The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over (Oct. 2021) and many countries are still facing high infection rates, deaths and severe economic consequences of the virus. Nevertheless, there have been some positive things that have come out of the pandemic, and we’ll talk about them in this podcast.
Email from Hamza Haji from Ethiopia
In Ethiopia, there are many things that are going on, but this September, it is time to go back to school. I’ll start my 8th grade this upcoming 2014 EC year. Even though there is a war in the Northern part of my country, the school will be reopened soon and we’ll start studying.
I’ve some questions for you today. How can I identify word stress, and how can I improve my pronunciation?
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Voice message from Juan from Argentina.
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Voice message from Yasmin from Cordoba who has passed the B2 First exam
You’ve helped me to improve a lot my fluency (improved my fluency a lot)
‘It can leave us a good taste’ – It can leave us with a good taste in our mouths.
Lessons learned from the COVID pandemic
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Special Episode http://www.inglespodcast.com/304
- We’ve become more aware of germs and how they spread.
We wash our hands more, wear masks and use hand gel. (I haven’t caught a cold for a while!)
- Remote health calls have taken the pressure off GPs.
- Hospital nurses and health care workers are appreciated more.
- Lower carbon emissions. Nature flourishing.
- (Online) Community and technology are perhaps more important than we had previously thought.
- We’re not always in control of our lives. It’s good to be reminded.
- It’s important to focus on a healthy work-life balance. – More hobbies, outdoor activities and time with loved-ones.
- More discerning about information sources. There’s a lot of fake news out there. The COVID pandemic has made us more aware that if one group says exactly the opposite of what another group says is the truth, they can’t both be right.
- Increased awareness that we aren’t informed about everything. Though conspiracy theories can be dangerously misleading, there’s a lot of information that is deliberately withheld. The lack of certainties about COVID 19 has helped people understand this. About two years after the pandemic started nobody knows for sure, in this globally connected world, where and how it started? Hard to believe that NOBODY knows.
- Change and adapting to new norms can be difficult, but it always presents opportunities.
Have we forgotten any positive things from the COVID-19 pandemic? If something good has happened to you because of the global lockdown, we’d love to hear about it so that we can spread some good news – and so that you can practise your English!
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