Top 10 Inventions of the past 100 years

inventorWhat do you think are the most important inventions of the last 100 years?

In a recent ESL lesson I asked the students to discuss what they thought were the most important inventions.  Naturally they named the mobile phone as something they couldn’t live without.

I showed the following video, but before you watch it make your list of the greatest and most practical innovations.  You can find the top 10 list at the end of the article.

What would life be like without this invention?

How would it impact your life?

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My favourite Korean films

KoreanFIlms.pngIn this article I share a list of my favourite Korean movies.

I have loved World movies for most of my life and discovered Japanese cinema in my early 20’s with the movies of Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu.

In later years I explored the cinema of mainland China and Taiwan.

I have only been watching Korean movies in the last five years mainly on DVDs borrowed from Stanton Library (sourced from Madman Entertainment)  and now on YouTube and other web sites.

A few years ago a took a free course at the Korean Cultural Centre in Sydney  conducted by Russell Edwards, a Sydney based film critic. He showed clips from many Korean films including what he called the “classic” films.

My overall impression of Korean cinema is that too many films are overly violent, dark or depressing. I didn’t enjoy a lot of them but I did find some which I enjoyed and recommend.

I have included links to Wikipedia articles for more information and links to YouTube where the movie can be watched online with English subtitles.

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A New English Language (humour!)


The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the EU rather than German which was the other possibility. As part of the negotiations, Her Majesty’s Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5 year phase-in plan that would be known as “Euro-English“.

In the first year, “s” will replace the soft “c”. Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard “c” will be dropped in favour of the”k”. This should klear up konfusion and keyboards kan have 1 less letter. There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year, when the troublesome “ph” will be replaced with “f”. This will make words like “fotograf” 20% shorter.

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Irregular English Verb list

Irregular Verbs
Irregular Verbs

A big challenge for people learning English is remembering the many common irregular verbs.   Native speakers probably don’t think about how verb tenses are made.  Irregular verbs can be confusing!  Swim, Swam, SwumRead, Read, ReadGo, Went, Gone.

The purpose of this post is to share an A4 sized chart I made of 147 irregular verbs, Click the link to download the PDF: Irregular Verb list PDF file

Did you know the most common irregular verbs are be, do, have, go, get, say, see, think, make, take, come and know?

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I Still Call Australia Home (song and lyrics)

I Still Call Australia Home is a song by Peter Allen, recorded in 1980. Allen sings of Australian expatriates’ longing for home. Watch the video, follow the lyrics and see the famous Qantas commercial which used this song.

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Green tea (matcha 抹茶 ) cake recipe

Here is a recipe for a very quick and easy green tea cake. The original recipe just used cinnamon and sugar as a topping.

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Anzac Biscuits for Anzac Day

Anzac Biscuits

Anzac Day is coming up on April 25th, so I decided to tell my students about Anzac Biscuits.

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