Our students love Engoo Daily News – our English learning materials which have students and tutors discuss interesting events and topics from around the world. In fact, about 40% of lessons taken on our platform last year involved a Daily News lesson!
So what were students discussing in 2021? Let's get a glimpse through the 10 most popular lessons.
#10 Study: Video Games May Make People Happier
Video games sometimes have a poor reputation. But did you know they can make people happier?
A study from the University of Oxford has found that people who spend more time playing video games may be happier and have a better feeling of well-being than those who play less.
Why is this? And what video games were tested? Find out for yourself!
#9 This Collar Tells You How Your Dog Feels
If you've ever wanted to know how your dog is feeling, now's your chance!
A new collar from a South Korean company can tell dog owners how their pets are feeling.
How does it work? And what are some other ways you can use to check your dog's feelings? Read the rest of this piece to find out!
#8 Study Finds the Simple Pleasures We Love the Most
What do you think are the small things people around the world love the most?
In a study, researchers asked adults in the UK, US, Singapore, and Australia about the small things that make them happy.
Check out the results of the study here, and don't forget to discuss your favorite simple pleasures with a tutor!
#7 The Most Deadly Jobs in the US
There were 5,333 fatal work injuries in the US in 2019, according to the country's Department of Labor. That is equivalent to one death every 99 minutes.
What industries are these deaths occurring in? And what are the most dangerous jobs? Find out by reading the rest of this piece.
#6 New Robot Kitchen Can Cook and Clean
Do you like to cook? What about cleaning up afterwards? Even if you answered "yes" to the first question, your answer to the second one was probably "no." Well, here's some good news!
A British technology company has created what it says is the world's first fully automated kitchen system that can cook food and clean up after itself.
But how does this work? And more importantly, can we afford it? Find out in the article.
#5 Study: People Work Longer Hours at Home
How do we know that people work longer hours at home?
Virtual private network company NordVPN Teams looked at how long people were logged into its private business networks. According to this research, people in many parts of Europe and North America are now working more hours than they did before the coronavirus pandemic began.
This isn't the case for every country though! Find out who's working less at home here.
#4 The Best Road Trips Around the World
Road trips are a great way to really get to know a country and to see more than just the major cities and tourist sites. Here are some of the best road trip routes around the world.
So where are these road trips and what sights will they show you? Find out here.
#3 Which Countries Have the Most Public Holidays?
How many public holidays does your country have?
Around the world, the average is 11 public holidays a year.
But some countries have over 20! Find out which countries these are in the article.
#2 Study: More Money Really Could Make You Happier
There's a famous saying that goes, "Money can't buy happiness." But is that really true?
A new study has found that not only can money buy happiness, but the more money a person makes, the happier they may be.
Do you agree with this statement? Read the article to see what the study says.
#1 What Are the New Seven Wonders of the World?
Did you know that in 2007, over 100 million people voted on what they believe are the new seven wonders of the world?
The first list of the Seven Wonders of the World was created in the second century BC. In 2001, filmmaker Bernard Weber started the New7Wonders Foundation to create a new list.
Find out what the new seven wonders are here.
Which Article Did You Like?
In 2021, it seems Engoo students most enjoyed news lessons on happiness, wellbeing, and travel. If you liked these lessons too, make sure to discuss them with one of our professional English tutors!
Each Daily News lesson comes with discussion questions you can use to spark conversation, so you'll improve your English speaking skills while talking about topics you like.
And if happiness and travel aren't your thing, remember you can find Daily News lessons on all sorts of topics. Try searching for your favorite topic in the search bar!