Category Archives: Intermediate Level +

Doing Right Can Be Fun

The Fun Theory

This site set up by Volkswagen, proposes the idea that people can be encouraged to change their behaviour for the better simply by making activities more fun. They call it The Fun Theory. These changes could be to help the environment, improve our communities, or even just to develop healthier habits.

People can contribute by giving ideas that could motivate people to ‘do the right thing’, and the best ideas submitted are awarded.

Have a look here to see some videos of the brilliant ways contributers have come up with to make doing right fun!

“Hi, you don’t know me but…”

Missed Connections

Every day in the webpage, people post classified ads in the “Missed Connections” section hoping to contact that person they saw for just a moment, but can’t seem to stop thinking about. Whether it was on the bus, in line at the supermarket or at another table at a café, the internet gives them one more chance at meeting that mysterious someone…

American painter Sophie Blackall turns some of these ads into beautiful illustrations. You can find these curious messages with their drawings here. Enjoy!


A cheap and original way of travelling in times of crisis


Many would agree that the sofa (or couch) is one of the most wonderful inventions of our time. Great for siestas, watching films, reading the paper, among other favorite pastimes. And now this magnificent piece of furniture is providing us with another source of enjoyment: The possibility of travelling cheap and/or meeting new people from around the world!

To find out more, you can:

visit the official Couchsurfing site. Or watch this BBC report on couchsurfing.

Maybe we should we consider the sofa for the next Principe de Asturias award?

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How to make “Working to live, not living to work” your new mantra


So how was your day?

Let me guess. You got up late. The traffic was horrible. You were already stressed at work before your first coffee break. You ate your lunch in 7 minutes so you wouldn’t be late for your English class, which of course in the end you were. Your list of things to do, which started as a post-it stuck to your computer screen is now several pages long. You realize that all the things you were planning to do this evening on your way home will have to wait until the weekend.

Am I right?

Well, you might want to consider Downshifting. A trend which has people making some important lifestyle changes so they can have the time to enjoy the simpler things in life.

Sound impossible? Read this before coming to any conclusions… when you have some time.