“They said what!?” #3


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Hello everybody and welcome back to the Teachify podcast review.

For those of you who listened to podcast #28 – ‘Charities’ then not only will you have had the pleasure of hearing Lewis’ delightfully strong  Yorkshire tones, but you will also know that he was joined by another rich and poetic northern accent and the voice behind the review, as I (Ash!) had the pleasure of joining Lewis for the discussion about charitable organisations and Non-Government Organisations (NGO’s).

So, charities – what are they? Lewis gave a rather good definition off the top of his head. Can you remember it? “Charities are non-governmental organisations that serve the purpose of providing support, funding, help and aid to vulnerable people, groups, animals and centres for disease research”.

Ok, ok, I may have embellished that a little but that’s what artistic license is for, no? And anyway, “teamwork makes the dream work!”

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There are some organisations that are synonymous with the word ‘charities’. We mentioned several of those well known charities, UNICEF, WWF and Greenpeace to name but a few. Which organisations come to mind when you think of charities?

During the podcast I was put on the spot by Lewis and he asked me to give him a hand in describing how charities work. Fortunately for me,  he was impressed with my answer – can you remember it?

It was highlighted that Charities can vary from a small local entity to a large corporation. Both are of great importance in helping the needy but Lewis wanted to know which I thought were more beneficial (It’s safe to say that he had prepared several difficult questions for me!).

With my answer, I decided to sit on the fence. It’s all  a matter of perspective and personal opinions and it can be hard to definitively say which is “better”. They both have their pros and cons.

If you forced me into a decision I would be inclined to favour local charities, due to the fact that some of the larger, global organisations make substantial profits. Which as a charitable organisation can be sometimes difficult to justify.

However, there is the argument to be made in spite of these organisations and their CEO’s making large personal profits. Provided that there is a substantial benefit and aid for the charities in question then it is a necessary “evil” (for lack of a better word) and thats the way it goes.

At the end of the day, some charity is better than no charity. Maybe we can all try to spare a few quid.


Who likes jokes?!

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What’s a joke? …Lewis and Ash’s memory!

For those of you who answered the question above with an enthusiastic “I LOVE JOKES!!!” then unfortunately I have bad news for you. Lewis and I made the unforgivable mistake of forgetting to tell a joke at the end of the podcast. 

So those of you who were expecting to be in tears right now, then I must apologise once again. It won’t happen again!


Interesting Vocabulary:

off the top of his head; to say something immediately, without thinking carefully about it or checking the facts.

Vulnerable; exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally.

Embellished; to add or change some details of a story, usually to make it more interesting or exciting.

Artistic licence; the way in which artists or writers change facts in order to make their work more interesting or beautiful.

Synonymous: closely associated with or suggestive of something.

Come to mind; To suddenly or immediately materialise in one’s mind.

Be put on the spot: have to answer a difficult question or make a difficult decision. 

Give someone a hand: To help someone.

The needy: People in need of help.

To be inclined; to have an opinion about something, but not a strong opinion.

Profits; to make money, not a loss

In spite of; without being affected by the particular factor mentioned.

That’s the way it goes; that’s life. 

To be in tears: consider something hilarious/very funny. 

Teachify Case Studies – Twitter

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In today’s Teachify case study we are going to be having a look at Twitter. At the time of writing Twitter is the 4th most valuable social media website in the world, valued at an estimated $13 billion!

Twitter founder Jack Dorsey first had the idea of Twitter whilst he was working at Odeo, a podcasting company. Unfortunately the domain name Twitter.com was already taken, so the project began life as twttr, however the domain name Twitter.com was eventually bought after 6 months. Jack Dorsey posted the first ever tweet on March 21st 2006.

The prototype of Twitter remained an exclusive internal service for Odeo employees until July 15th when the full version was released. Later in the year Dorsey acquired Odeo along with Twitter.com, though Twitter would become its own company in 2007.

After the South by Southwest conference Twitter saw a huge increase in popularity, going from 20,000 tweets per day to 60,000 tweets per day. Between 2007 and 2010 Twitter would continue to grow rapidly. By June 2010 there were around 750 tweets being sent per second!

At the beginning of the new decade Twitter revamped it’s homepage, introducing ‘New Twitter.’ This revamp allowed users to view images and videos without the need to navigate away from Twitter. By late 2012 Twitter had 200 million active monthly users.

Initially Twitter had primarily attracted older professional users, however the app became more mainstream once celebrities such as Britney Spears and Shaquille O’ Neal began using the app.  As the app allows you to share what is on your mind at any given point during the day, Twitter usually sees an increase in use around the times of big international events, for example the FIFA world cup, high profile deaths and elections. For this reason Twitter is often a source for ‘breaking news’ updates from around the world.

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From 2015 Twitter began to see a decline in popularity with the rise of other social media platforms such as Instagram. That said, the app has remained culturally relevant due to its association with  social movements such as Black Lives Matter and the #Metoo.

Another reason for the continued relevance of Twitter is its use by US president Donald Trump throughout his election campaign and presidency. The controversial president often uses Twitter to share ideas and communicate with his fanbase.

