Drama Film

You'll be able to not beat a sensible romantic film snuggled up tight to your husband/wife in the dark time, whether it's a romantic comedy, a weepy film or just a nice love drama film and here are ten romantic films for you and you are wife/husband to relish a cozy night in together.Titanic that includes Leonardo Dicaprio as Jack Dawson, Kate Winslet as Rose DeWitt Bukater, Great film to snuggle up on the sofa at night.Ghost that has the late Patrick Swayze as Sam Wheat, Demi Moore as Molly Jenson and Whoopi Goldberg as Oda Mae Brown, if this doesn't send you all goose bumpy then I don't apprehend what will. This is often often a tremendous romantic movie.Cannot get me love featuring Patrick Dempsey as Ronald Miller, Amanda Peterson as Cynthia (Cindy) Mancini a nice film to observe the lengths someone in love will go to. Romantic film at it's best.Pretty Girl starring Richard Gere as Edward Lewis, Julia Roberts as Vivian Ward. This romantic film might be a laugh out loud however weepy sometimes with nice songs throughout the film too.Shirley Valentine that includes Pauline Collins as Shirley Valentine Bradshaw, Tom Conti as Costas Caldes, Bernard Hill as Joe Bradshaw and Joanna Lumley as Marjorie. This romantic film may be a nice watch and you will be in a position to watch time and once more again.An officer and a gentleman that includes Richard Gere as Zachery (Zack) Mayo, Debra Winger as Paula Pokrifki, This romantic movie is amazing, every lady's dream to be whisked off from work by a person that falls for you and is additionally carrying uniform. What a ton of might a lady ask for.My best friends wedding starring Julia Roberts as Julianne Potter, Dermot Mulroney as Michael O'Neil, Cameron Diaz as Kimberly Wallace. This movie is nice for an evening in along with popcorn and quilt on the sofa.Sleepless in Seattle that includes Tom Hanks as Sam Baldwin, Meg Ryan as Annie Reed. This romantic film is unhappy and a very little little bit of a weepy but terribly romantic and heartfelt.When Harry met Sally starring Meg Ryan as Sally Albright, Billy Crystal as Harry Burns and Carrie Fisher as Marie a great film primarily based around girls and men will not be friends as a result of they are the choice sex that can get among the means of a friendship. Nice romantic movie tons of laughable moments too.Dirty Dancing that includes Patrick Swayze as Johnny Castle, Jennifer Gray as Frances (Baby) Houseman a glorious romantic movie and even higher if you like music too. This film is nice, action packed and filled with drama and dance.Therefore there we have it a lot of romantic movies to watch whilst spending time with you are husband/wife on a huge day like valentines day, anniversaries or merely to pay time along snuggled up on the sofa with the popcorn, a bottle of wine and each other.These romantic films will have you each laughing, crying and tingling with goose bumps sometimes, undoubtedly romantic movies to remember.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can an Autobiography be made into a Drama film?
    My autobiography was published in 2004, about abuse and the the death of my son. Is there a way that I can have it made into a Drama film or similar?

    • ANSWER:
      sure, I can't see why not. I would think if it were for tv or a movie that it would be tweaked to interest the viewer. Why not contact a producer.

  2. QUESTION:
    What are some good family or family drama films?
    I'm looking for some good family, and family drama films. I know they are quite the different genre, but I thought I'd put them in one question.

    Examples of films I have enjoyed in these genres:

    - Zathura
    - The Hole
    - The War
    - My Fathers Glory
    - Sling Blade
    - Dear Frankie
    - Welcome to the Riley's
    - The Boys are Back
    - Canvas

    etc.

    Any suggestions would be great. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Re; Family;
      Mosquito Coast (Harrison Ford drama)
      Meet The Applegates
      Cheaper By The Dozen
      Honey I Shrunk The Kids
      Lost In Space

  3. QUESTION:
    Why Up, a CGI animated film is considered to be a drama film?
    I can't find any CGI aniamted drama film any where!

    • ANSWER:
      Up (2009) isn't CGI, it's an animated film. CGI is cartoon images they shoe-horn into live-action movies and try to convince us, unconvincingly, they don't look like anything but cartoons, like Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1998). They're getting slightly better at CGI, see Spiderman (2002) vs. The Avengers (2012), but not much. It still looks extremely fake and cartoon-like and my disbelief is rarely suspended.

  4. QUESTION:
    What are some good periodic/ historical drama films?
    I wanted to know what some good periodic/ historical drama films are? I have seen The Other Boleyn Girl, Pride and Prejudice, and The Young Victoria and really liked them, but i was wondering what some other good ones are? Preferably newer ones, thanks 😀

    PS, movies, not series.

    • ANSWER:
      Just do a search for "costume drama":

      Sense and Sensibility (1995)
      Sharpe's Company (1994)
      Sharpe's Battle (1995)
      Sharpe's Eagle (1993)
      Sharpe's Enemy (1994)
      Sharpe's Gold (1995)
      Sharpe's Honour (1994)
      Sharpe's Rifles (1993)
      Sharpe's Sword (1995)
      Sharpe's Waterloo (1997)
      Sharpe's Challenge (2006)
      Sharpe's Peril (2008
      The Brothers Grimm (2005)
      David Copperfield (1999)
      Dorian Gray (2009)
      Miss Potter (2006)

      I like the Sharpe stuff, and recommend it, it's military though and if you want girls in crinoline, this ain't it.

  5. QUESTION:
    What is your favorite Drama film of all time?
    Its jut a survey.
    My favorite drama film is "Titanic".

    • ANSWER:
      "long days journey into night" and or anything with Katherine Hepburn really.

  6. QUESTION:
    where can i buy the tv drama film when i was 12?
    where can i buy the tv drama film when i was 12.iv looked everywhere but had no luck.or if you have got it on dvd could you please do me a copy of it.and ill pay you for it thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      phillip - I looked at all of the websites below and none of them have the movie you are looking for...Sorry:

      Target.com
      AMAZON.com
      HotMovieSale.com
      MoviesUnlimited.com
      BizRate.com
      OverStock.com
      Tower.com

  7. QUESTION:
    I need a good drama film to watch?
    Well I am totally obsessed with Drama films, and i'm looking for a good one to watch. Maybe something dealing with family issues or possible something dealing with childhood issues.
    Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
      Fried Green Tomatoes
      Big Fish
      Secondhand Lions
      The Virgin Suicides
      Pay it Forward
      Here on Earth
      Radio Flyer
      The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
      Seven Pounds
      The Pursuit of Happyness
      Now and Then
      Stand By Me
      The Good Son
      Down in the Valley
      Little Miss Sunshine
      The Man in the Moon
      Beaches
      What's Eating Gilbert Grape?
      Edward Scissorhands
      The Basketball Diaries
      This Boy's Life
      The Beach
      Revolutionary Road
      Rendition

  8. QUESTION:
    Should movie companies focus on making drama films?
    Should movie companies keep on doing inspirational films? What would be the effect of inspirational/ drama films? Thanks for your answers.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes they should!!! :)

  9. QUESTION:
    How to find cheap indoor filming location in London?
    I'm producing a short film as my dissertation project. It's a drama film about a painter who has an Asperger's syndrome. The vast majority of scenes take place in his apartment, which has warehouse convention look. As I am a student, I can't afford location agencies. Where else should I look?

    • ANSWER:
      You could join your Local LETS group, where people basically exchange energy. They usually have there own none monetary currency, so you dod not necessarily have to swap with the same person who has done a task for you.
      You may find someone who is willing to let you use their apartment. You will have to offer your services, maybe you could offer to film techniques or any other skills you have.

      use this link and clink on find a LETS group.
      http://www.letslinkuk.net/home/find-lets.htm

      Alternatively you could put an advert up at college and see if anyone is willing to help out.

  10. QUESTION:
    How to find cheap indoor filming location in London?
    I'm producing a short film as my dissertation project. It's a drama film about a painter who has an Asperger's syndrome. The vast majority of scenes take place in his apartment, which has warehouse convention look. As I am a student, I can't afford location agencies. Where else should I look?

    • ANSWER:
      You might try a public building.

  11. QUESTION:
    What are the best Deeply Affecting Drama films ever?
    What are the best Deeply Affecting Drama films ever?..that deeply affects you...that you are not able to come out it for many days?

    • ANSWER:
      Forest Gump!!!

  12. QUESTION:
    What is the message conveyed by the film The Guardian?
    Hello,
    I was wondering, what is actually the message that the movie The Guardian conveys? (The Guardian is a 2006 action-adventure drama film starring Kevin Costner, Ashton Kutcher, and Melissa Sagemiller. The film was released on September 29, 2006 and was directed by Andrew Davis.)
    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      You mean other than mother nature can be a Bee-Yatch.....and the middle of the Atlantic, is no place for a small boat to break down?

      Ehhhhhhh, the message was the same as any Costner film........

      he always plays these larger than life characters, who has to be the hero, of course.

      That guy must break his arm patting himself on his back so much. Has he EVER played a role, where we WASN'T all that?

      Did you know..........his first acting gig.......was playing a corpse, in a coffin?

      Must have been a real STRETCH for him. Bahahahahhahahaahahahaahahaa.

  13. QUESTION:
    Are there any adult drama films out there?
    So I was watching "Pirates: Stagnetti's Revenge" and I just couldn't take the movie seriously at all. All the pornos out there are usually so unrealistic and goofy. My question is: Are there any adult drama films out there? I would like to see a porno that is pretty much like a regular drama film but when there's sex scenes they do it for real instead of just faking it.

    Best Regards.

    • ANSWER:

  14. QUESTION:
    How could I start a career as a film director?
    I am 15 and have made a couple action war drama films. But I want to get famous and become a great movie director. Give me a great answer and you might get 10 points.

    • ANSWER:
      You're going to want to go to film school and learn all the necessaries. After you finish film school start making independent films, and after you have enough experience studios will begin hiring you to direct films and commercials. You just have to work your way up from there. After you earn a name for yourself, you'll be able to direct your own stuff.

      In the mean time, try entering video contests as a teenager, I earned a few college scholarships by entering and winning film contests.

  15. QUESTION:
    How could I start a career as a film director?
    I am 15 and have made a couple action war drama films. But I want to get famous and become a great movie director. Give me a great answer and you might get 10 points.

    • ANSWER:
      Excerpted from the book, "What I Really Want to Do: On Set in Hollywood"

      You may actually get your first directing opportunity via a direct relationship you have with an established Producer, Studio Executive, or Actor. Building those connections means living and working in places where those people are.

      To that end, while you are writing and/or selling yourself with previous projects you ve created (e.g., short films, screenplays), you should be willing to go to work in the industry no matter how menial your jobs might be. Working as a PA in the production office or as a member of the technical crew will give you some access to those with power who can help you become a Director. Nearly as important, working within the industry gives you opportunities to really learn the nut-and-bolts process that gets a movie made. This experience will be invaluable if you ever get the chance to make a living as a Director. You ve got your dream to pursue, but you also have to keep yourself clothed, fed, and sheltered in the meantime. The trick here is that while you are working in the industry as something other than a Director, you have to enjoy the journey toward your goal because that dream is elusive and may never be realized.

      You have to prove to someone with money and/or power that you have the talent and skill required to guide a cast and crew in the creation of an entertaining and profitable product. Any previous experience you have, screenplays you ve written, projects you ve directed, and relationships you ve developed all contribute toward getting you jobs that put money into your bank account.

      There is no single way to do this and no guarantee that any of those elements will put you in the Director s chair. A certain amount of luck is involved, in that you must meet the right people at the right time. However, you can improve your chances by being prepared for these opportunities when they arrive. Don t just have an idea for a film. Take all the spare moments you have to sit down and write the screenplay so that when you meet a person who is interested in you and the idea, you ll have something tangible to give him. Instead of buying luxuries like big-screen TVs or a nice car, invest that money into producing a short film to highlight your skills.

      And you re not just leaving it up to chance that you re going to meet the right people at the right time. When you have something real to present, like a screenplay or a short film, actively seek out those who can propel your career forward. Try to get your material seen by an agent by asking for referrals from others who are already represented. Submit your screenplays to writing contests. Enter your short films into festivals. You have to be enthusiastic and persistent, yet not to the point of annoyance. Your work might be great, but if people don t like you, there will always be that pleasant someone else around the corner with an idea that is just as good.

      There is a LOT more to know for anyone who is serious about creating an actual career in the professional film industry. Look for the book for everything you need to know.

      Good luck!

      Brian Dzyak
      Cameraman/Author
      IATSE Local 600, SOC
      http://www.whatireallywanttodo.com

  16. QUESTION:
    Why do women in film often desert their men when the man's life takes a serious downturn?
    Just finished watching City by the Sea, and this is what happens, even though the man has done nothing wrong or bad to her. He's in deep shittt, and his girlfriend just can't handle it. He needs support, but she wants out. I have seen this often in Hollywood movies, sometimes with marrieds, sometimes with unmarried couples. Is this really what happens in real life? Why is it seemingly a part of the Hollywood drama film formula? Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      You must have lived a charmed life to not understand this. I could write a book.
      Women are opportunists and, due to the fact that they have to bear children, always look to what I call the "Prime Directive" (a little Star Trek lingo there 😉 which is SECURITY. That is why they are attracted to men with money or power. They need a provider. When the man's luck runs out, they find someone else. It's the 101 and you should know that.

      MAYDAY MAYDAY, WE'RE GOING DOWN!

      The matter is further complicated, or should I say exaggerated, by the FACT that thanks to 50 years of Feminism. women don't need men any more. Men are now an option. I am all for equal rights, but there are undesirable side effects.

      Think in terms of mercenaries. They are happy to take the free energy which a man provides, but when that runs out, so do they and they slam the door in your face.

  17. QUESTION:
    How can I get a writer to team with & write my book/film script?
    I have put writen 100 pages for a book/film script which is based on a true story ideal for a drama film and book. Any contacts of how or where I'd get a proffesional writer who I could team up with. Its a project with great prospects but am not a good writer. I'd be looking at a legal contract between us. Any input will really be appricated. I've worked on it for years...

    • ANSWER:
      There is an online marketplace for freelance talent called Guru.com
      You can post your project and get many offers and prices from a wide array of professionals. Take a look at it:

  18. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between drama and film studies and performing arts? (For university?
    so i dont know whats the damn difference, also what subject in the creative arts department from drama, theatre and drama and film and performing arts will more likely have directing and all that stuff in it? cus i wana do a balance between drama and directing, but drama has abit of directing in it aswell.. i make things v confusing but if you get me then please help me :) thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      In terms of gainful employment, no difference! You better have something else to fall back on or you'll starve!

  19. QUESTION:
    Where/how can i find work experience related to theatre/drama?
    I'm in year 10 at school and need to find work experience. I wanna do something related to theatre/drama/film/media etc. I've looked at theatres in my area (Birmingham) but non of the info is useful. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      if your high school has a theatre, they often need new people to be techs. they just run errands and learn from the more experienced ones. soon enough you will controlling the spots and pulling curtains. its a good place to start.

  20. QUESTION:
    Any REALLY GOOD emotional drama films like My Sisters Keeper on Netflix?
    I've been trying to find some but the minute i start to watch a drama film, it bores the f.u.c.k outta me right from the beginning! I can't find any good drama films! So any suggestions? Drama films that include teenagers, and that are also really good and emotional?

    • ANSWER:
      a walk to remember

  21. QUESTION:
    How do I write this correctly and formally?
    Performance is one subject, Drama and Film is another.

    My major subjects are Performance and Drama and Film.
    OR
    My major subjects are Performance and Drama &Film.
    OR
    My major subjects are Performance & Drama and Film.

    • ANSWER:
      I would opt for: Performance and Drama & Film.

  22. QUESTION:
    Which is your favourite movie where music plays a big role in the storyline?
    Cape No.7 is a Taiwanese romance comedic music drama film with 9 Golden Horse nominations and will be shown in Singapore cinemas from 27 November 2008. My fellow actors (Tanaka Chie & Shino Lin) and myself will be in Singapore from 24-26 November 2008 to promote the film. Hope to catch you guys in Singapore!

    • ANSWER:

      It's a tie between Moulin rouge and Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. For Chinese musicals, there's one with Jackie Cheung, Tanaka and Zhou Xun in it, can't remember the English name.

  23. QUESTION:
    What are some really good, interesting drama movies?
    I have been looking for some good drama films. I really enjoyed the movies:
    -Thirteen
    -American beauty
    -American physco

    So movies like that would be great, thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Here you go...

      http://movies.msn.com/movies/movie-similar-movies/thirteen.1/?ipp=15

      http://www.starpulse.com/Movies/Thirteen/Similar_Movies/

      http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/thirteen/movies_like_thirteen/

      http://www.blockbuster.com/browse/catalog/movie/similar/221811

      ~~~

      http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/american_beauty/movies_like_american_beauty/

      http://www.starpulse.com/Movies/American_Beauty/Similar_Movies/

      http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=similar&id=americanbeauty.htm

      http://movies.msn.com/movies/movie-similar-movies/american-beauty.3/?ipp=15

      ~~~

      http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/american_psycho/movies_like_american_psycho/

      http://www.starpulse.com/Movies/American_Psycho/Similar_Movies/

  24. QUESTION:
    What should I take for University or College?
    Okay, next year I will be in grade 12 and I still don't know what to do! I'm never really a person who sticks to one thing, but throughout my high school years, I've been always really interested in the Arts, like drama, film, and I also LOVE to do event planning. But I have no idea what degree to take to achieve those things. Well for Film, I want to do stuff like playwriting/screenplay, production, editing, etc. and for drama I want to act (obviously), and for event planning, I want to put up my own business and be an event planner.

    • ANSWER:
      I think that u should go for multi media,film production, journalism or mass communication, there are so many fields open these days for students who are creative, check some sites for details of ur interest n choose a college with wide platform, good practicals n labs, faculty , etc, jst log in to some sites for detailed info SRM, LPU, RV

  25. QUESTION:
    If I was applying for Film school what would they look for?
    I'm in High School now. Would they look at expected stuff like Drama & Film Club, or could I send them some of my homemade short films?

    • ANSWER:
      G'day,

      The best way to find out is to contact the admissions office of several film schools and ask.

      You could even phrase it that you are asking for a friend. See if the answer is different.

      I have a friend associated with a small film school in the LA area: Columbia College Hollywood, http://www.columbiacollege.edu/

      A dvd of your initial film attempts may or may not be required or needed.

      Good luck!

  26. QUESTION:
    What do I have to study to become a video game developer?
    In Year 9, I chose some options, & now they already been chosen, I've just suddenly had a change in heart! I want to become a Video game developer now! Just because I've changed my mind, does that mean I cant study what I want, could I study the stuff for video games later in college or University? I chose Drama, Film & History. But again, I'm only in Year 9, so am I still good to go? Because I've got quite alot ahead of me, The reason why is because I love to come up with creative ideas, play video games myself & are into computers. So have I nothing to worry about for becoming a Video Game Developer?

    • ANSWER:
      You will study what you need to learn in college. What you do in high school will not make that much difference. You need a degree in computer science or graphic design. Check here.

      http://www.ehow.com/how_2107941_become-video-game-developer.html

  27. QUESTION:
    How can a non-horror film be haunting?
    I hear some people describe drama films and, sometimes, even political films as haunting. What do they mean by that? Are they trying to say it frightfully tragic or suspenseful or what? PLEASE help me!

    • ANSWER:
      A haunting movie in this sense means a movie whose message, problems or imagery pops up again at odd moments. For instance, I've watched Bad Boy Bubby. Though arguably not a horror movie per se, the movie's message and imagery pops up every now and again in my mental landscape - it "haunts" me to this day, even though it's been something like 15 years since I saw it.

  28. QUESTION:
    Which lens filter give a camcorder films a professional look?
    If I own a HD camcorder and want the professional look, like the hong kong drama films or something which lens filter should I buy or use.

    Now, some people say the camcorder is what matters most, but I haven't got that much of a budget for a good camcorder. Lets say my camcorder is about 800 bucks and its HD, now i want the professional look on it.

    Which lens filter should I use, I see the UV and all that but im not that familiar.

    • ANSWER:
      I quite agree with Iridflare, however you could try a Skylight filter which will enhance colours. But the camcorder may not be able to process the video correctly.

      Trial and error really.

  29. QUESTION:
    What Is The Harvey Fierstein Movie Where His Younger Gay Partner Is Murdered By Gay Bashers?
    It's a drama film...Older...I can't remember the name of this movie.

    Thank you in advance for you help

    • ANSWER:
      Torch Song Trilogy.

      In a scene where Arnold's mother visits after Arnold has begun the process to adopt David, Arnold and his mother argue and Arnold revels to his mother that Alan was murdered by a group of gay-bashers with baseball bats.

  30. QUESTION:
    Does anybody know when will the movie, Veronika Decides to Die, will premiere in the US?
    The book itself is very motivating. Furthermore, I read on wiki that the movie was going to be released in late 2009 or mid 2010... Does anyone know the official date? The movie did very well in other countries and I have a slight feeling that people from the US will not understand it since everyone is more accustom to watching a comedy over a drama film. We Americans. LoL.

    • ANSWER:
      I thought it was really good, no high emotion like a drama should have, but for what it is i think it was very well made. Yea americans like comedy ... I don't get it, I hate comedies.

  31. QUESTION:
    Interesting point: Does the home team not walk the line for the handshake?
    Liverpool walked the line on Saturday...the only other time the away team walked the line that I can remember is City vs Chelsea, the Bridge snub.

    So is it a handshake or a drama film?

    • ANSWER:
      lmfao @ a drama film... i really wish you hadnt said that...... it was going to be my answer.

      And i do not know anything about soccer.

  32. QUESTION:
    What do you associate with CRIME/THRILLERS and DRAMA FILMS!?
    So far - for a mix of both ive got:

    drugs
    guns
    money
    tragedy
    handcuffs
    dark lighting

    what other things do you associate with crime thrillers and drama films? (I mean gritty drama's such as Magnolia and Basketball Diaries, compared to family dramas)

    THANK YOU!
    I have to make an iconography collage or media

    • ANSWER:
      Well...
      murder
      detective
      fights
      CSI
      FBR
      And all that.
      Why?

  33. QUESTION:
    Anyone know any amazing unique romance films?
    I know its corny but for some reason I'm feeling romantic. Does anyone know any good intense romantic drama films. Please not twilight, seen titanic and the notebook loads of times. Seen a walk to remember tons. Something that also has a good story to it,inspiration and might make you cry. Somethink that keeps you watching to see what happens next. Love movies like that exist don't there?

    • ANSWER:
      The Illusionist (2006) (If you haven't seen it)
      Wristcutters A Love Story .. I think these are rather unique vs some of the more cliched commercial films...Hope that helps!

  34. QUESTION:
    Who do you think provides better quality entertainment? Drama actors or Comedic actors?
    I'm talking drama film actors. And drama can be mixed in with other genre such as crime, etc.
    same thing with comedic film actors.

    • ANSWER:
      I think it depends on what you consider 'quality'. I've seen crime dramas that are funny-Lethal Weapon for one.

  35. QUESTION:
    How can i become a famous kid actress?
    i am VERY talented. My parents say i am very dramatic and my Dad says I'd be awesome in drama films. On my 2nd yr of dance i made the comp. team but i do not dane noomore. I am also a very good writer.

    • ANSWER:
      First, learn humility. Even if you are talented, the people who make movies don't want to hear about your talent, they want to SEE it. Then you have to look for auditions. You have still have to be dedicated, and want to improve. You probably won't get picked right away, learn from it, and move on. Try to get your parents to places where casting happens. I can't stress enough, that casting directors don't want your ego. Persistence and patience!

      Next little bit is mine, but it's good advice. "Be Nice

      Hollywood is all about helping those you know because they might one day be in a position to help you as well. So, you need to remember this steadfast rule -- be nice to everyone. From agents' assistants to fellow cast members to whomever you meet in Hollywood. Remember, that assistant you treated poorly two years ago might one day become a casting director, film producer, talent agent or whatever. And trust me, they'll remember those who stomped on their toes on their way up the ladder.

      Conversely, they'll remember those who were nice the whole way up and they'll be that much more inclined to help them achieve their own goals."

      Also, look into improv! (Jegus, everywhere I turn there's someone who improv is good for) it will help you get used to getting familiar with a character.

      It's hard, hard work, no matter what your age or skill level.

  36. QUESTION:
    Do you need a GCSE or A-Level in Drama to do Drama and Film studies at University?
    I wanted possibly apply to a drama university to study drama and film studies to possibly become an actor but does anyone know if you need a GCSE or A-Level in Drama to do so?

    • ANSWER:
      I would highly recommend taking Drama at A Level. That is because it gives you the practical skills you need to audition for a Drama degree (and pretty much all universities will make you audition before even considering offering you a place). Unless you have other non-academic experience (or unless you're outstandingly good but most are not that lucky), I think you'd be very daft to assume that a university would accept you. They need proof you have some idea how to act, you see.

      If you have non-academic experience (like if you go to a local drama group for example), A Level Drama may not be compulsery as you'd already have some acting skills (though I would still recommend taking it though as all experience is good). But you would probably need an A Level in English Literature as a replacement.

  37. QUESTION:
    Can you name on many of Traditional or CGI animated Comedy-Drama film?
    Can you name an animated comedy-drama film?

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.makefive.com/categories/entertainment/movies/best-animated-movies
      Check all of those, I'm sure you'll find whatever you're looking for.

  38. QUESTION:
    Is Aristotle still right? Is plot still the most important part of present-day live drama and filmed drama?
    Is Aristotle still right? Is plot still the most important part of present-day live drama and filmed drama?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not an expert but I would say yes. Without a good plot, what is there to really follow? It helps to make a better story, really gets the audience involved. Without it, it's just a few conversations that aren't linked the well.

  39. QUESTION:
    What skills do you need to become a film director?
    I want to be a film director and probably later on become a producer and or actor. I am currently taking drama classes, film/photography, and video production classes. I will be taking creative writing and creative expression (which is writing and acting). Im gonna be honest, i am not much of a reader. I only read school books (i will start romeo and juliet in a week) Apart from school books, what other books or plays are important for me to read? What are skills I need? THANKS

    • ANSWER:
      Being a former or current actor helps greatly in becoming a film director.

  40. QUESTION:
    What are some popular old school films for (stoned) a movie night?
    Anything like Terminator or Starship Troopers or drama films or comedy films. Anything really.

    • ANSWER:
      Wayne's World
      Police Academy
      Any of the Friday the 13ths

  41. QUESTION:
    What skills do you need to become a film director?
    I want to be a film director and probably later on become a producer and or actor. I am currently taking drama classes, film/photography, and video production classes. I will be taking creative writing and creative expression (which is writing and acting). Im gonna be honest, i am not much of a reader. I only read school books (i will start romeo and juliet in a week) Apart from school books, what other books or plays are important for me to read? What are skills I need? THANKS

    • ANSWER:
      I think that will definitely be fine; however, I think it may be the same process as becoming an actor. Currently, I am an independent actor as of now. I will soon be apart of a production crew as well. What I would do is do all that and get the degree in hand. Next, I would search jobs on craig's list on the video/tv gigs and see if there are any opportunities for production crews. Make a resume of all the experiences and slowly ask around. Connections are very important.

  42. QUESTION:
    What skills do you need to become a film director?
    I want to be a film director and probably later on become a producer and or actor. I am currently taking drama classes, film/photography, and video production classes. I will be taking creative writing and creative expression (which is writing and acting). Im gonna be honest, i am not much of a reader. I only read school books (i will start romeo and juliet in a week) Apart from school books, what other books or plays are important for me to read? What are skills I need? THANKS

    • ANSWER:

  43. QUESTION:
    What to do for work experience for music/theatre?
    heyy, I'm in year 10 at school and need to find work experience. I wanna do something related to theatre/drama/film/music/acting etc.I have no Idea where to look and what kind of places would do work experience for that sort of thing, so helpp? (Leeds, UK)

    • ANSWER:
      Try Amatuer Drama groups working as an extra as you are in Leeds ask to be an extra in Emmerdale or heartbeat

  44. QUESTION:
    Which is the best arts college in the world?
    Which college has the best programs for the arts in the WORLD (not just USA)? And by arts I mean visual art, music, drama, film, and etc. I know the number one art college in the USA is the Rhode Island School of Design and MICA is also good, but schools like Yale also have good art programs as well as academics. But are there better colleges abroad, like in Australia or Europe? Which college is the best for the arts? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      America's higher education standards, combined with the east coast's generally liberal outlook, makes RISD the best arts college in the world. Not to mention the campus absolutely rocks. I took classes there and my highschool's pretty close. It's situated right in the middle of The Renaissance City, aka Providence. Basically our city was founded on our public art initiative. The exhibits at RISD are absolutely amazing and the atmosphere is unbelievable. I would definitely look into it.

  45. QUESTION:
    Where can I watch The Lovely Bones movie online?
    I heard this drama film was pretty good. I think it just recently came out, called The Lovely Bones. Does anyone know where I can go watch it online?

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.imdbvip.com/the-lovely-bones

  46. QUESTION:
    Where can I take A Level Film Studies in the UK?
    Basically, I have been looking at sixth forms and colleges around the UK and I want to find one where I can take A Level Film Studies (without the fees being 6000 a term!!).
    My preferred choices of A Levels are English Lit, Drama, Film Studies, History. I want to go from A Levels to drama school but film is also a great interest of mine.

    Is there anywhere (affordable) where I could study A Level Drama and Film Studies?

    • ANSWER:
      Sixth form college is free in the uk. And almost all colleges do those courses.

  47. QUESTION:
    Does doing a course in Drama or Theatre really limit your career opportunities?
    I am thinking about which course to do at Uni and I really love Drama and Film studies but if I get a degree in that do I have a good range of possible career opportunities?

    • ANSWER:
      If you want to be a marine biologist, then yes - yes it would!

      I presume you mean for a degree.

      If you wish to act, or be behind the scenes, then it would make sense to go this route. Drama (acting) and Film Studies have benefits that directly translate to other fields which I think a lot of folks miss.

      Communication and interacting with others is vital for many fields, being able to learn and apply things that you learn - quickly - is also important. Both acting and film study (in the realm of creating, not the study of old movies) both require people who can react quickly to new and unusual scenarios.

      Don't undersell the value of such traits.

      Use this website:

      www.bls.gov/ooh

      It is the Occupational Outlook Handbook from the government and it has a LOT of valuable information in it (our tax payer dollars pay for it, so we ought to use it!). The site has information into fields that you might not have even realized existed!

      Best wishes for much success, always!

  48. QUESTION:
    Are there any good movies coming out this Friday?
    I have a free movie ticket from Cineplex that I want to use but none of the movies that are out now appeal to me. I thought about going to go see Mirrors, but I think I would prefer a light-hearted film to a horror one. I like romantic comedies and drama films. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      The House Bunny comes out tomorrow with Anna Farris and its about a playboy girl who gets kicked out of the mansion and goes to a college and becomes sorta like an RA in a fraternity, anyway she meets this smart guy and tries to act smart and educated. It is a romantic comedy. Me and my girls cant wait to see it! You should definitely check it out! :)

  49. QUESTION:
    What is the classical piece most often used in action films?
    It's a very significant piece, used in action films and drama films.
    does anyone happen to know the name of it?

    • ANSWER:
      You might be referring to the movement of Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" titled "O Fortuna."

  50. QUESTION:
    What is the name of a movie about a family who live in England during world war II, they are?
    being bombed and have other trials, they left the city a while to stay in the country with family for a while. It seems like there is a certain year in the title. I think it was filmed in England. Kind of a quirky family with all kinds of drama. Filmed in color.

    • ANSWER:
      Hope and Glory.
      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093209/


drama film

Homeless Couples

My financial woes began in mid 2003. I had left "Corporate America" to follow the American Dream in 2001 to become an entrepeneur and be my own boss. I firmly believed that I had gained the experience to make this move and still do even though things might not have turned out that way. My professional experience had been in medical sales for 22 years and so I ventured into the pre-owned medical equipment initially and eventually worked into federal/military contracting representing other small businesses in their market focus areas. The hardest challenge was the first two years of securing those small business's that wanted to expand into government contracting as partners since I had gained a great deal of knowledge on bidding to that arena.

By mid 2003 I had built quite a substantial credit card debt and income just wasn't coming in so a friend (attorney) recommended that I might want to consider filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy to wipe out the credit debt without affecting my company. I filed late 2003 and was granted the Chapter 7 early January, 2004. My 0K home went through foreclosure mid January but I never received a notice to vacate so I gave the bulk of my furnishings to my daughter and her husband and house sat for 6-months with just a bed and tv. The gas was eventually turned off and I spent two months taking cold showers (whenever I watch "The Game" with Michael Douglas it reminds me of those times). Mid June I finally received notice that I needed to vacate which led me to move in with my mother who lived in a retirement village. She was happy to have me move in since she was going through some medical issues and because of my background I could be of help. It was a win-win situation for both of us (I'll address this existence in another blog since it's another story to be told).

Needless to say, between losing the house and moving in with my mom, I started having panic attacks which were very devastating. At the time I could still see my physician and he verified the panic attacks he got me samples to address the condition but once I ran out of the samples I started hitting the vodka on ice to cope. It became a major challenge.

My Lincoln Towncar was repoed in August of 2004 at 5:30 in the morning. I heard screeching tires but thought it was just some highschool kids trying to wake-up some of the residents in the retirement village until I went out to run an errand and my car was gone. I called the village security to report it stolen when they informed me to call the city police and I was notified that it had been repo'ed.

Around August of 2005 I received an eviction notice from the retirement village, not because I had done anything wrong, but because my mother had signed a contract that wouldn't let relatives live and care for her (Of course, she didn't read the fine print when she signed it). Funny that it took 2-years for them to realize and act on it.

I was truly left homeless. I definetly didn't want to go to the downtown City Mission so I was literally considering finding a bridge to live under. It was desperate times until a very good highschool friend invited me to come out to northern California and live with him. He even paid for my flight out. He found me a job working for a hunting club gutting pheasant and chukkers. It paid a a bird plus tips and usually worked out to around -40 dollars a day on weekends.

After 6-months, my mother wasn't doing well medically and my son had just graduated from Border Patrol training so I decided to go back and killed two birds with one stone. I got to see my son before his assignment to San Diego and find a way to help my mom. I ended up moving back in with her without anyone saying anything for another 2-years (go figure).

I got evicted again in May of 2008 but this time the head of security knew of a Salvation Army shelter (another blog) in Independence, MO and I was able to move in there for about 3-months. The stipulation there is that you had to look for a job which I had no problem with but at my age and being over qualified and many applications later it wasn't an easy thing to do. I finally got a call from the general manager at a Dennys that hesitated because of my background professionally and age but took the chance and never regretted the hire as a dishwasher. I looked at it like another learning experience.

I finally started to make money for the first time in a long time and was able to get a studio apartment and be on my own again while being a care giver to my mom on a part-time basis. I lived paycheck to paycheck without any type of social life except for patrons and employees at work. After 2-years of doing this, my mom passed away this past February and since I didn't have any ties in KC, my son asked me to move here to San Diego and help him start a business that we had spoken of many times.

So here I am, I got his business plan completed and we're waiting on funding but in the mean time I'm still unemployed and the market doesn't look all that great. I just this week started a work from home business and feel optimistic that it should take off. It better, now I've got the IRS coming after me for a 2002 back tax return that I know I paid but they still froze my bank account.

