The English Challenge Page for:
DECEMBER 2005

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This page is for advanced ESL English students who want to be challenged!

Every week I post an advanced English lesson on this page. These lessons are intended to be very difficult and challenging.

Past English Challenges:
November 2005 October 2005 September 2005 AUGUST 2005 July 2005 June 2005 May 2005


( Jump to the challenge for the week of December 10 )



English Challenge for the week of December 17, 2005

The Good Wife's Guide.
(Focuses on advanced vocabulary)

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In this weeks English lesson you will hear passages taken from the "Good Wife's Guide", published in the May 1955 issue of Housekeeping Monthly. This article is a good example as to how things have changed over the last fifty-five years.

This lesson should bring a smile to your face as well as teach you some new vocabulary.

After you finish this lesson you can read the entire "Good Wife's Guid" by clicking here .





English Challenge for the week of December 10, 2005

A history lesson about Hot Springs in Japan
(Focuses on the words: composition, unwind, dedicated, soothe and extraordinarily.)

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I travel to Japan at least once a year. One of the things that I always look forward to is spending a night at a hot spring resort (onsen).

This weeks' lesson features several passages about Japanese Hot Springs. You will learn about the history of one of the most famous Hot Springs in Japan, which is located in the Hokkaido village Jozankei.

The lesson will test your knowledge of advanced English vocabulary. As a bonus you may learn something new about the history of the hot springs in Jozankei.

In this lesson the history of the Shika-no-Yu hotel is featured. After you finish this lesson you can visit this historical hotels website by clicking here .