Similar to other social media websites like Facebook, Twitter has also received a lot of criticism regarding its role in spreading misinformation. Earlier this year Twitter announced that it would be flagging tweets that may contain misleading information. In May Twitter marked a tweet criticizing mail in ballots by US President Donald Trump as potentially misleading. Trump responded by signing an executive order ‘preventing online censorship.’

Despite the app’s slight decrease in popularity, Twitter remains one of the most influential websites in the world, alongside Google, Facebook and Instagram.

Let's see What you Remember from the text!

  1. What was the original name of the Twitter website.
  2. When did Jack Dorsey send his very first twet?
  3. What was new Twitter?
  4. Why did Donald Trump sign an executive order preventing online censorship?

Useful Vocabulary

Prototype – Original version

Revamped – Changed

Mainstream – Popular

Breaking News – Newly received information.

Misinformation – False Information

Flagging – Marking


“They said what!?” – 2. Confidence

Boost your confidence!

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Hello everybody and welcome back to the second edition of the Teachify podcast review! 

Readers who are returning for volume two, then a big thankyou for doing so! Last week must have made quite an impression hey!? 

For those of you who are new readers to our new weekly podcast review, fear not, for you haven´t missed out on too much wonderful content. Like I mentioned, this is only our second week , but if you would like to catch up on last weeks content, then you can do so here.

Now that pleasantries have taken place, lets cut to the chase. This week on the podcast, Lewis discussed the topic of  ´Confidence´. Some people have tonnes of it, and some people have none at all, but all of us require it in at some point in our lives. 

But hang on a second, what exactly is confidence?

Lewis refrained from imparting his pearls of definition wisdom and opinion on us (at least for this week!) but did tell us what he discovered ON the internet  (that’s right ON the internet, never IN). 

Confidence is the ability to believe in yourself, to feel comfortable in your own skin and staying true to yourself. 

There can be no doubt that confidence is a desirable trait. People are more likely to belive you or to be inspired by you. Confidence is an attractive quality, people want to be surrounded by confident people. 

There are many perks to oozing confidence, so who wouldn´t want to be confident!?

For many people, confidence is a necessity in achieving success. What that success relates to is subjective, it can relate to both professional and personal life. What is certain, is that confidence leads to success, which consequently results in happiness. 

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At some time in our lives we all face barriers, obstacles or difficulties that prevents us from feeling as confident as we want to be.

Previous experiences can lead to you lacking confidence or feeling self-concious, and although these things can be difficult to overcome, it is only ourselves who can determine our level of self-confidence.

The ability to project confidence is something that we can all do and something that we should all aim to achieve.

However, the all important question is…how??

What can I do to improve my confidence, my self-esteem or my self-worth?  Lewis mentioned a classic proverb  during the podcast, can you remember it? It references that should an individual fail to prepare adequately for any given task, then they should expect to fail. I would think that this is applicable to everybody, and highlights the importance of being prepared in all walks of life.

For other people, little more is required to improve their confidence than a few cheeky beers or a few glasses of wine.

We call this ´Dutch Courage´, and for the history aficionados or the merely curious amomgst you, the term originated many years ago in the early 17th century. British troops were fighting French King Louis XIV alongside their Dutch allies, and it is widely believed that they appreciated the confidence boosting  effects of Jenever (Dutch gin) before heading into battle!

What works best?

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In the podcast a list was put together, of tips and techniques to help with gaining and maintaining confidence. We´re not going to review them all in this post, as I encourage you to do that yourself and decide which works best for you. However my two preferred suggestions are what some may consider as polar opposites, and these are;

  1. To focus on things that we are good at.  Because we are good at something, we believe in ourselves, and we are able to exude confidence. What things are you good at?  I´m quite sure you won´t have to think too hard for something!!
  2. To go outside our comfort zone! As was mentioned, this one is somewhat of a contradiction to the suggestion above, but by trying something new and different, and achieving small goals, we realise we are able to succeed in areas that we once thought we might have failed. Thus giving us a tremendous confidence boost!

Which of these do you consider to be more beneficial in achieving confidence? Have you experience with both?To

History Lessons?

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So there we have it, a little insight into confidence as we view it here at Teachify. I hope you enjoyed your short English and History lesson (two for the price of one WOOHOO!!) and I encourage you all to try and believe in yourselves just a little bit more.

Before I leave you, i´m sure you have been eagerly anticipating this weeks joke.

I must warn you about our jokes, they´re  just like a box of chocolates….you don´t always know what you´re going to get. Some are good and some not so much….

Whats’ Forrest Gump’s password? 1forrest1

What was that?

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Interesting vocabulary:

To make an impression: to cause someone to notice and admire you.

Catch up: do tasks which one should have done earlier.

Cut to the chase: stop wasting time.

Tonnes: To possess a large amount of a given quality.

Hang on: to wait.

Refrained: stop oneself from doing something.

Oozing/exude confidence: to be very confident.

To Project: to appear confident.

Dutch courage: confidence gained by having an alcoholic drink. 

Troops: soldiers.

Go outside your comfort zone: doing things that you don’t feel comfortable doing

Confidence boost: to become confident.