Dancing Matt, back in 2008, 2005, and 2006

Where the Hell is Matt? (2008)

I posted Matt Harding’s most recent dancing video, but it’s great to see what he originally did.  Enjoy his dancing travels around the world!

 

In 2005, he danced alone, most places he visited, after quitting his programming job.

Sorry that the Youtube videos have ads. You should be able to skip them pretty quickly.

Do you want to be in the movies??

You can be an extra in a John Malkovich movie being filmed in Edmonton, summer 2013

You can be an extra in a John Malkovich movie being filmed in Edmonton, summer 2013

Extras sought for Hollywood film shooting in Edmonton area

Extras sought for Hollywood film shooting in Edmonton area.

According to the Edmonton Journal, you can go to the Bonnie Doon Mall on Sunday and fill out a piece of paper, if you’d like to be an “extra” (person in a crowd scene) in a movie that’s being filmed in Edmonton.

So many websites to find interesting material!

On the Filminute website, you can find many movies that last only one minute. It’s great practice for using English sentences to describe what you see.

Another website to visit if you’re very busy is Listenaminute, with almost 500 audio tracks about many subjects that only last one minute! Sean Banville speaks in UK English, so the listening is excellent if you need to prepare for IELTS. There are audioscripts and many quizzes and games that go with each audio track, if you want to improve all 4 skills together.

http://www.listenaminute.com/

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Where to eat in Edmonton

When you get to a new city, it can be hard to choose a restaurant. There are several good websites or applications to help you to make a choice.  Choose the kind of food that you like to eat, and then you should be able to check the menu, or the restaurant’s website to find out more about prices and selection.  It’s great if you add your own restaurant review, when you find a really good (or really bad) restaurant

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g154914-Edmonton_Alberta.html

http://www.urbanspoon.com/c/131/Edmonton-restaurants.html

Where to eat in Edmonton

The Underground Tap & Grill: If you like beer, The Underground Tap & Grill is a wonderful place to go, with 72 varieties on tap.  The food is amazing!

If you like beer, this is a wonderful place to go, with 72 varieties on tap. The food is amazing!



Clever Rabbit is a great place to eat, if you are a vegetarian, or if you don't feel like eating meat.

Clever Rabbit is a great place to eat, if you are a vegetarian, or if you don’t feel like eating meat.

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Remedy Cafe: a great place to relax!

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Remedy has at least 2 locations in Edmonton, one near the High Level Bridge on 109 Street, and another in Jasper Avenue and 104 Street (or 103?). They have delicious Indian food and a big selection of tea and coffee drinks. Their Kashmiri Chai is made with green tea and topped with rose petals and pistachio nuts. Yum!

Royal Alberta Museum

The Royal Alberta Museum is always a great place to visit

The Royal Alberta Museum is always a great place to visit

The Royal Alberta Museum is always a great place to visit, with excellent displays of Alberta’s aboriginal history, animals and dinosaurs, insects, rocks, and changing displays. Right now, the short-term display is about the Chinese restaurants that have been a constant part of the prairie provinces, since the railway was built.

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SO Many ESL resources!!

Sean Banville has worked at Voice of America, providing ESL materials that go with many of the news stories.  This site has many, many audio materials, reading materials, games, and other useful things to help you improve your English.  Take a look around, and tell me what you find.

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Take the Edmonton Streetcar

Take the Edmonton Streetcar

For travelling between Edmonton downtown and the Old Strathcona district in the summer, the streetcar is definitely the way to go! Bussing is a little bit slow, and very ordinary. Taking the streetcar gives you information about Edmonton’s history, and a great view of the river valley and downtown, from the top of the High Level Bridge.

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More listening practice!

There are many great listening resources available online.  Often, you can download the podcasts, to listen to on your phone or computer.  Also, there’s often a transcript or lesson plan, to help you learn even more.  Let me know what you think!

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CHEAP BOOKS!!!!!

This weekend is very exciting if you want to learn to read English better.  3 times a year, the Edmonton Public Library sells their extra books for an extremely good price.  It’s only $1 for most books, $2 for hardcovers and DVDs.  On Sunday, you can fill a box with books for only $10.  Bring cash!  You don’t need a library card.

 

http://www.epl.ca/programs-and-events/events/books2buy