A Special Christmas Story: The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry. /ˈmeɪdʒaɪ/ 1.Read the short story online here (only 6 pages). 2. Listen to it : The VOA
Special English program, AMERICAN STORIES (with transcript). The mp3 file is on the right-hand side. 3. Summary, Theme & Analysis (video and quiz). The Magi: In the
Bible, the three men, thought to be kings or astrologers, who followed a star
to visit Jesus Christ when he was a baby and give him presents. They are also
called the Three Kings or the Three Wise Men.
SPEAKING EXAM, Task 2 (interaction): Read the following articles in order to gather ideas and vocabulary about this topic: - The pros and cons of online shopping: Article 1 - The pros and cons of online shopping: Article 2 - Demonetisation:Fundamental shift in payment habits
Hemsworth's Dangerous Climb in the Himalayas: Being Elsa Pataky's plus one, the actor took part in the Spanish adventure programme "Planeta Calleja". However, something went wrong. This is how he explained it:
SOME HELP FOR YOU: We did a trip recently to the Himalayas. Oh, really?
How high up did you go? We got higher and higher and we ended up in about 4000 metres above sea level. You acclimate every couple of days ... so your body adjusts to that, lack of oxygen.
Have you ever heard of altitude depression?
Just to give you an idea, if you had a bottle of water outside your sleeping bag, it's frozen by the time you wake up. It has to be tucked in with you. Oh, really? It was freezing.