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Philosophy: Augustine of Hippo 6:24min

Here is the transcript for Philosophy – Augustine

Note: I don’t own the rights to this video. This video comes from the School of Life’s youtube channel, which is a great library of clips for C1 and above listeners / readers who enjoy contemporary cultural topics and want to take in more complex language […]

The City That Has Its Own Operating System 14:29min

A city in the UK has decided to create an open wife network as a sandbox for development of new technologies and products. This video has interviews with a city planner, a local entrepreneur and a former hacker who speak about the threats and opportunities of this initiative.

Here is the transcript with […]

TED-Ed Who was Confucius? 4:29min

TEDed Who was Confucius_transcript and notes

Bombay Lunch Box – India 10:28min

Here is the transcript in .doc format for Bombay lunchbox india transcript


A muggy monsoon dawn in Mumbai It’s the brief quiet before the daily storm of activity sweeps across Indian’s commercial capital This city of 17 million is infamous for its crowds and chaos But Mumbai is also renowned for its meals […]

New Toronto restaurant staffed with deaf waiters 2:33min

This is a short clip about a new business in Toronto that employs staff who are deaf. It creates jobs for people and it offers a unique and eye-opening experience to customers — a win-win situation.


to cater to someone = to pay attention to someone’s special wishes e.g. Some travel agencies […]

Singapore Travel Guide – Must-See Attractions 5:11min

This is a 10/10 introduction to the sights and attractions of Singapore! I like this video for English learning because it has a lot of place names (proper nouns) which are common features in the listening portions of language tests and also common in day-to-day conversation.


One of the smallest and most […]

Yoga Master Michael Fukumura “Follow Your Bliss” 4:42 min

This is a story of one man’s journey from his parents’ plan for his proper education and career to eventually following his heart to a less conventional but more fulfilling job.

Here is the transcript for Yoga Master Michael Fukumura

Andy Borowitz at The Moth Storytelling Festival: “Unexpected Twist” Part 1 8:56min

Andy Borowitz (writer, comedian) tells the story of his life-threatening illness and what it taught him.

Warning: this video includes some taboo language / swearing

Here is the transcript for Andy Borowitz — Unexpected Twist Part I

The Hidden Costs of Hamburgers 7:52min

This is a video about how much beef is raised and consumed / eaten in America, and the impacts of that on the environment and human health. Here is the transcript for the Hidden Costs of Hamburgers

Protected Intersections For Bicyclists 5:58min

Protected Intersections For Bicyclists from Nick Falbo on Vimeo.

Urban planner Nick Falbo wants U.S. engineers to borrow a trick from the Dutch: use four design tricks to make intersections safer for cyclists. Here is the transcript

The Alarm is Going Off 8:50min

Overpopulated — BBC documentary

I do not own the rights to this video.

The transcript is available in 10 minute segments.

Here is the transcript for Overpopulated — BBC documentary Part I beginning to 10 min

Here is the transcript for Overpopulated — BBC documentary Part II 10 min to 20 min

And here is Overpopulated — […]

TED Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie The Danger Of A Single Story

An excellent talk about looking at things from multiple perspectives i.e. having more than one story or interpretation of the world.

Here is the transcript for TED Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie The Danger Of A Single Story

I don’t own the rights to the video.

Yangshuo City in China 8:13min

This is a DIY video of a couple’s visit to Yangshou City in China … they see a Banyan Tree, do some bamboo rafting, hike along a beautiful river and show off the city’s attractions and the surrounding countryside.

Here is the transcript for Yangshuo City in China

“Secrets of Love” with Dr. Pat Allen and John Gray 4:27min

Here is the transcript for Love Secrets with Dr Pat Allen and John Gray

John Gray is the author of “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” and a popular “relationship guru”.


“6 1/2 Secrets of Love” with Dr. Pat Allen and John Gray Men are extremely attracted to happy women And […]