I've struggled the past 6 years so if you think you may have it bad just reflect on my challenge that I've just shared. I hope it helps in some way.

All I can say is keep the faith.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Poll: would you ever put a homeless couple ahead of your family?
    My neighbor is having troubles just making ends meet with rent, bills, and feeding three children along with herself yet, she has a homeless couple in her home and they make no attempt to look for a job during the day. I know what I'd do but I'm curious as to what you all would do.

    • ANSWER:
      I have no trouble helping people who are in need, but at the same time how am I supposed to help others if I can barely help myself? It's very noble of your neighbor to want to do something kind for these people (even if they do seem to be squandering that kindness), but she has other responsibilities that she needs to take care of first. Like making sure her own family doesn't end up on the street as well.

  2. QUESTION:
    Why is it Obama treats GITMO creeps better than homeless Americans?
    I met this married homeless couple today on the street. They were trying to sell me a pair of binoculars so they could eat. They have no home, no job, and no medical care. GITMO detainees get free room and board, and free medical and dental. Obama wants to release them into America where I am sure, all these liberals are standing by with job offers, cash, and homes for these mass murderers. Is there no justice? God must be dead for this to happen.

    • ANSWER:
      What do you expect - The Left & The Press created a frenzy about it & Obama is just making use of it. Obama's people said don't let a crisis go to waist. He already got enough of the U.S. vote for the next 3 & 1/2 years he doesn't need U.S. fools for just under 4 year.

  3. QUESTION:
    Why are homeless taken away by police even though they don't cause any trouble?
    I was sitting in a bus, when police got into the bus at one particular bus station and picked a homeless couple. They were just sleeping in the bus. I've seen police waiting near bus stations during winter. Is this just to get rid of the homeless?

    • ANSWER:
      probably the police were bored or someone complained ... in ottawa the cops go around and arrest all the homeless they can before any big public festivals (such as the tulip festival) so the city can seem prettier and safer ... and after the festivals are over, they release them ... cops sicken me more than homeless people ... i do not fear homeless people, but i fear barely educated men armed to the hilt with power issues ...

  4. QUESTION:
    why did people love each other more 50 years ago compared to this present time?
    people were poor but they stayed together through thick and thin! i have watched so many
    documentaries recently and marriages lasted longer than now women loved men even if they were
    selling apples on the side of the road! why is it that some homeless couples stay together longer
    than wealthy couples celebrities can't never stay married this is a fact! i don't want you for your money i only want you for you. materialism, greed, vanity, selfishness grandiose attitude why have
    these behaviors taken over todays society?

    • ANSWER:
      It wasn't until the 1970s (and the Matrimonial Causes Act) that divorce became respectable. Up until that, it was very much a last resort to be avoided wherever possible. It was better to work through one's differences, and put up with the shortcomings of the spouse, and sometimes even have affairs or take a prostitute or a gigolo, but never break the home unless life or limb was at stake.

      Another difference was that in the 1970s, women gained equal rights to employment, career opportunity and salary to men, while not giving up their preferential treatment when it came to divorce or settling the fate of the children and the family home. Logically, it led to the situation where quite a few men, who were only respected by their wives for as long as they could provide adequately for their families, suddenly found their wives in better jobs than them. These women lost respect for their inadequate husbands, goaded on by women's groups, and threw them out. These lonely, but basically decent middle-aged men must now seek solace among those societies where they are still wanted, which is why I have a Filipina girlfriend, and have not attempted a relationship with an English woman for nearly 15 years, and that was catastrophic.

      Very little is mentioned about love, and a great deal about male violence, in Feminist orthodoxy that has now become the mainstream.

      Very little either is mentioned about love when educating children these days, except under the generic term "abuse". It is considered demeaning to women for girls (or boys) to aspire to a long-term stable loving relationship with its ups and downs, and certainly it is taboo these days to use either social or business occasions to initiate courtship. Such behaviour is considered a form of harrassment and could get you arrested. That certainly was not the case 50 years ago.

  5. QUESTION:
    Does Axe Body Spray work on Homeless People?
    I saw a homeless couple doing it behind a dumpster. I am just assuming that Axe body spray was responsible for that.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you certain that they were homeless? Perhaps they were product testers.

      j-r

  6. QUESTION:
    How can homeless couples keep their romances alive?
    When married couples become homeless, the spark in their love lives diminish. How can they prevent that?

    • ANSWER:
      I think they have bigger problems than that.

  7. QUESTION:
    How can a homeless teenager get back on their feet in new york city?
    Im 14 and been homeless for a couple months now and i dont know how im gonna get back on my feet, i have no way of finding any kind of family, no id,no bank account no identity? What do i do? Wont they wanna know who i am?? I hate foster homes
    Lol i use public libraries and ipod!

    • ANSWER:
      There are some organizations that help homeless youth in NYC. Here is information from Covenant House New York, a shelter for runaway and homeless youth:

      On the street? Need help?
      Get a shower and a warm meal.
      Call 1-800-999-9999
      or come to
      Covenant House New York
      460 West 41st Street
      New York, NY 10036
      (212) 613-0300

  8. QUESTION:
    What would Jesus do if he came back to find his home desecrated?
    with crime scene tape all over the place, nasty words spray painted on the door, and a homeless couple having intercourse in his meadow?

    • ANSWER:
      Oh Shortcake thank goodness you are safe. Chief Inspector Lestrange of Interpol is coming over this afternoon to wrap up a few loose ends then he will let us re-open the pub. While we have been away the bees have been busy. But I am still worried about Philip's part in all of this. I have tried to discuss it with him but you know Philip. Whenever you try to discuss something he finds uncomfortable he changes into another animal and you get nowhere.

      p.s. there is a big bone for Mr. Cuddlesworth in the cold store. What do ducks eat?

      p.p.s. you didn't see who the couple in the meadow were did you?

  9. QUESTION:
    Why do homeless people have dogs?
    There is a homeless couple always begging for money by the highway exit & they have a dog. They sleep inside the underpass with the dog.

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs, in general, are more loyal than people. Most homeless people weren't born homeless. Some had a dwelling, and perhaps they had a dog at that time as well. I'd be willing to bet you dollars to donuts that the homeless people's dog is the only friend that stuck around after they became homeless, and not reason of food.

  10. QUESTION:
    What do you think Michael Jackson's song,"Whatever Happens" is about?
    I personally got the impression that it was about a homeless couple who have to sell drugs to live.
    what do you think?

    • ANSWER:
      The seems to be about a man who is more concerned about providing for his family fianncially rather than emotionally, esepcially at the part where he says: He's working day and night, thinks he'll make her happy/Forgetting all the dreams that he had/He doesn't realize it's not the end of the world
      It doesn't have to be that bad/She tries to explain, "It's you that makes me happy,"
      Whatever, whatever, whatever.....

      I could be wrong

  11. QUESTION:
    What book is about a guy who decides to document being homeless across the US for 2 yrs w his dog?
    I found this book in approx 1992-1993 and wanted to buy it but didn't, and I'd like to track it down to read it. Remember the story line but not the name. About a professional regular guy who decided to live homeless for a couple years with his dog, and then wrote a book about it.

    • ANSWER:
      Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins

      There is a dog on the cover and it sound similar to your description

  12. QUESTION:
    How long are most people homeless for?
    I'm researching the homeless for school. Does anyone know if there's an average amount of time homeless people spend on the street being homeless? Or are they homeless for a couple months, then have a home, and end up homeless again? Like, what is it typically like for a homeless person?

    • ANSWER:
      most people will stay homeless until they check them self into a shelter, where then they are given food and clean clothes and are expected to look for a job, we had alot of homeless people help clean yards and their lunch from the shelter was, and I am not kidding was a piece of bread , a potato and water !!! I ordered about 10 pizzas, sodas and waters and they pigged out-
      Once they start to clean up and they can find a job, they mostly stay in the shelter and help others- life is very expensive and it can be very hard to get back on your feet.

  13. QUESTION:
    I feel so bad for those homeless people! What should I do?
    I saw a homeless couple on the side of the road last month, and they have been standing there ever since. I feel so bad and I want to do something, but I don't know whether it is safe! Please help me!
    I've seen other homeless people and I know there is a homeless shelter.. so I was wondering if I should show them how to get there or something!

    • ANSWER:
      Write down info on shelters and soup kitchens and give it to them along with a bag of food from McDonald's. Be careful of your sympathy, never ever ever allow anyone to get into your car, let them find it themselves, some homeless are drug users, alcoholics or have mental problems.

  14. QUESTION:
    How do think these two people should be charged?
    Go to http://www.firehouse.com/worcester/ and click on the "Worcester Slide Show" in the right column to see pics. of the fire...

    THEN, click on and read "Homeless Couple: Probation in Worcester Tragedy" which kind of explains the details of this aron case against the homeless couple.

    Here's the short version of this case for those who're on the lazy side:

    In December of 1999, 6 firefighters died fighting a ware house fire. The fire was started accidentally by two homeless people living there, who knocked over a candle during a fight.

    How do you think these two people should be charged?

    Do you agree with the judge's ruling?

    • ANSWER:
      Well looking at these facts, before answering this question one would have to find out if mens rea is present, then proceed to answer.

      From what I've read, mens rea was not evident as they did not intend to set the warehouse on fire. With mens rea criminal intent must be present...in this case it's not a factor. So, acknowledging this the homeless couple cannot be charged with first or second degree murder on those grounds.

      Moving on, if I'm not mistaking, in this case you provided they were both moderately mentally retarded, so they can't be totally responsible for this fire... but on the other hand they knew to try to put the fire out or else the whole place would burn, they also knew that they had to fled the place so they wouldn't get burned alive, the only thing they did wrong in this case is refusing to report the fire...so with that, I'd give them 6 years probation and "temporary" incarceration. I say this because, them serving 6 years or more in prison would be like a reward for them as they would be having a roof over their heads for those 6 years or more and free meals...this wouldn't be a punishment for them, but if they are exposed in the public as being the one's who burned that warehouse, that'll be shameful for them!

      Great question!!!

  15. QUESTION:
    Is being homeless a reason for CPS to take a child away?
    I constantly have 2 homeless people, a couple, outside my store asking for money. I've called the police on them numerous times but they always manage to bolt at the site of police cars. I'm not the only business who has complained about them and the police pretty much have had enough of them too. The man is banned from my store because we caught him stealing alcohol. Plus we've noticed him drunk.
    The female is about 8 months pregnant. My colleague suggested that when we see the baby we call CPS on the couple. Hopefully CPS takes the child away and that might get them away form my store. Is being homeless a reason for CPS to take the baby away?

    • ANSWER:

  16. QUESTION:
    Is there such a thing as homeless shelters for couples?
    Well we are homeless and we are in McKinney, Texas. We want to know if there is a shelter we can go to were we can still be together and not separated. It is really cold and windy at night and we cant sleep anywhere because we always get kicked out, so we really want to find out what to do.

    • ANSWER:
      Call 211; they are the experts in non profits in your area. You will probably be separated; they try to keep families together, but not necessarily couples. Hope this helps.

  17. QUESTION:
    Do the council have any obligations to find me accommodation?
    I could potentially be homeless in a couple of weeks. Im a 57yr old lady have family but they cannot even temporarily put me up. All are overcrowded and have tried in the past but didn't work out.

    • ANSWER:
      Get your landlord to write a letter to the council telling them of your intended eviction. You are unintentionally homeless and will get a place, even if it is in a halfway house for a few months.
      Go to the CAB, they can help a lot.

  18. QUESTION:
    Wheres the best place to go and be homeless ?
    I'm 30 and I'll probably be homeless in a couple of years . Where's the best place to go ? I was thinking Arizona or Nevada or California . I hate working and school I live at home but when they finally kick me out where can I go ?

    • ANSWER:
      well, you know what they say, life is what you make of it
      so if you want to be a bum you can go ahead and do it
      i would say california, because it never freezes there

  19. QUESTION:
    What can we do about the homeless situation in America?
    I mean we have all these homeless shelters, food drives, soup kitchens, and we still have homeless people running around the streets of America.
    Well if the majority of them have problems, than why not keep the institutions open for them?

    • ANSWER:
      In San Diego County, where I live, the county surveys show about 10,000 homeless on any given night in a county with a population of well over two million. Beds for these homeless people in shelters and transitional housing number under 2000. Some of the rest may crash with friends or relatives for a night. Others are on the streets, in campgrounds, in cars or in motels, as some of the homeless are holding down jobs and can afford a motel room once in a while to clean up and catch up on their sleep.

      Who are these homeless people? The opinions I hear about this in the media and from individuals are usually simplistic and wrong. I remember Tucker Carlson on MSNBC flatly asserting that the homeless problem is entirely about the mentally ill who won't take their meds. Others include substance abuse and laziness as reasons to do nothing about the problem, since it is supposedly the choice of those who have the problem. Research and first-hand experience of all the homeless, not just those raving in the streets, shows something different.

      At the charity where I volunteer most of the homeless clients became homeless due to unemployment. Few people have enough savings, credit, or help from friends and family to keep their home through more than a couple of months of unemployment, at least for the lower classes. It's true that most people where the problem is just unemployment recover soon enough. They can live in transitional housing, where they can save up money once they get a new job or have some time to improve their skills, returning to being independent in several months to a couple of years. The working homeless who can manage the difficulties of that also can get out of that hole sometimes just by saving more money than they spend.

      People who can't do that aren't just psychotics who don't take their meds or drug addicts, though. There are many people who have a level of physical illness and/or mental illness that they never manage to hold a job, yet don't have an illness documented well enough to get Social Security disability. Our county has a program to help the homeless get SSI, by documenting their disabilities better and helping people through the process. That helps a lot of people, but not everyone. There remains a huge gap between people who are well enough to get and keep a job and those who are approved for Social Security disability or SSI. I don't know of reliable statistics about that, but people who work in social services know this is a big problem, a problem ignored by those who just want to speak in slogans.

      I don't like laws such as in France, where it's hard to fire anyone. I expect unemployment is a necessary part of our economy. Yet what truth is there in saying that if you can't get out of your unemployment with the current sort of help that's available, you deserve to suffer and die? Anytime I hear someone saying anything close to that, they start with opinions about the homeless that are pure prejudice. Why not do some research? Why not talk to people who actually work with problem? Some people seem to prefer slogans.

      There are many things that would help the suffering the needy currently have. Universal health care would make some people employable who aren't now. The issue of what to do with people who are somewhere between easily employable and clearly disabled is a difficult one. Even quadriplegics are employable if they have the right skills and a supportive enough environment at home and at work. Yet it would take a big investment to take a quadriplegic without that support and make him or her employable. It's likewise with less severe disabilities. How much money should be spent on helping people this way and for which people, in which ways, would take a lot of experimentation.

      It's simpler to talk about that gap between the number of homeless and the beds for them. I'm sure there's enough affluence in my county to close that gap. It doesn't have to be completely closed. I regularly have clients who would rather sleep in their car than next to someone's smelly feet at a shelter. But it could be closed to the point where no one needs to sleep in the street, where the police could bring such people to the shelter, if they're willing, instead of now when the police know the shelters are overflowing. I don't know how much more money that would take. It would take something more than is spent now, which is not the direction things are going.

      People who have money are not choosing to spend it on the poor more than they do now. Some of them tell lies about the homeless to justify that. My boss says that's mostly a problem of education. I disagree. I think people know what they're doing in letting the needy suffer, and do it anyway. Maybe my boss is right, and I'm wrong. Time will tell. What priorities people make for their money is the key.

      http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/end_homelessness.pdf

      http://www.nationalhomeless.org/publications/facts.html

  20. QUESTION:
    Why would a homeless shelter announce to the homeless via tv that they are open?
    Have they ever stopped to think that homeless people don't have tv? How are homeless people supposed to know which shelter is open and which one is full by what the tv is saying? I'm just wondering, if anyone knows why please let me know. This is a question that has been bugging me for awhile.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, I can see the sense of the first two answers, but instead of spending the money on a TV advert, wouldn't it have been better to use it to hire a couple of people to hand out leaflets on the street?

  21. QUESTION:
    What device for protection can I carry on me state to state while walking?
    I am getting prepared to be homeless in a couple months at the age of 53, and besides getting a duffel bag to carry a few clothing and items in such as soap, deodorant, etc... Is there any legal device for protection that a person can carry on them? I know the criminals carry guns and don't worry about laws, but what about a person that wants to follow laws? A knife? pepper spray? any ideas.... to carry across different states, etc.. legally

    • ANSWER:
      A small bible to quiet your mind.
      BTW - that duffel bag will be gone in a short while.

      May I ask - Why did you plan on being homeless and would like to live in my house?

  22. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know how I can open a homeless shelter in hammond, in. I need funding for it also?
    I am interested in how to go about opening a homeless shelter in hammond in. There are some homeless shelters there now, but either they only allow certain people to stay there or have too many restrictions. Im interested in opening one that welcomes all, no matter what the situation is, offering better opportunities for those who stay there. Hope you can help.

    • ANSWER:
      You need some experience so volunteer with one of the existing shelters and learn why they mioght have the rules they do...for ex no drinking no drugs bec both lead to violence separate mens and womnens areas or serving only 1 gender bec of possibilities of rape and abuse. no boys over 12 bec frankly they may get abused by adult women. No violent ppl bec others can get hurt. All of these things can be done in the right circumstances and w/ right understanding on how to handle things we and ppl on our board have had people in our shelters with all those situations but it does make things a lot harder and sometimes harder to get funding too.

      There are 2 basic ways to go dorm style (several ppl from different families or no family sharing 1 sleeping room,group meals etc.) For group shelters you need permits pretty much everywhere and have to go by city regs. Individual family or small roommate units in an area that is zoned for apartment or motel living or at the very least allows home sharing. This eliminates most of the permit problems. It probably also means you help fewer people at a time but allow them to preserve more dignity and privacy and recover faster if recovery from homelessness is their goal.

      Funding: you will need to have or be backed by a 501c3 nonprofit see http://www.irs.com Most likely backers woulod be a church or exsting helping organization. They would be your financial agent till you get going. Start small and learn then you can grow besides most grantmakers especially government want to see 2 yrs track record before giving $$ for ex we started with one inexpensive furnished apartment which we converted to 2 motel type efficiencies which shared a bath. One had the real kitchen, one had mini frig annd microwave. That meant we could house 2 small families, couples or singles at a time. Not much of a dent in the problem but with stays of 14-60 days (which in practice became 30-90 days) we were at least doing something. Something that worked follow up 2 yrs later showed that more than 80% of the ppl who stayed with us were maintaining their own living places and over 50% were buying homes (often trailers but still their own homes). Something similar can be done with a 2-3 bedroom apartment w/ ppl sharing the kitchen and living room but having the freedom and control of own meals seems to make it more likea home. More on funding http://www.foundationcenter.org Other possibilities are using a church basemnent or a series of churches,community organizations buildings etc. (so no one is used long enough to need permits)

      There is no way to put enough here to even get you started but check out http://caringhandsministries.com and then email me through YA if you want.

  23. QUESTION:
    How do I find a group home for me?
    I have schizophrenia and I receive ssd. I will be homeless in a couple of years when my parents move and I am scared I will have no where to stay. Will i be forced to live in my car? I receive 918 a month in ssd. I have a student loan payment, a car payment, insurance, and cell phone bills.
    My case worker says I'm too high functioning for a group home but every time I go to the hospital they want to send me to a group home to live.

    • ANSWER:
      Have you talked to your caseworker about low income housing? I don't know if you would be eligible or not but it wouldn't hurt to ask if you haven't already. If you would be, get yourself on the waiting list now because in some areas it can take years before something becomes available.

      If you are currently eligible for Medicare or will be soon ask the caseworker if you are eligible for welfare to pay your monthly premiums, deductibles and co-payments.

      Contact the place where you make student loan payments and ask them if they consider reducing the payment amount when living arrangements change and you have to become self-supporting. If they say yes, that should relieve your mind considerably. And perhaps the bank will consider refinancing your car loan when the time comes because, by then, you would have proven yourself to be responsible.

      Since you are too high functioning for a group home, consider renting a room in a home or getting a roommate when it gets close to the time your parents move. Apparently you don't want to move with them.

  24. QUESTION:
    How do you survive in the woods when you are homeless?
    Okay so my husband and I might be going homeless by this Tuesday. We have a place to stay which is private property, the woods. All we have is a tent, blow up mattress, a van , pillows, sheets, blankets, clothes, and some food. But that food will obviously run out soon. So what is there really to eat at the woods?

    By the way, my husband has been looking and applying for jobs for a long time and still has not gotten hired anywhere. He applied at supermarkets, construction, janitor, etc, but nothing. So the woods might be our next destination.

    • ANSWER:
      That's terrible, you should gets your passports, work visas and sell or borrow whatever you can and get a couple of plane tickets to Australia. There are millions of vacant jobs here and not enough people to fill them, the wages are over three times more than in the US. Believe it, it's not going to any better soon, it's best to get the hell out, while you can. Than living in the woods, bush or whatever, eating squirrels and worms.

      I got my sister, husband and kids out of the US, and as soon as they got off the plane in Australia they both got full time jobs, on there first interviews, and love it here so do there kids. There are want adds on windows every where you look, and the newspapers are full of jobs. The US dollar is only worth 90 cents here and it's going down everyday.

      By winter it will only be worth 70 cents in Australia, and all hell is going to break loose when all the summer jobs finish. There are a lot of us expats who work and live in Australia, you can't no longer live in the states, our country is bankrupt and it has been for a few years. They can't keep printing money or borrow from China anymore.

      If you got a fridge, car or whatever sell it to get the hell out. A lot of US Americans are getting out and going to Canada, New Zealand or UK but there aren't many jobs there nor are the wages as high nor is the dollar is strong as it is here. You'd be very surprised on how many US American actors, singers, business's, company's etc are moving here before the crap hits the fan and end up in a tent next to you and your husband if you don't get out.

      The weather here is like in California and Sydney is a sister city to NY, it dose cost as much to live Sydney as in NY. But the wages are a lot more and no religious people here, so everything here is open 24/7. Everyone speaks English and this country is as big as the US only with just 22 million people so it's really laid back and friendly nobody here lives in tents, trailers, cars or gets paid in tips it's all wages. You don't get homesick either TV, the stores and everything is the same. There opening Costco's, Lowe's, Ben and Jerry's everything here and need staff. There is no problem of getting a job here in anything you want to do. All industry's here are booming, there is no recession here and never has been. The wages are so unreal, women get paid the same rate as men it's all equal opportunity employment and your job is protected by laws. I'm talking high five to six figures, even minimum wage you take home around 0 a week after tax.

      You can rent a furnished room for 0 with free utility's a week, with a swimming pool in the back yard till you get cash together to get an apartment or house. Milk is a gallon and bread is a a loaf and there are heaps of free bee places to eat. Nobody here ever goes hungry or ever lives in appalling conditions. The Australian government even sends luxury liners to the Pacific Islands to get workers. If you can speak English and have school or trade certificates get yourselves here even if you have to swim. Don't fall in the homeless trap your walking into. http://yanksdownunder.net/index/
      Addition..
      A lot of us living and working in Australia know how financially bad it is there, with the high wages we earn here, we can send money home to help out family to pay bills or get them out.

  25. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to catch something from volunteering at the homeless shelter?
    I've volunteered once before at the homeless shelter and I want to go back again, but my fiance said that I could catch something. Is that true? And if so, what diseases could I catch?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      It is possible to catch something - just as it is possible to catch something while in any public place. The best way to avoid catching illnesses is to wash your hands.

      I volunteered once a week at a street youth drop in for over a year and never got sick. I then got a part time job at a shelter, worked 15 hrs a week for a year... and then I finally got strept throat. Now, was it from the shelter or somewhere else, I don't know... people get sick from many unknown places. For all I know, I could have picked up the germs from the shopping cart at Safeway! After my 1st year I started full time work at the shelter. I do admit that I caught more colds once I started full time, and I did get the stomach flu a couple times. But really, those weren't major illnesses - everyone gets that stuff once in awhile. I continued to work at the shelter until I was 8 months pregnant too!

      Unfortunately many homeless people get sick quite often just because of their living conditions. They aren't able to lay in bed and sleep all day or eat lots of chicken noodle soup! And it is true that some homeless have HIV, AIDS, Hep C, TB etc, but those diseases can only be transferred to you by bodily fluid - pee, or blood, or lots of saliva etc. Or by a needle prick. The chances of you coming into that contact is VERY SLIM. Especially if you are only volunteering once a week or less often.

      If you decide to volunteer at the shelter (which I think is great and highly recommend!) just wash your hands a lot, they'll provide you rubber gloves if you want them, and just avoid any bodily fluids. Talk to the staff about your concerns and they'll pass you tips on how to avoid getting sick.

      Hope this helps.

  26. QUESTION:
    Where can I find the statistics for the euthanasia rate of homeless/feral cats in the United Kingdom?
    I am looking to see if the over population epidemic in the united states is compared to other countries such as the united kingdom, but all my searching on the internet just leads me back to the united states' issue. Is euthanasia of feral/homeless cats done in other countries? Is it higher or lower? And why?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are a couple of links that you might 'contact us' and ask them where you'd find the information you're looking for.

      http://www.pdsa.org.uk/

      http://www.petplanet.co.uk/care_cats_neuter.asp

  27. QUESTION:
    What would provoke you to give a homeless person money?
    Traditional begging-- is not my style. I want to earn my handouts. Tell me what a homeless person could do off the streets to earn some change from your wallet?

    • ANSWER:
      if I had it..and you needed it..I could spare a couple of dollars 😛 Ill want it back though, with interest 😛

  28. QUESTION:
    What are the first couple of steps in order to start a non-profit organization internationally?
    I would like to start one..and i do know that first you have to know in which you are passionate about...homeless, scholarships, etc. I would like to know the specific steps and how to launch it from there. If you have started one, please let me know! Thanks for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      Step one is first you must start a LOCAL non-profit and go from there. It is IMPOSSIBLE to start an international one from Day 1, unless you have MILLIONS and MILLIONS of your own dollars at your disposal. Even then, you will incure HEAVY losses until you can get the donation support necessary to support your operations.

  29. QUESTION:
    How can I personally help the homeless?
    I want to help the homeless. But I don't have a home of my own to provide shelter for them myself (I live with my wife and in-laws).

    How can we help the homeless people, aside from actually providing physical shelter for them?

    • ANSWER:
      I worked at a convenience store when I was younger and there were always homeless people coming in and buying alcohol and candy with the donations they got from panhandling. I have never given cash to panhandlers since. All donations are given to reputable organizations.

      We did have somebody ask us for food once. We didn't have any cash with us (we never do carry cash), and we actually had a couple of sandwiches. We felt ashamed for the meager offerings we had, but the people were genuinely grateful. Yes, shelter is a problem, but food and clean water are also necessary.

      We try to keep something edible with us whenever we're in a public place or in the car. I have heard of people making up brown bag lunches and actually seeking out homeless people--the lunches are made with things that keep and are easy to eat and that keep well--prepackaged apple sauce, packages of snack crackers (the ones with cheese or peanut butter), prepackaged chips, granola bars, bottled water, possibly a piece of fresh fruit, plastic utensils, napkins, etc.
      If you choose to do something like that, purchasing in bulk from costco or sam's club makes sense...also, peanut butter is a very good form of protein that keeps well. Some people might be offended by being offered food, but if they are, they are. Most people are grateful for the generosity.

      Good luck and god speed.

  30. QUESTION:
    Where can a recently homeless couple find shelter?
    My girlfriend was living with me and my grandma who passed away recently. I didnt realize or ever think about how we would survive without her. I couldnt keep up with the payments so as of today, we are out on the street. With no money or family (she doesnt either) we are stuck.

    Any ideas for what we can do? The shelters are full they say. We are in the East Bay Area, California.

    • ANSWER:
      Just walk into the police department and ask. Generally they can be very helpful and non-judgmental.

  31. QUESTION:
    What are some fun activities at a young teen homeless shelter?
    Okay well for my school in order to graduate, you need to do a senior project.
    for mine, i'm going to work at a all-girls teenage homeless shelter.
    I have to organize some type of event there for the girls to participate in.
    But i have no idea.
    Do you have any ideas? maybe like passing out feminine hygiene kits? or passing out makeup for self esteem? I have no ideas.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm on the board of a small teen girls shelter. Feminine hygiene kits are good to give out tho our girls all seem to want different products. If you are going to do make up rather than just hand stuff out get someone from a beauty co to demonstrate a bit off skin care and how to apply the make up and choose colors of clothes and make up that look good. Usually Mary Kay and Avon people will do that type thing and not charge. Other possibilities might be creating unique Tee Shirts, making simple jewelery, or something involving music if someone who will work with you has the talent. Things that include interaction are a lot better than when stuff is just handed to them. You will have opportunity to be seen as a role model - someone they would like to be like - and they will be able to see another teen could really get something like that put together. Talk to the director or volunteer coordinator and suggest a couple of things you would possibly like to do and get some guidance from them as to what would be best for this particular group.

  32. QUESTION:
    Why don't homeless people in Ireland just get the dole and rent somewhere cheap?
    Do the homeless who have no assets not qualify for the dole? Surely they do and the dole in Ireland is high enough to pay for rent and food if you are careful. It makes no sense to me why a country like Ireland has homeless people living on the streets with such a high rate of dole available. Anyone know different?

    • ANSWER:
      I work in a homeless hostel in Wales and a common issue is seeking accommodation. There is no one answer to why someone is homeless but in answer to your question, I would say that it is simply very difficult to find a place to live especially if you do not have a good place to start from.

      In Wales the common housing readily available is in the private rented market. It is standard (especially if going through a letting agent) for landlords with empty properties to seek references, a month's rent up front (usually for a one bed its about 450- 500), a bond (once again 450- 500) as well as an agent's fee (usually 10% of a month's rent so about 50). Guarantors are also requested to provide assurance that the rent will be paid) so before you even get close to a property, you're looking at nearly 1000 to get the keys. Added to that, a homeless person may not have a guarantor or references from previous landlord.

      You then have the issue that any single person or childless couple under the age of 25 is only entitled to 50 a week housing benefit with the average weekly cost of a one-bed flat being 115, leaving them to pay the additional 65 rent as well as utility costs, living costs and council tax. I have heard rumours that the age limit will be increased from 25 to 35. Jobseekers Allowance is only 60 a week (approx).

      You may very well say that the answer is to get a job. Good idea but according to the Merthyr area's Jobcentre the only jobs available are all part-time and temporary, often on a commision basis and there are 1,600 looking for work. In Cardiff there are nearly 16,000 people on JSA and only 1,500 vacant jobs. Not that easy.

      There is always social housing you may say. That's cheap! Correct you are but the average waiting time on Cardiff council's list is apparently 5 years. You would be looking at around 2 years on a hosuing association list due to the levels of high demand.

      So first you have a financial blockade to housing but then there are the social aspects. Say you got the cash. A few landlords won't offer tenancies to people who are homeless. You may have a pet.

      A few homeless people may have different prioirties to you or I. Their prioirty may be to ge alcohol or substances more so than find a place to live. Its hard to cope with addiction especially if your on the street. How would you make 60 a day to feed your habit? Please note also that there are just a percentage of homeless people who have a drug or alcohol problem; not all of them have this issue.

      So, IMHO there are your answers to your question. There may also be the opinion that homeless people enjoy being homeless. I've met hundreds and I've yet to find that one. Yes there are lazy homeless people but I've met a lot more who are not homeless too. They are human the same as the rest of us and just as vulnerable, if not more so, to the same pitfalls and follies that we are.

  33. QUESTION:
    What is the name of the movie where a divorced couple become?
    servants in their own home while during Christmas time homeless people live in their grand home. The daughter is there with her intended and all three pretend to not be aware of the situation. Very old movie but it doesn't show the title.
    Mariana, thank you. That's it. I googled it and now know it's Gale Storm that I've been racking my brain to remember her name in it. What a lovely movie.

    • ANSWER:
      The name of the movie, "It happened on 5th Avenue". =)

  34. QUESTION:
    Where is a place to hangout at when your homeless?
    Hello. I was thiking of living in a homeless shelter for a while because i am low on rent money.
    If i live in a homeless shelter where is somewhere to hangout at during the day so i wouldnt be bored?
    Is there anywhere I can watch tv at or use the internet if i am homless?

    • ANSWER:
      I wasn't sure of the answer, so, being me, I did a little research. First, since I know where the homeless in my town hang out, I went there and asked a few of them what they did.

      Problem was most of them were addicts of one kind or another, and after asking me for money, they got mad and walked off. I did get some help however. One thing I was told was that homeless shelters are really hard to get into, way more demand than space. Second thing is many of them form their own little communities. Often under bridges or in empty buildings. In this way what little they have will not get stolen and they can keep an eye on each other.

      They told me they spend a lot of time just "hanging around" talking or sleeping or just watching people go past. They know where the soup kitchen, and can get a meal every now and then. When the weather turns cold, there are couple of churches that will let them sleep inside, IF they are not drunk or on drugs.

      OK that was one side of the story. Then I asked one of my cop friends about it. He was pretty helpful really. He gets tired of answering complaints about the homeless, so has a pretty good idea of what to do.

      There are some coffee shops, that if the homeless can come up a couple of bucks, they can sit for a couple of hours watching TV. The library does have internet service that you can use free for about an hour a day. Some of the churches have day time programs, where you can read or just be inside.

      One thing that both the helpful homeless and the cop told me, was it depends a lot on how clean and neat you keep yourself. The majority of times that the homeless are asked to leave a building or even a public street, is due to body oder or strange behavior. If you look at least clean and are polite, there are many more options.

      I wish you good luck, but before you make any decision, make sure there is a homeless shelter that will take you in, and learn what their rules are.

      Just my thoughts

  35. QUESTION:
    I got grounded for hitting a homeless bum with a hockey stick. Is that not extreme?
    I was walking home from hockey practice when I saw a homeless person across the road. I ran over and hit him with my hockey stick. Why is it wrong to hit people who are useless to society, but live off it's benefits?

    • ANSWER:
      That's terrible!!!
      Who's knows?? They might have been a great person a couple years ago, they could've fallen on hard times! How would you feel getting hit with a hockey stick!!?? Remember the GOLDEN RULE... :( :)

  36. QUESTION:
    Why news like Rathore molestation get more traction on news channels than cold wave deaths of homeless people?
    100 s of homeless people have died in N.India from cold wave, their deaths could have been avoided by providing them shelter. News channels make no big deal of this, they just make an unemotional statement that so many deaths have happened. But they keep on covering Rathore molestation case with so much enthu and seriousness, for a girl who was just molested not even raped.

    • ANSWER:
      Rathore : A CLASSICAL case of hypercoverage of news that bad mouth males ( and hence are anti-male in nature ), by the anti-male Indian media. Incitement to hatred is NOT a crime for the Indian media alone!

      While the woman who jumped at the 87 year old Pope was given back page coverage, the Indian media is coupling with anti-male groups, to take on the Indian JUDICIARY! As though they needed to be trained in proper delivery of Indian law.

      While the affected victim himself is no ANGEL ( OK...assuming he DID molest her ), the absence of MALE organisations, ( unlike the anti-male ones that support Ruchika and her allegations,), has affected the course of the propaganda war. Even the womans suicide 2 years later is sought to be blamed at this man!

