English Lesson Library

When cemeteries run out of space

What happens when cemeteries run out of burial plots?

February 2, 2023

Death is forever, but at many cemeteries, a burial plot may not be. That’s because some cemeteries are running out of space for new caskets. What can be done about it? Here are some ways different cultures deal with this grave problem. Plus, learn what it means to be ‘short’ (but not in stature).

Cryptocurrencies are highly volatile assets.

Collapse of FTX: what happened and what comes next

January 30, 2023

FTX was a cryptocurrency futures exchange. However, the firm suddenly collapsed into bankruptcy in late 2022, leaving millions of customers without their deposits. The 30-year-old founder is charged with fraud and could face over 100 years in jail. Plus, learn English phrasal verb “pay up.”

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Winnie-the-Pooh is a killer (and other scary tales of expired copyright)

January 26, 2023

Copyright on films, drawings, and literature lasts a long time…but it doesn’t last forever. While classic novels have been in the public domain for decades, some Hollywood icons like Winnie the Pooh are entering the public domain, allowing anyone to create re-makes of beloved characters. Plus, learn English phrasal verb “slim down.”

Banks like this one can suffer liquidity or solvency crises.

Banking crises of the past hold lessons for crypto today

January 23, 2023

How does a bank get in trouble? It’s usually one of two problems: a liquidity crisis or a solvency crisis. Both are bad, but a solvency crisis is worse. Knowing this can help us understand the crypto crises of the present day. Plus, learn English expression “sour on.”

Treatments for Alzheimer's disease have been elusive for scientists.

New drug aims to reduce progression of Alzheimer’s disease

January 16, 2023

A new drug has been shown to slow the progress of Alzheimer’s disease by targeting protein buildup in the brain. While this drug makes just a small difference, it opens up a new avenue for treatments in the future. Plus, learn the English expression “show promise.”

Doha is the capital of Qatar

Was Qatar a good choice? The pros and cons of 2022’s World Cup host

January 12, 2023

Qatar, the first World Cup host in the Middle East, faced criticism for its migrant labor system and human rights record. Critics questioned whether the country won the rights to host the tournament fairly. But it was time for the World Cup to go to the Middle East–and Qatar wasn’t nearly as bad as some previous hosts.

Lusail Stadium

Looking back on the 2022 World Cup

January 9, 2023

The World Cup was full of on- and off-the-field stories. Argentina won in a thrilling final on penalties, making host Qatar the real winner. Morocco carried the banner of the Arab world into the semifinals. Germany and Belgium took early flights home. Plus, learn the English expression “grow closer.”