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Should Sea Creatures Ever Be Kept in Captivity?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nasturcia Jun 23, 2016. 5 Replies

Idling is Illegal

Started this discussion. Last reply by bob allan Apr 27, 2015. 20 Replies

A Mascot for EnglishClub

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Sesame Street Introduces Muppet with Autism

Listen to news in easy English. ~ Sesame Street Introduces Muppet with Autism

What’s the Joke?

What's an ATM? What's a PIN? What's a pedant? What's the joke?

Disney Refuses to Censor Beauty and the Beast

Pre-Listening Vocabulary gay: homosexual not sit well: to make people feel uncomfortable sidekick: buddy villain: the bad guy in a story subtly: delicately, without a lot of attention censor: to remove or hide Disney Refuses to Censor Beauty and the Beast Disney’s new live-action film Beauty and the Beast contains a “gay moment” that is […]

International Women’s Day Inspires Labour Strike

Listen to news in easy English. ~ International Women's Day Inspires Labour Strike

LAY or LIE Quiz

You can do this quiz online or print it on paper. It tests understanding of the differences between LAY and LIE
 

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Writing Challenge: My Word of the Year for 2016

Posted on December 17, 2015 at 2:00 35 Comments

Have you heard about Oxford Dictionaries' Word of the Year? This year it's not a word at all! It's the Tears of Joy Emoji. According to Oxford, this emoji best represents the moods and preoccupations of 2015.

This year is coming to a close, and it's time to starting thinking about 2016. Instead of writing New Year's resolutions, one entrepreneur recommends thinking…

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Writing Challenge: Invent a Word

Posted on November 13, 2015 at 19:40 15 Comments

Have you ever tried to think of a word for something, and then realized no perfect word existed? This happened to me today! I realized that I am not currently reading a book that I am really into. When I am reading a book that I am really excited about, I have a special feeling or glow, even when I'm not reading it.…

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Writing Challenge: Terrifying Two-Line Tales

Posted on October 27, 2015 at 20:30 33 Comments

There is a fun story-writing challenge that many fiction writers participate in at this time of year – the very short, very creepy story challenge. By very short, I mean only two sentences long! Will you accept this month's writing challenge? 

Your Task:

1. Add a new blog post. Use the title "Writing Challenge: My Terrifying Two-Line Tale(s)".

2. Write a scary/creepy story that has a beginning, middle, and end, but only uses two sentences. Give…

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Happy National Black Cat Day!

Posted on October 27, 2015 at 13:30 7 Comments

Today is National Black Cat Day. Black cats need a bit of TLC at this time of year, because they are traditionally associated with witchcraft and evil. Some people think it's bad luck if a black cat crosses your path. Of course, black cats are just beautiful animals and deserve to be loved and adopted just like other cats. 

I've written and recorded a Halloween story this year about a black cat that is afraid of Halloween. You can listen to it here. If you want to read along or if you…

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Writing Challenge: A Letter to Canada

Posted on October 22, 2015 at 21:00 8 Comments

Thank you for posting this month's Writing Challenge, Luci! Here is my letter to my country.

Dear Canada (my home and native land),

I’m so thankful that I was born in your protective and peaceful arms. That is not to say we don’t have any worries here. Just yesterday, the schools in…

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Today is International Literacy Day

Posted on September 8, 2015 at 18:53 14 Comments

Our friends at Grammarly made this interesting infographic for International Literacy Day. Read through the statistics and share your thoughts about literacy in the comments below

Literacy Day

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Do You Want To Be a MyEC Star Member?

Posted on August 28, 2015 at 16:30 22 Comments

At the end of every month, we feature seven MyEC Members as Star Members. A picture of these members goes into our monthly newsletter. A picture is also placed on the EnglishClub homepage.

Being a Star Member is a great way to bring attention to…

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Writing Challenge: A Page from My Biography

Posted on August 18, 2015 at 21:30 14 Comments

Before you read this, pick a number from 1-300, and write it down.