      Why is the public NOT being educated about the several suicides due to MENTAL and PERSONALITY disorders and all being placed at the door of an individual who crossed her life - even AFTER being tortured by 19 years at the courts?

      Remember Shopian, where similar anti-males with the MEDIA, had conjured up images of a raped girl, and held the state to ransom? Where is the accountability of these anti-male forces which see no wrong in arresting and wasting the lives of males - like SECOND class criminals?

      WAKE UP, MALES! SPEAK UP!

  37. QUESTION:
    What is the number one reason for the homeless problem in the USA?
    The USA, is the richest country in the world, why does it exists? If you were to become homeless, who would you blame?

    • ANSWER:
      If I were to become homeless, I would blame myself. As to why there are so many, liberal politicians and courts redefined the parameters of mental illness a couple decades ago and released thousands of people that were incapable of taking care of themselves for a variety of reasons. Another element of the homeless are the addicts, whether it be to alcohol or drugs or gambling, that consumes their lives and loses their jobs and families and homes. A third group are essentially expatriots, conspiracy theorists, ex-military that have a distrust of the government and don't want to become part of the system and just drop out. Lastly are the poor unfortunates that lose their jobs because of a corporate attitude of downsizing to profitability. Many don't know what services are available to help them and don't seek help before it's too late.

      What can we do about it? As much as I hate big government and prefer to keep them out of my life and pockets, I would say we need work programs. Form an agency that takes the people that want to work and put them on bridges and highways and city streets doing the repair work that the infrastructure so desperately needs. House them in trailer camps, feed them two meals a day and pay them a special wage. Secondly, those that are mentally incompetent to take care of themselves should be readmitted to the facilities that can take care of them, get them the medicines they need, the health care, shelter and food and so on. There will always be a certain part of society that simply doesn't want to conform to a mortgage and a 9 to 5 job. They've been around for centuries... travelling minstrels, vagabonds, gypsies, hobo's and so on. You'll never get rid of the problem completely, but you're right, there is much we could do to help.

  38. QUESTION:
    How come you rarely see Female homeless people?
    I live in the UK and I've only ever seen homeless *men obviously there must be women also, but in my own experience it seems to be never the case.

    Even in films/cartoons we always see more of the stereotypical male hobo/tramp

    Why is this

    • ANSWER:
      That probably has to do with a couple of factors. In matters of divorce, the courts are more favorable towards the woman when it comes to granting rights to property, especially if children are involved and the woman has a stable income.

      Second, where I'm from if a shelter is single sex it's a lot more likely for them to accept women and turn down men than to accept men and decline women.

  39. QUESTION:
    What if homeless people are really smart?
    and some of them didn't fit into the working world or couldn't get themselves to do it?

    Of course this isn't to say all homeless people but maybe some just didn't fit in for some reason.

    • ANSWER:
      Some are, I have befriended a couple and they were very smart but had very difficult circumstances. If you get to know some homeless people, they have very interesting stories and some just chose that path. Many times drugs and or alcohol played a factor as to why they can't hold a job or why their family has 'given up on them'. Some just prefer a life that, to them, is more simple.

  40. QUESTION:
    What's a typical day and night like for a homeless person?
    Does anyone actually know? I don't wanna talk to a homeless person to ask.

    • ANSWER:
      I would think the opinions on this question will vary with each persons view...

      Heres mine: My parents managed a homeless shelter when we lived in southern California...it was the type where the shelter doesnt open until 5pm for the evening meal..then the homeless are given clean towels and shone where their "twin bed-usually bunk beds" will be for the night..lights out at 10pm...wake up at 6am..breakfast done by 8am and the homeless must take all personal belongings with them as they leave. There was a "living room" where they could gather to watch tv or talk before lights-out but many just wanted a warm shower and clean bedding. Some were willing to work and were given semi-permanent beds, for work they did around the shelter etc...

      In talking with many who frequented the shelter, I found that the majority would sit around at the public park across the street..and a few would panhandle for extra change..all waiting for the shelter to open once again the next evening.

      In some kinda odd way..I had a deep sense of friendship for many that came back night after night and we sort of formed a familial bond.

      Though the majority were of a decent character, we did find out, usually AFTER the person had left..that we had given shelter to a wanted bank robber, a man wanted for child molesting (who happened to be "flirting" with the homeless mother of 5 children that we housed for a couple months)..and even had a 70 yr old man who had come over from Mexico that was just as sweet and gentle as any one could imagine their own "grandfather" to be...turned out, less than 24 hrs after he did not show back up at the shelter..the police came looking for him and reported that he was wanted in Mexico for killing his wife...

      So you never know who youre going to meet when associating with the homeless...more often than not, theyll just be someone whos had a bad falling out and needs a little helping hand or as someone mentioned above, chose to live that way...other times, it could be someone whos trying to hide within that society.

      I in no way...look down upon the homeless, given my experience in the past...but at the same time, I find myself being some what skeptical until I know more about that particular persons background.

      Im adding the link about a documentary called Dark Days.. (you used to be able to watch it instantly on netflix but I dont know if it is still available any more). It documents the lives of some of New Yorks homeless..that lived in abandoned railway tunnels. Its just a tiny glimpse of that life-style..and has a pretty promising ending..more so than many homeless get to experience.

  41. QUESTION:
    Ever thought about picking up a homeless person?
    Just out of curiosity, have you ever seen a homeless person begging on the street and wondered what it would be like to take them home and help them change their life? If so, what would you do to help them? And do you think it would work?

    • ANSWER:
      Good question. At the present time I volunteer at two food pantries, serve at a Community Meal establishment, and work in a migrant worker soup kitchen. In the past, I've done counseling in the county jail.

      Having established my association with the less fortunate. I wouldn't take a homeless person into my home. If I happen to know the person well, that's a different story. My experience is that many of those on the street and in jail are there by their own choosing. Many are drug related. I've also learned that many of those homeless people are quite content with their status. They have no responsibilities except self preservation. Four years of jail work taught me that for some, three meals and a cot is all they really want.

      Of course there are some who through no fault of their own are on the street. Even so, there are things / job they could bo if they so chose. Good example, my neighbor was in construction in Florida and lost his job. He's now out doing yard work for whoever will hire him. He just finished painting a couple of rooms for someone else. Bottom line, he is getting by.

      In years past, I've been hungry myself. I spent the last dime I had to put gas in my car to go out and spread fertilizer around a lady's roses. She payed me when I finished and I ate the best meal I have ever had. I made a promise to myself never again would I go hungry. I'm bragging, but my present net work exceeds 2 mil.

  42. QUESTION:
    Where can a National Guard soldier go when he becomes homeless?
    I'm a Army vet and now in the National Guard and about to become homeless. Is there a place I can go to live the military can help me with until I deploy?

    • ANSWER:
      You should be eligible for Army Emergency Relief, a program run by Army Community Services. They can provide you with an interest-free loan within hours. If you lost your home due to the recent financial troubles, they've also got a program to help you with that.

      If you are jobless/homeless and you want to go AGR, that may help you for a couple of years until you get back up to speed.

      If all else fails, contact LTG Robert Wilson, CG, IMCOM, and tell him your story and what you need for help. That's drastic, but he is a go-to general officer who can expedite getting you into the AGR or otherwise assist, especially if you've served downrange. Tell him a PAO sent you.

      I'm sorry I can't assist you personally.

  43. QUESTION:
    How can I help my homeless boyfriend?
    My boyfriend lived in his parents home that recently got foreclosed with a couple of friends. Since they've been kicked out of the house they have been living in sketchy motels while they're looking for a place to stay. Paying for motels every night is very expensive compared to what rent can cost, but neither of the friends my boyfriend is supporting has a job. I would love to help get him on his feet since he's pulling two dead weights but don't know how to help.

    • ANSWER:
      do you have a couch he can crash on? have networks to help him find a job?

  44. QUESTION:
    Has anyone regained a proper home after becoming homeless?
    We are about to lose our apartment, and have no where to go. There isn't room in our family's homes, and the government was "Out of money", the waiting list of HUD was 8 weeks, and we must leave by the end of the month.
    I just want to know, have you been homeless? how long did it take you to get back into a home and be normal again?
    I'm terrified. I have a baby who will be only one in 6 weeks, and here, we will probably celebrate his birthday in a shelter.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. It was not fun but we survived and if I had known then what I know now we'd have been a lot better off. My husband and I had moved to his hometown with the promise of 2 good jobs. We both got laid off because the mill started cutting back on jobs after I'd been there about 4 months. That meant dealing with an interstate unemployment claim which took forever. We couldn't pay our rent. We had a yard sale and sold just about everything that wouldn't fit in our car and left for Atlanta. First night we stayed with a friend who had encouraged us to come back there. 2nd day around 10PM she announced that her "estranged" husband was coming home and would not be happy we were there. We spent that night in a highway rest area. Next day we tried driving to N. Carolina and staying in the car. That got old and we went back to GA because we decided we could straighten out my unemployment better there. When I finally got a check we got a motel for a few nights and called everyone we knew to see if anyone knew of any jobs. Finally found one and we got a nice apartment again. We were without a home about 5 months but in a motel part of the time.

      Not happily ever after though because a couple of yrs later my husband got sick and couldn't work. We were homeless again for a while, lived in a campground in a canvas top pop up then stayed with friends (that was from June till February) and then rented a trailer that was not in good shape...the neighbor's cat could walk in through the hole that came in the bathroom wall when the water heater blew. Landlord never would fix it. We were there technically with a home but not a home for a bit iver a year. Our pastor told us about someone who wanted to sell a nearly new trailer and land and we realized that it was a lot cheaper than what we were paying for the rundown trailer rent. They wanted out and wanted rid of the payments on trailer and land because they were moving to another state, couldn't pay for 2 places, and didn't' want a foreclosure or repo on their credit so there was no real down payment. We rented from them 6 months and took over payments. That was 1996 and we still own the place. It has not always been easy. There have been times I've cried, prayed, cried some more and finally prayed again and seen God answer at the last milisecond. Over the yrs I changed job fields from marketing back to working with people who need help and I have seen a number of people make it back to having a stable life again.

      I've learned a lot from them. May I share some of what I've learned with you? 1. Unless you have a rental agreement to the contrary you are not evicted till a judge says you are evicted. If you have no where to go stay till the day of an eviction hearing. You do not necessarily want to go to the hearing but rather let the court know that you have gotten out because that should prevent a judgment against you for back rent. Generally it will take at least 2 more weeks to have an actual eviction. It also costs he property owner 0-200 in court fees. Therefore if you can agree to be out in 1 more month they may agree to this. 2. In almost every state you have a right to "pay and stay" that is catch up back rent anytime up to the eviction court date. Check with legal aid in your state or call magistrate court and ask. If that is true where you are and it probably is you may be able to get help to pay back rent. (not meaning to be mean but if it is that you do not have October rent hang in there till they make you leave unless you have a strong sense that you would be doing actual harm to the property owner. If it is a management co they will just write it off their taxes. If it is a little old lady who won't eat of she doesn't get the rent that is a different story,)

      3. Places to get help with rent (no one place will usually do it all) Salvation Army, Catholic Charities (nearest large Catholic church can direct you) Other churches especially Presbyterian, Lutheran, Episcopal. Call United Way for list of helping agencies and ministries in your community, also check out community action agencies in your area. Look in your yellow pages under Social Services and call every place that seems even vaguely likely to help. If you can get HUD housing in 8 weeks do all you can to stay housed fdor as much of the 8 weeks as possible.

      4. You are probably eligible for some or all of the following: TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) money help to people with children and not enough money, Food Stamps (now called SNAP - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) which come like a charge card that can be used only for food. Medicaid (medical assistance for the baby and maybe for yourself too) These are all through welfare often called Department of Social Services or Family and Children services. WIC (Women, Infants, Children) which is also a food assistance program through the health department. You

  45. QUESTION:
    Have you ever volunteered for a homeless shelter?
    I did last summer and it was awesome. Especially one time when we were giving out dental care items, such as toothbrushes, toothpast and mouth wash. These weren't the large items, just the small travel tubes you'd expect to take on vacation.

    Anyways, I took a couple tubes of toothpaste into the back room, emptied out the toothpaste and replaced it with hemorroid cream. I placed these tubes back in the box and they were eventually handed out to the vagabonds coming in. It was a real hoot watching a couple of bums running around with their mouths puckered shut.
    I'm so happy that I could piss you douchebags off, morons like you deserve it! HA HA!
    Ahhh, shut up, Jenn, you old whore!

    • ANSWER:
      You're mean! You have no meaning of life!

  46. QUESTION:
    Homeless people- why don't they go to a shelter instead of sleeping on the street?
    I don't want to be mean but why do homeless people sleep on the street? Why can't they go to a shelter or something like that?

    My dad always says that homeless people are there by choice, because they'd rather take drugs and give up on life than actually get a job. I don't think that's entirely true though, I mean some of them must be there due to bad circumstances. I still don't understand why they don't go to a shelter though.
    I wasn't 'bad mouthing homeless people' I asked "Why don't they go to a shelter instead of living on the street?" You didn't even answer my question. You just went on some stupid rant about how a supermarket didn't want to hire you - nothing to do with what I asked.

    • ANSWER:
      People need to stop badmouthing homeless people. It's not their fault that they are homeless, and can't afford to live. There are two reasons why people become homeless. Number 1, theres a lack of jobs, jobs are mad difficult to get. Now with our economy people are getting "laid-off." Number 2, there are too many employers that discriminate.

      I'm a college student, and it took an employers 2 years to hire me. My job is 45 minutes north of my house and my college, because no jerk employer would give me a chance.

      People say that all there is to job searching is "apply to work for a couple supermarkets and then you got a job." First off, supermarkets are horrible at hiring. They put off a help wanted sign, you walk in and see empty shelfs, they have 16 registers and no more than 5 cashiers on a single shift. They they beg costumers to apply for the job. Then when they get a job applicant thats clean, well-dressed, calm, quiet and easy-going, they reject him/her with an insult. It doesn't take long for them to train a new hire.

      I applied to work for this department store during the holiday season a couple years ago. I was cleam, well-dressed, calm, and ready to learn the job. When I asked about my application, they gave me an attitude and told me that they would never be interested in a college student. Every restaurant that I applied to work for rejected me because I'm a college student. Usually employers go after the college student.

      If we didn't have so many rude discriminating employers in America, the homeless rate would be so much lower. Then when a person faces debt then loses his/her shelter, and has no where else to apply to work at, then we wonder why. STOP BATMOUTHING HOMELESS PEOPLE AND LOOK HOW THEY ARE TREATED BY EMPLOYERS.

  47. QUESTION:
    Short film on youtube about to homeless heroin addicts the girl is pregnant?
    I watched it about 3 years ago. It was very good, the couple would be drinking on the streets on London and she died in a underground tube bathroom with lots of blood? He ran left I believe.

    • ANSWER:
      It is "Try" a short film directed by Jonas Akerland

      Here it is:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoQ8EBoFw7o

  48. QUESTION:
    Is it illegal to use a rented storage area to sleep in?
    Just be homeless for a couple of months, and sleep on your couch to get caught up on some other bills before you move again.

    • ANSWER:
      it usually violates the rental agreement

  49. QUESTION:
    Why do we not help the homeless and less fortunate ?
    I now a couple who are in dire need of help but keep getting turned away from agencies and individuals who just do not seem to care.

    • ANSWER:
      Many of us do help the homeless and/or less fortunate. It is getting harder and harder to do so though. Money for social services is drying up. Many places have a serious gap in services and get swamped by a population whose needs they may not be able to meet.

  50. QUESTION:
    what shelters and transitional housing is available for homeless people in Independence Mo?
    I am mainly looking for transitional housing that helps you find and get a job for a married couple but the only one i found is one that requires a full time job. is their any others that are available that don't require a job. I need to find one within this week or I'm out on the street.

    • ANSWER:
      Shelters are normally not mixed, the men stay in one the women in another. I have never heard of one that found employment.

      Your best resource to call is the Salvation Army, they not only can direct you to their shelters but they keep records on all of the shelters and who they are for.

      There is no housing other then the shelters for unemployed people unless they are disabled or elderly.


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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Where can I get some great ESL lesson plans?
    I have been looking online via google and I only find sites that give you either adult lesson plans or games for kids. I am mostly looking for ESL lesson plans for kids. Like, ones with objectives and step by step instructions.

    Any recommendations?

    • ANSWER:
      go to amazon.com

  2. QUESTION:
    What would be a good ESL intermediate lesson plan for a 1 or 2 student ESL classroom?
    Unfortunately, I cannot find lesson plans for one or two student classrooms for ESL instruction. It is going to be used in a middle school classroom. I need about 20-25 minutes worth of activities to use during the class period.

    Also, I'm looking for a low intermediate lesson plan that is designed for a one or two student classroom for an elementary classroom, which will be used for about 25-30 minutes.

    Thank you for your help. I really need it!
    These lesson plans will be primarily used for reading or writing activities.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah, I can give you lots: you can do several things with parts of speech, you just have to modify it for the students' levels. Sorting activities are a good ESL activity, especially if you can pair a picture with the words that are used. For example, teach them the concept that nouns are persons, places, and things. Then have them sort word/picture cards into those three categories. You're teaching the concept of what a noun is but also teaching them basic vocabulary (persons: man, woman, baby, child, boy, girl; places: school, restaurant, store, beach; things: book, pencil, desk, television, clock, milk, bread, etc.). Then you can have them look through magazines to find pictures of persons, places, and things and make a nouns book - something they can refer back to when reviewing basic vocabulary words. I also like to do something similar to this with adjectives - teach them that adjectives tell what color, how many, what kind, and which one. Colors and numbers are very basic, so these kids should have learned those by now. What kind can be done easily with basic words - fat, thin, flat, round, tall, short, etc. And which one, well those are just the demonstrative adjectives - this, that, these, and those. Have them sort easy familiar words into those categories. I like to do a stand-up activity with the demonstrative adjectives - one student stand close to me (this student) and another one far away (that student), then several students close to me (these students) and several far away (those students). How about pronouns - match subject to object pronouns (I and me, they and them, we and us, etc.). Just remember that card stock and a good printer are your friends.

      Then there's some reading topics - I like to do sequence with animal life cycles - it's easy to draw pictures of the egg, the caterpillar, the cacoon, and the butterfly. This incorporates a little science, too. But also, add ordinal numbers (first, second, third) and other ordering words (next, then, finally). Point out that these are "clue words" when looking for sequence in passages. You can also teach them that timelines and recipes are in sequence.

      Or how about fact and opinion. Teach them the concept including pointing out the idea that opinions sometimes have the words "I think," "I believe," and "I feel" as part of the statement (or they can be assumed). Have several statements written or printed on sentence strips and have them sort the statements into the two categories.

      Need more ideas? Or do you have a specific concept you want to cover but don't have a good idea, just email me - I'm sure I have something up my sleeve.

      Oh, that brings up another one. Teach them about idioms. There are lots of websights that have idioms. Have some literal drawings of several idioms. Talk to the students about what they literally mean and what they figuratively mean. Discuss how all langauges have these and that they may find reading passages with lots of idioms difficult so they need to become familiar with some of them. Then have another set of literal drawings and have them match the drawings to the saying. You might want to have them discuss some idioms from their home langauge (you may have to look some of these up prior to class - I have a long list of Spanish idioms). Then you may want to have them select an idiom (from their home language or from English) and have them illustrate it.

      Seriously, email me if you need more help.

  3. QUESTION:
    Can anybody please help me with developing a good esl lesson plan?
    I'm new at teaching and I'll be tackling Korean students (most probably middle school kids). I have to develop a good lesson plan involving mainly conversations but I am a bit lost. I need help setting up a good lesson plan which I will have to present to the new school in which I'll be working soon.

    • ANSWER:
      Oy; the scope of the question is a little beyond the space and time here, but I can give you some tips.

      Essentially, you need to break the lessons into both themes and grammatical functions. I would recommend creating a series of modular lessons that follow the following structure:

      Step 1: Introduce a simple conversation (that covers what it introduced in the section)
      Step 2: Vocabulary, broken into nouns, verbs, adjectives, phrases, etc.
      Step 3: Integrated conversation: have a simple conversation about a module subject, and have three or four different words that could be used in the sentence. Go around the room and have two classmates perform the conversation, using different words for each group.
      Step 4: Have a photo, ask specific questions about the photo that require students to fill in the blanks from the module
      Step 5: Have students write a short paragraph about themselves, tying in the subject material being used.

      This modularization can contain simple themes like:

      Greetings
      School
      At the park
      Going to the movies
      Sports
      Seasons
      Pets

      Most importantly, write a learning objective (a statement of what students should be able to do after completing the lesson) for each and every module.

      Best of luck!

  4. QUESTION:
    How do I become a good teacher?
    I had my first ESL lesson with kids aged 6 yesterday, and thought I'd planned it well, and it was going to be pretty easy.

    WRONG. It was a DISASTER! The kids didn't listen to me, no matter how much I shouted and they soon got bored, even though I had lots of activities.

    I've never been a teacher before, and was wondering is anyone has any ideas or tips on how to control the kids/make a good lesson?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm afraid I misread that "they all smell" line. Kids do get bored easily, that's just their way. It would only really be a disaster if a kid got into trouble or you hit someone or something like that. Otherwise it's a learning curve, for you as well as for the kids.

  5. QUESTION:
    What would be the best method to teach ESL to 5-6 year old groups?
    Any specific methodologies you know? How would I go to implement into lesson plans?

    • ANSWER:
      You don't explicitly teach kids that age. You approach language the way they learned their first language- through interaction and play. Play games, sing songs, use picture books where they can tell what's going on from the pictures. Stop and point out the things in the pictures. If you use, for example, the Biskit the dog books, you can point out one word (like "bath" in Biskit Takes a Bath), and the second time, point to the word and have a kid say it. Let them act the stories out. Practice basic social routines with them- "Hello. How are you today?" "I'd like" "May I have". Use lots of realia- real objects, toys, dolls, etc.

  6. QUESTION:
    I need help forming ESL lesson plans?
    I am taking a class to learn how to teach English as a foreign language but have had no practice in making lesson plans. My kid is in the tenth grade and from Bahrain. I was thinking of doing something that teaches her English slang or connecting words. It's an hour lesson, any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      I took a similar class 6 years ago, with italians though. I understand what you're going through. Is your kid ready for an entire lesson on slang? If she is your possibilities are endless. If she's not it'll be a disaster. I usually try to work 1 or 2 expressions in every lesson (and repeat them!) so it's a little more manageable. Check out: www.cambridgeofpescara.com/resources. I've gathered a bunch of helpful esl sites there that may be helpful.

  7. QUESTION:
    How to teach Kindergarten children?
    I've accepted a job teaching ESL to kindergarten children in Turkey, and I start next week.

    I've not practical experience, I only have a TEFL and although I like kids I'm quite scared as I've never done this before.

    Does anyone have any tips or ideas for me being a first time KG teacher?
    How hard is it REALLY?

    Also, the teaching hours are 30 hours per week, so how many hours should I be planning?

    • ANSWER:
      Oh boy you're in for some fun!

      Well this is a fun activity http://eslcarissa.blogspot.mx/2012/10/5-little-pumpkins-family-version.html you can do with them to review family members AND it is seasonal. If you aren't allowed to do Halloween change it to fall and adjust some of the words "witches in the air--> Leaves in the air" There are more crafts you can do with it (finger puppets), have them clue tongue depressers on a paper (as a gate) and then the pumpkins above them. etc.

      Body parts http://eslcarissa.blogspot.mx/2012/06/oh-no-poor-joe-body-parts-game.html

      Clothes http://eslcarissa.blogspot.mx/2011/12/head-shoulders-knees-and-toeswith.html

      Animals http://eslcarissa.blogspot.mx/2012/07/sweet-little-bunny-with-fly-upon-its.html

      Jobs http://eslcarissa.blogspot.mx/2011/03/occupations.html

      Simple classroom behaviour (stand up sit down, etc. http://eslcarissa.blogspot.com/2012/10/this-or-that-these-or-those.html)

      Invaluable game for ANY vocab http://eslcarissa.blogspot.com/2012/09/flyswatter.html

      Are you only teaching one set of students? How many? It will be a lot of planning until you get a hang of it but usually you can reuse lessons.

      Get a routine set right away (hello song, name song, emotion song, weather song, change the weather on the board, what day is it, story time, activity snack time, etc.)

      It is challenging, but they are lovable so its worth it :)

  8. QUESTION:
    How to challenge high-level students in high school English class?

    • ANSWER:
      If these students are higher level, they should probably be placed in an Honors or AP course.

      I would probably need more information as to what exactly you are teaching in order to determine how to challenge the students.
      I'll take a persuasive essay as an example.
      There are enrichment activities that can provide a challenge for persuasive essays. Have the student determine a 'hot topic' that is normally seen at the high school (let's just say the school providing condoms and birth control literature via Planned Parenthood) and present a persuasive essay that covers both points of views. Both for and against the issue. Then the student can create some kind of multi-media power point presentation or slide show to back up his/her points. Then finally present their OWN view and opinion. That student should be encouraged to research in order to provide accurate data and statistics, and previous articles on the topic. The student can perform his/her own mini-poll of the student body to include in their persuasive essay. Letters to the editor can be written to express points of views. Students can practice speech and debate, and go against each other in a friendly forum debate. The challenge possibilities are endless. It's a matter of making sure all kids are being exposed to the topic: persuasive essay. You'll have to modify for SpEd & ESL kids, as well as these high achievers to make sure the lessons are challenging and MEANINGFUL!

      Good luck!

  9. QUESTION:
    Teachers, how do you consult and collaborate in schools?
    What are ways you consult and collaborate in the school setting? Any tips or ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      I work at an intermediate school (5th and 6th grades). Our student body is divided into "teams" with three teachers per team - a math teacher, science/social studies teacher, and a language arts/reading teacher. Each grade has 5 teams. Because the three teachers on a team work with the same students (60-90 students that rotate among them), they meet regularly to discuss the students on their team, upcoming school events, etc. Typically they meet formally at least once per week, during a conference period, but they also meet informally a lot more than that - between classes, have lunch together, stay after school together to work on a team project, etc. Also, the subject area teachers meet weekly, so, for example, all the 5th grade math teachers meet formally once a week to discuss issues pertaining to their subject area, like developing the lesson plan for next week, issues they've been having teaching a topic, resource swapping, etc. Our school also has academic clubs, so a kid can join the 5th grade science club (for example) and all the 5th grade science teachers would sponsor the club, taking turns with duties/responsibilities, so some collaboration must routinely take place with that. The staff meets as a group, typically twice a month, depending on the need. These are usually reserved for big changes, like a change in administrative staff, a campus-wide procedural change (duty shedule), or training. The principal also sends out a campus-wide email each Monday morning that has anything we really need to know for the week and a list of important dates (field trips, testing days, etc.). We also have a campus testing coordinator who meets with all the teachers regularly to train them with testing procedures, developing benchmark tests, and so on. Then you have teachers in specific areas that must coordinate often with other teachers, like the teacher that runs the content mastery lab, the gifted and talented teacher, the person who runs the ARDs, the ESL teacher, special education, and so forth. Most is done either face-to-face or via email, just depending on what the need is. Seriously, I spend almost as much time in meetings each day as I do teaching students. Hope this helps.

  10. QUESTION:
    ESL lessons for 6-12 year old beginner learners?
    Hi all.

    Im currently teaching English in a Thai school and am having a few issues with lesson ideas for my younger kids. The school is a boarding school for what the Thai's deem to be "problem children". Many of them are orphans of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, some of them are genuine hard cases who were involved in the drug trade in Phuket and other spots in the south of Thailand, others have medical conditions which in England would be seen as sufficient to warrant inclusion in a special school.

    Before being assigned my school I was informed that I would be teaching Matthayom only, that is, 13-18 year olds, so all my planning has revolved around teenagers. However, I am now teaching from Prathom 1 (infants) through to Matthayom 6 (18 year olds) and am coping well with the older kids but struggling to find time to plan for my younger learners.

    The level of English is very low, I spent a lesson explaining the importance of the word "because" to my older kids, as well as the function of "why", "how", "who", "where", "when" and "what" which the school seems to have overlooked during their grammar lessons. Having observed my Thai co-workers delivering lessons, I think that I have identified the problem, the kids sit in silent rows while the teacher writes grammatically correct sentences on the board not checking comprehension as he/she goes along.

    As such the students workbooks are a shining example of correct grammar structure, but ask most of the kids to put it into practice, and you are met with a vacant stare and a flat refusal to talk. This is my first time teaching and I'm determined my kids will be able to structure at least a few sentences by the time my agency shifts me to a new school in March.

    My question for any ESL teachers on here is this, has anyone else worked in a similar environment before, if so, how did you cope, and also, if anyone has any ideas or lesson plans that they wouldn't mind sharing for the 6-12 year olds, I would be most appreciative. Please note that my role is to enhance the kids spoken English, with an emphasis on general conversation, I am not responsible for teaching them grammar or writing.

    Thanks in advance

    Danny

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah, teaching kids can be a lot of fun. From what you said their other teacher sounds pretty boring. Kids need to have fun when they learn. They want to be active, to create, make things and play. So learn a few basics and then find ways of integrating games, activities and maybe songs into your lessons.

      I have mostly taught children in that age range.

  11. QUESTION:
    Do you have a favorite website source for ESL (English as a Second Language) teaching ideas?
    My friend (not a teacher by trade) is teaching an ESL class in Korea. Does anyone who teaches ESL have any advice or specific websites (please include URL if possible!) that she could read today to help her feel more prepared to start her class tomorrow? Here are a few facts:

    * This is not bilingual education - it's an immersion class, and she does not speak Korean.
    * She will be handed the curriculum tomorrow morning before the class starts, but does not have it in hand to prepare from ahead of time.
    * Until she starts, she won't even know how much English the kids already know.
    * Students will be upper-elementary/early middle school age.

    Icebreakers & other first-day activities are especially helpful, but would love to see any suggestions for any creative and fun stuff.

    She'll be great once she gets started, but she's nervous about what to do on the first day and how to fill the time after introductions.

    Thanks in advance for your ideas!

    • ANSWER:
      Here's some info that might be helpful
      http://www.eslcafe.com/
      The First ESL web site and one of the best.
      http://www.webenglishteacher.com/esl.html
      AWESOME SITE
      http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~leslieob/pizzaz.html
      Has good teaching suggestions
      http://iteslj.org/links/TESL/Lessons/
      Good lesson plans
      The first day is always pretty scary...Good luck!

  12. QUESTION:
    Autism and Parents who home school?
    I am a home school teacher and found out my daughter is Autism. I will not place her in public school due to the fact that some kids can be harsh. I am a liscened home school teacher so I need info on where I can get workbooks for her so I can teach her.

    • ANSWER:
      Not all of these websites have workbooks, many have free worksheets, free software, and other materials that may be helpful to you.

      School Express http://www.schoolexpress.com/
      600+ Free Thematic Units & eWorkbooks you can download, 11,000+ Free Worksheets, & more.

      Learning Helper: http://www.learninghelper.com
      Learning Helper is a comprehensive computer teaching system for children (students) with learning difficulties such as autism. The main features of Learning Helper include: discrete-trial methodology; text/voice/picture/video based instructions and teaching materials; database supported management system; fully customisable lesson setup; automatic progress monitoring and reporting; and a comprehensive reward system.

      SEN Teacher
      Provides cost-free teaching & learning resources for students with special needs and learning disabilities.

      1. The Printables Page http://www.senteacher.org/main/print.php
      A selection of printable worksheets, handouts, and teaching aids; most of which can be customised to suit a range of learners. 48 different categories, each with a variety of different printables.

      2. The Files Page http://www.senteacher.org/Files/
      Free educational software which has proven useful to teachers and parents of special needs students. Includes: math, english, computers, art, and science. Only software which is fully free for use in schools and at home is listed, no shareware or demo software is included. Click the links on this webpage to see screengrabs, to download the software, or for further information.

      Autism Hand in Hand http://www.autismhandinhand.com/index.htm
      A special education resource designed for parents, behavior interventionists, teachers, support workers, and other people involved in the lives of children with autism.
      Instructional Programs include various activities for fine motor skills; gross motor skills; & receptive object identification.
      Interactive Play & Playdate Activities includes ideas for activities that will help with turn taking; fine motor skills; counting skills; following directions; following simple instructions; generalizations of receptive instructions; listening; verbal communication; generalization of descriptive adjectives; gross motor skills; generalizations of categories; verbal communication; peer interaction; attention and cooperation; cognitive memory recall; writing; & generalization of expressive labels.
      Songs in Motion includes fingerplay songs which are great for development of cognitive, language, memory, and fine motor skills. Songs can be used as a way to teach receptive and imitation skills or as reinforcement.
      Program Materials includes various flashcards and stories.

      Speech Games http://www.bonduel.k12.wi.us/Teacher_pages/Elem/Speech/games.htmlFor download they have articulation cards; articulation bingo; gameboards; and language games.

      MES-English http://www.mes-english.com/
      free projects & lesson plans, flashcards, worksheets, handouts, phonic cards; ESL games; an international project exchange library; printable certificates, stickers, activities.

      HiYah Software http://www.hiyah.net/software
      Free Software for children who want to use the computer but can't yet use a mouse. This educational software is made for children 18 months to 4 years of age (or higher for children struggling with language delays due to autism or other causes). The programs are completely free and easily installed / uninstalled. The download versions are made to run on Microsoft Windows compatible operating systems. The Play Online version works on Macs or PCs. They have colors, shapes, numbers, nouns, verbs, opposites, preprimary words, primary words, 1st-2nd-3rd grade words, counting machine, adding machine, number rows, upcoming holidays, classic stories, nursery rhymes and songs, going places, occupations and transportation, emotions, nature (mammals, domestic animals, insects, reptiles, birds) & printable flash cards.

      Do To Learn http://www.dotolearn.com/sitemap/index.htm
      Free Parent & Teacher Materials: picture cards; print activities; homework helpers, and other useful materials. Free computer-based instruction: Time Sequence Game; Coloring Pages; How Many?; Feelings Game; Facial Expressions; Balloon Mania (colors); Synonyms and Antonyms; Math Mahjong; What Color?; Create A Room (nouns); What's Different?; Street Safety Songs; Fire Safety Song; & Mall Safety Song . They also have materials you can purchase from laminated picture cards to educational software.

  13. QUESTION:
    Where can you find a typical lesson plan for first grade on describing persons, places, and things?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm a little confused - are they describing nouns? Is the lesson on adjectives? Or are they identifying nouns and categorizing them as persons, places, or things?

      If the lesson is for nouns and categorizing them into the three categories, make a nouns booklet. Give your kids some old magazines and have them cut out pictues. You could either have them only cut pictures out of people one day, then places the next day, then things the next day. Or you could have them cut out a bunch of pictures then sort them into the three categories. Either would work. Then have them make a booklet out of construction paper and glue the pictures for each category on separate pages. Be sure to label the pages for each category. I do this activity with 5th grade ESL students and extend the lesson by having them name the different persons, places, and things.

