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Hallo! News – Life in Space

Have you ever wondered what life is like in space? Well, now you can find out! Samantha Cristoforetti, the first female Italian astronaut in space, has published a book entitled ‘Diary of an Apprentice Astronaut’. Follow this link to read an interview about her daily life onboard the International Space Station: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/aug/25/samantha-cristoforetti-international-space-station-italian-astronaut

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Hallo! Business – Phone Phobia!

Are you scared of speaking on the phone in English? Today’s video will give you 5 tips for overcoming phone anxiety! But first, do the following exercise… Complete the phrasal verbs with the particles given below. up (x2) down (x3) through slow …….. : to reduce the speed at which something happens, e.g. you speak…

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#SosMonday? 🛋

Wait, wait, let’s just take a moment.Ferragosto has just been and gone.You’re probably feeling nice and relaxed. So, today he we have some phrases to help you chill out and enjoy your holiday. Chill / Chill outThese three expressions are different ways of saying “relax”. Footloose and fancy-freeIf you happen to be footloose and fancy-free,…

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How to connect while apart

Zoom founder Eric Juan speaks to TED about developing the world’s most popular video chat software. Video: www.ted.com/talks/eric_yuan_how_to_connect_while_apart

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#SosMonday – It’s Time To Get Away!

So here are some useful phrasal verbs for talking about the holiday season! get/go away – andare in vacanza wind down / kick back / chill out – rilassarsi take some time off – prendersi una pausa set/head off – mettersi in viaggio check in – registrarsi hang/wait around – aspettare take off – decollare…

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Hallo! News – Venice Film Festival Gets Green Light

The 77th Venice Film Festival will go ahead this year! The decision has been made to continue with the annual cinematic celebration, providing certain precautions are put in place, including: outdoor screenings half empty seats temperature checks mandatory face masks social distancing Perhaps the organisers could look to Sotto Le Stelle Del Cinema for some…

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Hallo! Business – Meeting Mishaps

Are you working from home at the moment? There are several ways that things can go wrong in online meetings. Match each type of problem with an example: Problems: a fail = a bad idea a mishap = an accident, when something goes wrong a technical difficulty = problems with technology a. your wi-fi goes…

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Hallo! News – Juve win again!

Juventus have won their ninth Serie A title in a row after beating Sampdoria 2-0 in Turin! But what are your predictions for next season? Will ‘The Old Lady’ win it for a tenth time? Do Bologna have a chance?To make a prediction, we can use the following verbs (+ adverbs) depending on the probability:…

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Hallo! Business – Cool but smelly?

Consumer goods company Unilever has revealed that ice cream sales rose dramatically (by 26%), whilst deodorant sales declined during the Covid-19 lockdown! So, what did you spend more / less on* during isolation? Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-53511028 * we use the verb spend with the preposition ON + object. So, I spent more (money) on toilet roll.…