Forty winks

Do you know the English expression “forty winks”? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning? Ken: I had a busy morning. I think I’ll catch forty winks. Emma: That’s a good idea. You look tired. Does it mean: a) wink 40 times b) take a nap c) drink coffee d) relax The answer … Continue reading Forty winks

As right as……

Can you complete this English expression? It means to be fine and healthy. As right as…… a) the sun b) rain c) snow d) clouds The answer is below!↓   Answer: b) rain As right as rain

レッスン 5: どこにいるの?
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レッスン 6: ジムはどこ?
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レッスン 8: お忙しいですか?
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レッスン 9: 寒いですか?
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アンナは今日の天気をスマホに質問します。ワシントン DC の天気はとても変わりやすいのです。はたして、スマホの答えは...?

レッスン 10: 家においでよ
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レッスン 11: これが私の住む地域
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レッスン 12: 私の家族
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レッスン 13: シェイクスピアの誕生日!
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レッスン 15: 人間観察が大好き!
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Fintech startups raised $34B in 2019
Manish Singh

Financial services startups raised less money in 2019 than they did in 2018 as VC firms looked to back late stage firms and focused on developing markets, a new report has revealed. According to research firm CB Insights’ annual report published this week, fintech startups across the world raised $33.9 billion* in total last year […]

Be out of (something)

Do you know the English expression “to be out of (something)“? Read the conversation below. Can you guess the meaning? Nathan: Oh no! We are out of milk! How am I going to eat my cereal? Liam: Why don’t you go and buy some now? Does it mean: a) to run out of something b) … Continue reading Be out of (something)

Pipe ……

Can you complete this English expression? It means “be quiet” or “be less noisy”. Pipe……. a) up b) off c) out d) down The answer is below!↓   Answer: d) down Pipe down!

[Easy English Blog] Teddy Bear Hunt

Today’s Easy English Blog is from Patricia in New Zealand! Coronavirus has changed our lives.   The government asked everyone to stay home.  The rules are very tough. People can go to the supermarket or the pharmacy. They can take walks.  All the schools are closed. Young children are very bored. Their parents take them for … Continue reading [Easy English Blog] Teddy Bear Hunt

Through….. and…….

Can you complete this English expression? It means “through good times and bad times”. Through……and…….. a) thick/thin b) hard/soft c) big/small d) tall/small The answer is below!↓   Answer: a) thick/thin Through thick and thin

[Easy English Blog] Too many feijoas

Today’s Easy English Blog is from Patricia in New Zealand! Do you know what feijoas are? Another name for feijoa is ‘pineapple guava’. Feijoas are a fruit. They come from South America.  In about 1900 they were grown in California and then about 100 years ago people started growing them in NZ. They grow well … Continue reading [Easy English Blog] Too many feijoas

Winning - FML

Today, I found out my fourteen-year-old daughter is making more money than me, thanks to babysitting and winning writing contests. FML

Voatz has raised $7 million in Series A funding for its mobile voting technology
Connie Loizos

Voatz, the four-year-old, Boston, Ma.-based voting and citizen engagement platform that has been at the center of debate over the merits and dangers of mobile voting, has raised $7 million in Series A funding. The round was co-led by Medici Ventures and Techstars, with participation from Urban Innovation Fund and Oakhouse Partners. Voatz, which current […]

Lemon or haunted? - FML

Today, our boiler broke. Yesterday, it was our fridge. The day before that, the deck collapsed, and a few weeks ago the dishwasher flooded the kitchen. This is after we spent a ton of money to have the house gutted due to a mold problem. We only bought the house a year ago, and have lived in it even less. We need to move. FML

It’s like watching….

Can you complete this English expression? It means “it’s very boring”. It’s like watching….. a) paint dry b) a bad movie c) TV commercials d) a parked car The answer is below!↓   Answer: a) paint dry It’s like watching paint dry

Cochlear Implants
Joe Kissell

With an external microphone and processing circuitry and tiny electrodes implanted into the cochlea, some deaf people can regain partial hearing. But is this a cure or an assault on entire culture?

Give InKind’s smarter giving platform brings in surprise $1.5 million in pre-seed funding
Devin Coldewey

Helping out a friend in need online can be surprisingly difficult. While giving cash is easy enough, that's often not what people need most — so Give InKind aims to be the platform where you can do a lot more than write a check. The idea is such a natural one that the company tripled its goal for a pre-seed round, raising $1.5 million from Seattle investors.

Robotics startup Picnic, known for its automated pizza assembly system, raises $5 million
Catherine Shu

Picnic, a robotics startup that focuses on food production, announced today that it has raised $5 million in additional seed funding. The new round was led by Creative Ventures, with participation from Flying Fish Partners and Vulcan Capital. The company also said it has hired Kennard Nielsen, a product engineer who worked on the first […]

Clumio raises $135M Series C for its backup as a service platform
Frederic Lardinois

Clumio, a 100-people startup that offers a SaaS-like service for enterprise backup, today announced that it has raised a $135 million Series C round, led by existing investor Sutter Hill Ventures and new investor Altimeter Captial. The announcement comes shortly after the company’s disclosure in August that it had quietly raised a total of $51 […]

Subscription service for Mac apps Setapp extends to teams
Romain Dillet

Setapp, the Spotify of Mac apps, is launching a new subscription plan specifically designed for teams. It is currently available as a public beta. As a reminder, Setapp lets you download and use 160 apps for a flat subscription fee. You don’t need to pay for major updates and there’s no in-app purchase. Anybody can […]

Facebook’s latest experiment is a meme creation app, Whale
Sarah Perez

Facebook’s NPE Team, a division inside the social networking giant that will build experimental consumer-facing social apps, has now added a third app to its lineup with the launch of meme creation app Whale. Currently, the app allows users to decorate photos with text and stickers in order to create memes that can be shared […]

San Francisco smokes Juul’s hopes by voting to keep e-cigarette ban
Natasha Lomas

Voters in San Francisco have resoundingly rejected an attempt to overturn a citywide ban on e-cigarettes by a margin of around 80:20. Reporting on the count in the Bay Area, CBS SF says at least 78 per cent of voters rejected the ballot measure, known as Proposition C. The measure had been heavily back by e-cigarette […]

Bunch, the Discord for mobile games, raises $3.85M from Supercell, Tencent, Riot Games
Jordan Crook

Growing up, Selcuk Atli spent a good deal of his free time playing video games with his friends. And when I say with his friends, I mean actually with them. They’re called LAN parties, where everyone brings over their consoles and the group gets to play together virtually and in real life, all at the […]

Sinclair leads $10.3M investment in rideshare advertising startup Octopus
Anthony Ha

Octopus Interactive, a startup bringing an interactive TV and ad experience into Uber and Lyft rides, has raised a $10.3 million funding round led by Sinclair Digital Group. Backseat TVs mixing show snippets and commercials have become a common part of the taxi experience in New York City and elsewhere. Octopus is offering something of […]