      If the activity is about adjectives, focus on the four function of adjectives (actually, you might only want to focus on the three more obvious ones for 1st graders) - what color, how many, what kind, and which one (this is the category I would skip with 1st graders). Focus on colors and how things have colors - yellow sun, blue sky, black cat, brown hat, red truck, etc. Then focus on how many things there are - four people, three dogs, one sun, etc. Then you can easily use opposites for what kind - fat pig and skinny dog, tall man and short child, etc.

      Good luck!

  14. QUESTION:
    How to teach ESL students Geological Eras?
    I am a teacher's assistance and next week i am going to be teaching for the first time. the class i teach is gr.9 ESL geography and i need an activity or plan to get them interested(hook) so i need sum ideas. greatly appreciated :)
    REMEMBER: Geological Eras

    • ANSWER:
      cybersleuth-kids.com/sleuth/Science/Geology/Geological_Eras/
      Here's a website you might try. You can also go to Google and type in.....lesson plans for teaching geological eras.... and several excellent sites will come up. Good luck

  15. QUESTION:
    What is a good way to teach ESL to a four-year-old?

    • ANSWER:
      Preschool and Kindergarten Links

      http://www.hubbardscupboard.org/pre-kindergarten.html

      http://www.hubbardscupboard.org/kindergarten.html

      http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/dinosaurs/

      http://www.edhelper.com/ReadingComprehension.htm

      http://www.preschoolexpress.com/index.shtml

      http://www.preschoolexpress.com/alphabet_station03/a_activities.shtml

      http://www.preschoolexpress.com/alphabet_station.shtml

      http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/Themes/Alphabet/

      http://www.websterschools.org/classrooms/state_library/A_to_Z.html

      http://www.kids.scintro.com/

      http://www.perpetualpreschool.com/preschoolsongs.html

      http://www.preschoolrainbow.org/preschool-summer.htm

      Pre-School Themes & Activities

      Welcome to Pre-School Themes & Activities...there are lots of wonderful crafts & activities, story ideas to read aloud, songs/fingerplays/nursery rhymes, and recipe ideas! Click on a theme category or one of our great activity ideas below.....and have fun!! Pages are updated regularly - so check back soon for more great ideas!

      http://members.tripod.com/ccb_themes/

      http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/recipe.html

      Sites with themes

      http://www.cln.org/themes_index.html

      http://edtech.kennesaw.edu/web/k-2.htm

      http://edtech.kennesaw.edu/web/3-5.htm

      http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/denise/Themes.htm

      http://www.stemnet.nf.ca/CITE/themes.html

      http://www.occ.act.edu.au/home/itpd/webquests/matrix.htm

      _____________________________________________

      Curriculum, Lesson Plans, Colouring Links & Fun Stuff.

      http://www.lessonplanspage.com/index.html

      http://www.crayola.com/educators/lessons/index.cfm

      http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/dinosaurs/

      http://www.rhymes.org.uk/

      http://www.didyouknow.org/animals/animals.htm

      http://www.allpopularsites.com/cartoons.htm

      http://www.coloring-page.com/

      http://www.coloring.ws/

      http://www.funbrain.com/index.html

      http://www.letsreadclyde.com/

      http://www.picadome.fcps.net/lab/currl/

      http://www.starfall.com

      http://www.pbskids.org

      http://edtech.kennesaw.edu/web/3-5.htm

      http://www.schoolexpress.com/

      http://gamequarium.com/

      http://jambav.com/

      http://www.fisher-price.com/us/

      http://www.allpopularsites.com/kids.htm

      LESSON PLANS

      http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/teachingandlearning/resourcematerials/Resources/

      http://go.hrw.com/ndNSAPI.nd/gohrw_rls1/pKeywordResults?sr9+rubrics

      http://www.lessonplanz.com/

      http://www.sitesforteachers.com/

      http://www.4teachers.org/

      http://www.lessonplanet.com/

      http://www.lessonplanspage.com/

      http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/

      http://www.canteach.ca/

      http://www.lessonplanspage.com/index.html

      http://www.lessonplanspage.com/WriteLessonPlan.htm

      Good luck for the future.

      Kevin, Liverpool, England.

  16. QUESTION:
    how can i develope a "bullet proof" plan,as a new comer,who is immigrating to edmonton, alberta?
    i m planning to arrive between july and august, first i want to rent and look for a job in the human resources area, my wife s profession is nurse and i have two kid of 4 and 2 years each.i would like to know wich asociations i can contact to guide me as a new commer to edmonton.

    • ANSWER:
      well first question is.. where are you coming from? you have to this your wife may be a nurse but she has to have qualifications for Canada to be a nurse here. for work, you can go to www.working.com (Edmonton site) or http://www.jobbank.gc.ca/ and select EDMONTON. with housing, it all depends to you want a house/apartment, best is to do a search on google.ca or yahoo.ca and search for housing+Edmonton it will give you allot of references. when you land in Canada FIRST this is get a SOCIAL INSURANCE NUMBER (SIN Card) this will allow you to work here, then get your Alberta Health Care (medical) is you want to take English lessons there is Norquest college for ESL .

      So much, so much to say and do.. i hope this helps somewhat

  17. QUESTION:
    Aeon Interview ...What is the best 5 minutes lesson to teach?
    I am trying to think of a fun and interesting lesson that will be engaging for students in an Aeon ESL interview. I was thinking of doing one these: weather; animals - male, female, baby; prepositions of place - in, on, above, between etc.

    Which would make the best lesson for 5 mins? Any other suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      I worked for Aeon for 20 months. They have set lesson plans and will train you in their own teaching techniques. I think the biggest thing they are interested in is someone who is energetic and will make the classes fun and exciting for the students. Speak loudly and confidently. My trainer was the most hyper person I ever met in my life!! A simple theme would be good, such as weather or animals as you said above. Choose your favorite as it will make you more enthusiastic. Are you doing a kids lesson? If so, make sure you put in a fast paced game.

  18. QUESTION:
    I'm thinking about teaching English overseas, does anyone have any advice?
    If you've taught, or know some1 close to you who has taught overseas, tell me what i should expect.

    • ANSWER:
      first of all, make sure you are working through an established organization. also, know that kids in a foreign country are the same as kids at home. all kids everywhere think school sux, so have a solid lesson plan. otherwise, its a great opportunity and loads of fun.
      also check Dave's ESL Cafe
      http://www.eslcafe.com/

  19. QUESTION:
    Help! I am starting work tomorrow teaching ESL in high school?
    I have been given no brief of what the students know, what ages I am going to be teaching and what I am suspected to teach? Does anyone have a simple lesson plan that will last approximately fifty minutes on any subject? I am currently looking at getting the ask each other simple questions, to assess what they know and getting them to write a resume, but I am worried this will be done in thirty seconds and leave me stuck for the rest of the lesson!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Honestly, if they are in an ESL class in high school, they are most likely VERY low. Those that can understand and communicate in verbal English may still be in there due to their writing. You will want to make sure you give a diagnostic in both reading and writing.

      In my school, the ESL class is challenging behavior wise. There are some gang issues (I teach MS at a school that doesn't have many gang issues, but the ones we do have are predominantly our two Hispanic gangs.) Even if you don't have that problem, you are dealing with kids that may feel like they are outsiders or stupid. Due to the language barrier, they may not perform well in other classes and might be low achieving, apathetic students. Just like any class, you will want to make very clear the rules and expectations. Since there is a good chance they will have behavioral problems, you will have to make sure you are super strict. (And really, be strict with any class anyway!)

      I'm not sure if the resume will work. If your school is like mine, the kids are all levels. A freshman will not have had a job yet. Maybe think of a personal narrative instead? They can do prewriting for it and begin drafting. You could also create getting to know you questions: What are your goals for the year? Who are your family members? What is your favorite hobby?

      One thing to keep in mind is that many ESL kids are still in ESl because they have a hard time with English since they have a hard time in their native language. Usually a child who is very good at their native language, doesn't stay in ESL very long because that area of their brain is well developed. But, if the child did not grow up reading in their native language and is below grade level in their native tongue, they will have a harder time picking up a second language. Our ESL class is filled with kids that are illiterate in their language. Think of how hard it would be for someone in America, who does not have a basic understanding of English, to try and learn another language. This is why something diagnostic is so important. Use a diagnostic from below grade level to see where they are at.

      Good luck! You ESL teachers have a tough job and we other teachers couldn t do it without you!

  20. QUESTION:
    China ESL Lesson plan for Kindergarten?
    I am teaching Kindergarteners in China, which in this country is not elementary or primary school, it consists of younger students. My students are four years old, and today was an absolute disaster. Yesterday I met with some of the teachers who gave me a schedule with words and sentences that needed to be done for each week. Well I came in today, tried to teach it, and most students really could not repeat what I was saying. The teacher complained that I needed to do more fun and active things like running around the class, singing songs, etc. So I sang a song with them and the kids couldnt sing along. I lead an activity walking around the class and students couldn't follow along. I had them repeat sentences while clapping and stopping and they could not do that. This is a disaster, I left the school wanting to cry, pack my bags and leave. But I cannot do that, I am here with my wife who is Chinese to be near her family, and it seems finding a new job would be way too hard.

    I have seen people on other threads try and play moral police, but take note, I can, and have taught primary school, in the United States and South Korea. I did not want to teach kindergarteners, the school knew my experience, then booked me as a kindergarten teacher anyway. I accepted the job several months ago, arrived in china about two weeks ago, and they just told me that I would be teaching Kindergarten yesterday. If I could see some full lesson plans already made for kindergarteners in china I think that would help a lot. Thanks for your time, and God Bless you all!

    • ANSWER:
      I have no lesson plans for Chinese toddlers learning ESL but I can recommend some resources that you can order.

      Story S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-R-S is available from Amazon for various age/grade levels. It includes activities for games, snacks, math, science, vocabulary, etc. using favorite story books. A good way to immerse young children in English.

  21. QUESTION:
    Teaching esl to a 8 year old? Need fun ideas?
    I am looking for ideas to teach an 8 year old . It is one on one using Moving into English text. I find that he is getting bored.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not sure how much time you have, or what sort of constraints [are you a private tutor?]

      One way you can keep an 8-year-old occupied in learning a second language - graphic novels. They are sometimes called manga. I would suggest a good kid story, like Naruto. You can grab a copy at Barnes & Noble, okay it with his parents, and present it to him one page at a time [to keep him eager for the next page and the next lesson with you].

      Have him work on translating each page from English into his native language. This will require him to put some effort into the lesson, and as he goes through the dictionary he will discover not only the words he is searching for, but others. You will be there to answer his questions, and to explain concepts of the English language as he moves along.

      It takes critical thinking on your part to structure sessions like this that incorporate the key points and concepts in the "Moving into English" text, but I am sure you are more than capable.

      From his translation exercises, he can build his own vocabulary list, and add it to the one you already use.

      He will become familiar with spelling patterns.

      He will learn second-hand the patterns of English speech. This is something you should emphasize through your lesson plan.

      He will learn to speak clearly and enunciate through reading his own translations.

      You can check for understanding immediately, and if he does not understand - he will be sure to ask you because he doesn't want to miss part of the story.

      He will thoroughly enjoy the story!

      Hope this works, it's a bit time consuming, but that's my style as a one-on-one private teacher.

  22. QUESTION:
    esl teacher? what do you do?
    are you like a real teacher with classes and kids. make lesson plans,etc. but focused more on conversation skills.
    b/c i was told that most of programs that allow you teach overseas really just hire you as teacher assistant. i am interested in esl but i am not clear as to what i would really be doing.
    thank. i am interested in doing this as a means to travel to other countries. but i have no teaching skills and i would not want to sign up for something that i would not be able to do. any websites that might give me a better idea of what i would be doing?
    ok so what if i only want to do this so i can go overseas. i don't want to be teacher so where would i fit in this. i don't mind being an assistant.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are overseas, you are an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher, not an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher.

      I currently teach ESL at an American high school, and I am a "real" teacher. I write lesson plans, have my own classes, etc.

      I also have taught a university class in Asia. There, I was also a "real" teacher.

      If you are thinking about going overseas, the type of job you have will depend on your education. I have my MA in TESOL from a good university, so I can be a "real" college instructor. If you have a Bachelor's in a random subject or no degree at all, you are much more like to be an assistant. It depends a lot on where you are teaching - would it be a public school, a university, or a private English institute?

  23. QUESTION:
    When was the last time you felt overwhelmed in a situation?
    Why did you feel overwhelmed? Was it a good or bad feeling?

    • ANSWER:
      My job as a high school ESL teacher keeps me overwhelmed on a daily basis. Paperwork, phone calls to parents, helping kids with their work, planning lessons, making photocopies, dealing with other teachers who don't make the required accommodations for my students, etc.

  24. QUESTION:
    i want to become a teacher for kids.which i want to study?i love teaching.backhome i was a voluteer teacher.?
    now i'm studying esl.i thing i want to do ged.after that i want to associate degree?how much money i want it?and how many years i want to study????????teaching easy to get in??????i love under 10 years old kids.i want to teach them.

    • ANSWER:
      How to Become a Teacher

      Good teachers love helping children and young adults develop intellectually and emotionally, despite diverse challenges. In teacher training, you'll learn to meet these challenges, and by actually working with children, you'll be able to decide whether the job is right for you.

      Step 1 Find work with children in the age group that most interests you: Teach swimming lessons, coach a sports team, be a camp counselor. If you're in college, volunteer in a classroom on a regular basis and document this experience.

      Step 2 Investigate teacher-credential or certification programs at the college or university you plan to attend. Decide whether you prefer elementary education (one possible major) or secondary school teaching, for which you major in the subject you plan to teach.

      Step 3 Seek employment as a teacher's aide or a substitute teacher if you are already in the workforce and have completed some college. If you already have a college degree, you might be eligible to obtain your credential while teaching full-time in an area with teacher shortages.

      Step 4 Expect credential requirements to include numerous standardized tests and mandatory classroom experience prior to a full year of student teaching, in addition to your degree in education or in your teaching subject. Teacher training programs often add a fifth year to college.

      Step 5 Familiarize yourself with the services of your campus or school of education career center. They offer job search counseling and will connect you to school districts with openings.

      Step 6 Join a professional association in your teaching specialty, such as the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) or the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

      http://www.ehow.com/how_3591_become-teacher.html?ref=fuel&utm_source=yahoo&utm_medium=ssp&utm_campaign=yssp_art

  25. QUESTION:
    Any ESL experiences in SOUTH KOREA?
    What are some schools that YOU have taught in South Korea and where?
    What was your experience like?
    How did the school treat you?
    Any recommendations for a future ESL teacher traveling to S.K.?

    • ANSWER:
      recommendations? do as much homework on the school, area and anything of interest as possible. what may be a good situation for one person doesnt really equate to much for another. just make sure u can contact the person u are replacing or can contact previous or current teacehrs at that school. also, go online, post questions on here and especially on dave's esl cafe (www.eslcafe.com), facebook a city (many times they already have facebook groups for foriegners) ,and check the galbijim web page...real good info on whats happening in almost any city in korea (http://wiki.galbijim.com/Main_Page)

      my jobs:
      -kids college,daejeon. very busy kindergarten hagwon (work hrs 930-710), lesson planned for all classes, low pay for the hours (2 million won) but was always paid on time. got along w/ everyone on the job but the boss was a RUTHLESS woman. all my co-workers were american and we had korean helpers. at the time, only 3 foriegn teachers out of about 25 completed their contracts...the rest were either fired or quit.

      it was a good experience for me but i ended up getting screwed out of about 0 on my way out...and that was after extending my contract for about a week b/c my replacement couldnt make it on time,

      -2nd job. jung chul academy, suncheon

      i worked at 2 different academies owned by 1 woman. one location, the inmates (elementary students) pretty much ran the asylum. u didnt get any support from the korean co-workers since they either didnt care about u or were too busy since they were severely overworked.

      the other location was a bit better...students didnt run as free as the other center. got along well w/ my 2 foreign co-workers as well as the korean teachers. but i dont know if it was the atmosphere or they were told not to talk to us, but i didnt find them to be very genuine. but they were very 'kind' when they needed something.

      pay was a little bit more and we didnt lesson plan...we were just given what to do by the korean homeroom teacher. we saw each class (had about 4-6 different classes a day) once a week.

      sometimes i was paid late (a week or two at most) but sometimes my boss didnt pay for my apt on time as well...which forced the apt manager to turn off my water (usually lasts a day).

      -current job

      ggs english center, gwangju

      better pay (2.4 million + 10 hrs overtime a month) for the hrs (910a-440p)
      co workers are great...pretty genuine people who actually value your opinion. a normal day is pretty busy. u dont really have much time to lesson plan except on ur lunch hr or on ur own time. they have 'open class' where parents watch ur class as well as getting filmed while teaching a class once every couple months.

      good job but very busy.

      still have about 8 months left.

  26. QUESTION:
    Any ideas for teaching a group of extremely high energy 6th grade boys English?
    I am an ESL teacher overseas and I will soon have a group of 10 or 11 6th grade boys that probably all have ADHD and/or learning disabilities and currently know little to no English. I had them last year mixed with kids who did not have difficulty paying attention or other learning disabilities, and I have decided to seperate them this next year to try a more effective approach for both groups. I need some extremely high energy (or extremely interesting and calming) lesson plans that can be done with very little space (I have a very small room and the weather doesn't always cooperate for outdoors activities), and little to no extra materials besides paper, pencils, a black board, etc... I really need to go over the basics with them again (numbers, colors, alphabet, etc...) and any other subjects you can think of for beginning ESL students. I don't really have a curriculum to follow. Also, any ideas you have on classroom management with these boys would also be welcome.
    Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that I only have them for 50 minutes a week and usually the kids are between 5-10 minutes late (this is true for all the kids for every class - its just the culture) so its really difficult to teach them much of real substance in such a short amount of time especially when I spend half the time trying to keep them in their seats or at least on task...
    Hmm... first of all let me reiterate that I am teaching 6th grade boys (not 4-6 year olds) and I have them for 40-50 minutes once a week... so your lesson plan example for 4-6 year olds that would take over 2 hours didn't really help me at all. And the blocks of 15-20 minutes for activities you suggested is highly unrealistic as all my boys pretty much have attention spans of about 5-10 minutes and again I only have them for 40-50 min to begin with. Its not a good idea to copy and paste answers that you have previously given that are irrelavent in this situation
    Also, I am not diagnosing them with anything. I said that they all probably do. There is no way to get them tested for ADHD or LDs where I am at because these tests and the professionals who are qualified to administer them simply don't exist here. The kids here have been "isolated" since the 1st grade because they're split into rich, middle, and poor classes from the start and and any kids that show signs of mental disabilities, ADHD, LDs, etc... or who just simply don't appear "smart" are put in these "poor" classes. They are then stuck in these classes with the same kids till 8th grade. The problem with this class is that i have 1/2 that are paying attention and learning English well, and I have half that can't stay in their seats for more than 5 minutes. I am splitting them so I can try and find ways to teach each 1/2 more effectively according to their needs. And 90% of their other teachers are white women and I have 16 other classes w/o problems so it is not a cultural issue.
    I'm well aware that I'm going to be alternating activity levels and activities if they can't concentrate on anything for more than 5-10 minutes at a time. Believe it or not I have been trained for this and know what I'm doing. I asked for ideas of lessons that I can do with energetic 6th grade boys. I'm not expecting an entire years worth of lesson plans but something relavent would be nice. And no I am not simply seperating them on suspected LDs and/or ADHD, I am seperating them based on their level of English proficiency and learning styles (these boys are very much kinesthetic learners), which IS what a GOOD teacher does. I was hoping for ideas from people who have worked with kids with these disabilities (again I CANT get them tested so I have to go with what I "suspect") and this age group in order to further modify my teaching methods to help them learn English better than they did with the other kids who know english better, are much calmer, and are more visual and verbal.
    I'm not in the US! I'm in a culture where they split these kids based on income levels! Classes are split routinely in the States based on level of ability (A.K.A. advanced vs. normal classes) I'm not trying to diagnose these kids with anything. It isn't even an option! I just want someone who has experience working with extremely hyper-active 6th grade boys with learning disabilities (many of them can't read or write in their own language includ. siblings of younger kids that are able to) to give me some ideas for English lessons for them. I didn't ask for a lecture on learning disabilities in ELLs because once again it is irrelavent! I can't have them tested anyway! Please, if you don't have any suggestions for lessons for extremely energetic 6th grade boys that have obvious learning delays then please quit writing here and go back to your nice little job in the States where everything is nice and clear cut and you have all the resources in the world to test and help kids. Good Bye.

    • ANSWER:
      I would use their energy and keep them up and moving. Some brief ideas:
      1. Use the room as a game of hide and seek. Give them a number, for example, and tell them they need to find the number after it, or the number they would have if they added 3.
      2. Give each student a card with a word, like little. They need to find a student with another word that is related (synonym, antonym, homonym, etc).
      3. Gallery walks and response. Hang pictures along the walls with paper underneath that they have to respond to.
      4. When you get them writing, you could post their writing on the wall and have the kids respond to it with post-it notes.
      5. Music. Can you teach them songs with body movements?
      6. Make your own jigsaw puzzles...maybe even using text like a poem or song that they know. Make it a big floor puzzle and have them work together to solve.

      I don't teach elementary kids...those are just some ideas off the top of my head. I don't really know any "calming" lesson plans...my kids call those boring. :)

  27. QUESTION:
    Where can I find worksheets on Demontrative Pronouns???
    can u help me??? plss......

    • ANSWER:
      We have included find worksheets Demonstrative Pronouns results - Show only find worksheets Demontrative Pronouns
      WEB RESULTSWorksheets for Young ESL Learners
      Basic worksheets for K7 ... Section 9: Demonstrative Pronouns: This, That, ... you will find worksheets that cover the basic demonstrative pronouns: this, that, ...
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      ... mistakes occur in the use of the pronouns. Let you and I go should be Let ... pronoun and cannot be used adjectively like the demonstrative adjective pronoun. ...
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      Anishnaabemowin Lesson 6
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  28. QUESTION:
    Should I quit my job?
    I'm a tutor and I absolutely love my job. I've been creating comprehensive lesson plans, buying my own visual aids and supplies, and bonding with my students. I've seen them improve so much. On Friday I was told that what I was doing wasn't the aim of the program, and that I'm not supposed to teach m kids (1st graders) anything along the lines of reading, writing or spelling... I'm just suppose to foster critical thinking I guess. They just want me to 'get the kids talking about ideas, putting them into words.' I am supposed to make them write in their journals and ESL workbooks (English is there second language but they're all quite fluent) but I am not allowed to correct them or give them constructive criticism. I'm not allowed to tell them if they're doing stuff wrong, basically. I'm just supposed to stand there like a drone and nod mindlessly.

    I feel like I'd be making my kids regress as they've improved so much and are now spelling some words with ease, using their resources to figure out how to spell things, and sounding out words... before we started they would just guess what something said when they saw it, but now they actually sound things out. They've been doing great but apparently it's all wrong. I am opposed to this style of teaching, I don't want to be a yes-man. I realize I'm not a teacher, but tutors are supposed to help you improve, not only encourage effort without providing a helping hand. I plan on majoring in English Education and while this was certainly a learning experience, I don't feel I'd be comfortable going along with this. My kids are always asking me if they spelled things right, how to spell things, if they're doing they're worksheets correctly... what am I supposed to say to them, no, sorry, I can't tell you how to spell that word? I don't know what to do.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. I am a high school student who is looking into the career field of teaching/tutoring. I feel that every teacher/tutor does not teach with the same method because every student doesn't understand. The aim of their program needs to be slightly adjusted. I feel that as long as that child is learning and picking up on the work, there should be no problem. Your job is to enhance areas that need it. You should not quit. If you quit your job your quitting on the kids.

  29. QUESTION:
    Any ideas for teaching ESL from scratch?
    I am currently tutoring 2 chinese students here in Taiwan. They are both 7 years old and neither one of them speaks a lick of English. I have had 3 tutoring sessions with one of the kids and he has accomplished the following feats:

    -Can count to 30 in English
    -Can say/sing the entire alphabet and recognize each letter individually, even when not in sequence with other numbers
    -Knows some vocabulary words from flashcards: Apple, Orange, Watch, Lion, Elephant, Tiger, Sun, Cat, and a slew of other non-related words that I got from a flashcard box.

    My two biggest issues are that a) he doesn't understand a word I am saying other than to attempt to say the name of whatever I am pointing at. and b) continually tries to speak to me in Chinese and will even say the chinese name of something I point to if he doesn't know the English word.

    (e.g. The Chinese word for "dog" is "G u" and every time i point at a dog he says "G u" instead of dog. When i tell him to point at the dog or ask which one is the dog, he gets it right. But when i ask him to tell me what something is, pointing at the dog, he says "G u".)

    This is becoming frustrating and as someone who takes pride in their work, I want to see results out of this kid. He is very bright and the last thing I want is for his parents to think that I am just trying to take their money and not actually teach, because that it NOT true at all.

    So if anyone has experience in teaching ESL from scratch, please loan me some hints or lesson plans that you used to get the English ball rolling.

    • ANSWER:
      I think you need to be patient with them. Just keep using picture books with simple vocabulary words, and repeat and reinforce. Try reading very simple storybooks to them, and ask questions as you go. Like, 'Can you see the lion? Where is the monkey?' ..etc.. Also try some simple nursery rhymes or songs for them to sing. Just take you time, and try to make the classes fun for them.

  30. QUESTION:
    Just started teaching, already despising it...feeling miserable, advice?
    So I just became a middle school/elementary school ESL teacher in a suburban town in New York (im a male btw). The pay and benefits are nice and it's actually a leave replacement position for the whole year, which could become a tenure track if this teacher doesn't return. I haven't started working with the elementary school kids, but I have 3 periods with the middle school kids...even though the classes are small, they are absolutely the worst. Don't get me wrong, not all of them make bad choices, but some of them either can't keep their mouths shut or are reluctant to do their work. I try to explain to them how I'm here to help them out and that I'm trying my best to make things interesting, but they don't want to be there. I really wish I could just say "tough ****." I understand they're middle school kids and they act crazy at that age...but sometimes I wonder if it's really me doing a bad job, or if it's the kids. People say my lessons are creative, and I always put effort into them. On the other hand, I'm generally "too nice", and I've already had to step out of my comfort zone making parent phone calls and such.

    Most of the staff appears to be nice and helpful, but all I really want to do is complain, yet I haven't. I keep saying to myself "is this what I want to do for the next 25-30 years of my life?" I student taught high school and wasn't a big fan of the students I worked with. I guess I may like elementary school. I don't know, I'm going through a lot of emotions right now, my parents think I need to speak to someone because they've been saying I haven't been looking/acting too healthy. Maybe it's because I'm starting in the working world and it's a total shock to me, I don't know. I feel like sometimes I'd rather be in an office and not have to think about preparing for anything outside of the building; while it's the total opposite in the education world. Why should I spent countless hours trying my best to help people when I get zero appreciation for it? I know I really needed to vent here. I guess I should be lucky I have the job, but what would I do otherwise I wonder.

    I love to get into the movie industry, but that's not easy at all. Maybe I could try working for like a textbook company or something that provides lesson plan ideas? People say I have quite a talent for lesson plans; it's just actual teaching/management I need to work on. Sorry if I keep rambling on and on, thanks a lot for listening.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi:

      I can sympathize. I just started student teaching this semester in a middle school (7th grade math). So I know how middle school kids are. They really are at that age where they are stuck in the middle and are realizing things about themselves that they haven't had to deal with yet. I am assuming that ESL is some type of English learning program (where I live it is called ELL). If that is the case, then you are also dealing with that, along with the middle school age. The truth is...that doesn't just put extra pressure on you, but on them as well. How ambitious would you be if you were working with a new teacher, your in middle school, and you are trying to learn English. It is difficult for them too.

      I am not criticizing your feelings; they are natural. You spend all that time in college and then you get your first job and you freak out--you pray you didn't waste your time and money in college (I feel that way every day). Try to think about why you went into the profession in the first place. Besides, it is your first year. Things will get better. You need to just find your niche with the kids.

      You sound like a nice guy; you dread being the tough teacher. Here is the truth, though, they are going to eat you alive if you don't be tough. The first day that I taught a lesson in one of my cooperating teacher's classes, the kids ran all over me. I had no control over them or the class. It was chaos. The next day, I decided (and I told them so) that if they were talking, I wouldn't be. This ran out the class time and they did not have time to work on homework (they look forward to that at the end of the lesson). On the following Monday, I told them that I would not tolerate disruptive behavior anymore. That they would award me the same respect that they give their other teachers, and so on. After that, they have been fabulous (it is not perfect, but much better). I did have to call a couple of parents to get the point across, but it sure made it easier after that. I also had to give out a couple of detentions for not completing homework and disruptive behavior. You have to take charge.

      I hope this helps and I wish you the best of luck. B:)

  31. QUESTION:
    How to teach noisy and disruptive kids?
    I've just started as a ESL teacher to 20 rowdy 6 year olds. I'm trying to create a lesson plan for this week, but not sure where to start.

    Last week I did school objects and emotions. I have them for about 2 hours per day, 5 days a week. How long should i stay on one topic? Should i do this topic for a week or month?

    We have a course book, which we kinda have to follow, even though it's crap.
    Which topic should i do next? They are beginner.

    Also, i thought the best structure for my classes would be PPP (presentation-book, song, video, flashcards-practice-worksheet/drawing and colouring-production-games)-does this sound ok?

    • ANSWER:
      You need serious structure. FOCUS FOCUS FOCUS. I worked with these kind of kids and structure is important. I agree with your process. Pictures relating to the words is the way to do it, but you have to have a way of measuring their comprehension. That's the key

  32. QUESTION:
    how do you deal with teenager esl students who are rowdy, rude and wont listen?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to class one day with a big duffel/sports bag. Put anything in the bag - old newspapers, soft toys, you name it. Right at the top of the bag, put something that you think might interest your students - depending on their age and sex it might be a newly released CD, or a favorite sports magazine, or the latest in hand held PS2's. Make sure the bag is zipped closed. As you enter the classroom put the bag somewhere very obvious (but within easy reach of yourself).
      Start your class in the normal way, and somewhere within the first 5 minutes mention to them that you have a bag of goodies you want to use for today's class. But you first have to deal with some grammar/vocab/etc. Handle the class like you normally would. Maybe remind them that you have to finish the work to get to the bag with stuff. Make sure your face gets all excited when you mention the bag - they might start to wonder what is in the bag. Try to ignore the rowdy ones and concentrate on the well behaved ones. If the class gets very rowdy, just touch the bag, or maybe just take a sideways glance at it. Make sure your kids see this.
      Now, if the class didn't behave like you would have wanted them to behave, end the class (when time is up) with a sentence like, "Oh, I'm so sorry we didn't have time to look at what's in the bag. Act like they're not in class with you, open the bag, take out the noce goody at the top (zip up again and don't let them see what's at the bottom of the bag), and start paging through the magazine/take out your diskman and listen to the CD (making sure they see the cover)/ or do whatever you want to with the goodie.
      DON'T say anything to them after that. Just shrug your shoulders if they have any comments.
      Now, say they were good, you could use that article in your class just before time's up.
      For the next lesson they have with you, again bring your bag. This time make sure you have something they are really keen about, and that you have a plan on how to incorporate it in your classroom. Follow the same procedure as the first lesson. (If you used a CD the first time, maybe come to class listening to it over your diskman, or play it on the classroom CD player until they start to arrive for class.) Again, if they're not good - no bag.
      Keep this up for at least 4/5 lessons. Sometime during these 4/5 lessons, tell them that they didn't have time to work with the bag's contents, so that means they will have to do extra homework - the reason for this is that the contents of the bag would have helped them to understand something better/practice a grammar concept/practice some vocabs. But because they didn't get to the bag, they have to do extra homework to make up for the lack of practice.
      Try it. I used it on a few classes at different schools, with different age groups, and in all instances, it worked by the 3rd lesson.
      To keep them on their toes afterwards, why don't you plan for some type of fun activity once every 4/5 lessons. Maybe help them to learn their favorite song's words. Let them bring their own CD's to class and have a listen to the CD day - be sure to have them rate each other's CD's and say why they like it/don't like it (all in good English, of course).
      Try not to involve the director or another teacher, if possible. This will show them that you can't handle them and they will feel totally in control Even if some are punished by the director, they will become martyrs, and you will be able to get less out of them. Always try to handle the problems without losing your cool. They like seeing teachers squirm - it is a natural drug for them!
      Good luck, and if you try it, let me know how it worked.

  33. QUESTION:
    Why is this school consistently asking me to come and sub, yet doesn't offer me the money?
    I taught a kid, in the second grade, how to read in one day. Matter of fact, make it 2 hours, she couldn't eve speak English. I explained an quadratic equation to a high school class, I even organized an entire school districts lunch schedule. Why won't they hire me? Better yet, why won't they SHOW ME THE MONEY!!!!!!!!! I deserve to make 80k a year starting out as a teacher. I put together lesson plans, that can teach astro physics to all kids. This school, practically begs me to sub but I need to see the money. Why?
    To MamaB, I'm typing on an iPad, I don't want to use all the keyboard functions for the answers community.

    • ANSWER:
      It all depends on your endorsements (or if you know someone influential). Get endorsed in ESL/Bilingual, Math, and Science and it'll increase your odds of getting hired in a lot of places. It's tough out there, I have 9 endorsements and I'm bilingual and I struggle. However, I have never been without a full time teaching job. Get those 3 endorsements and I think you should do good. Good luck.

  34. QUESTION:
    Will immigrate to Canada - Vancouver?
    My family will land first on Aug-Sep'08 because I want to enroll school at its new term. I will join another 6 months. Need service apartment and will buy landed house later. Plan to live in Burnaby. How is the city ? What's the rent cost, safety and school quality ? We are from Indonesia and I need school that really treat my children well so that they can catch up with the lessons quickly. I just join. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Burnaby is one of the nicer areas of the Lower Mainland (the Vancouver area). Unfortunately, rent is high, compared to the rest of the province. The schools are good, fairly multicultural. All the schools also have ESL classes (english as a sencond language), that your kids may find helpful. Safety is pretty good during the day, but at night its safer to stay indoors or be with a group.
      I live in British Columbia, but not in the Vancouver area. I don't like big city life, and enjoy my quiet small town life.

  35. QUESTION:
    I need a lesson plan quick? esl- any subject hopefully something fun...?

    • ANSWER:
      u r so lucky. my moms an esl teacher 2 lol. im lookin at her plan rite now. it sez:

      *put the kids in groups. pick a random letter from the alphabet and make the groups work together to find a person, place, and thing that starts with that letter.

      *play simon says but use commands like "touch your nose" or "go to the door". use commands that make the kids use whatever vocab they have of the english language.

  36. QUESTION:
    lesson plans?
    for those who have given me the best advice,as do you have ateacheing degree to its creepy to think that you are a teacher.For your information the kids i am teaching are ESL students who happen to live in Taiwan and the textbooks prescribed to them are all about USA. And for those who have sent me the websites and positive replies i thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      What is your question?

  37. QUESTION:
    Elementary School Teachers PLEASE ANSWER!?
    I want to be an Elementary School Teacher! I love kids and this is my dream job. I have graduated High School and plan to be attending a community college. Can you please explain to me the actual steps in college I will have to take. I have heard to major in Liberal Sudies. IM SO CONFUSED. Please explain the steps, courses, degrees needed. Is there longer amount of years to attend for different degrees?

