What are daily lessons?
These short lessons cannot substitute speaking on a regular basis, which is the best way to improve. These lessons are a great way to keep improving in between lessons. They are short readings and videos selected by Marcus to help you save time and energy. It is not easy to stay motivated and even when you are motivated, it is difficult to find something new and interesting every day. I will take care of that for you, making it very simple for you to improve your English skills every single day!
Keep a “Daily Lesson” diary to track your progress and the new things that you learn, specifically the new sentence from the reading and video. You can easily come back and find all of the vocabulary words from the article on my website at a later date.
Improve your reading skills and vocabulary
Sandra Kunz wanted to keep working as a Walmart cashier even as the coronavirus spread. Despite a lung condition, the 72-year-old in Aurora, Colorado, needed to get her paycheck, according to her sister, Paula Spellman. Her husband, Gus, was injured and out of work, and the couple had bills due. Kunz died on April 20 from complications related to the coronavirus, her sister said. Gus, who was also sick from the virus, died two days before his wife. While it is unclear how the couple contracted the virus, Spellman said her sister had expressed concerns about customers at Walmart coughing on her at the cash register. Walmart says it has instituted several safety measures in its stores, including providing masks and erecting sneeze guards, or plexiglass barriers, to protect its workers from the coronavirus. The cash register has emerged as the most dangerous place in the store, according to public health and worker safety experts. Every item cashiers touch, scan and bag has been handled by customers and other workers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it is possible that a person can get coronavirus by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it.
spread – open out (something) so as to extend its surface area, width, or length
despite – without being affected by; in spite of.
lung – each of the pair of organs situated within the ribcage, consisting of elastic sacs with branching passages into which air is drawn
paycheck – a salary or wages cheque made out to an employee.
according to – as stated by or in
injured – harmed, damaged, or impaired.
due – (of a payment) required at a certain time.
unclear – not easy to see, hear, or understand.
contracted – catch or develop (a disease or infectious agent).
coughing – expel air from the lungs with a sudden sharp sound.
cash register – a machine used in shops that has a drawer for money and totals, displays, and records the amount of each sale.
instituted – introduce or establish (a scheme, undertaking, or policy).
several – more than two but not many.
providing – make available for use; supply.
sneeze – make a sudden involuntary expulsion of air from the nose and mouth due to irritation of one’s nostrils.
item – an individual article or unit, especially one that is part of a list, collection, or set.
Optional Reading Assignment
Chose one sentence from the reading that you think can be useful for you to learn and send it to me in a message on WhatsApp.
Sandra Kunz ha voluto continuare a lavorare come cassiera di Walmart anche quando il coronavirus si è diffuso. Nonostante le condizioni polmonari, la settantaduenne di Aurora, in Colorado, aveva bisogno di ricevere il suo stipendio, secondo la sorella, Paula Spellman. Suo marito, Gus, era ferito e senza lavoro, e la coppia aveva delle bollette da pagare. Kunz è morto il 20 aprile per complicazioni legate al coronavirus, ha detto la sorella. Gus, anch’egli malato del virus, è morto due giorni prima della moglie. Anche se non è chiaro come la coppia abbia contratto il virus, Spellman ha detto che la sorella aveva espresso preoccupazione per i clienti del Walmart che le tossivano addosso alla cassa. Walmart dice di aver istituito diverse misure di sicurezza nei suoi negozi, tra cui la fornitura di maschere e l’installazione di protezioni anti-starnuto, o barriere in plexiglas, per proteggere i suoi lavoratori dal coronavirus. Il registratore di cassa è emerso come il luogo più pericoloso del negozio, secondo gli esperti di salute pubblica e sicurezza dei lavoratori. Ogni articolo che i cassieri toccano, scansionano e imbustano è stato maneggiato dai clienti e dagli altri lavoratori. Il Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dice che è possibile che una persona possa contrarre il coronavirus toccando una superficie o un oggetto che contiene il virus.
Improve your listening skills
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Optional Video Assignment
Send me a message on WhatsApp with one of the complete sentences or phrases that you learned from the video!