📚 English Speeches' Newsletter #46

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Hello, English Speeches community!

As we unveil our 46th newsletter, we continue our mission to enhance your English learning journey with a blend of linguistic insight and cultural exploration. This edition promises to expand your horizons and deepen your understanding of English in diverse contexts.

  • Our English with News segment takes you through the fascinating celestial event of the 2024 total solar eclipse, illuminating key vocabulary and the science behind this natural wonder.

  • In Speak Like a Native, we delve into the idiom "in someone's shadow," offering a glimpse into English expressions that reflect the nuances of personal and professional relationships.

  • Article of the Week focuses on accelerating your writing skills, providing actionable tips to enhance clarity and effectiveness in communication.

  • Our English Speeches feature explores a compelling dialogue on mental health advocacy led by Selena Gomez. It’s a powerful conversation that merges emotional vocabulary with the importance of vulnerability and empowerment.

Join us as we embark on this week’s educational adventure, tailored to foster growth, inspire curiosity, and empower your English learning process. Let's embrace this journey together with enthusiasm and an open mind. Happy learning! 😊


Solar Eclipse 2024 Explained

This week, we dive into an awe-inspiring celestial event sweeping across North America on April 8—a total solar eclipse. For the first time since 2017, millions will witness daytime darkness as the moon passes directly between the Earth and the sun. This rare phenomenon will affect areas from northern Mexico to Maine, promising a unique spectacle of nature's grandeur.

Solar Eclipse GIF by NASA

Key Words:

  • Eclipse: (n.) An event in which the shadow of one celestial body falls on another. (A total solar eclipse will be visible across North America.)

  • Totality: (n.) The period during an eclipse when the sun is completely obscured. (During totality, the sky will darken, and stars may become visible.)

  • Path of Totality: (n.) The path across the Earth's surface where a total eclipse is visible. (The eclipse will travel from Texas to Maine, passing through several major cities.)

  • Celestial: (adj.) Relating to the sky or outer space. (Celestial events like solar eclipses fascinate people worldwide.)

  • Atmosphere: (n.) The envelope of gases surrounding the earth or another planet. (The eclipse allows a rare view of the sun's atmosphere, known as the corona.)

This solar eclipse not only offers a stunning visual experience but also serves as a powerful reminder of our planet's place in the wider universe. Observing such events can deepen our appreciation for the natural world and encourage interest in science and astronomy.


"In Someone's Shadow": Illuminating the Idiom

Projector I was snapping pics at the @fondazioneprada in Milan and I saw this lady with this beautiful white perforated skirt. She was japanese. When she moved around the place the light coming from the high windows projected her shadows and all those little holes on the concrete floor. I kept on following her for few moments, actually stalking her but in a subtle and gentle way. She didn’t notice me. I did notice her.

The phrase "in someone's shadow" originates from the straightforward notion of standing so close to someone that you are cast in their shadow, receiving less light. It has evolved to symbolize situations where an individual might be overlooked or receive less recognition due to the prominence of another person nearby, often in relationships, careers, or achievements.

This expression poignantly captures the dynamics of visibility and obscurity, reflecting on the importance of acknowledging individual contributions and talents, even when they might be obscured by those of others. Just as the eclipse casts shadows, reminding us of celestial events' impact on Earth, the idiom "in someone's shadow" encourages recognition of everyone's unique contributions outside of others' overshadowing presence.


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11 Tips to Improve Your Writing Faster

This week, we're diving into the enriching process of honing your writing skills. Just as mastering idioms can elevate your spoken English, refining your writing abilities is crucial for clear and effective communication.

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Here's a snapshot of the key insights:

  • Understanding the Basics: Grasping grammar and expanding your vocabulary are foundational steps.

  • Embracing Literature: Reading widely can significantly influence and improve your writing style.

  • Engaging in Education: Participating in writing workshops or classes offers structured learning paths.

  • Committing to Practice: Developing a routine for writing daily enhances skill and confidence.

Elevating your writing skills is a journey of continual learning and practice, deeply connected to understanding the cultural and linguistic intricacies of English. For a more comprehensive guide, explore the full article for valuable strategies and insights.


Selena Gomez: Advocacy in Mental Health Awareness

Join us in exploring a riveting discussion led by Selena Gomez, a prominent advocate for mental health awareness. Alongside professionals and advocates, Gomez delves into the power of vulnerability, the journey of overcoming stigma, and effective strategies for facing mental health challenges. This dialogue illuminates the path to empowerment and mutual support in navigating mental health.

Key Points for English Learners:

  • Engagement with Complex Sentences: The dialogue features intricate sentence structures ideal for learners aiming to grasp advanced English nuances.

  • Emotive Vocabulary: Words related to feelings and mental health advocacy provide a rich vocabulary context.

  • Real-Life Applications: The discussion offers practical insights into mental health, making it relevant for everyday understanding.


Let's test your understanding of English grammar and the key points in the speech above:

  1. "I guess for me, I have to be honest. I released a documentary and I was ________ to do it."
    A. excited
    B. terrified
    C. indifferent

  2. "But behind the scenes, what we don't get to see is the ________, the adversity, the struggle."
    A. happiness
    B. grind
    C. success

  3. "Taking care of your mental health can be as simple as getting enough ________."
    A. sleep
    B. attention
    C. food

Check your understanding and see if you've grasped the key points of the speech. The correct answers are waiting for you further down—keep reading to see how you did!


This section delves into the profound vocabulary used during the panel discussion led by Selena Gomez on mental health, illuminating two pivotal words: "vulnerability" and "empowerment."

Vulnerability: (n.) The quality or state of being exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally. In the context of mental health, it refers to the courage to share one’s struggles openly.

  • Example in a sentence: "Selena Gomez spoke about the vulnerability required to share her mental health journey through her documentary."

Empowerment: (n.) The process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one's life and claiming one's rights. In mental health discussions, it often refers to gaining the strength and confidence to navigate one's mental health journey.

  • Example in a sentence: "The panel discussion aimed at empowerment through shared experiences and strategies for mental health challenges."


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The journey of learning English is often shadowed by the fear of making mistakes, especially when it comes to speaking. This fear can lead to inaction, keeping you trapped in a cycle of doubt and apprehension. However, it's through taking action, stepping out of your comfort zone, and engaging in conversations that you can break this cycle.

Each time you speak, regardless of errors or mispronunciations, you're not just practicing English; you're cultivating confidence and courage. It's in these moments of challenge that you discover your ability to communicate, to connect, and to grow.

So, rather than letting the fear of speaking English keep you secluded, embrace the wisdom of stepping into action. Go out, start conversations, join language groups, or speak with friends. With every word you speak, you're not only conquering your fears but also paving your path to fluency. Remember, confidence and courage are born from action. Don't let fear hold you back—get out there and get busy with your English.


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We're grateful for your continued companionship on this language-learning voyage. Don't hesitate to share your thoughts, ideas, or inquiries. Together, we'll keep exploring, expanding, and expressing ourselves with confidence in the English language!

Keep learning and thriving,

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