    Thanks so much

    • ANSWER:
      are you in for a long ride

      yes, to teach elem you have to have a at least a bachelor's degree in liberal studies, you'll have to dedicate about 5 years (it's rare to find any major that takes less than 5 years now), you have to take so many classes, a whole lot of them like linguistics are only offered once a semester by one teacher who only takes a certain amount of students, with a very long waiting list. You also have to enroll yourself into a teaching program at the school you plan to go to, at least the year before you finish your general education requirements.

      You also have to get a multiple subject credential by completing the following;

      depending on where you live, like in Cali, you have to take the CBEST (which is basically your general ed. test), the CSET (which is the teaching exam which covers all subjects from K-12), the RICA (test taken to see if you can teach Language Arts to any grade), and now you have to take a BCLAD exam on top of everything else. I think the BCLAD is for ESL requirements. On top of all this, you have to complete a year of student teaching. Usually the first semester you're placed in either a lower grade level (K-2) or higher grade level class (3-5, or 6 for those districts which still hold 6th grade as an elem. grade). In the 1st semester you work with the master teacher, your university supervisor, and another student teacher who is also completing their 1st student teaching semester. You'll usually have to at least teach math and Language Arts each day, and alternate lessons with your partner. Your university supervisor will also give you lessons to teach in which they will come to the class, observe, and grade you. Usually this is about an 8 week requirement and you're only there half a day.
      The 2nd semester you're on your own with the master teacher in the classroom, again with surprise and scheduled visits from your university supervisor. You teach all lessons, and you're there all day long, but again it's an 8 week requirement. You'll be expected to cover/help with parent meetings, grades, filling out cumes, everything the teacher does.
      Also depending on your master teacher, you'll have to prepare lesson plans for each lesson you'll teach.
      You'll also have to prepare a portfolio showcasing lessons you taught, and samples of students' work in your portfolio.

      You'll also have to complete well over 100 hours of in-class, in-school observations prior to commencing your student teaching experience. All those hours are culminations of several classes you'll take and their requirements.

      Remember, like any field of study, you get what you put into it. If you're hard working and dedicated, you will eventually finish the program. It's tough, and it was specially tough for me because I'm a guy, and you would only see like one or two other guys in any class, but the kids, teachers, and parents love me.

      Most people look down upon elem teachers because they think it's so easy to teach, they are so completely WRONG. Elementary is the hardest of all grades because you have to know and be able to teach ALL subjects. You will be a counselor, psychologist, mentor, parent figure to these kids. In fact, speaking from experience, 1st grade is the hardest to teach because you're laying the foundation for a child's overall learning experience well into their college years. On top of it, you have to take the most amount of classes and exams when compared to any other teaching field. I myself taught middle school english, trust me, it's a hell of a lot easier to teach the same lesson 5 or 6 times a day.

      Hopefully, and if you choose this major, by the time you graduate, all the troubles with budget cuts will have finally been resolved. As of now, teachers nationwide are being laid off because school districts simply aren't getting enough funding, and even if they're able to afford to keep the teachers in the classroom, they're still cutting back on a whole lot of classroom materials.

      It's an extremely tough road, the pay is alright, but not that great, for all the schooling and prep we teachers have to overcome just to teach in a classroom, we should be getting paid well over 0k a year. You're day starts way before 8:00am, and well after 3:00pm, although most school districts follow the Open Court system of teaching, you still have to prepare lessons, get materials together, correct papers, attend faculty meetings, attend pta meetings, attend parent meetings, etc etc etc.

      Please, think about it, it's not all about loving kids, trust me, that'll wear off really quickly. Especially with George Bush's 'no child left behind' law, you'll teach physically impaired students, emotionally disturbed students, and mentally challenged students, students who can't even speak english, and you'll have to modify all the lessons to meet their needs.

  38. QUESTION:
    Pre-service teacher here asking for a few opinions about a lesson I'm planning, please!?
    I am tutoring five children in an after school program, two fourth graders, two third graders, and a first grader who I'm not super worried about; he's just there because his cousins are both there. One kid is an intermediate ESL student, the others are either advanced or proficient. They are all Puerto Rican and speak Spanish as a first language, but that's not really important here. We have been working on story mapping with them, but I want to take it to another level. I am planning to have them use a chart to take notes about what each main character in the book "Hey, Little Ant" says, does, and thinks as well as support from the story for what they are writing. After they do that, I want to have them debate the open-ended conclusion of the story, whether or not the kid should squish the ant that has been pleading for its life. I will divide them into team Kids and team Ants and I have a fill-in sheet for them to write out position statement to get them started, and I have short and clear directions for how the debate is to be conducted. There will be at least three other pre-service teachers in the classroom to help the students work on this. Is it too much? I feel very strongly about this lesson and the social justice implications it has, but I don't want to do something that will go over the kids' heads. Any feedback would be great; thank you all so much!
    *a position statement. I should take my own advice and read things before I publish them!
    stormibays-thank you so much for the critique! Yes, everything has to align with standards; this is for my methods course and my professor will be observing. We are supposed to be teaching story mapping, and so my content goal will be for the students to be able to identify and support the actions and motives of the two main characters, with the debate being an extending activity and the social justice piece of the lesson. They have received instruction in story mapping from their classroom teachers since first grade, but they are specifically being prepared for the listening portion of the English Language Arts test, which I already hate having to do with them. I may modify the debate to a discussion moderated by me and the other pre-service teachers; I am going to speak with my methods professor before I finalize my lesson; he is in close contact with the regular classroom teacher. Thank you again for the help!

    • ANSWER:
      I think that this might be a bit much to askf or ESL students. I teach higher functioning 2nd and 3rd graders and well I think it is a bit all over the place There are strong parts but you are expecting alot without teaching it well and providing strong examples and modeling therefore the children will be lost.

      . I guess my question is what is your ultimate goal?

      Ask yourself...what do I want the kids to do? If it is a literacy assignment pulling evidence from the text for specific examples that is a a skill you need to teach and teach it well rather than introduce it once then expect them to do it.

      If it is the social justice aspect of bullying you want to address, then encourage them to have more of the peer discussion and make connections to their own lives rather than make them debate it which adds a different layer.

      You have good ideas but I think a debate format is something you teach if you are working on persuasive essays. Is this debate format even developmentally appropriate or standards alligned? You are focusing too much on the product of this rather than the thinking processes and the actual kid learning and work that needs to happen.

  39. QUESTION:
    Do you know ay websites that will let me watch T.E.F.L videos for free,?
    Or even download the inclass videos

    • ANSWER:
      Have you tried any of the following sites?

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  40. QUESTION:
    ESL using "Welcome to my life"?
    So...I have to do a lesson about "complaining". Last week we went through complaining at a restaurant. I wat to do something funner -- so I was thinking about using "Welcome To My Life" by simple plan, for dealing with complaints about life...(Mainly I just want to do something more interesting -- I have a 4 classes of 40 17 year old boys in a technical highschool who don't really want to learn english)

    Any tips or ideas you can give me about using the song? Or do you think it's a terrible idea??

    thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      You don't mention a language objective, so I am going to assume you just want them to practice speaking.

      We used to do complaining and then advice (like dear abby style).

      With 17 year old boys, bring up relationships. Complaining about not having a girlfriend, complaining about a girlfriends leaving their hair everywhere, complaining about their parents having too many rules, complaining about teachers giving too much homework etc.

      Skim through 9gag (my students LOVE 9gag!) Complain about a name: http://9gag.com/gag/4041789 or http://9gag.com/gag/4269137

      Have them play two truths and a lie. They have to say three complaints. Two are true and one is a lie. The students have to guess which one is the lie.

      Show them random pictures and see what they think the person is complaining about http://www.vitamin-ha.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/1327872408_being_in_the_friend_zone_23.jpg (Maybe he's complaining about being in the friend zone, maybe she's com paining about the color etc.)

      Or, show them pictures of famous people or clips from movies (Harry's complaining about his scar hurting... Ron's complaining about his missing rat, Snape's complaining no one loves him, etc.

      I LOVE using music so I am all for The Simple Plan... they enunciate, but tend to sing pretty quickly, so you may want to find a version with lyrics (and use youtube). The other problem I see is he's a bit vague. So you can't really do that much with the song.

      Ask them questions and try to get them to be creative:
      Why do you think he's complaining? What is he complaining about? What do you think his life is like? Would you complain if you had his life? What about?

      If you are willing to consider a different Simple Plan song try "I am just a kid" very whiny and complainy about just being a kid (which most 17 year olds can relate to)

  41. QUESTION:
    Critique my lesson for a read aloud of Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters? (practicum student here!)?
    The lesson is for 3rd and 4th grade ESL students in New York State. Thanks for taking the time to give advice to a practicum student!

    I plan to activate prior knowledge by asking if anyone knows what a folk tale is (kids will answer y/n) then explaining if they need it. I will then ask who knows Cinderella and ask them to explain the story a bit. I will then explain that the story is like Cinderella, but this story is an African folk tale instead of one from Europe. I will also tell the students that they will be creating their own folk tale as a group after the story. The students will be asked key questions to clarify unfailiar words and solidify key plot elements throughout the read aloud. Students will take turns making up one or two sentences of their own folk tale that I will then write on a large piece of paper and copy for students to keep.

    I know that's kind of vague, but I didn't want to write out the full plan here. Any and all suggestions are welcome! Thanks!
    Cheena- thanks for the tips! My kids are all Spanish-speaking first or second generation Puerto Ricans, and I only have one hour to do the lesson because it's part of a tutoring program through one of my block courses. I might try your idea about their own folk tales by telling them to talk to their families the week before I teach my lesson, though. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      You totally don't have to take my advice, but I had a thought for you:

      How many days do you have on the lesson? Since you teach ESL, and some kids wont know who Cinderella is, have them go home the night before and ask their parents about folk tales from their respective cultures. Have the kids draw their story out or write the story down (whichever they are most comfortable with-- differentiating) and have them share with someone the next day. Then explain that you're reading another story from another culture.

      I was born in Oakland, CA, but I'm Filipino, and I always grew up thinking that folk tales were stories passed on from generation to generation to teach a lesson about the culture. I never thought of Disney movies as folk tales. Just a thought. Good luck!

  42. QUESTION:
    Lots of questions about teaching 3rd grade-?
    I'm sorry this is so long. I will be teaching 3rd grade this year after teaching kindergarten and pre-k for 9 years. I think I have some good ideas, but not sure, as I have never taught this grade before and I am looking for honest answers and ideas, as with the little ones, things are a little different

    Reading Workshop- is it just basically independent reading while you do literature circle? I was thinking Literature Circle w/teacher, and groups doing independent reading, book report or some kind of response, book talk with a peer

    Writing Workshop- having different areas of the room where kids who are at different stages can go and edit, revise, publish. Example: at the publishing area have construction paper, art supplies, for their story covers, and revising area having colored pencils for their corrections. Or is this too "young" for them. In other words, should they be doing all of this at their desk or is it ok to have these centers? And how long do you spend on reading and writing (I know each school and district will be different, but I am looking for some ideas)

    I want to do journals (separate from writing workshop) but when should I incorporate these (I want to look at them, but they will not to be graded) and should they be used everyday? and how often should I collect them?

    Do you assign jobs/have a job chart?
    what do you do to encourage responsibility example: when they lose a pencil and have to borrow yours..
    Do you use some kind of behavior incentive? or only when it becomes necessary?
    Does your school do test prep and how do you add this onto the day?
    How do you start your day, I was thinking Problem of the Day or Journal writing...I'm so used to Morning Meeting/Circle Time with the little ones...what do you do with third grade?

    How do you organize their things. Again, my mind is still with the 4 and 5 year olds, where they do not have desks and I kept all their materials (notebooks, pencils, scissors, etc.) in baskets in different areas of the room. Is there any instnce where you do this for your third graders..for example, math notebooks...please I have no idea. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Depending on where you are, the morning is a rush to take attendance, send the report to the office, take money for lunch or count out lunch tickets, check in homework, and in some cases, either go to PE or library, or have special teachers come in to pull out children, that there is hardly time to think. If some of the children are bussed in, then sometimes they come in late. Before school starts, there will be an orientation. There you will be told of the school's policies. That is what you follow as you will have observations, even from day one. As there is inclusion, in your class might be children with LD, BD, MED, or in need of ESL. Throughout the day, these are either pulled out, or an aide sits with the child depending on the IEP. Messages come in from the intercom which tell you that little Johnny is not to get on the bus, but to meet his mother at the office at the end of the day. Now, these children are strangers to you. The organization of little learning centers is very nice, if they are used to it. But if it is the first time, don't let them run the show. Remember, those pesky things called lesson plans, and those other things that are State learning goals, and All Children Achieve or whatever the government requires. Well, that means teaching to the goals in order. So, you will need a copy of the goals. As far as the USA is concerned, you don't operate in a void. You must have subgoals which lead to mastery of the goals for the subjects for which you are responsible. In addition, they check your grade book, and your marks of the homework. Yes, they will have homework each night to be signed by their parents plus they must do 20 minutes of individual reading also signed by the parent who is to read to them. They don't always read at that age, especially the boys, some of whom can't yet coordinate their fingers enough to write. So, as far as starting the first day, the principal will tell you what to say. Then, you watch while everything falls apart as stragglers come in, and during the first week, others are just returning from vacations. Usually, either the school has given the local Office Depot a list of required supplies, or you provide the list for their parents to purchase. Don't spend your hard earned money helping them. It ends up being a huge chunk of your salary just getting the room decorated. Hopefully the school has a professional dye cutting machine, so you can decorate cheaply. So, before you can go off in all directions, you will have to get the children back into a routine and also to evaluate where they are. don't put out scissors for safety reasons. That is all done by the art teacher. There might be a computer for which to make a schedule. Usually, they go to computer lab. Generally, the first day is shorter. If it won't, I would have work sheets. There I said it. You can't have them wandering around the room aimlessly while you figure this and that out, and you can't be sure that a mentor assigned to your or the principal won't come into the class to check on what is happening at any given moment. That includes listening in on the intercom. So, if you are in an area with many resources and a new, air conditioned building, it will be very nice. If it is an urban area, keep it very simple with minimum movement and solid discipline plus much praise for good behavior and a quiet voice. Always keep moving around the room, to watch what is happening. If you look up your state, you might find the state goals for third grade. That is what you teach. As soon as possible, connect with another third grade teacher to see her systems. It is easier to have name tags ready than to struggle to remember who is who, and a seating chart with their names on the desk, so they can find a desk right away, as you will need that attendance report very quickly, day one. As far as a job chart, wait on that. Do all the jobs yourself. Very soon, you will see who is Suzy the paper passer and Bill the garbage basket passer.

  43. QUESTION:
    What do you think about the tenure law?
    Teacher's get to keep their jobs, basically no matter what. Teacher's aren't getting fired when they need to. I'm in high school and some of the teachers I have are ridiculous. I may have one good teacher for the year! And what, they get the same pay as the one's that refuse to teach! I don't think that is fair to the good teachers AT ALL. I don't understand why they don't get rid of the tenure law COMPLETELY for all teachers under college level. It is a real shitty situation for the kids that end up with those teachers. You know how far behind a terrible teacher can put a child? Not only that, but to me I think it is unfair to the good teachers, and frankly disgraceful. Good teachers will have NO INITIATIVE to continue being good on the same salary! Why can't they just make tenure an option or something? The teachers that chose it get, whatever, 50000 a year and teachers that chose, hey I don't need the tenure act, I have skill and actually deserve my job, should make, in my opinion, triple digits! I have a lot to say on the matter and I was just wondering your opinions... open for teachers, students, parents, anyone!

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry that you seem to feel that you have an ineffective administration. It is totally wrong to say that teachers can't be fired, not matter what. As a past teachers union president, I am telling you straight that you are wrong there. In my state, teachers can be fired for incompetence, intolerance, immorality, cruelty, and persistent negligence. A non-tenured teacher can be fired after one formal observation. A tenured teacher must have two consecutive. After the first, a plan of improvement must be into place. While I was president, I had to directly participate in the process of actions against teachers. In those cases, the teachers chose to resign rather than face formal charges that could result in loss of license.

      In order to pursue charges of incompetence, such as you describe, the burden of proof lies with the administration. They must compile a record of observations, follow-up meetings, examples or poor lesson plans, anecdotal records showing failure to attend meetings to discuss improvement, or failure to implement directed improvements.

      Without tenure, teachers could be instantly fired as they are in business or other work areas. Can you imagine the chaos and disruption in a child's education if several of that year's teachers were suddenly fired without notice and others popped into place without orientation? The protection of tenure gives us the safety of teaching students who are low ability and have problems. Sometimes people want to attack the teacher's low test scores but a check of the roster shows many low ability or ESL students who don't speak English but whose test scores still count.

      I am a highly, self-motivated person, not motivated by money but my professional challenges.

  44. QUESTION:
    Does anybody have any advice for ESL kindergarten activities?
    I am a relatively experienced English teacher in China. However, I am about to start teaching kindergarten for the first time and I don't know what I am doing!!

    I am particuarly worried about the fact that I don't know what level of English I can expect from that age group, and I don't really know what children that age enjoy. I have spent next to no time with young kids.

    My students will be about 4/5 years old and will have been having regular English lessons since they were 2.

    Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      OK... my answer is a little different from Claudia's.

      Plan your program - go in knowing what activities you want to put out (spend some time at the kindergarten assessing what resources they currently have - eg what Lego, crayons, puzzles etc do they have?). As a general indication for a group of 25 children I had today - Indoors - roller painting, easle painting, puzzles, home corner, collage table, drawing table, book corner, block corner, a table with a game for 2 - 4 on it, 2 x areas with fine motor construction activities such as Lego & Mobilo and playdough. Outdoors we had bikes, blocks, water bucket painting, cubby play area & ball play area.

      Expect A LOT from them - they have been doing English for 2 - 3 years, they are keen to learn. Your high expectations means you will extend and push them to reach for those higher levels of knowledge. Attention spans vary (as with adults LOL) but at this age you can hope for a minimum of 10 minutes engaged in any given activity (if it is something they are really interest in you might get 30 mins!).

      I always start my program with a short 10 minute mat time - this includes 2 x songs - music is a great way to draw kids attention and marks the "start" of the session - these are often simple songs that they know - in your case this might be songs such as Twinkle Twinkle in English - it is a tune they will recognise!

      Have plenty of open ended activities such as paper and crayons, paints, playdough etc. With drawing activities ask them to tell you what the picture is about & write it for them in English. Construction paper to make what they want with, glue, scissors.

      Divide your time evenly - allow for indoor & outdoor play time and break these up with snack times (forget cookies & kool-aid unless you want them bouncing off the walls all afternoon). ... Oh & last, but by no means least... listen to what they are talking about... this is a great tip for you in terms of what to put out for the next session - if they are talking about Dinosaurs follow this interest by putting out some plastic dinosaurs with your playdough etc etc ~ Good Luck :)

  45. QUESTION:
    On having confrontations with a co-volunteer with Downs Syndrome?
    I work a full-time job, a part time job, am applying to various programs....and in my spare time I volunteer to watch kids for an ESL program at a local church (I'm not religious, but they needed a volunteer). The person who is helping me watch the kids has Downs Syndrome---she's a very sweet girl & very good with kids. The problem is, she's EXTREMELY controlling; it's gotten out of hand, and is becoming VERY frustrating for me! I know that I am not a patient person by nature, and would appreciate others' input on whether I am over-reacting, as well.

    I can't tell the kids to do anything without her contradicting me in front of them (and no one who works with kids appreciates having to bicker in front of them...)--and she becomes quite angry if things don't go her way. For example--I told the kids we were going outside (the church has a playground). We had several active kids, in addition to a baby that screams her head off, but gets happier when she's outside, and it's one of the last few weeks when the weather is good enough to do this. The words were barely out of my mouth, when she (loudly) told me that we *couldn't* go outside. There was a screaming baby in my arms, and kids clamoring at the door to get out--I pointed this out, and she became very angry, stomping out, slamming the door, and leaving me with a screaming baby and a bunch of kids to line up & get out. She wanted to play w/ the kids outside--I had no problem with that. I held the baby, and she played on the swings. I said that a little girl needed pushed on the swings (the kid was crying...I wasn't trying to be order her around or anything), and she became extremely angry and stormy, again. The kids noticed that she was becoming pouty. Now, I have an e-mail in my inbox, saying that we now have a 'schedule'--including 45 mins of lessons & songs. ????? First of all---I am not religious, and I happen to think indoctrinating kids that young is sick! Second--I signed on to watch kids play for 2 hours, not direct toddlers through a rigid schedule w/ 45 mins of lessons & songs...I know that this makes me sound like a control-freak, but I lead a very stress-filled life. It does make a difference to me whether I spend 2 hours watching kids play or 2 hours directing kids through lessons & songs that I happen to think is sick.

    I don't mean to be a pain---I just want some tips on negotiating & discussing this with her so that we can come up with a plan we mutually agree on. Also-- I realize that this sounds like I am making all the descisions, but I typically don't. I usually let her call all/most of the shots, unless I really need to make a descision. I just want to be able to discuss a matter with my co-volunteer (who, technically, should answer to me) without her becoming extremely angry and storming off. Am I a bigot for assuming that some of this behavior is DS-related? Am I a terrible person for making a problem out of this?
    Is there any way I could come off as less belittling to her? I've done my best to treat her as an equal.

    • ANSWER:
      She probably feels like you are trying to belittle her because of her DS. It isn't that she doesn't want to compromise with you but she wants you to see that she is capable of doing things despite the DS. She will never get over it so the best thing to do would be volunteer at a different church. Good Luck

  46. QUESTION:
    I just started teaching, and I'm not too happy, feeling like a failure, advice?
    Just started teaching for the first time ever, is it common to feel like a failure and want to quit at first?
    I'm a middle/elementary school ESL teacher at a suburban school. My classes aren't huge and I haven't started elementary yet, but my middle school kids are a bit obnoxious, yet I'm not letting my guard down. Since there have only been 2 days this past week, I've gone a little easy with the workload, but they didn't seem to want to do anything, so I'm working out on what would be best to get through to them.

    I also find the whole paperwork/meetings, the prep work for lessons, and constant e-mailing overwhelming; not to mention I feel like I do everything wrong. I'm also very stuck with what I want to teach since I have no set curriculum. A lot of people keep telling me things well get better as the days goes by, but I'm not sure about that. People have been helping me a lot, too...but it's like information overload... I get feelings that I'm not destined to have this job and keep saying to myself "is this really what I want to be doing for the rest of my life?!", but I also wonder what I'd be doing otherwise. I guess I'm also a bit concerned with impressing the administration...

    Have any teachers felt this way at the beginning? Everything is spinning and I couldn't get much sleep the past two nights...I feel like I'm ready to break down already ;(

    • ANSWER:
      What you describe is very common - almost universal, I think - for first year teachers. From a curriculum perspective, EVERYTHING is brand new and it takes so much work to stay on top of it. Not having a set curriculum must make this even harder. Classroom management is also a new challenge - even in your student teaching, you hopefully reaped the benefits of your supervising teacher's good management. Now you have to set it up on your own.

      A few suggestions:

      1) Relax! You don't have to impress your administrators, colleagues, parents, or students right now. Nor do you have to decide today if you want to do this as a career. The school year just started. Don't think about the long term quite so much right now; think about this week and this day. You may feel very differently in June.

      2) Lower your expectations from a curriculum standpoint. If you don't teach the most fabulous lessons known to man this year, it's OK. You need to get through the year. Next year when you are re-teaching some of the same material, it will be much, much easier. The kids will be OK.

      3) Manage your classroom through action, not through emotion. If you find yourself becoming frustrated or angry with students' behavior, that's a signal that you needed to take action slightly earlier. It's not too late. Develop a discipline plan where you can give kids a warning and then follow through with consequences. And then, don't be afraid to DO it. (You WILL have to). At the beginning of the year, kids want to find out where the limits are. Be sure to set yours at a point that is well ahead of your frustration level.

      4) Give yourself permission to not always know the answer. This is true from both a curriculum and a discipline perspective. You can tell a student "I don't know the answer to your question. Let me look it up and tell you tommorow." OR "Would you be willing to research that for us and report back to the class tomorrow?" You can also tell a misbehaving student, "There are going to be some consequences for your actions. I need to think about what those will be. I'll let you know tomorrow." This gives you time to think and consult with others and has the added benefit of letting the student worry overnight.

      5) Have a few easy, low or zero prep lessons ready. Some ideas for ELL: * have students write, and then give a little mini-lesson (on vocabulary, on punctuation, on using past tense, on writing compound sentences, etc. - something you can talk on with no prep) and then ask kids to go back and apply that ONE technique to their writing. Students don't write enough in my opinion, so giving them a chance to practice is a good idea. You do not have to grade all these writing assignments, BTW - have them edit their own and edit partners', then maybe turn in their best 1 assignment out of 5 to you for feedback. * read aloud from a novel. A very good and under-used activity in secondary school. * read silently (allow kids to bring a snack to munch on while they eat, and this will become a favorite lesson) * play Scattergories or another vocabulary-building game - let kids play in teams or individually and give candy to the winner(s) * Find a few English grammar practice websites and take the kids to the computer lab for some (fun) drill and practice. I'm sure your colleagues may have other ideas. Develop a small repetoire of these lessons and pull them out when you're feeling overwhelmed or simply need a breather for a day.

      Hang in there. What you're experiencing is normal, and you may very well feel differently in June.

  47. QUESTION:
    Should I take this teaching job?
    Teachers, please give your advice. I have been offered a part-time teaching job at a private school. It's 5 hours per day (4 hours teaching, 1 hour planning). The subject is English/Language Arts. Here's the thing: each hour is a different grade level.

    A teacher friend of mine says that planning for four different grade levels is too much work (within one hour) and advises against it. I don't know though...
    I accept that as a teacher you have to plan a bit on your own time. But...I still want it to be within reason. What do you think?? Should I take this job?

    Other information: Small class sizes. It's a private school, and some classes are as little as 6 kids. Others are about 8 kids. I like that because classroom management will be a bit easier and grading is only 8 kids per class...but...I don't know!

    Tell me what you think.

    Also, (if you get to this point): Would you rather teach ESL to adults or English/Language Arts to kids? I ask because I also have an Adult ESL offer that I am considering. But I am attracted to the private school (kids) as well...
    Thanks for the responses so far. The reason I'm able to work part-time is that I have another part-time teaching gig already (so I'm creating a full-time schedule by having two part-time jobs).

    The principal agreed to let me come observe. I initially declined the offer, and that's when she said "Why don't you come observe." I said okay.

    The ESL job pays more, but I'm thinking I would enjoy teaching kids a little more than teaching adults. I totally don't know. In any case, I already know that I plan to try to negotiate higher pay with the private school, If during my observation I think I might be able to hack it.

    • ANSWER:
      All things considered, but barring that you did not state the wage for each job, I think that the ESL might be easier. They must have all the workbooks or the lesson plan all set up for you or close to it for that.

      The 4 classes at the Private School is a bit of a stressor as I guarantee that it will be FULL TIME on your part. Maybe they want to see if you are a serious teacher and have an understanding of what is required when you need 4 lesson plans and one hour for preparation.

      Taking your papers home is a given in teaching. It is a low-paying job unless you are full-time and you've been there for years. Burn out is really bad within the first five years -- You can see why...

  48. QUESTION:
    Can you help me with my homework?
    Hi,
    I am to conduct a teacher interview with a special needs teacher. Please, only if you feel like it, answer the questions below:

    o Interview Questions

    Background Information & Teaching Techniques

    1. What degree do you possess? Are you highly qualified in any content area?

    2. What are the ages and ability ranges of the students you teach?

    3. Which exceptionality do you teach? What subjects do you teach?

    4. What teaching techniques do you use with these students? How do you select the kind of interventions used?

    5. What do you believe is an important factor in how you teach these students? Why did you decide to teach students with exceptional needs? What is the most rewarding part of your job?

    Collaboration and Inclusion

    6. To what extent do the students parents get involved? How do you communicate and encourage parent involvement?

    7. To what extent do you work with general education teachers to plan educational programs for students who are exceptional? What style of collaboration do you use with the general education teachers?

    8. To what extent do students with disabilities receive educational experiences in the general education classrooms in your school? How do you feel about students with disabilities being taught in general education classrooms?

    9. To what extent do you think general and special education teachers should share the responsibility for meeting the special learning needs of students with disabilities? How do you feel about general education teachers accepting responsibility for teaching all students?

    10. How often do you work with other teachers to address the special learning needs of students who are not in special education (e.g. Student Assistance Team, CARE Team, Building Base Support Team)?

    11. If you could change one thing about education, what would that be?

    Thank you for any help you can provide!
    Thank you so much teach08!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      1) I hold an elementary education degree, but I work with regular and special education students. I am qualified to teach all subjects, but I want to go back to school to be more qualified to teach reading.

      2) My students are in 2nd grade, so about 7-8 years old. They range from a preschool ability to a 4th grade ability.

      3) I am qualified to teach all subjects, but for now I only teach reading and math.

      4) I use many different techniques with the students. I figure out what is best for them, whether it be an auditory, visual, kinesthetic, or all of the above lesson. I demonstrate how to do something in at least 2 different ways, usually more, to hopefully reach all of the student's preferred way of learning. I select my interventions based on my student's needs.

      5) I believe that realizing the importance of my job really effects how I teach and why I teach. My profession is so important, teachers seem to be so underappreciated- but without us- no doctors, lawyers, or anything would be available...it all starts with the basics that we taught in elementary school! The most rewarding part of my job is watching a student understand something new, the look on their face is priceless.

      6) I work in a city school right now, and very limited parents are involved with their students. I send home monthly newsletters and contact parents as needed, but they rarely come to scheduled meetings or contact me on their own. In the rural school I was in for a short time, parents were involved much more...parent volunteers, parent notes, parent responses to letters...it was wonderful!

      7) Every week I meet with other teachers in the building and collaborate with them. We talk about what is working, what isnt, and what we could improve on next year in the curriculum.

      8) Our ESL and special education students are fully immersed in the regular education classrooms. The most that they get is an hour every other day with a teacher specified for their needs. I dont agree with disabled students being fully immersed in regular ed classrooms, I do not think it is in their best interest. My one students has improved greatly just from 1 hr/daily special ed. services as opposed to no services, imagine what he would be like if he were serviced daily for half the day! It would be an immeasureable difference. It is hard for a student on a preschool level in a 2nd grade classroom to learn anything, it is too hard for him. He needs a classroom tailored to his needs more often, if not all the time.

      9) I think that special education teachers should be responsible for the IEP and materials for the special education student more than 75% of the time. The regular education teacher has at least 20 more kids to teach, and for the regular ed teacher to tailor to the 1 or 2 special ed students is not only hard, but unfair. There are 20 other students that are near/on grade level that could be learning their material and they need all of the teacher's attention. I think that it is unfair for general edu. teachers to have special ed. students in their classrooms. It is not leaving the special ed students out of "regular" education but just having them have a tailored education perfect for them in a classroom filled with students like them..instead of being teased by "regular" ed students.

      10) I meet with special ed and regular ed teachers on a weekly basis and we email probably every other day

      11) I would not include special ed students in regular ed classrooms 100% of the time. I think that they should be in a special ed classroom for at LEAST 50% of each day, so that they can benefit from lessons taught at their level and speed.

      Hope this helps!

  49. QUESTION:
    I already took 3 yrs of Spanish at my high school and I want to go to Harvard. What should i do?
    I've taken the highest Spanish course offered at my high school (AP Spanish Literature). Freshman year I took 1 semester of Spanish 2, then skipped to Spanish 3H for 2nd semester, Sophomore year i took Spanish 4H, and then junior year I took AP Spanish Literature (skipping AP Spanish Language). I know that most colleges want 4 years of a foreign language (I would imagine Harvard more than the rest). What should I do? Should I take another course at a local community college, teach an ESL class, etc? Any ideas? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Harvard would like to see 4 years of one foreign language taken in high school, even though technically levels 1 - 4 cover that (with 1 taken in middle school), it's not really what they want. Take AP Spanish Language, and get a 5 on the AP test.

      My son takes French and he will end up in AP French Language (just changed to AP French Language and Culture, so who knows what will be on the new AP test, ugh) for his junior year, and CollegeBoard doesn't have AP French Literature anymore. Grrrrr. I'm hoping his teacher will decide to continue to teach French Literature as an Honors class so he can take it as a senior. If not, we'll have to figure something out. His options are an Independent Study project, but he'd like to do something else and you really need a classroom of kids speaking French to stay up on it, taking a class at college but timing will be difficult to arrange (even if he takes it in the summer, he'll still need something during his senior year to stay fresh for college French courses), lessons at a national French organization in our area (not the same but would be fine if he's taken all the classes at his school), or maybe something like an internship at the French embassy, which wouldn't be the same thing, but would give some brownie points.

      So you have it easy, take AP Spanish Language. One really doesn't start to be proficient in a foreign language until about the AP or similar level. It's a huge mistake to not take AP Spanish Language and Harvard would look at it the same way, makes no sense. At my son's private school (very high Ivy matriculation), they take the AP Spanish classes in either order, depending on what fits their schedule. There is also a more advanced Spanish Conversation class for after AP Spanish Language, and a Service Learning in Spanish class, like community service, does your school have anything of the sort if you can't take AP Language? Or maybe take the appropriate level at a community college, but often it's not really considered as rigorous as a properly taught AP class. See if you can cover the curriculum for the AP Spanish Language test and take it, and get a 5.

      Do your extracurriculars and community service have Depth and Focus in your Passion? The Ivies want Experts. They want a well-rounded student body, not well-rounded students. Even if you don't know what you want to do when you grow up (which is normal), they want to know what you're going to do with their top education, so it's best to have a plan (doesn't mean you have to keep to it). When they ask, have an answer. Have you done something to stand out among your classmates, and among other top students in your area? State or National level awards? Did you get a 2200+ on your SAT (25% of Harvard admits score over 2350 on the SAT)? The competition is amazing, and extremely tough, especially for Harvard. 85% of applicants are qualified, but only 6% are admitted.

      My dh participates in the admissions process of his Ivy alma mater, and we have a son who is an Ivy likely, but probably not interested, too cold, so I understand how it works.

      Good luck!

  50. QUESTION:
    Question about learning Thai?
    I plan on teaching in Thailand when I get older, so first question is for any Thai people or people that teach in Thailand or any country really..
    How well do I need to know the language? I know there are some offers where you don't need to know any of the local language meaning there would probably be another teacher who translates which is a waste really, but that's my opinion. I am learning Thai anyways and so I am just going to learn as much as I can but if I can't speak it very fluently would I still be able to get that job?

    Next question is confusing but I will try to explain it..
    So just say I know English and Thai (English being my first language) and someone says something in Thai, will my brain translate it into English or will it automatically know what they are saying? And also they construct their sentences differently, for example beach in Thailand is "hat" (not prounced like English hat) and say I stay at a place called Karon. In English I would say Karon beach, but in Thai it would be Hat Karon. Will it be very hard to adjust to this because I find it will be hard to translate full sentences with this. especially since most of the Thai translator books and guides give you translated sentences rather than individual words. Will it become hard for me to construct my own sentences because of this? If anyone is bilingual here please try to answer this and give any tips?

