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By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.

Helen Hunt Jackson - September
The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Chrysanthemums.
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.

John Updike, September
Learn English in September

Listening practice: BBC Shorts

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Did you know that the BBC have many short videos coming out all the time on all kinds of interesting topics?

These are great for practicing listening to different accents, different speeds of speaking and vocabulary. And typically just five minutes or less, they are easy to listen to and if you don't understand everything the first time, just replay it.

Here are just a few examples:

Conspiracy theories: The list of conspiracy theories is endless. But why - and how - do they take root? There are three key ingredients to look out for.
https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/three-ways-to-spot-a-conspiracy-theory/p07j9sjk

Too much stuff: Modern life just seems to be full of... well, stuff! But why do we have so much of it?
https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/why-do-we-have-so-much-stuff/p07jm4xc

Digital addiction: The Oxford Internet Institute's Professor Andrew Przybylski argues "digital addiction" is a myth.
https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/is-technology-addiction-a-myth/p07ggx85?playlist=algorithms-and-ai-what-kind-of-world-do-we-want

Negative side of positive thinking: Can it be true? This video looks at The downsides of positive thinking and whether this and optimism actually have a harmful effect on our wellbeing. (You don't have to agree...)
https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/the-downsides-of-positive-thinking/p07c6sb6

Go to the video homepage for the full list of videos: https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/

If you want regular updates, you can sign up to a weekly newsletter that updates you on new videos: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3SmP7yyHH35rJMYK40pNxnW/emails-made-for-you

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