed

debt: money that needs to be paid in return for something received

dowry: money, goods or properties that a man or woman brings to her wife or husband in marriage

donation: money or gifts given to charity or public institutions

fee: money paid for a service

fine: a sum of money imposed as punishment for an offense

fund: a sum of money or other resources whose principal or interest is set apart for a specific objective

loan: money lent at interest

ransom: money demanded for the release of someone or something from captivity

salary: fixed amount of money paid to someone for regularly their work or services

tax: money imposed by authority on persons or property for public purposes

tip: a sum of money given for a service performed. It’s a synonym of gratuity

wage: money that is paid for labor or services usually according to contract and on an hourly, daily, or piecework basis

Money slang:

money slang

bucks: dollars

dough: money in general

chip in: to contribute, to pay for a part of something

cough up: pay or spend an amount of money that you would prefer not to

loaded: wealthy, having a lot of money

it’s on me: the person speaking will pay the whole amount

splurge: spend money freely with no remorse usually on things that you do not need

Canadian Slang:

loonie: one-dollar coin

toonie: two-dollar coin

Expressions with money:

Money talks

A penny saved is a penny earned: it is as useful to save money that you already have as it is to earn more

Money doesn’t grow on trees: it requires effort to earn money and it is limited so you must be careful how you spend it

Money makes the world go round: money is extremely important, so that many ordinary events could not happen without it

Money talks: money gives power and influence to those who possess it

Want to practice pronunciation? Download the vocabulary worksheet with audio