    After a while of basic learning of Thai (through books, CDs, and computer programs) my parents have promised me face to face lessons. I'm very keen for that since I would think it would be great for me to be able to ask questions and actually converse with someone. Anyone had language lessons before? How much of the language should I know before I start? Or would it be easier to get the lessons strait away ?

    Thanks for reading and (hopefully) answering 😀

    • ANSWER:
      + How well do I need to know the language? - There are some places that prefer someone who ONLY speaks English, so they can teach monolingually and have the kids learn through submersion. However, to me that concept seems to be slowly fading a little, as more people realize that having someone be able to explain a complex theory in the child's native language can help them get a better grasp of the concept, as well as help the teacher connect with the kids more. I've taught ESL in the US and Thailand and am going to move to Korea soon and plan on teaching there, and I know in both the US and Korea they prefer someone bilingual, and in Thailand, I felt like I was able to connect with and better communicate with my Thai students than my English-only-speaking coworkers because I can speak Thai. I also have a friend that taught in China who couldn't speak Chinese, and she said it made her feel disconnected, cause she really couldn't communicate with her students or go out with coworkers outside of the classroom, as they wouldn't speak English. So, basically, in a nutshell, no, you don't really NEED to be bilingual, especially if you find a school that prefers monolingual education, but it'll help set you apart from all the other candidates and help you fit in.

      Besides, why would you really want to live for an extended period of time in a country where you couldn't speak the language? Especially in Thailand, where venders will rip you off if you come off as a stupid foreigner, and where, unless you stick to the touristy areas or city where there's people who have studied English abroad or use it a lot for the tourists, a lot of Thais don't have a firm grasp of English. For a tourist, I think you would be able to navigate Thailand without learning the language, but if you plan to LIVE there or spend extended period of time there? Put forth the effort to at least learn some basic conversational phrases.

      + will my brain translate it into English or will it automatically know what they are saying? - How fluent do you want to be? That's one of the ways I personally use measure fluency; do you need to translate it to yourself, or do you just understand it right away? The more you use a language, the more you'll get used to hearing and speaking it, and the faster things will come to you.

      + Will it be very hard to adjust to this because I find it will be hard to translate full sentences with this - All it is is putting the adjective AFTER the noun it describes, like Spanish, rather than before, like in English. It's really not that complicated. Other than that, Thai is pretty much a subject-verb-object language, like English, so sentence structure shouldn't be too hard. It would be much less confusing for you than trying to learn a subject-object-verb language like Japanese, Korean, Mongolian, or Turkish. It also has no conjugation or gendered words, so you never have to worry about changing a verb to fit tense or adjective to fit the gender of the word or anything like that.

      What might give you the most trouble is going to be the TONES. Thai is a tonal language, meaning the pitch of your voice when you speak a word determines the meaning. The word "Glai" in Thai means BOTH "near" AND "far," depending on the tone you say it in, so you can see how important it's going to be to be able to distinguish and pronounce the tones. There's 5 of them - low, mid, high, rising, and falling.

      + I would think it would be great for me to be able to ask questions and actually converse with someone. - YES, yes it would. I think it's always better to start your language learning from a teacher, that way you can learn the basic grammar and have someone there to correct your pronunciation and grammar mistakes, and so you can practice hearing a fluent speaker speaking and having conversations. To be honest, I'd rather have a student who doesn't know anything about the language I'm teaching him than have a student who taught himself wrongly from a poorly written book and has grammar and pronunciation mistakes ingrained in his head that will be hard to overwrite. If your parents are willing to pay for (and you can find!) a face-to-face Thai class in your area, go for it! At least for the beginning, and after you learn the basics, you can start studying more on your own without the fear of learning things completely wrong or having unanswered questions~

      Hope that helped a little.. ^^;


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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How does a rookie teacher instruct an ESL class in China?
    Hi. I will be having my first ESL experience in China. I was wondering if anyone has any advice or a few strategies for the ESL classroom. If anyone has any tips specific for Chinese classrooms, that what also be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      My advice to you is be prepared. Have a basic plan of things you could teach and how you will teach them to different levels.

      I myself was put in a classroom situation to teach the day after arriving at my first ESL school (in Korea) with no textbooks or course syllabus. Having preprepared class materials and lesson plans got me through that first day and from then on things became much easier.

      Knowing a few English learning games is always a great way to endear you to students here are a few examples you could use,
      http://seemoreplaces.com/blog/?p=484 (Board races)
      http://seemoreplaces.com/blog/?p=307 (Charades)
      http://seemoreplaces.com/blog/?p=490 (Chinese whispers, no pun intended)

      I hope this has been useful to you and good luck

  2. QUESTION:
    How should I set up a middle school ESL classroom?
    I just accepted a job as a middle school ESL teacher (7th-9th grade). I'm looking for any tips on how to set up my classroom, including the physical make up of the room, classroom routines, classroom management tips, reward systems, etc. This will be my first year as a teacher (aside from substitute teaching). Although I am certified to teach middle school ESL, I am used to the elementary age. Any suggestions will be appreciated! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      You will have to hit the ground running as far as the room; so you will want to see what it looks like. If there aren't bulletin boards, have the maintenence staff put some up. Since it is not a self contained classroom, the scheduling of the children is a hard part. You will want the children to come to you, which means, that when you set up their schedules, you don't want them to miss to many of their core subjects. To set up the schedule, block out all the periods of the day for each day of the week. Then, you have to get the schedule of your caseload and distribute their hours in accordance with their needs. Generally, a start of the year room even for upper grades has the back to school theme, but somehow you have to make it relevant to the preteen, tween age child. Also, as it is ESL, you need labels around the room. You will need flashcards, either you make or buy. For management, I suggest, copious praise for good behavior and never sit down. I don't know about your district, but I never stop moving. Also, I make hands on the desk or in view. Mostly, you have to have them learn English, so they can function and be out of your caseload. If you didn't retrieve the school issued stapler, you need that, a grade book, which they should provide, paper they should provide. This means, that whatever the procedure at the school for obtaining supplies you will need to get in the know. The same is true of copier procedures. At the school's orientation meeting, they usually tell teachers the discipline procedures and rules. They often assign a mentor for new teachers. But not all systems function as they declare. Take your time getting the room ready, spotless, then figure the schedule. It doesn't happen in a day. You will also need lesson plans, as they will probably check your lesson plans and visit your classroom for observations. You shouldn't have behavior problems, just that they are reaching an age where learning a new language is not as easy as when younger. Plus, some children are more anxious than others. Regarding rewards, it is not like elementary school with stars and the like. If there is another ESL teacher in the school, try to coordinate with her. There used to be a website for all types of teachers, but I can't find it anymore. You might try starting with the site below and see if it leads to anything. My friend teaches ESL, but she doesn't have the types of behavior problems that were seen in an urban area, and I hope that your case is similar. If so, then I think you will enjoy the older children much better. I used to block out the schedule on an open manilla folder. That gave me a big space.

  3. QUESTION:
    How high is the demand for ESL teachers in USA and what is the average pay?
    I am currently looking to enroll in a teaching ESL education program, and I am seriously thinking about how good my options for work will be as soon as I graduate. I live in Florida but my husband is in the military so we are constantly moving out. Does anybody know how high is the demand for ESL teachers in USA and particularly in Florida? Any suggestions about things to do in order to get a job in this area once you graduate?

    • ANSWER:
      There are a few jobs in the states for ESL teachers, but it's usually only good for working in bigger cities with a high immigrant population. San Antonio Texas would probably be a good place to work, as there is a high Hispanic population there. Otherwise, I wouldn't recommend going for ESL teaching. Most of us who are in college for it plan on going overseas to make our careers. Maybe you should just get an English degree if you want to stay in the US.

  4. QUESTION:
    What adjustments could a teacher make to learning materials to make them comprehensible to ESL'S?
    In other words what I mean is the Learning Materials that you provide ESL high school students and NOT the actual learning activities. So what I would like to know is what can you do with the learning materials for an ESL high school student in a case where independent readings contain concepts with multiple step processes which can be difficult and written assignments are difficult without considerable instructional support?

    • ANSWER:
      - shorten sentences
      - simplify vocab
      - use pictures to illustrate steps
      - record written texts so students can listen to them (helpful for some, but not all, ESL students)
      - make study guides that summarize the info

  5. QUESTION:
    What are all the requirements to be an ESL teacher abroad?
    I want to be an ESL teacher in Europe but I don't know what degree to get or if it requires a bachelor's degree or a masters or even a doctorate. I really need help! I am going to talk to my school counselor about it but I thought I should ask first. Also, what are good places to do it? Is it a high stress job? Would it be better to teach in the U.S than abroad? I just dont know. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      It can be hard for an American teacher to teach ESL in Europe. You will want to major is Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Education, Linguistics or English if possible. Though normally they will accept other majors as well.

      There are still some European programs that let you teach before your Bachelors.

      BEDA is a program for the Catholic schools in Madrid. It does NOT require a Bachelors (but you need to be in at least you second year of college). Technically you are not a teacher (you are an assistant) You work 16-24 hours a week and your pay varies based on the hours you work. You must be a native English speaker, older than 20 and competent in Spanish.

      Catholicism isn't your thing? OK, then just work for the government. People from the United States or Canada can apply to become an Auxiliare de conversaci n. You could end up teaching anywhere in Spain in schools ranging from Kindergarten through 12th grade. You get at least 700 Euros a month (depending on the hours this could increase) and you pay nothing to apply. It is designed for Junior and Senior College students (so no Bachelors needed) or recent graduates.

      You have no desire to be in Spain. France rocks a similar program. You need to be an United States citizen (or have a greencard) . You must be between 20 and 30 with at least 2 years of college experience.and you must be proficient in French. You make about 780 Euros a month. There is a small fee to apply.

      With the current education system in the states it may be faster to get a job abroad (though not necessarily Europe, normally Asia). Depending on the state you may or may not need more certifications in the States than abroad.

      Quite often you don't NEED any certificate other than a BA abroad. If you are a native speaker with a college degree this will already get you several job opportunities.

      Alright, to start if you aren't a "native" speaker(From England, South Africa, The United States of America, New Zealand, Australia etc) you will want to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL IBT (Internet Based Test) is the most known now as it includes speaking and writing, though the Paper Based Test is still accepted in some places. Be sure to check before you take the test to know what scores you need and what test is preferred. This is to prove your English level to your school. While it doesn't always substitute for being a native speaker (especially if it is a visa requirement) sometimes it does.

      So that's the TOEFL (different than a TEFL)

      Sometimes schools want more than just a native speaker, they want someone who has shown some commitment to teaching and have a certificate. That's when you'll see them ask for a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) or a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).

      Two of the more well known (and thus more valued) are the Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) and the Trinity College London Certificate in TESOL. There are a lot of different courses out there, but the CELTA and Trinity are by far the two best known, that doesn't necessarily mean they are the best but they are reputable. They have hours of in class teaching and hands on time with the moderators. While the CELTA is technically focused on adults I rarely see problems with this.

      I think it is easiest to think of the whole thing and compare it to shoes.

      The TEFL and TESOL certificates are shoes and you need a pair to get where you are going. The CELTA and the Trinity are like Nike and Adidas if you tell people you have them they know you have "good" shoes.

      Now there are a lot of online certificates; I wouldn't encourage these as many schools won't take them, BUT it you already have a job and you'll get a pay raise or you are just looking at jobs that take online ones then this is great. CELTA has started to offer an online version, but I haven't heard from first hand sources how it is.

  6. QUESTION:
    What books or websites can help me make ESL lesson plans?
    I will start work at an ESL teacher at Japanese junior/senior high schools soon. I need help planning lesson plans. Can anyone recommend a book or a website?

    • ANSWER:
      ESL lesson plans ae below.

  7. QUESTION:
    What should I major in if I want to be an ESL teacher?
    I really want to be an ESL teacher, however, I do not know what to major in in college. I have noticed that there are majors at certain colleges that are 'ESL majors,' but I know that that's not required and plus, I do not want my major to be that specific. Would it be best to major in something like general education, and minor in Spanish? Please advice from current ESL teachers.
    Thanks in advance.
    Or can you major in psychology as an undergraduate and still get into graduate school for TESOL?

    • ANSWER:
      General Education is excellent as you have to learn to be a teacher before specialising in TESOL. Spanish or another language is a bonus. Linguistics would be great if it's on offer. I wouldn't advise Special Ed as ESL students have different needs. Psych would be good but you must also do Education if you want graduate TESOL.

  8. QUESTION:
    What are the rates for ESL teachers in the middle east?
    I need to know what I can expect to make as an ESL teacher in the Middle East, and if there's any radical cultural adjustments I need to be ready for.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I was an ESL teacher in Russia. Each company that you work for has a different pay scale. They also have other incentives...pay your rent, reimburse for tickets, etc. Of course there will be cultural adjustments, isn't that way you want to go there to teach, to learn a new culture? Good luck, I loved my experience, I hope that you do also.

  9. QUESTION:
    What classes do i need to take in college become ESL teacher?
    To become a middle school ESL teacher, what classes should i take in college, and how long would it take me to graduate?

    • ANSWER:
      Just get an English degree and a single subject teaching credential. You can do it in three years if you hustle, but most likely four. By that time, however, ESL will probably be built into every teaching credential anyway, because of all the illegal aliens who come here for free education. Are you sure you want to be a teacher? It really sucks. I've been doing it for 13 years in southern California and the conditions just keep getting worse and worse.

  10. QUESTION:
    ESL: What are the best schools in Japan to teach English?
    Meaning which ones are the best to work with in terms of assistance, living expenses, pay, hours, etc ... Applying to all types of schools excluding university level education.
    Basically, I am graduating next year and I am planning on taking an ESL course then look for a job in Japan to teach English as a second language. I would really appreciate housing/living expenses and good pay. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are going for corporate esl than ecc has the best reputation for treating their employees fairly and providing assistance.

      There is high competition for esl jobs in japan right now. A lot of unemployed teachers here now already with experience.

      Companies are not offering much as far as paying for housing anymore and the job pays about 250,000 yen for full time work.

      If you want to teach esl south Korea has a better Market more perks and more money. If you are set on japan expect to male some compromises in Those areas.

  11. QUESTION:
    What is a good one-month ESL course preferably within the Peel District?
    I am staying in Brampton, Ontario for a month and would like to take a good and reasonably priced ESL course. I am not a citizen but am picking up my permanent residency card within the month. Are there any recommended schools/programs I can attend that is reasonably priced? Thank you so much in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      I think you could check out the Ontario Teachers Federation monthly professional magazine.It has a lot of useful information such as continuing education courses. such as ESL courses.It also will give you information on ESL job opportunities .Some courses can be done online.I would think that you could also check out the Ontario teachers professional website to give you further information regarding both courses and job opportunities.

  12. QUESTION:
    Is it legal to combine ESL and Special Education students in one class in Louisiana?
    Due to recent budget cuts, my school started combining ESL and Special Education students into one classroom so hypothetically they are receiving the services designated in their IEP. My question is, is this legal? I am not a certified Special Education teacher, but I am certified in ESL. I do have the Special Ed teacher come into my class for one hour a day though.

    I am asking if this is legal, because it spreads me so thin. Some days having so many students with different special needs makes me want to scream. The other teachers have no special needs children.

    • ANSWER:
      if the IEP says they will be included in a typical class and ESL is considered a typical class--they are using a loophole to make it legal..their IEP probably says they only get an hour of in class support...

      it is highly unethical and unprofessional through

  13. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between a physical education class that is ESL and one that is mainstream?
    What is the difference between a physical education class that is ESL and one that is mainstream? How is the lesson plan different? Are ESL students and mainstream students in the same class?

    • ANSWER:
      I've never heard of an ESL physical education class. Usually ESL students have picked up enough English to be able to function in a physical education class that is taught in English.

  14. QUESTION:
    How can I find ESL placement agencies online?
    I work for a university with an ESL program. I have learned that there are placement agencies that students who want to learn English can use to help them find schools. We would like to market our program on these agencies, but I'm not sure how to locate them on the web. Do you know some, or can you suggest a search term that would work?
    Please note: I am not looking for agencies that help teachers find ESL teaching jobs. I am looking for agencies that help students find places to study English.

    • ANSWER:
      I suggest asking on the website below. It's full of ESL experts. Also, a Yahoo search for "ESL Agencies" comes up with roughly 50/50 teacher and student placement agencies.

  15. QUESTION:
    Considering ESL learners, why is it important to consider the differences in various languages related to?
    Considering ESL learners, why is it important to consider the differences in various languages related to

    phonemic,semantic,syntactic variability?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are an education major, you really should do your own homework. Even if you do not teach the ESL class, you will have kids who are not native speakers.

      think about it: you've got a kid who grew up speaking spanish and a kid who grew up speaking russian and a kid who speaks german. Think of the differences in these three languages. What problems might the russian have that the other two may not? What would be a new concept for the spanish speaking kid that the german would not have? (English is a Germanic while Spanish is a romantic.) Besides the words, what else is different between German and English? Just apply simple logic to this.

  16. QUESTION:
    What certifications do I need in order to teach ESL in Texas?
    I'm a retired school teacher of 25 years in Texas. I'm looking into teaching ESL part-time. I can make a lot more money teaching ESL than I can just substitute teaching. What certifications do I need to teach in Texas and how long does it take?

    • ANSWER:
      ESL is an endorsement area in Texas. As you are already certified, you would need approximately 4 courses and the appropriate licensure test. You could fit it in within a year if you have a college nearby which is approved by the state with the endorsement area and which offers the classes on a regular basis.

  17. QUESTION:
    What high school courses can you take to prepare for becoming an ESL teacher?
    I obviously know english is needed and I'm taking German because I want to be an ESL teacher in Germany. I know there are plenty of college majors for this, but I would like to know of any high school classes would help me before I go to college. Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      I would say that is about all high school offers for the ESL portion. But for the teaching program, you can take things like psychology, and any education classes they offer. I know my school offers a halftime college program which really helps for people trying to get into teaching because it helps you get some of the credits you need early.

  18. QUESTION:
    How can I improve academic achievement of esl students?
    I am a teacher of ESL students, and I am currently working on a thesis about improving academic achievement among these studetns. I am looking for ideas and research on the topic. Any help out there?

    • ANSWER:
      I have a few ideas that I think would be good possibilities for you.

      For instance, many ESL students graduate with good reading and writing skills but their listening and speaking skills are not good enough for effective verbal communication with native English speakers.

      My company has developed a unique line of English pronunciation software programs that can help ESL students fully develop their English listening and speaking skills.

      More and more schools are incorporating accent reduction classes as part of their offerings. In fact the TOEFL has just changed to add a speaking section.

      I would love to discuss this with you. My company would also be happy to help you conduct a study that incorporated English pronunciation software. You can contact me through the contact information on my website (www.AccentMaster.com).

      Steve Bo

  19. QUESTION:
    What is the guideline for instructional placement of ESL students?
    Which students should be placed with a certified ESL teacher? High functioning, middle functioning or low? I'm not ESL certified & had high students who did extremely well this year. The low students were placed with another non-certified ESL teacher while the middle functioning were placed with the ESL certified teacher. Next year, they are placing the high students with the certified teacher. This doesn't make sense to me. What are the guidelines?

    • ANSWER:
      The guidelines vary by state and by district. Check with your state board of education and your local district. It also depends on what the scoring criteria was for determining their ESL level as well as the length of time in the country and predominant home language.

  20. QUESTION:
    Would a BA be a solid start for a career in ESL?
    I am going for my BA in English Language and Rhetoric. I would like to possibly work in ESL.

    1. Would an English degree be a solid start for a career in ESL?

    2. What do ESL careers really consist of?

    • ANSWER:
      It's a bare minimum. On top of that, you need a certificate in teaching ESL/EFL, or, preferably, a master's degree. Go to eslcafe.com and click on Jobs. You'll see what jobs are out there and what the requirements are.

  21. QUESTION:
    how much would you get paid for an ESL teacher in China?
    I am planning to migrate in China and work as an ESL English teacher. Does anyone knows the bracket of the pay. I'm from the Philippines and have almost 15 years of teaching experience from grade school to high school to college. ESL teacher for grade school is what am looking for.

    • ANSWER:
      Watch out !!!! It is a big scam they promise a lot but at the end of the day you are certainly not given what was told.
      Read this :http://www.usingenglish.com/esl-in-china/esl-amuck.pdf

  22. QUESTION:
    How do I become an ESL teacher?
    I have a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Illinois State (wish I took another route, but oh well) and I really would love to be an ESL teacher. I took Spanish and Arabic classes in college and would love to take more and incorporate that with my love for teaching children. I looked online and all I can find are online college programs for ESL certification. I would rather go to an actual campus than take online classes. Does anyone know how long it takes to be certified? How about the steps it takes to become an ESL teacher in Illinois or America. Thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      In order to become an ESL teacher one requires a professional ESL certification.

  23. QUESTION:
    What are the average salaries of ESL teachers in each country in East Asia?
    Which countries pay the best and worst? I know it varies within each country, but what would you say is an average salary in each of these countries? The places I would be most interested in hearing about are: Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Singapore, China, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

    I am a US college graduate without a TEFL Certificate and only minor ESL teaching experience if that helps. What could I expect to make in each of these countries?

    Answers from people who have recent experience in teaching in these places would be especially helpful.

    • ANSWER:
      Try: http://www.happycatstefl.com/jobs.html there are 100's of new ESL Jobs all over the world.
      Read the job descriptions and you will get a good guide to the salaries in each country.

  24. QUESTION:
    What are the differences between ESL and bilingual teaching?
    I'm a native Spanish speaker with a graduate degree from the U.S. (in Public Administration) living in Texas. I think that since there is a shortage of bilingual and ESL teachers, being a teacher in any of these two areas would be a good way to make a living. Do you think ESL or/and bilingual teaching can be a good match for me? What are the differences between these two areas?
    Thanks for your help! I appreciate your sharing :)

    • ANSWER:
      I am a teacher in Thailand, and so the difference between ESL and bilingual education is pretty clear. Bilingual education is where students take core subject classes in two different languages - here Thai and English. At the school I used to work at, they would take all of their core classes, math, science, social studies, even PE, in English. Then they would take all of these again in Thai. Plus they have their language classes, like grammar and writing, both Thai and English. This way students recieve the specialized acedemic vocabularies in each language.

      The expectation is that they are learning in English, but not neglecting their native language as opposed to the international schools where instruction is only in English and graduates tend to be weak in their native language (as compared to someone in a Thai or bilingual school). An ESL program is typically geared toward getting someone to be able to survive in an entirely english environment. So we had ESL at the bilingual school to help kids in their English classes and we also have ESL at the international school.

  25. QUESTION:
    How can I get money to pay for ESL certification?
    I'm graduating this fall and I won't have any money, but I'd like to get ESL (English second language) certified and teach overseas. However, the websites I look at all say it will cost at least a thousand dollars and I don't have that money.

    So my specific question is: Can I get loans to take the ESL certification course?

    Thanks for your time.

    • ANSWER:
      If you mean ESL certification courses that are sponsored by TESOL, the national organization for ESL teachers and administrators, then you probably cannot get money from one of the usual sources of aid for education. This is because the ESL certification is not part of a college course leading to a degree.
      However, if you enroll in a Master's in TESOL or linguistics or a related field, then you can get financial aid in the usual way. Just ask at the school that you are interested in. Without a MA in the field, you will not go far in getting good jobs.

  26. QUESTION:
    Can esl student in high school get international baccalaureate as same as everyone does?
    Does esl student get same benefit as everyone does. I mean esl are poor but do they get same benefit like getting ib diploma or so. Well just asking .

    • ANSWER:
      If you go to a high school that offers IB and you get into the program, then yes, it makes no difference. Take into account that there are fees that you will have to pay to do the IB. So long as you are able to pay them, it will not change anything if you are an ESL student. You will get exactly the same benefit.

  27. QUESTION:
    How did classrooms go from being bilingual education to having separeate classrooms in an ESL program?
    I'm trying to find out how after bilingual education ended due to Prop 227, classrooms for ESL started up. What led to the transition of these two programs?
    I'm writing a paper about how Chicanos and education, (I myself am a Chicana) I know that after Chicano movement, and the student walk outs one of the demands was bilingual education, I live in southern California and the elementary school that i was in had bilingual studies but after my fourth grade year, 1999ish... they stopped it. I though it had just transitioned into ESL.
    The point is, I'm just trying to get as much information about this as possible.

    • ANSWER:
      different demographic of kids led to a different program.
      ESL program was developed for kids who spoke NO English, but lived in a place where they need English.
      In the bilingual program, the kids spoke both languages upon entering the class.

  28. QUESTION:
    What is the role of ESL teachers at your school?
    I am curious in learning more about this field. I am earning my certification in Secondary Social Studies, but I have been told that it is difficult to get a job in this field. ESL is in much more demand, is it not?
    What do these teachers do all day? How does their work differ from a normal classroom teacher?

    • ANSWER:
      It all depends on your school district and what grade you teach. For example, I teach first grade ESL in Miami-Dade County. All of my students are level 1 and 2 students. I have a bachelors in Elementary Education and I have an ESL and CCHL endorsement. Because of the large ESL population in my school, each grade level has a minimum of 1 ESL self contained class. As a self contained teacher, I have the same job as a regular classroom teacher except I must provide CCHL (Curriculum Content in the Home Language - This year it is Social Studies that is being taught in Spanish). In other schools where the ESL population is smaller, the ESL teacher pulls out the ESL students for their Language Arts block. In Middle and High School, the ESL teachers teaches a course called Language Arts/ESOL. Again, this is how it is done in my school district which has a high ESL population.

      My work differs from other classroom teachers in the sense that I must submit a request for a LEP meeting if I see that a student is not meeting expectations. I must create a Pupil Monitoring Plan like other teachers but if the student is still struggling I must first request another LEP meeting and hope and pray that the school district approves the request for a Bilingual Assessment and a Student Study Team. I must make sure that I use different methods to teach concepts and I must use more visual aides to help the students understand what I am trying to convey to them. I also use a lot of hands on activities and I use technology to help them hear others speak English. Although I do speak Spanish, I limit my use of Spanish and speak Spanish only during Social Studies and when I have information to give to the students that is extremely important.

  29. QUESTION:
    Some tips on teaching brainstorming techniques to ESL students?
    I teach a group of ESL students in the U.S. They're at a high intermediate level. I'd like to teach them some brainstorming techniques. Does anyone out there have any suggestions?
    Thank you in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      This website has some good information:

      http://eslbrainstorming.webs.com

      Another resource you might try:

      http://www.eslflow.com/brainstorming.html

      It's not ESL related, but Charles Cave has a good website on creativity:

      http://members.optusnet.com.au/charles57/Creative/index2.html

      Happy brainstorming!!!

  30. QUESTION:
    What's the average salary of an ESL instructor at an Ohio university?
    I make about 00 a year (tax free) and don't have to pay for transportation or my apartment (with tons of vacation). However, I'd like to move home soon. Does anyone have any idea what the average salary of an ESL instructor at an Ohio university is?

    • ANSWER:
      University do not have esl instructors.

      We teach in English.

  31. QUESTION:
    What does a high school ESL class in the US look like?
    I've taught ESL both in the US (to adults) and abroad(to kids). I've been wondering what the environment of a high school ESL class is like back in the US. Do you cover all of the subject material that they get in school and teach new words needed for those subjects (science, math, history etc)? Are you just teaching them grammar and converstation while they get content in their native language for the other classes?
    Sorry if my questions sound ignorant, I'm really curious.

    • ANSWER:
      Our students come to ESL class every other day as an elective. The classes are divided first by grade and then by a combination of ability level and mother tongue. A typical class might have three students from Korea, two students from Iran and one from China, all of whom speak very little English and all of whom are in the same grade. The time in the class is used to support them in their other academic subjects, which is why the teacher-student ratio is never more than 1:8 (and it's usually closer to 1:5). Students use the tutorial time to do their classwork (which takes longer because of the linguistic barriers) and get help from the teacher (who has to be familiar with both the English language and the curriculum in each class at that grade level). The types of things you would teach in an EFL course (abroad) like grammar and pronunciation appear infrequently and usually in one-on-one instruction, not whole-class instruction.

      Approximately 25% of the students in my school are ESL, and all academic subjects (save foreign language immersion programs) are taught exclusively in English.

  32. QUESTION:
    How do I teach an ESL class about hospitals?
    I'm teaching an ESL class for Mandarin speaking Chinese-Americans. It's awesome, but I have no idea how to approach healthcare with them. Many want to know how to make an appointment at a hospital or clinic, and I feel a bit unprepared to handle it.

    So. Important Vocabulary? Questions which may be asked? What is the best way to do this? Is there a website I could go to, or someone I could contact on the subject?
    ESL = English as a Second Language.

    • ANSWER:
      What is ESL?

  33. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to become a ESL teacher?
    how long would it take?
    what would you need to become an esl teacher?
    how much do they get paid?

    • ANSWER:
      In my state you need to major in some other Teaching program and minor in ESL (ESL is not a major here). This takes about five years to complete ( bachelors plus minor ) and I needed to complete my student teaching in both my major and in ESL. After all that I took the praxis PLT exam and the exams for English teaching and ESL. The pay for ESL teachers is the same as any other licensed teacher.

  34. QUESTION:
    What would be a good ESL intermediate lesson plan for a 1 or 2 student ESL classroom?
    Unfortunately, I cannot find lesson plans for one or two student classrooms for ESL instruction. It is going to be used in a middle school classroom. I need about 20-25 minutes worth of activities to use during the class period.

    Also, I'm looking for a low intermediate lesson plan that is designed for a one or two student classroom for an elementary classroom, which will be used for about 25-30 minutes.

    Thank you for your help. I really need it!
    These lesson plans will be primarily used for reading or writing activities.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah, I can give you lots: you can do several things with parts of speech, you just have to modify it for the students' levels. Sorting activities are a good ESL activity, especially if you can pair a picture with the words that are used. For example, teach them the concept that nouns are persons, places, and things. Then have them sort word/picture cards into those three categories. You're teaching the concept of what a noun is but also teaching them basic vocabulary (persons: man, woman, baby, child, boy, girl; places: school, restaurant, store, beach; things: book, pencil, desk, television, clock, milk, bread, etc.). Then you can have them look through magazines to find pictures of persons, places, and things and make a nouns book - something they can refer back to when reviewing basic vocabulary words. I also like to do something similar to this with adjectives - teach them that adjectives tell what color, how many, what kind, and which one. Colors and numbers are very basic, so these kids should have learned those by now. What kind can be done easily with basic words - fat, thin, flat, round, tall, short, etc. And which one, well those are just the demonstrative adjectives - this, that, these, and those. Have them sort easy familiar words into those categories. I like to do a stand-up activity with the demonstrative adjectives - one student stand close to me (this student) and another one far away (that student), then several students close to me (these students) and several far away (those students). How about pronouns - match subject to object pronouns (I and me, they and them, we and us, etc.). Just remember that card stock and a good printer are your friends.

      Then there's some reading topics - I like to do sequence with animal life cycles - it's easy to draw pictures of the egg, the caterpillar, the cacoon, and the butterfly. This incorporates a little science, too. But also, add ordinal numbers (first, second, third) and other ordering words (next, then, finally). Point out that these are "clue words" when looking for sequence in passages. You can also teach them that timelines and recipes are in sequence.

      Or how about fact and opinion. Teach them the concept including pointing out the idea that opinions sometimes have the words "I think," "I believe," and "I feel" as part of the statement (or they can be assumed). Have several statements written or printed on sentence strips and have them sort the statements into the two categories.

      Need more ideas? Or do you have a specific concept you want to cover but don't have a good idea, just email me - I'm sure I have something up my sleeve.

      Oh, that brings up another one. Teach them about idioms. There are lots of websights that have idioms. Have some literal drawings of several idioms. Talk to the students about what they literally mean and what they figuratively mean. Discuss how all langauges have these and that they may find reading passages with lots of idioms difficult so they need to become familiar with some of them. Then have another set of literal drawings and have them match the drawings to the saying. You might want to have them discuss some idioms from their home langauge (you may have to look some of these up prior to class - I have a long list of Spanish idioms). Then you may want to have them select an idiom (from their home language or from English) and have them illustrate it.

      Seriously, email me if you need more help.

  35. QUESTION:
    How to become an ESL teacher?
    I'm starting to think teaching ESL may be something I'm interested in, since I already want to major in linguistics. What's the process of teaching abroad? What's the typical job availability/pay? Do I have to be fluent in the language of the country I teach in? What are the most common/best countries to go to? Any advice or experience would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Haha, my mom is an ESL teacher! She really loves it. I don't know much about it but I do know you don't have to know their language. It may be easier, though. It depends on what level your teaching, like if you teach level 1-3 you may want to learn their language because it would be easier, but thats the only reason why you would have too.

  36. QUESTION:
    What do you think are the strengths and weaknesses of a intermediate esl class?
    I'm doing a research and I would like you to tell me about your own classroom's experiences as an ESL teacher. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Strengths: by the time the students are at the intermediate level, they are better able to communicate with the teacher. For example, if they have questions, they are usually able to ask them. They are able to converse with the teacher more easily, so the teacher can get to know them better and adapt his/her instruction to their interests and needs.

      Weaknesses: students often know a lot of "pieces" of language (vocab and grammatical rules for structures) but struggle to put them together into longer discourse. Also, within a class there can be a wide variety of skills in different areas. Some might be advanced in reading but beginning in writing, and others might be the opposite - but they're all still in the same intermediate ESL class.

  37. QUESTION:
    How does one become an ESL teacher?
    It's a career I'm interested in, but many of the colleges I'm interested in do not have an ESL Education major. Would it be possible to major in regular education first, then get ESL certification? Are there any other options?

    • ANSWER:
      Many (if not most) ESL jobs are available without ESL certification. You only need a four year degree. Obviously having it in education helps. Alot depends on where you wish to teach.

  38. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between ESL and EFL?
    ESL is abbreviation for English as a Second Language and EFL is abbreviation for English as a Foreign Language.

    • ANSWER:
      It's just a matter of semantics.

      ESL (English as a Second Language) is mostly out of use as it is only appropriate where the student has only one other language, which is not always the case.

      EFL (English as a Foreign Language (definitely not First, see the Wikipedia link)) is also becoming outdated as it is only useful if the language is not an official language of the country of residence.

      The Term EAL (English as an Additional Language) is more encompassing as it applies to the maximum number of situations.

  39. QUESTION:
    What college courses should an aspiring ESL teacher take?
    I'm trying to arrange the perfect roster that will help me with my dream job, ESL teaching in China, and was wondering what classes are recommended to take. Since my school has no ESL teaching program, the closest I can come to figuring it out is "secondary education teaching" and looking over that some classes make me wonder if they are needed, such as minor math classes. Of course, I'm still a dumb young man so probably would need it and am just unable to see it.

    Advice?

    • ANSWER:
      You might want to investigate a degree in Linguistics, as that is often used in ESL programs. If you stick with a secondary education degree, you should look for a concentration in English, and take as much linguistics as you can as part of that degree.
      The math requirements and other courses are typically required because it is part of a liberal arts education. As an educated person, you are expected to be well rounded in a number of areas, not just technically trained in your own field.