This month, we are going to work on writing a page from our biography.  A biography is a book or article about a person's life. What is the most interesting part in a biography? Some people think the…

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At 9:12 on February 21, 2017, Bijan said…

Hi, dear Tara, 

I look forward to hearing from you. 

Best wishes.

Bijan from Persian Golf,

At 11:15 on February 4, 2017, Bijan said…
Hello, dear Tara,

I would like you to be my new friend, but I cannot add you as my friend because of technical problems. If you add me as your friend, I will be very happy.

I look forward to hearing you soon.
Thanks in advance and best wishes,
Bijan
At 9:02 on January 21, 2017, Bijan said…
Hi Tara,

Nice to meet you.

I always hear your nice voice on listening part on English Club's news.
And also. I saw your nice image a few seconds ago. Please, you know that you are nice like your voice.
I wanted to add you as my new friend, but I could not because I have technical problem for adding new friends, and also sending messages.

I would love you to be my new friend. If you add me as your friend, I will be very happy.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.

I wish you all the best in 2017.

Best wishes and thanks in advance,
Bijan
At 5:56 on January 21, 2017, Onee-chan said…

Dear Teacher Tara,

How glad to see you again. Please spend your little time with us. It will be really precious. Thank you!  ^_^ 

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At 15:25 on October 28, 2016, Adaline Bala said…

Dear Tara, How are you? Hope you are doing good and enjoying your lovely work and writing. I just wanted to tell you we missed you and you are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you and keep you happy and healthy.

At 9:02 on August 25, 2016, Bijan said…
Hi, dear Tara!
Nice to meet you.
I wanted to add you as my friend, but I could not. The site has a challenge. Please, you add me, if you can. Best wishes,
At 6:24pm on August 24, 2016, ELF-Noor gave Tara Benwell a gift
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My sweet friend... thanks for being here as a great friend... I really appreciate your presence in MyEC.... stay blessed always... be happy..
At 17:36 on August 22, 2016,
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Hi Dear Tara, how are you? I wanted to say hi to you and see how you are and realized you haven't been here too. I hope things are OK with you! Take care,

At 23:30 on August 20, 2016, Zahra said…

Hi my dear Tara,

We miss you so much here. Please come here from time to time so that we enjoy your company. I hope that you are doing all great in your life. Please send our regards to your lovely children. :)

Have all the best.

:)

At 17:53 on July 15, 2016, Bijan said…
Hi, dear Tara!
Nice to meet you.
I will be happy, if you accept to be my friend.
I clicked on "Add as a friend" on your page, but it did not work.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Have a nice weekend,
Bijan
 
 
 

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Drugs

Started by dara gino in General Discussion. Last reply by dara gino 1 hour ago. 15 Replies

Is it true that drugs can be more deadly than wars?Of course, we are not talking about the drugs that the doctor allows people to take, but we mean the illegal and most of the time, painful substance like marijuana, heroin or cocaine.How do they…Continue

FriEndShip

Started by Emma in General Discussion. Last reply by Emma 15 hours ago. 17 Replies

I was surfing the internet not long ago when I ran into a video showing some cross-sex friendships. Watching the video I thought “Just friends? Really?” A second later I remembered that my high school best friend was actually a boy. We used to spend…Continue

Marriage of minors

Started by dara gino in General Discussion. Last reply by dara gino on Sunday. 113 Replies

The marriage of minors or underage is growing rapidly on these days. Because of poverty or any other lack of substantial matters, people marry their children, they are girls of age between seven, eight or up to twelve or thirteen. If you go to…Continue

Is it fair?

Started by Muskan in General Discussion. Last reply by Muskan yesterday. 14 Replies

From some time, I have noticed that use of other languages on MyEC has increased. I understand if a newbie uses other language initially but I have seen some quite old member using other languages excessively even while welcoming new member they…Continue

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