  40. QUESTION:
    Where are the best places in Boston to be a volunteer esl tutor?
    I live in Boston, have my TEFL certification, and one day hope to teach English overseas...
    For now, Im in Boston. Any suggestions where In Boston I could work or volunteer as an esl/esol tutor? I'm most eager to work with immigrants.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not in Boston, but I'm an ESL teacher. You might check out this program: http://www.lvm.org/whoAreWe.aspx . You can be a volunteer ESL tutor with them. You also might ask at your local schools. I would love to have volunteers come in and work with my ESL students, but we don't have any. You'd probably have to be fingerprinted and have a background check before volunteering at a school, but it could be some really good experience for you.

  41. QUESTION:
    Is teaching ESL overseas a good career choice? Even if one wants to do it for life?
    Is becoming an ESL teacher just as good/better than teaching in ontario?

    • ANSWER:
      It really depends on what you value about teaching in Ontario and what you might value about teaching overseas. For example, salary in most countries would be much lower than in Canada. In some middle-eastern countries, you may be paid almost the same, but in the People's Republic of China, you would be paid about 20% of the pay in Canada. You may value the new experiences and cultural education you would gain, but you may be annoyed by some conditions and social behavior that isn't what you want. For example, in South Korea, most ESL jobs are in small, private schools. The parents of the students are the bosses. Teachers may be expected to stand on the street corner in the snow handing out adverts for the school

      In the PRC, cleanliness is not nearly as important to the Chinese as it is to North Americans and Europeans. Behavior can be seen as very rude (cutting you off by stepping right into your path as you walk, hacking and spitting on the street, cutting into line, rushing into an elevator as the doors open rather than waiting for anyone to get out first, spitting out fish bones onto the table). In most areas of the middle-east, you might find it difficult to find a beer or a bottle of wine.

  42. QUESTION:
    What is it like teaching ESL for public schools?
    Is it competitive to get these jobs? Do you need a master's in ESL and a teacher certification, or will an English degree, an ESL endorsement and a teacher certification be good enough?

    How is the stress and workload different from teaching a regular English class?

    • ANSWER:
      Teaching ESL in public school has been my dream job for 14 years. I love it. I have a BA in English and an adult school credential. In California, you also need to pass the CBEST. You need a master's to teach at a community college, but most ESL classes are at adult schools, because it is cheaper, and ESL students often are low income.

      The stress level is much lower than in a regular English class, especially in high school. ESL students are from countries where they treat teachers with mountains of respect and courtesy. They are the sweetest, nicest people, so eager to learn, and so so grateful for your help and patience.

      I was a practicing attorney for ten years when I went back to school to get my credential and change careers. Looking back, I wouldn't change a thing! My life us far richer because of my students.

      Regards, and good luck!
      Lady Morgana

  43. QUESTION:
    How much demand is there for ESL instruction for adults?
    I've thought about going to grad school to get a master's degree, so I can teach ESL to adults. However, someone suggested to me that I might not be able to find a position in which I would be teaching adults, and that I may have to apply for positions in which I would be teaching children. I don't want to teach kids or teens, though, so would it really be a good idea for me to pursue this?

    • ANSWER:
      I taught ESL in public schools for a year, then went to Taiwan and taught English there with various ages.

      There are jobs teaching English to adults in the U.S. Many more overseas. Lots of companies want to train their employees in English. I worked for some of these companies in Taiwan.

      Having a master's degree gives you a leg up on the competition. Education is always worthwhile.

      College students might be another option for you. They are good to teach- motivated and make lots of progress and are smart.

      Best wishes to you.

  44. QUESTION:
    How (BESIDES AS AN ESL TEACHER) would you structure a one-day-a-week English teaching position?
    How (BESIDES AS AN ESL TEACHER) would you structure a one-day-a-week English teaching position? I need to work either 2 mornings or one full day a week. I have no idea how my school would do this, but I thought I'd float it out there, in case you work p-t or know anyone p-t with this schedule. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I am not sure what you mean by "besides as an ESL Teacher", unless you want to teach something other than English, which doesn't seem to be the case, so that line is confusing.

      My set up is probably similar to what you want. I teach two "evenings" a week. I have a total of five classes, two on the first night, three on the second. I have no repeat students in a week's period. Each class is completely independent on its particular needs, since they are broken down into abilities more so than age.

      I teach what the class needs, with some guidance from the school, but I am mostly left on my own to teach my way and my particular lessons. Now, in my case, all students are indeed ESL students so if you mean by your original statement that you want to teach English to students in a school setting but they already speak English as a basic language, then, yes, your school will need to determine how best you can fit into their program. Good luck.

  45. QUESTION:
    What is it like teaching ESL for public schools?
    Is it competitive to get these jobs? Do you need a master's in ESL and a teacher certification, or will an English degree, an ESL endorsement and a teacher certification be good enough?

    How is the stress and workload different from teaching a regular English class?

    • ANSWER:
      The competition depends on where you live. You probably won't need a master's in ESL. Your English degree, teacher certification and ESL endorsement should get you in the door. The stress is higher because you're working with children who not only don't speak English as their primary language, but their culture is different, as well. But as you get to know the students and their cultures, you can learn to love them.

      The best way to assess this, though, is to contact the principal at a local school, ask him for an appointment for 15 minutes of his time. Go in (well dressed with a short list of questions) and spend some time with him. Take no more than 15 minutes. He/She may invite you to observe an ESL class and/or introduce you to one of the ESL teachers at the school.

  46. QUESTION:
    Is there an alternative forum to Dave's ESL cafe, for teachers looking at international jobs?
    I'm trying to find information about teaching overseas during the summer. I thought Dave's would be a good place, but I can't seem to get permission to join because I am only interested in summer work and would prefer not to get a TESOL, (I am already multiply licensed). Apparently, Dave doesn't want people like me on his forum!

    Does anyone know of an alternative to Dave's ESL cafe that would contain a discussion forum?

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.tefl.com is a great site to get info and find jobs on teaching overseas. I got my first ESL job through that site. I am not sure if it has a discussion forum but it does have a lot of info on teaching, career development and destinations.

      I hope this is useful to you.

  47. QUESTION:
    What is it like to be a public school ESL teacher?
    How does the workload and grading compare to being a regular English teacher? Is there a demand for ESL teachers?

    • ANSWER:
      The job is actually harder because ESL is usually a resource class and teachers send their kids to you. You may have classes that are multi age, multi level and multi subject. A lot of the ESL assistance is done by aides these days. I think the best thing would be to qualify for both ENglish and ESL, or else become bilingual.

  48. QUESTION:
    Can you teach English in Thailand without a degree? Is ESL course enough?
    My partner and I want to teach English in Thailand for a year.

    I have a Bachelor of Education and am planning to complete a ESL course before I leave. Can I find a job before entering Thailand? How much would I look at getting paid?

    My partner doesn't have a degree but will complete a ESL course. Can he get work? If so how much can he expect to earn?

    How do we go about working visas? accommodation?

    Any advice would be great!

    • ANSWER:
      You don't need a ESL to teach in Thailand since you have a degree in Education, your friend needs a degree and ESL to teach, but some places try to overlook it to get a English Language Speaker. But getting the work permit may be hard if he doesn't meet the requirements including a police check. Depending on where you teach you can get between 35,000 and 40,000 baht a month. Your friend less if he can get a job. You need to come and be interviewed just like any other job and some schools want you to work a week or two before they give you the necessary papers to go to KL and apply for a Type B employment visa. So get a tourist visa and come and look around. Remember public schools are closing for the summer and will not open again to mid May. I know of a school that may want you in Ratchaburi but not your friend. It's in a very rural area, a private high school about 30 km from town with apartments for teachers. You can email me if you wish and I can give you more information.

  49. QUESTION:
    How to become an ESL teacher?
    I live in California. I am looking to get my bachelors in English (what's the specific English degree required for ESL teaching?) Also, I'd like to travel abroad and teach in a Spanish speaking country to gain experience. What are the degress required in order to do this?

    • ANSWER:
      All you need in order to teach ESL is a state certification. It sounds like you would like to teach in a bilingual setting rather than an ESL setting. For ESL classes, the teacher just uses different techniques to help children who have English as a second language, but the children are fluent in English. The teacher doesn't have to know that second language in order to teach the child. He/she just needs to know the techniques. In a bilingual classroom, the children may speak some English, but not fluently. With bilingual programs, children are taught in spanish and english. Either way, you just need a certification specific to that area (i.e. ESL, Bilingual, etc).

      Hopefully that helps!

  50. QUESTION:
    How would you explain the word "occasionally" to a class of ESL students?
    I am supposed to think of the best way to explain the word occasionally to a class of ESL students, but I honestly am stumped. Would I use a picture? Mime it? Realia?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Say the word "sometimes" in their first language and write down the word and the English translation on the board. There's gotta be a word for "sometimes" in every language. Make sure to use every language represented in your class. Not every ESL speaks common languages like Spanish.


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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    A good movie (or popular book) about a lesbian girl?
    I always thought I would be much happier if I was a lesbian female instead of a heterosexual male, but yeah.. nothing I can do about that, so are there any good movies (or books which are easy to find) that are about a lesbian, who gets into her first lesbian relationship? (possibly a teenage girl)
    Something like the movie C.R.A.Z.Y., but that's about a homosexual guy.

    • ANSWER:
      Bloomingdale
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      Emmanuelle
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      The Roommate
      DEBS
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      .45
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      Unveiled
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      But I'm a Cheerleader
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      French Twist
      Butterfly Kiss
      April's Shower
      An Unexpected Love
      A mi madre le gustan las mujeres
      Les Biches
      Backstage
      Monster
      Blue Gate Crossing
      Clara's Summer
      Des parents pas comme les autres
      Two Sides of the Bed
      Brush up my sisters
      Mulholland Drive
      Hannah Free
      High Art
      Fried Green Tomatoes
      Lesbian Vampire Killers
      La Repetition

  2. QUESTION:
    What is your favourite movie soundtracks of all times?

    • ANSWER:
      There was a movie that came out a few years ago, and I think the name was called Dead or Alive because Bon Jovi sang the song, Wanted, Dead or Alive and a lot of other good songs. And I'm really showing my age here because the other soundtrack I remember from way back when that I really liked was the Jazz Singer that featured Neil Diamond's music because he starred in the movie. Another movie that sticks in my mind was Footloose with Kevin Bacon and the last one I really remember was probably the 70's movie with John Travolta playing a cowboy at Mickey Gilley's here where we live. I think it was called Saturday Night Fever. How in the world can I choose just one favorite?! All of them were good!

      The first date I went on with my boyfriend was going out to Mickey Gillery's nightclub back in 1980. I wound up marrying that man 26 years ago and we're still together. Ah, the good old days when my man kissed me on the dance floor. We got a standing ovation and we didn't realize the music had even stopped until people started cheering, clapping and doing cat calls. Wow! Those were some of our really passionate, hot and heavy date nights. *chuckling at my age and those memories*

      *blushes with embarrassment* I just don't seem to be nearly as interested in television or going to a movie theater. I'm happy as a doodlebug logging into YA and staying home with my hubby and teenage son. *it's sad getting old, isn't it? lol.*

  3. QUESTION:
    What are some lesbian movies? good or bad?
    So far i've seen:
    Eloise's Lover (spanish)
    Fucking Amal/ Show me love (swedish)
    Cracks (british)
    Circumstance (persian)
    I also loved 'the scene' in Black Swan 😉

    If you could suggest some lesbian movies, any language'll do. ♡
    (or TV shows that have a lesbian couple, for example, Skins (UK))

    • ANSWER:
      How many do you need?

      Heavenly Creatures
      Black Swan
      The Roommate
      DEBS
      If These Walls Could Talk 2
      Bound
      Imagine Me and You
      Spider Lilies
      Showgirls
      The Guitar
      The Last Sect
      The Kids Are Alright
      Five Girls
      Gia
      Intimates
      Saving Face
      Floored by love
      Red Doors
      What's Cooking
      Femme Fatale
      Amour de femme
      Pourquoi pas moi?
      Kiss me again
      Puccini for Beginners
      .45
      Wild Side
      Je te mangerais
      Mango Kiss
      Show Me Love/F*cking Amal
      Gray Matters
      Out at the wedding
      Love my Life
      A Girl Thing
      I Can't Think Straight
      Gespenster
      Butterfly
      Las peleculas de mi padre
      Drifting Flowers
      Unveiled
      Gillery's Little Secret
      Some Like it Hot/Hellcats
      The Scarlet Letter
      Better than Chocolate
      But I'm a Cheerleader
      The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love
      Lost & Delirious
      Loving Annabelle
      Fingersmith
      My Summer Of Love
      The Girl
      Desert Hearts
      Affinity
      Treading water
      It's in the water
      The gymnast
      Claire of the moon
      The Truth About Jane
      The investigator
      Zebra Lounge
      Wild Things
      Tipping the Velvet
      Nina’s heavenly delights
      when night is falling
      Aimée and Jaguar
      The Monkey's Mask
      Itty Bitty Titty Committee
      Finn's Girl
      All over me
      Berlin Affair
      Girl Play
      Fire
      Miao Miao
      Love me if you can
      Les Filles Du Botanist
      American Crime
      Radio Corazón
      Haute Tension
      French Twist
      Butterfly Kiss
      April's Shower
      An Unexpected Love
      A mi madre le gustan las mujeres
      Les Biches
      Backstage
      Monster
      Blue Gate Crossing
      Clara's Summer
      Des parents pas comme les autres
      Two Sides of the Bed
      Brush up my sisters
      Mulholland Drive
      Hannah Free
      High Art
      Fried Green Tomatoes
      Lesbian Vampire Killers
      La Repetition

      TV shows:
      Glee - Santana Lopez ♡ and Brittany S. Pierce
      Grey's Anatomy - Callie Torrez and Arizona Robbins
      The L Word (of course) - Practically every character
      ER - Kerry Weaver and Kim Legaspi, Kerry Weaver and Sandy Lopez, Kerry Weaver and Courtney Brown
      Sugar Rush - Kim and Saint
      South of Nowhere - Spencer and Ashley
      The Real L Word
      Lip Service - Frankie and ...
      True Blood - Tara and ...
      Bones - Angela and Roxie (lasted for only 3 episodes, though)
      Desperate Housewives - Katherine and Robin
      Nip/Tuck - Liz and Olivia
      The OC - Marissa and Alex
      Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Willow and Tara

      Hope this helps!!

  4. QUESTION:
    Can you name some new lesbian movies?
    I'd like some suggestions of movies so check out my growing lists and then add something new to it. And if you have time be sure to mention what you think of them because sometimes I'd rather not watch a poorly received film.Thanks [ oh and please don't list shows b/c i'll have a separate question for that ]

    Watched (trying to remember off the top of my head):
    DEBS
    If These Walls Could Talk 2
    Bound
    Imagine Me and You
    Spider Lilies
    Naissance des pieuvres
    Butch Jaime
    The Guitar
    The Last Sect (hot, but the story should have been more gradual )
    5ive Girls ( more back story and a better ending would be nice)
    Gia
    Intimates
    Saving Face
    Floored by love
    Red Doors
    What's Cooking
    Femme Fatale
    Amour de femme
    Pourquoi pas moi?
    Kiss me again
    Puccini for Beginners
    .45
    Wild Side
    Je te mangerais
    Mango Kiss
    Show Me Love/F*cking Amal
    Gray Matters
    Out at the wedding
    Love my Life
    A Girl Thing
    I Can't Think Straight
    Tick Tock [not the lullaby one]
    Be with me
    Gespenster
    [Hu Die] Butterfly
    Las pelνculas de mi padre
    Drifting Flowers
    Unveiled (Fremde Haut)
    Gillery's Little Secret
    The Fine Art of love: Mine ha-ha <--- strange and eerie -_- 5 sense of eros[korean] [1 scene] The Ten Rules: A Lesbian Survival Guide (short movie) Unfaithful [ porn series ] (what was i thinking) >.< Traveling Companion (short) Girl Talk (short) Some Like it Hot/Hellcats [korean](sub) The Scarlet Letter [korean] (in the twist) Inescapable So Close [hong kong] (subtext ish) Planning to Watch: Better than Chocolate But I'm a Cheerleader The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love Lost & Delirious Loving Annabelle Fingersmith My Summer Of Love The Girl Desert Hearts Affinity Treading water It's in the water The gymnast Claire of the moon The Truth About Jane The investigator Zebra Lounge Wild Things Tipping the Velvet Nina’s heavenly delights when night is falling Aimée and Jaguar The Monkey's Mask Itty Bitty Titty Committee Finn's Girl All over me You and I [finding tatu] ( if i can find it) Berlin Affair (seems rare) Girl Play Making Maya (can't find it ) Fire Miao Miao Love me if you can Les Filles Du Botanist American Crime Radio Corazón Haute Tension French Twist Butterfly Kiss April's Shower An Unexpected Love A mi madre le gustan las mujeres Les Biches Backstage Monster Blue Gate Crossing Clara's Summer Des parents pas comme les autres Two Sides of the Bed Brush up my sisters Mulholland Drive Hannah Free High Art Fried Green Tomatoes Lesbian Vampire Killers La Repetition Cynara: Poetry in Motion Alessandrasa: I don't have exactly one favorite, I haven't watched the perfect movie yet but right now I guess I'd say my favorite is Spider Lilies, but it may change NahBoogz: I've never heard of LOGO until now thanks! That's the Way I Am: Haha actually I did, check my list. It was a really cute movie! Crash Bandicoot: Seriously man. But at least I still have time to do a lot of other things xD Alessandrasa: I don't have exactly one favorite, I haven't watched the perfect movie yet but right now I guess I'd say my favorite is Spider Lilies, but it may change @ Jaimie: I have no problems with gays; but I've only watched Brokeback Mountain.

    • ANSWER:
      wow :-). That's a challenge because you have a whole list!!!! lol

      1.you don't have Precious, there is a lesbian teacher

      2.Girls In Prison on that list although it's a dumb movie! But....It's not on that list.

      3."Steam" I just looked at that last month online. http://www.watch-movies-online.tv/s/steam.html

      4. Girl Play?? Is it on your list because I do not know...

      5. 'Set it off" Queen latifa has a lesbian lover and the movie is good

  5. QUESTION:
    what are some good lesbian/gay romantic/dram movies to watch?

    • ANSWER:
      How many do you need?

      Heavenly Creatures
      Black Swan
      The Roommate
      DEBS
      If These Walls Could Talk 2
      Bound
      Imagine Me and You
      Spider Lilies
      Showgirls
      The Guitar
      The Last Sect
      The Kids Are Alright
      Five Girls
      Gia
      Intimates
      Saving Face
      Floored by love
      Red Doors
      What's Cooking
      Femme Fatale
      Amour de femme
      Pourquoi pas moi?
      Kiss me again
      Puccini for Beginners
      .45
      Wild Side
      Je te mangerais
      Mango Kiss
      Show Me Love/F*cking Amal
      Gray Matters
      Out at the wedding
      Love my Life
      A Girl Thing
      I Can't Think Straight
      Gespenster
      Butterfly
      Las peleculas de mi padre
      Drifting Flowers
      Unveiled
      Gillery's Little Secret
      Some Like it Hot/Hellcats
      The Scarlet Letter
      Better than Chocolate
      But I'm a Cheerleader
      The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love
      Lost & Delirious
      Loving Annabelle
      Fingersmith
      My Summer Of Love
      The Girl
      Desert Hearts
      Affinity
      Treading water
      It's in the water
      The gymnast
      Claire of the moon
      The Truth About Jane
      The investigator
      Zebra Lounge
      Wild Things
      Tipping the Velvet
      Nina’s heavenly delights
      when night is falling
      Aimée and Jaguar
      The Monkey's Mask
      Itty Bitty Titty Committee
      Finn's Girl
      All over me
      Berlin Affair
      Girl Play
      Fire
      Miao Miao
      Love me if you can
      Les Filles Du Botanist
      American Crime
      Radio Corazón
      Haute Tension
      French Twist
      Butterfly Kiss
      April's Shower
      An Unexpected Love
      A mi madre le gustan las mujeres
      Les Biches
      Backstage
      Monster
      Blue Gate Crossing
      Clara's Summer
      Des parents pas comme les autres
      Two Sides of the Bed
      Brush up my sisters
      Mulholland Drive
      Hannah Free
      High Art
      Fried Green Tomatoes
      Lesbian Vampire Killers
      La Repetition

  6. QUESTION:
    searching for this either short film or movie?
    it has a lesbian couple, it is not in english, and i'm sure the title is somithig like this baux baux or baoux baoux, the women are both brunette any help will be great

    • ANSWER:
      Miao Miao is the only one that comes remotely close...

      Here's my database, maybe you'll recognize it when you see the title:

      Heavenly Creatures
      Black Swan
      The Roommate
      DEBS
      If These Walls Could Talk 2
      Bound
      Imagine Me and You
      Spider Lilies
      Showgirls
      The Guitar
      The Last Sect
      The Kids Are Alright
      Five Girls
      Gia
      Intimates
      Saving Face
      Floored by love
      Red Doors
      What's Cooking
      Femme Fatale
      Amour de femme
      Pourquoi pas moi?
      Kiss me again
      Puccini for Beginners
      .45
      Wild Side
      Je te mangerais
      Mango Kiss
      Show Me Love/F*cking Amal
      Gray Matters
      Out at the wedding
      Love my Life
      A Girl Thing
      I Can't Think Straight
      Gespenster
      Butterfly
      Las peleculas de mi padre
      Drifting Flowers
      Unveiled
      Gillery's Little Secret
      Some Like it Hot/Hellcats
      The Scarlet Letter
      Better than Chocolate
      But I'm a Cheerleader
      The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love
      Lost & Delirious
      Loving Annabelle
      Fingersmith
      My Summer Of Love
      The Girl
      Desert Hearts
      Affinity
      Treading water
      It's in the water
      The gymnast
      Claire of the moon
      The Truth About Jane
      The investigator
      Zebra Lounge
      Wild Things
      Tipping the Velvet
      Nina’s heavenly delights
      when night is falling
      Aimée and Jaguar
      The Monkey's Mask
      Itty Bitty Titty Committee
      Finn's Girl
      All over me
      Berlin Affair
      Girl Play
      Fire
      Miao Miao
      Love me if you can
      Les Filles Du Botanist
      American Crime
      Radio Corazón
      Haute Tension
      French Twist
      Butterfly Kiss
      April's Shower
      An Unexpected Love
      A mi madre le gustan las mujeres
      Les Biches
      Backstage
      Monster
      Blue Gate Crossing
      Clara's Summer
      Des parents pas comme les autres
      Two Sides of the Bed
      Brush up my sisters
      Mulholland Drive
      Hannah Free
      High Art
      Fried Green Tomatoes
      Lesbian Vampire Killers
      La Repetition

  7. QUESTION:
    Good Lesbian movies? Like Loving Annabelle?
    What are good lesbian movies like Loving Annabelle ? Ive only seen two lesbian movies(A Marine Story and Loving Annabelle) Im really into them (Im Bi) lol So yeahh i want to see good lesbian movies but recent like 2005-2012, I really like the forbidden love theme.

    • ANSWER:
      How many do you need?

      Heavenly Creatures
      Black Swan
      The Roommate
      DEBS
      If These Walls Could Talk 2
      Bound
      Imagine Me and You
      Spider Lilies
      Showgirls
      The Guitar
      The Last Sect
      The Kids Are Alright
      Five Girls
      Gia
      Intimates
      Saving Face
      Floored by love
      Red Doors
      What's Cooking
      Femme Fatale
      Amour de femme
      Pourquoi pas moi?
      Kiss me again
      Puccini for Beginners
      .45
      Wild Side
      Je te mangerais
      Mango Kiss
      Show Me Love/F*cking Amal
      Gray Matters
      Out at the wedding
      Love my Life
      A Girl Thing
      I Can't Think Straight
      Gespenster
      Onvindbaar - Butterfly
      Las pel?culas de mi padre
      Drifting Flowers
      Unveiled
      Gillery's Little Secret
      Some Like it Hot/Hellcats
      The Scarlet Letter
      Better than Chocolate
      But I'm a Cheerleader
      The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love
      Lost & Delirious
      Loving Annabelle
      Fingersmith
      My Summer Of Love
      The Girl
      Desert Hearts
      Affinity
      Treading water
      It's in the water
      The gymnast
      Claire of the moon
      The Truth About Jane
      The investigator
      Zebra Lounge
      Wild Things
      Tipping the Velvet
      Nina’s heavenly delights
      when night is falling
      Aimée and Jaguar
      The Monkey's Mask
      Itty Bitty Titty Committee
      Finn's Girl
      All over me
      Berlin Affair
      Girl Play
      Fire
      Miao Miao
      Love me if you can
      Les Filles Du Botanist
      American Crime
      Radio Corazón
      Haute Tension
      French Twist
      Butterfly Kiss
      April's Shower
      An Unexpected Love
      A mi madre le gustan las mujeres
      Les Biches
      Backstage
      Monster
      Blue Gate Crossing
      Clara's Summer
      Des parents pas comme les autres
      Two Sides of the Bed
      Brush up my sisters
      Mulholland Drive
      Hannah Free
      High Art
      Fried Green Tomatoes
      Lesbian Vampire Killers
      La Repetition

  8. QUESTION:
    Lesbian movies/tv shows?
    Are there any good shows or movies with a lesbian story line that i am missing out on? I need something to watch. I love The L Word, Lip Service (cant find links to watch these anymore though) Imagine You And Me, and But I'm A Cheerleader. Cant find anything else to watch though. I have a Netflix account but nothing good is on instant play. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      How many do you need? LOL

      ..:::MOVIES:::..

      Heavenly Creatures
      Black Swan
      The Roommate
      DEBS
      If These Walls Could Talk 2
      Bound
      Imagine Me and You
      Spider Lilies
      Showgirls
      The Guitar
      The Last Sect
      The Kids Are Alright
      Five Girls
      Gia
      Intimates
      Saving Face
      Floored by love
      Red Doors
      What's Cooking
      Femme Fatale
      Amour de femme
      Pourquoi pas moi?
      Kiss me again
      Puccini for Beginners
      .45
      Wild Side
      Je te mangerais
      Mango Kiss
      Show Me Love/F*cking Amal
      Gray Matters
      Out at the wedding
      Love my Life
      A Girl Thing
      I Can't Think Straight
      Gespenster
      Butterfly
      Las peleculas de mi padre
      Drifting Flowers
      Unveiled
      Gillery's Little Secret
      Some Like it Hot/Hellcats
      The Scarlet Letter
      Better than Chocolate
      But I'm a Cheerleader
      The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love
      Lost & Delirious
      Loving Annabelle
      Fingersmith
      My Summer Of Love
      The Girl
      Desert Hearts
      Affinity
      Treading water
      It's in the water
      The gymnast
      Claire of the moon
      The Truth About Jane
      The investigator
      Zebra Lounge
      Wild Things
      Tipping the Velvet
      Nina’s heavenly delights
      when night is falling
      Aimée and Jaguar
      The Monkey's Mask
      Itty Bitty Titty Committee
      Finn's Girl
      All over me
      Berlin Affair
      Girl Play
      Fire
      Miao Miao
      Love me if you can
      Les Filles Du Botanist
      American Crime
      Radio Corazón
      Haute Tension
      French Twist
      Butterfly Kiss
      April's Shower
      An Unexpected Love
      A mi madre le gustan las mujeres
      Les Biches
      Backstage
      Monster
      Blue Gate Crossing
      Clara's Summer
      Des parents pas comme les autres
      Two Sides of the Bed
      Brush up my sisters
      Mulholland Drive
      Hannah Free
      High Art
      Fried Green Tomatoes
      Lesbian Vampire Killers
      La Repetition

      ..:::TV::SHOWS:::..

      Glee - Santana Lopez and Brittany S. Pierce
      Grey's Anatomy - Callie Torrez and Arizona Robbins
      The L Word (of course) - Practically every character
      ER - Kerry Weaver and Kim Legaspi, Kerry Weaver and Sandy Lopez, Kerry Weaver and Courtney Brown
      Sugar Rush - Kim and Saint
      South of Nowhere - Spencer and Ashley
      The Real L Word
      Lip Service - Frankie and ...
      True Blood - Tara and ...
      Bones - Angela and Roxie (lasted for only 3 episodes, though)
      Desperate Housewives - Katherine and Robin
      Nip/Tuck - Liz and Olivia
      The OC - Marissa and Alex
      Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Willow and Tara

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Movie Releases 2013 Yahoo

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Anybody know any recent news about the Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters movie?
    I know that there is a release date(March 26 2013) and I read an somewhere that they might be filming this summer. I also read an article that they might be adding some parts of the books together for the movies. Does anybody know when they are scheduled to film, if they are joining parts of different books together, or any other news? Thanks:)!

    • ANSWER:
      phew. I saw an add that said it wasn't getting a sequel. I'm glad there's a sequel..... ( Now that I think about it, the article might've been bogus. It was from yahoo. They said Jumper 2 and I'm #4 wouldn't get sequels either and I'm bummed.

  2. QUESTION:
    I heard and saw some photos of the reboot of the reboot for Superman the movie what is going on and where may?
    I get more information I think it was about 6 months ago that I saw the update on yahoo.

    • ANSWER:
      well the cast is as follows

      Kevin Costner -- Pa Kent
      Diane Lane -- Ma Kent
      Henry Cavill -- CK/Superman
      Michael Shannon -- Zod
      Laurence Fishburne -- Perry
      Amy Adama -- Lois
      Russell Crowe -- Jor-El

      I'd imagine searches of them might generate info

      last I saw the film is scheduled for late 2012 release, having been moved up from original plans for Memorial Day 2013

  3. QUESTION:
    So what are your pre release thoughts on the newest Great Gatsby film?
    No film can truly be compared to the book form but what are your first impressions? A list leads, trailers suggest sharp filmography direction. It just made Yahoo's homepage as 14 in the list of most anticipated summer films ( http://movies.yahoo.com/blogs/movie-talk/25-most-anticipated-movies-summer-2013-165010353.html?page=all ). Will it spark renewed interest in this classic and high school curriculum stable or is the potential interest and popularity at risk of falling into the standard of just another excuse not to do homework? What are your predictions?
    http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/the-great-gatsby-2013/

    • ANSWER:
      I read this book for the first time last year, and I was really excited to hear they were making it into a movie. If it is well done (which I am hoping for), I think it will compliment the book wonderfully. It seemed to me when I read it that visual display would help me grasp the immensity of Gatsby's character, and emphasize the end of the book better. Here's hoping they do a good job of it!

  4. QUESTION:
    Do you think they will make the hunger games into a movie?
    I'm asking because I read the series and it was amazing!!!! Please tell me

    • ANSWER:
      Expected release date: 2013
      Source: Internet Movie DataBase
      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1392170/

      For more online info on The Hunger Games movie, all you need to do is conduct a search using your favorite search engine (Yahoo, Google, Bing, etc.) using this strategy -- nesting the name of the movie in quotation marks as shown:
      "The Hunger Games" movie

      This is a link to what I came up with using that strategy:
      http://www.google.com/search?q=%22the+hunger+games%22+movie&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a#q=%22the+hunger+games%22+movie&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=u4F&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&prmd=ivnsu&source=univ&tbs=nws:1&tbo=u&ei=0V8zTbbjGYScgQfhuqGECw&sa=X&oi=news_group&ct=title&resnum=6&ved=0CE8QqAIwBQ&fp=c354f9114ff0028e

      Best wishes

  5. QUESTION:
    Breaking News: The World will end in 2012: Astro Physicist Michio Kaku revealed?
    A super powerful Solar Storm will release from the sun that will hit the Earth and this is more devastating than what happened in 1859. Its a disaster.

    The Mayans Predictions is correct!

    • ANSWER:
      2012 is nothing but BULLSHIT and NONSENSE!

      Nothing will happen in 2012 that didn't happen in 2011 and won't happen in 2013. IT IS A SCAM… A HOAX… Bullshit used to sell books and movie ticket! NOTHING will happen in 2012 that won't happen in 2011 and 2013. Stupid, gullible people will believe anything... This is another Y2K and Bible Code.

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      Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Penn & Teller: The End Of The World:
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      Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ A Brief History of the Apocalypse
      2800 BC - today...
      http://www.abhota.info/end1.htm

      Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ World to End in 2012 (Check Back for Updates)
      http://www.livescience.com/strangenews/080508-bad-doomsday.html

      Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ World to End in 2012: A Hoax Gone Too Far?
      http://www.livescience.com/strangenews/090614-end-of-the-world-hoax.html

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      http://www.livescience.com/strangenews/090615-earth-doomsday-2012.html

      The End Is Coming in '2012'?
      http://movies.yahoo.com/feature/2012-roland-emmerich.html
      Few people have destroyed the world more than Roland Emmerich. In his mega-hit "Independence Day," aliens laid waste to pretty much every metropolitan center on the planet, and in his eco-thriller "The Day After Tomorrow," much of the northern hemisphere finds itself buried under ice. In his third crack at presenting the apocalypse, this fall's "2012," Emmerich taps into the angst of thousands of astrologers, doomsday enthusiasts, and conspiracy theorists who fear that a massive cataclysm will strike the earth on December 21 of that year. Yet unlike previous dates tied to the Earth's expiration, this one has its roots in various sources throughout history including interpretations of the Mayan calendar, astrology, and the ancient Chinese fortune-telling text the "I-Ching."

      Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Nibiru and Doomsday 2012: Questions and Answers
      http://astrobiology.nasa.gov/ask-an-astrobiologist/intro/nibiru-and-doomsday-2012-questions-and-answers

      Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ The End is Nigh -- Again: Scientists Say 'No Way' to Solar Tidal Doom
      http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/solarsystem/planet_alignment_000309.html

      Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ The Planet X Saga: Introduction
      http://www.badastronomy.com/bad/misc/planetx/

      Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ 'Parowan Prophet' Predicts U.S. Will Be Nuked by Christmas
      http://www.livescience.com/strangenews/081215-parowan-prophet.html
      -> posted: 15 December 2008 08:46 am ET <- CHECK THE DATE... Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ 06/06/06: Another Date with Para-Science http://www.livescience.com/history/060525_numbers_game.html Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ The Psychology of 'Knowing' http://www.livescience.com/culture/090319-bad-movie-knowing.html Though the plot is fictional, this scenario has occurred many times in the real world. In 1997 Michael Drosnin published a best-selling book titled "The Bible Code," in which he claimed that the Bible contained a code (hidden in numbers and letters) accurately predicting past world events. Drosnin's work was later refuted, with critics demonstrating that the "meanings" he found were simply the result of selectively choosing data sets from a vast sea of random letters. Similar "hidden codes" were found in other books such as "Moby Dick" and "War and Peace," demonstrating that any sizeable text can produce such codes if you look long enough. In psychology, the tendency for the human mind to find coincidences, patterns, and connections in random data is called apophenia. Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Apophenia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apophenia Apophenia is the experience of seeing patterns or connections in random or meaningless data. The term was coined in 1958 by Klaus Conrad,[1] who defined it as the "unmotivated seeing of connections" accompanied by a "specific experience of an abnormal meaningfulness". Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Open-mindedness http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T69TOuqaqXI&feature=channel_page Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ The problem with anecdotes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPqerbz8KDc&feature=channel_page Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ The Superstitious Pigeon http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f15PNrk94kg&feature=channel_page ~*~ NOT SOLICITATION ~*~ DOCUMENTATION ~*~ ❀ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ❀♥❀ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ❀♥❀ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ❀♥❀ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ❀♥❀ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ❀♥❀ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ❀♥❀Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ❀

  6. QUESTION:
    What do you think of the 2013 Oscar Nominees?
    Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards was announced today. Lincoln tops the list with 12 nods. With the nominations released, what do you think of this year's nominees? Do you think anyone or a movie got snubbed? Share with us your thoughts!

    See the full list: http://movies.yahoo.com/blogs/2013-oscars/2013-oscar-nominations-announcement-223312562.html

    • ANSWER:
      Kind of surprised that Perks of Being a Wallflower didn't make it, considering it was better than the majority of the movies listed there. I guess the "teen movies" are always under-rated.

  7. QUESTION:
    Batman/Superman possible DC movie in a couple years?
    I've been looking at Batman vs Superman who would win on yahoo answers, and it may be tiring to Superman and Batman fans. I, myself, would love if Batman/Superman would team up for a DC movie. In my mind, it would take a couple years to consider once the "Man Of Steel" releases out on theaters and it may or may not ever come out. I'm not sure why not it wouldn't, unless Bale and Cavil aren't up to that. I'm a huge Batman fan, I would hope their would be a Batman Superman team up to see in live action for once. Does anyone have any thoughts on that? Wouldn't anybody want to see a really, I mean really epic film & such awesome action scenes? I'd also like Bale to be more an investigator and speak with more intelligence, than his three Batman films. I would like Superman to be more reliable, when Batman is in trouble when he needs help. I believe making a film like this would take a good couple years to make or more if that, does anyone agree on that?

    • ANSWER:
      as it stands I believe they are Looking at Man of Steel in 2013... possibly leading to one or More sequels depending on Box office and Hollywood temperment

      and from what I understand they are considering a Justice League Movie (franchise?) last I read it was to Include Henry Cavill, making it part of the Universe introduced in Man of Steel

      any project whether Justice League or Bats V Supes would at the very least give us a New Batman... and with Nolan Producing Superman (and likely any film set in that Universe) expect a good 5 year wait on a Bat-Recast, if only as a pallette cleanser, to avoid unwarranted comparisons to Bale

  8. QUESTION:
    When will the movie "Catching Fire" come out?!?!?
    I've read the first 2 hunger games books The Hunger Games and Catching Fire and I'm soon going to be reading Mocking Jay. I've seen The Hunger Games movie and I'm Getting really inpatient because they havn't released the Catching Fire movie yet. If anyone knows when it will be out, PLEASEEEE let me know asap. :))
    Thank youu 😀

    • ANSWER:
      "Lionsgate announced that a film adaption of Catching Fire will be released November 22, 2013,[18] as a sequel to the film adaption of The Hunger Games, which was released March 23, 2012."

      So, November 2013 it is!
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20120328070221AA3Svn1
      Catching Fire will be in theaters on November 21st, 2013 in Argentina, Hong Kong and Italy.

      Catching Fire will be in theaters on November 22nd, 2013 in Australia, Denmark, Ireland, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.

      Catching Fire will be in theaters in France on November 27th, 2013 and on November 28th in Germany.

      We do not know when the movie will be available on DVD or Blu-Ray.
      http://wiki.answers.com/Q/When_is_the_movie_catching_fire_coming_out

  9. QUESTION:
    What locations is the movie "Stoker" in theaters?
    The movie "Stoker" was released on March 1, 2013 in limited theaters. I was wondering does anyone know in what locations or the states it will be in theaters? I want to watch this movie soooo bad!

    Any answers are greatly appreciated! Thanks!

    Here is the description to the movie: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/stoker_2013/

    • ANSWER:
      enter where you live here and it will tell you the where it's playing by you http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/stoker/showtimes/
      If you live far away from a theater playing it though it will come up blank I don't know where you live but there a bunch of theaters playing it in NY City.
      If you tell me what state you live in I could probably give you better results.

  10. QUESTION:
    When will Green Day's next album come out?
    i heard it would come out in spring 2012 and be named American Idiot II, but it's just a rumor.

    and when is the American Idiot the musical supposed to be made into a movie?

    I heard it would come out 7/13/13 and be directed by Tom Hanks, but it's just a rumor to.

    so if you know please answer!! thanks!!

    • ANSWER:
      Billie Joe has confirmed that a Green Day album is in the works and could come out sometime in 2012. They have been releasing a lot of new songs, some of which were on the stolen record "Cigarettes and Valentines." No word yet on the exact date or title of the album.
      As for the American Idiot movie, that is a definite yes. The movie will come out in 2013 with Tom Hanks as the director.
      If you want any more information, feel free to email me! I am a huge Green Day fan. (:
      HJohnson1213@yahoo.com

  11. QUESTION:
    A question for all of you fellow Star Trek fans out there?
    How many episodes were there in all 6 series (including the animated series) and how many movies are there (including 2009's Star Trek)?

    • ANSWER:
      I believe there are 727 films and episodes: I got this information from a detailed Yahoo! answerer called Flash Kellam at this page: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110203024857AAPi3wT.
      Specifically, summing up his incredibly detailed answer:
      There are 11 star trek films, and a 12th one (Star trek into darkness) scheduled to be released in May 2013.
      There are 716 star trek tv episodes (including animated series).

      Breaking the films down by which series they are based on:
      6 were from Star Trek: TOS.
      4 from Star Trek: TNG
      1 is an "alternate universe from going back in time to alter history" type of movie.

      Breaking down the series:

      Star Trek: TOS - 80 episodes

      Star Trek: TAS - 22

      Star Trek: TNG -176

      Star Trek: DS9 - 173

      Star Trek: VOY - 168

      Star Trek: ENT - 97

  12. QUESTION:
    Which is Better ( Plz answer )?
    I'm starting a Indie Game Company. Which name way is better

    ColdHazard Software Entertainment
    ColdHazard Entertainment
    ColdHazard Software
    ColdHazard Studios
    ColdHazard Games
    ColdHazard Game Studios
    CHS Entertainment

    Thank You

    P.S: We announced are upcomng RPG game for IOS/Android. Release Date Jan 2013, Are you excited.

    Have Any Ideas for Future Games Releases, Email Us at : coldhazardp@yahoo.com , We will take in your ideas and see if we could come up with something

    • ANSWER:
      Studios to me sound more like photo shoots and movies rather than games.
      If your just making games for things like smart-phones and stuff, then ColdHazard Games. makes more sense to the mindless masses that you have something to do with games.
      Use ColdHazard Entertainment or CHS Entertainment if you're looking to do more professional type, like releasing games on multiple platforms like PC, Xbox, Playstation.

  13. QUESTION:
    Naruto road to ninja?
    Hey guys! I know it's being released on the 28th of July in Japan, but does anyone have any idea when there'd be an online subbed release? All answers are much appreciated! Thanks in advance, I'm so exited about the movie it looks great, Im looking forward to seeing Hinata, what do you guys think it'll be like? X thanks again 😀

    • ANSWER:
      I asked the very same question here:

      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AiGmrUJdY0G_Se4hqEVnN.zsy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20120628121922AANdz1x

      I was told that a subbed version online would be available probably in April of 2013. I know it's a long wait but we have no other choice.

      The movie is supposed to be an alternate retailing of the story where Naruto's parents are still alive and the characters personality are the opposite of what they usually are. Hence, Hinata in this movie is going to be outgoing and agressive instead of her usual shy and timid self.

      The story for the movie is said to have been both drawn and written by Kishimoto himself!! I can't wait to see it.

  14. QUESTION:
    Most anticipated anime of 2013?
    What animes next year are people most looking forwards to?

    (Btw can people cast votes on this question. Would be highly appreciated):
    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Ar1W9wTfmXqBPh3lBV4HgXrty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20121001232319AAH6VLe
    Wow there was identical vote cheating on these questions too. please vote
    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20121001230358AA5XXJY

    In this one the guy cut/paste part of the other answer itself, then vote stacked.
    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20121001234754AAKJvFo
    On that last one I'm beyond mad. Plagiarism THEN vote cheating. Can people report the plagiarized answer as a clear breach of the rules: warning contains spoilers for Gurren Lagann.

    • ANSWER:
      My most anticipated anime next year

      > The last 2 episodes of Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn
      > Evangelion 4.0, they say this will be the final movie, but well, looking forward to the third movie in November 2012 first..
      > Kizumonogatari movie (prequel to Bakemonogatari)
      > The next OVAs of Code Geass: Boukoku no Akito (the first episode released some time ago looks compromising, looking forward to the next episode)

  15. QUESTION:
    my bottom teeth hurt all the time. help?
    they randomly started hurting a few days ago, and now their kinda crooked. they hurt really bad, and i have no teeth coming in. im only 13 btw.. its saturday and they started hurting last sunday...so almost a week. they were straight sunday, and now, thetwo front bottom teeth are turning in. it hurts really bad....any answers on why this is happening?!

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      When is the blue exorcist (ao no exorcist) movie coming to america?
      or at least online some where subbed or dubbed (i don't care) i just want to watch it so bad! i know it has already released in japan on dec. 28, at least in theaters over there. thanks informed people (couldn't really find anything on the internet)
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      It is not licensed so there are no plans for it to be released in the US. It won't be available online until it comes out on DVD in Japan, and that won't be happening for a while.
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  16. QUESTION:
    Will there be a 28 months later?
    3 years back it said it was being made but not for a short time last yahoo question was 5 years back now im asking in 2013 WERE THE FUCK IS IT? is going to be 3 hours long with awesome effects what has it been cancelled what (if your going to link dont link 2-3 year old stuff unless it says it WILL be released sometime soon Please tell me

    • ANSWER:
      It seems to be that Danny Boyle has said he would like to direct "28 months later" if the movie was to be made but other than that there is no definite plan to do a third movie. In fact writer Alex Garland has said that as far as he knows there is no plans to do a third movie.

      So whilst a few years back we had the rumours they seem to have sprung from Boyle saying he would like to direct a third movie if it was being made rather than saying there would be a thrid movie.

  17. QUESTION:
    Which of these phones? And which of these contracts?
    So I am looking to get a new phone on a contract and though I know a bit about the hardware of the phones I have not had more than five mins with each of them so I am not sure if there are any outlining problems or advantages with each of them. So anyway the phones that I am choosing between are the IPhone 4, the Nokia Lumia 820, the HTC 8X or The galaxy s3. currently my favourites are the two windows phones but that is aisle by the first appearances.

    There are also two contracts I can choose between, one a £16 a month with 75 texts and mins and 250 mb of data or there is a £21 month one with 125 mins and unlimited texts and data.

    Now I know that £5 a month does not seem to much more to pay but I only get £24 a month so you know I can't spend massive amounts of money on a contract and the £5 is quite a bit to me to save. Each phone costs about £40 more on the £16 contract on the initial charge. Thee data will be used for mild Internet browsing and the odd youtube video.

    Any replies are appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      IP4
      I have just gotten of the floor and due to hysteria I appear to have lost a body part

      reject HTC 8X as same problem as Lumia 920 Appleseque
      NO MICROSD EXPANSION NO REMOVABLE BATTERY, so whilst liking Nokia, the 820 is the more
      versatile of the two phones but you lose on display

      There is a reason why these are required

      The SGS III is Quad Core, the Lumia 820 is Windows and Dual Core, the 820 unlike its big brother is NOT applesque,[and it does add to profits if you sell a whole new phone, rather than a memory card]. The 820 has BOTH MICROSD EXPANSION & REMOVABLE BATTERY

      It is not for us to tell you, what contract is or is NOT good, it is down to the maths based on what allowances you want

      the SGS III would be the best phone overall in many selections but you are not losing out, pay more get more, but is has to be the best so. here is te comparison
      http://www.gsmarena.com/compare.php3?idPhone1=4968&idPhone2=4238

      re iPhones
      Iphone5 " The Best Ever iPhone" has 1.2Ghz Dual Core Processor same as SGS II Multi ! award winning phone , 18 MONTHS AFTER!
      Note Source http://finance.yahoo.com/news/8-things-the-iphone-5-still-can-t-do.html
      http://www.itproportal.com/2012/09/06/8gb-iphone-4s-version-be-introduced-iphone-5-launch/#ixzz2E

      Why IP4 would make for a good Indiana Jones movie....
      iphone 4 DISCONTINUED IN 2013
      On 12/09/2012 Apple released iPhone5 it also dropped IP 3GS
      Apple only support last 3 Iphones, so later in 2013 releases IP6 drops IP4

      IPhone4 8Gb Single Core. the IP4 distinction in iPhone history is due to the fact it was the FIRST iPhone in 2010 to have Camera Flash

      I need to get to a hospital so they can reattach

  18. QUESTION:
    The astronomy/hoax of 2012 true?
    I know the movie is coming out and shows many of events happening... I also read the article that was posted on the front page of Yahoo as well saying that all the Mayans are saying that the predictions of their doomsday is false. The people who try to argue the point they say are westernized countries. But is there any thing out there that might point to something? I know the stories about Nibiru (Planet X), a quick pole shift, an alignment in the galaxy? Is there anything out there that will happen? How come these cannot happen? Someone please explain how the 2012 thing is all a hoax?
    I also see sponsor sites on the side that says "the truth about 2012 revealed".... conspiracies or hoax?

    • ANSWER:
      The claimed 2012 doomsday is a hoax. Everything the scam artists are saying about 2012 is utterly false.

      The Mayan calendar doesn't end, it just recycles. The Maya didn't predict anything for 2012. They didn’t make prophecies and the end of one cycle and start of another was an event to celebrate.

      The people talking about all the signs of the end times are happening now don’t realize that they have been happening throughout history.

      The History Channel doomsday schlockumentary is all lies, half truths, and wild speculation.
      There were no ancient prophecies concerning 2012. Nostradamus never mentioned it. No one predicted it before the hoaxers started claiming it. This was after their 2003 doomsday failed to occur on schedule and they needed to keep selling their books and assorted doomsday garbage.

      None of it is said or supported by scientists.

      All the claimed astronomical events are either impossible or have no effect on us.

      The Solar maximum is now expected to occur in May 2013 and to be less energetic than average. It could interfere with electronics and communications.

      We aren't going to have any alignments aside from the apparent alignment that occurs every year at the December solstice.

      Geomagnetic reversal (polar reversal) takes hundreds to thousands of years to occur. We wouldn’t even feel it happening.

      Nibiru doesn't exist. It came from Z. Sitchen's misinterpretation of ancient Sumerian references to the planet Jupiter. Even Sitchen didn't claim it would come back in 2012 (he said 2085). Nancy Lieder, who hears aliens in her head and originally said her "Planet X" would be here in 2003) took over Sitchen's imaginary planet and changed her doomsday date to 2012 when her original prediction failed.

      The Institute for Human Continuity isn’t a real organization. It is a website advertising the movie 2012. It is run by Sony Pictures and if you look around on the site, you will find that the “Press Releases” are all about characters in the movie. It is all fictional.

      That covers most of the absurd claims. The world will still be here after 2012, along with most of us. For a more thorough explanation of each claim and why it isn't true, see this website. Unlike the doomsday sites, they aren't selling anything, just telling the truth about the hoax.

  19. QUESTION:
    American Income Tax Question?
    I recently answered somebodies tax question advising them to watch the Aaron Russo (Trading Places/The Rose) movie "America Freedom to Fascism" which had some interesting information about how income tax in America is an illegal tax and so on. I advised them to do some research on the matter and check whether it was legally correct in order to avoid paying any tax unnecessarily.

    My answer was reported and deleted. Upon appeal it was re-instated by Yahoo and then someone reported it again and it got removed again - no emails or chance to appeal this time. I used a friends account to repost my answer again and got best answer. Made a little quip about having the last laugh and then the whole question was deleted. This smells very fishy indeed to me, much like the person who reported it (thats about as close as I can get away with to the insult I actually mean to say)

    So my question is this, is income tax in America illegal and would you pay it if it was NOT legal? And why am I being supressed for advising someone to avoid as much tax as possible? People are employed in this function by big business looking to maximise their profits.

    Here is the movie clip I am referring to....


    Well, I am not American, so it doesn't apply to me anyway. This particular clip is about a juror who aquitted a man for not filing income tax. The judge refused to show them the law regarding that he MUST file his income tax. Why would a judge not oblige the jury on the matter? I have seen at least two prominent IRS reps on video clips totally dodge the question on calling it a legal tax. Why? Surely they can quite simply quote a law instead of dodging the bullets and avoiding the question. It makes me think there is something in it. The IRS site labelled all this as "frivolous". Their is nothing illegal about being "frivolous", why not just say it is illegal to do this?
    Bostonian - Well I did was advise as much tax avoidance (legal) - not evasion as possible and to check out the content of the video to see if it was legal. So I did not encourage any law breaking at all. This is why I was angry about the answer being deleted. Regarding your quip on the Nigerian 419 scam, if you have not already I recommend you google about people who have actually scammed the scammers - there are whole websites dedicated to it. Some people have even managed to take things far enough to convince them to get flights to "meet them"at various places. Interesting stories for sure.

    • ANSWER:
      That movie is about as factual as Snow White or Cinderella. The difference is that Snow White and Cinderella are reasonably entertaining.

      That juror was lying. Period! Before charging a jury a judge ALWAYS references the relevant law and typically makes copies of the relevant sections of the law available to the jury for use in their deliberations. Any first year law student can tell you that, as well as anyone who has ever served on a jury. (And I've served on four so I can attest first-hand as to how the proceedings basically operate.)

      While it is true that a FEW people brought up on criminal charges have dodged the bullet on criminal conviction, every one of them LOST the civil case. It's a common expression in American jurisprudence that "Ignorance of the law is no excuse" but interestingly that does not apply in federal tax prosecutions. That's how a few folks have avoided CRIMINAL convictions -- they satisfied a jury that they were too stupid to understand that they were supposed to file tax returns and pay taxes. Even an attorney -- Tommy Crier -- pulled that one off successfully. Mr Crier LOST the civil case and paid his taxes, however. It should be noted that Mr Crier's total costs, including the taxes, penalties and interest as well as his legal fees and court costs were about TEN TIMES the original tax bill. Maybe Mr Crier really was that stupid, and he was an attorney in Louisiana...

      One well-known person who was not so lucky is Wesley Snipes. He's currently serving a 3 year sentence in a federal prison and is scheduled to be releases in July of 2013.

      A couple of former IRS agents have been sent to prison for failure to pay taxes and for counseling others that they didn't need to pay taxes. One of the better known ones is Sherry Peel Jackson. Don't bother with her blog or YouTube channel -- it's getting her in trouble again with the authorities. Instead, google her trial transcript for some reading of the FACTS in the case. She and many other Tax Kooks have used edited extracts taken out of context from the trial transcript to try to make there case in the court of public opinion, but taken in context it's plain to see what is going on and that her trial was fair and her conviction was entirely warranted. Do note the judge's instructions to the jury on the relevant matters of law. It's all there in the transcript.

      Mr Russo obviously never read the US Constitution. Article 1, Section 8, grants Congress unfettered power to tax, stipulating only that taxes must be applied uniformly nation-wide. In other words, my federal income tax must be the same regardless of what state that I live in, all else being equal as well. Feel free to Google Article 1, Section 8 if you wish to read it as originally written.

      The actual law is Title 26 of the US Code. Here's one link, right from the source that wrote it, the US House of Representatives: http://uscode.house.gov/download/title_26.shtml . That can be pretty heavy reading, so the Cornell Law Library has one that is easier to read here: http://uscode.house.gov/download/title_26.shtml

      BTW, a lot of tax protestor crap does get deleted since it's nothing more than rants at best, or worse, counseling illegal tax evasion.

      You should also note that Mr Russo, a one-time award-winning producer, died penniless due to his troubles with the IRS and left a nightmare for his family to unwind after his passing.

      Finally, filing a frivolous return IS illegal. That can draw a ,000 administrative penalty from the IRS. Trying to take the same matter to court will pull a fine of up to ,000 for wasting the court's time on matters of well-settled law. I recall one idiot trying that in the Tax Court and walking away 0,000 poorer after raising frivolous matters in defense half a dozen times.

  20. QUESTION:
    Is this the right time to get Vista?
    When Vista came out, I wasn't planning on getting it for a few months. But now it has been released for a a year and a half, and with updates and all, how is it performing?

    I remember all the criticism it had received months after release, about it being slow, or being virus prone and having bugs.
    I will be a freshman in High School this fall, and I will be in a communications magnet. This includes broadcasting and such. I believe that to mean video editing and I am not sure what that is supposed to mean for my computer. What I do on the computer:
    Youtube (Watch videos)
    News, myspace, browse the internet, Yahoo!
    Flash games such as on "Addictinggames.com" or "Studentfreestuff.com"
    School projects and homework
    And if anybody has been in a communications magnet, I will probably be doing some video editing and such. Windows Movie Maker material.

    Can somebody help me with what components I might need, please check the following for choices:
    http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&oc=DNDOPM1&s=dhs

    • ANSWER:
      Microsoft is supporting windows XP until 2013 or 2014 i believe, and XP had higher acclaim than Vista is currently receiving. If you already have XP, then i suggest you dont have to upgrade. Otherwise, go for Vista as you can no longer purchase XP from retail stores. If you are upgrading your operating system to Vista, make sure to follow the minimum system requirements on the box or you will NOT like Vista at all =)

      For the Dell laptop, take the processor with the largest cache (L2) as it will increase your performance significantly.

  21. QUESTION:
    2013: Hands of Stone the Movie?
    What do you think?

    Gael Garcia Bernal as Duran
    Usher as Sugar Ray
    Pacino or maybe De Niro as Arcel

    Who do you want to play rather than these guys?

    Any thoughts, thanks!
    http://thefilmstage.com/news/usher-raymond-cast-as-sugar-ray-leonard-in-hands-of-stone-robert-de-niro-to-co-star/

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds great to me. Mark Wahlberg played a great Micky Ward and Will Smith
      played a great Muhammad Ali. I believe that filming starts sometime this year in
      2012 and the movie is scheduled to be released sometime next year in 2013. @
      Vino: Bro answer my questions about boxing when you get a chance thank you.

      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AgcMdAzCCRc4Rydh2hXFY3Psy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20120326232912AAHgkxL

      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AjxLQcLwOO0uiZ_CpFPHpC_sy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20120330210310AAxeBzq

      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AoBTAoGYkSnxHUR3IWlIA5Hsy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20120401082900AA1Ll6g

  22. QUESTION:
    Will there be a new Naruto in 2013?

    • ANSWER:
      if you're talking about manga chapters then yes...they come out every wednesday or thursday
      http://www.mangahere.com/manga/naruto/

      if ur talking about new episodes then yes...new shippuden episodes come out every thursday
      http://www.narutoget.com/naruto-shippuden-episodes/

      if ur talking about a new movie then yes...its releasing in April 2013
      http://www.narutoget.com/watch/956-naruto-shippuden-movie-6-road-to-ninja/

      if ur talking about a whole new series(naruto akippuden) then no...thats just a rumour...there has been no news from the orginal creators
      https://www.google.com.pk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&ved=0CDsQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fnarutoakkipuden.wikia.com%2F&ei=kZAsUaWEKIeGtAbf8IGICw&usg=AFQjCNHt6YzebPB6lFF9Eg-OTMXl6EPTXQ&sig2=so0TtR7daWSIgAugTWf9gw
      https://www.google.com.pk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CC0QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fanswers.yahoo.com%2Fquestion%2Findex%3Fqid%3D20120213052744AAGqMC4&ei=kZAsUaWEKIeGtAbf8IGICw&usg=AFQjCNG6QgI3sA7TMO7V5weOoOdh2Ul9lw&sig2=J5H9_DWwgEMluB9t2BZCUA


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  1. QUESTION:
    what is the best way to stream movies on a ps3?
    I have Netflix but am thinking of getting rid of it and getting a different service with more selections or adding another service to watch TV shows. I know that netflix works but what some other good companies or sites that work on the PS3? Do Hulu and Amazon work? I don't have the PS3 yet and am not an experienced user so I need something relatively easy to figure out haha.

    • ANSWER:
      PS3 only supports Hulu Plus. I haven't yet found a set-top box that supports plain old Hulu unfortunately.

      However, I've been using TVersity Pro on my PC to send a stream to the PS3.

      TVersity basically takes any form of media and just streams it to your PS3, 360, or other set-top box. It will re-encode the data into a format that your device can understand. This is great since the PS3's video support is pretty small.

      To use TVersity, you will need a PC, a PS3, and a fast home network. I do not recommend using the PS3's wireless adapter. Its antenna is not very good, and has trouble getting a strong signal from the router compared to my (ancient) laptop that's in the same room. A weak signal will cause problems hiccups with streaming. I used to get problems with TVersity and the PS3 until I put the PS3 on a wired connection. Much better.

      You will install TVersity on your PC and use it as your media server. The PS3 will detect TVersity automatically and display any media TVersity knows about. For instance, I added some shows to my queue on Hulu. Then I added my Hulu account to TVersity. Bam. Now the PS3 can see my Hulu queue. I select play and after a few seconds, the show starts up.

      Not bad for . The free version of TVersity does everything but allow you to add internet sources, so you'll probably want to get the Pro version like I did.

  2. QUESTION:
    What's the best tablet to get at an affordable cost?
    I'm looking into some tablets to get, I'm 15, I want the similarities of an iPad but at a lower price, I really like the kindle fire, but I want to know what else is out there that compares or is better. I want to stay under or around 200 dollars (that's why an iPad/iPad mini is out of the question) one with a camera and the ability to use it would be fantastic, it can be a front facing camera, but I noticed on either the kindle fire hd or the nexus 7 there wasn't a camera app and it could only be accessed through video chat/Skype or other apps like those. So any recommendations on a nice affordable tablet with these specifications? Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      You can access Skype on both devices and yes you can find few apps where you can reach the Front facing camera directly.

      Review from an user of both devices, should be helpful:
      http://www.amazon.com/review/R3N2A47ZWCNCY0/?_encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B0083PWAPW&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&nodeID=&tag=afkagrw-20

      Similar specs:
      - HD screen 1280*800
      - Storage: 16Gb
      - Same price
      - Cloud storage
      - Front facing HD camera

      Comments from an owner of both, should be helpful:
      http://www.amazon.com/review/R3N2A47ZWCNCY0/?_encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B0083PWAPW&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&nodeID=&tag=afkagrw-20

      Both are great. It depends on your preference.

      Kindle Fire HD has pros like:
      - Dual wifi antenna which makes it good for faster downloads and streaming
      - HDMI out
      - Digital dolby audio
      - Xray for movies
      - Amazon content and services. You can get better prices for good amount of stuff.

      Kindle Fire HD, Best price:
      http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0083PWAPW/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0083PWAPW&linkCode=as2&tag=afkagra-20

      Nexus 7 has pros like:
      - Quad core processor (Bit more power compared to 1.2Ghz dual core processor)
      - NFC support
      - GPS (Only Kindle 4G LTE version has it)
      - Android Jelly bean 4.1
      - Google play store (You can sideload apps on Kindle Fire from google play though )

      Tax included price for Nexus 7:
      http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009X3UW2G/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B009X3UW2G&linkCode=as2&tag=afkagra-20

      Conclusion:
      Kindle Fire HD is better for Movies/Tv shows/youtube streaming while Nexus 7 is more of a powerful tablet with direct access to lots of google play apps.. As I said you can sideload apps on Kindle Fire from google play

  3. QUESTION:
    Can I give my Roku 2 HD Wireless a boost for a better connection through my cable box?
    I recently purchased Roku 2 (Wireless/HD) and my wireless connection is listed as "fair" but it takes forever to load/stream a movie or a show on HBO GO & Netflix. Once it does load, it constantly has to reload or buffer and I haven't been even watch a whole movie or series episode do to the interruptions.
    Even though I'm connected through a wireless signal on my home network, I plugged a ethernet cable into the Roku and plugged into the back of my working cable box (hoping to boost the wireless signal and to better the internet connection). Will this help my better my connectivity issues?

    • ANSWER:
      Good Cat-5 ethernet cables are still faster and better in every way to even the best wifi signal. However internet speeds vary depending on where you live and you may just have a slow connection from the cable company. Check your speeds and compare them with national averages at speedtest.net then compare the upload and download speeds you get with what your cable company service is selling you and see if it matches up. If it doesnt than contact your cable company and complain. Ive known people who have complained when they realised they were not getting internet speeds any where near what they were supposed to be paying for and the cable company sent out a tech to run new lines from the pole because the current lines had alot of interference and that helped with their speeds. Also there may be nothing wrong with your speeds but you have too many devices using up bandwidth at the same time and thats why its slow. If thats the case then inquire about purchasing a higher teir internet package. Long story short, find out what your speeds are, see if they improve with a wired ethernet connection, find out the claimed speeds of the internet package your paying for, and see if the speeds match up. If your getting the speeds your paying for and its still too slow then you just need higher teir of internet service from your provider

  4. QUESTION:
    On IPhone 5 is it better to have 500mb internet on 4G or unlimited 3G to skype, browse and stream movies?
    I want to be able to facetime, skype, use twitter and make use of my phone and so if I use it on 3G T-mobile how bad would it affect me compared to 4G (500mb) ?

    • ANSWER:
      4G will give you very fast data that will allow you to do things like stream video to your device. A 60minute TV programme streamed to your device over 4G will use around 225MB of data. That is very nearly half the 500MB monthly data allowance.

      Facetime & Skype video calling will use around 180MB every 60 minutes and will work on either 3G or 4G. Twitter does not require a fast data connection so will work on either 4G or 3G.

      The other thing to consider is that EE's 4G network in the UK only has limited coverage at the moment. If you live/work/travel in one of the cities covered then great but if not then you might not be able to get a 4G signal anyway.

      4G is great but only worth the additional cost if you are going to actually use 4G's speed. But a 500MB monthly allowance for 4G will only allow you to watch just over 2 hours of streamed video per month which in my view is unrealistically low.

      4G only makes sense if you use services such as video data streaming, have a 4G signal where you live/work/travel and can pay for one of the more expensive bundles with a much higher monthly data allowance eg the £56 per month with 8GB.

      Another thing to bear in mind is that once you start using 4G your usage profile will probably change and you start to use more data intensive services like video. So even though you dont plan to use more than 500MB ,,, you probably will use more than 500MB !

      Whatever way I look at it 500MB seems an unrealistically low data limit for 4G.

  5. QUESTION:
    What's up with Netfilix splitting up and losing customers?
    I was just about to join them but i hear customers are fleeing and they're splitting up.

    Is this a bad time to join?

    • ANSWER:
      The CEO is afraid of missing shifts in technology, which is fine, but many think he's gone way too far the other way.

      Netflix is splitting into two. Netflix will remain as the name of the streaming-only service. The DVD service will be split off under the name Kwikster.

      While the future may really be in streaming, here's the problems right now:

      1: The majority of Americans don't have a broadband connection capable of supporting a streamed TV show, let alone, a movie in HD. In fact, a good portion of Americans don't even have broadband at all.

      2: Netflix's streaming library is fairly small compared to their DVD library, and fairly unpredictable. They're in constant battles over rights for shows and movies. Most notably is their deal with Starz, which will expire in February of 2012. Unless this is renewed, which is looking very shaky right now, fans of Netflix's streaming service will lose access to several big studios' titles - including Disney.

      3: As a streaming-only service, Netflix was a tough sell when compared to things like Hulu (free on PCs), Hulu Plus (/mo), HBO-To-Go, and even up and coming services from Comcast/Xfinity, DirecTV, and DishNetwork.

      4: As a DVD-only service, Kwikster faces tough competition from Redbox, whose /disc/night price is awfully tough to beat.

      The old combined Netflix service made sense. It kept the old DVD customers around while the streaming library came up to speed. At some point, yes, this split makes sense, but honestly, this isn't the time - especially in light of the recent 60% price hike in the middle of a recession.

      Furthermore, the CEO's attitude about physical media in general is way off target. DVD is going to be around at least another decade, and while I doubt blu-ray will ever overtake DVD, I don't see it going away any time either.

      It remains to be seen how this 2-sites, 1-company thing is going to work. Right now it sounds like customers who want both Netflix(streaming) and Kwikster(DVDs) will now see 2 separate charges on their credit cards, and will need to manage 2 separate accounts...and 2 separate queues? So does that mean if I wanted to stream a show from Netflix, only to find out it's not available, I'll have to hop over to Kwikster and add it to my queue over there? Talk about inconvenient.

      At the same time, there was mention that Kwikster would be (FINALLY!) adding video games to its library. No information about pricing or what sorts of games are going to be available has been released yet. Honestly, the best move for Kwikster would be to just outright buy Gamefly.

      Realistically this isn't the time to join. There's way too much shakiness right now, and at least for the meantime, there are equally good, if not better, alternatives for DVD-only or Streaming-only services. I'd wait 6 months for this split to occur and for them to shake out the inevitable bugs that are going to arise when they try to split their customer database. Trust me, you don't need the extra headaches.

  6. QUESTION:
    Can 2 wireless devices be on seperate router channels?
    I have an xbox 360 with Wireless N network adapter. My router is a Model 7500 Westell. What I was wondering was,

    Can my xbox 360 be on a different router channel than the wireless ruku or laptop? As soon as a laptop goes on or a movie streams, I get horrible xbox live lag. My xbox and other devices are on channel 6 and I want my xbox on channel 11 keeping the other devices on channel 6. Is that possible. Or would all devices move to channel 11?

    Will doing this cause my ISP to contact me, or my internet connection to shut off?

    What I would like to do is make it so that xbox live and ruku both operate smoothly without interfering with each other, or hogging bandwidth.

    Any ideas, or suggestions would be great. I dont really want to spend anymore money...

    • ANSWER:
      No, and it would not help if they could.

      Your wireless router speed and bandwidth capacity is not the problem.

      Let me explain:

      A fast wireless router or WiFi connection does not make your Internet faster.

      A wireless router connects two separate networks and manage the traffic between them.

      In most home network applications the router connects your local group of computers and devices known as the LAN with the Internet, commonly called the WAN or Wide Area Network.

      Your WAN speed is determined by your ISP and is measured in Mbps (Millions of bits per second).

      For example if you pay for a 3 Mbps DSL Internet connection, you will get 3 Mbps.

      No router will change your 3 Mbps Internet speed.

      This Internet connection bandwidth is shared by your entire LAN via your router.

      For example if you have a 3 Mbps DSL plan and one user is utilizing 2.5 Mbps of the bandwidth to stream a Netflix movie that only leaves 0.5 Mbps for all of the rest of the users on the LAN.

      Fast routers are designed to stream large files on your LAN quickly. The high speed routers permit fast transfer of files between devices connected to your LAN, however WAN speed is still limited by your ISP.

      Only way to get a faster Internet connection is to upgrade your plan or switch to a faster ISP.

      How fast is your Internet connection?

      You can test it here: http://speedtest.net

      Basic web browsing and simple online games can be done on practically any broadband connection, 1.5 Mbps is adequate.

      Streaming video such as YouTube and Netflix require at least 3 Mbps for smooth buffer free video. For HD Netflix you'll want 10 Mbps+.

      As you add devices that you want to operate simultaneously you need to increase the speed of the ISP plan.

      DSL is usually the cheapest broadband option, albeit the slowest.

      Standard DSL in rapidly being replaced by newer, faster technologies. DOCSIS 3.0 cable Internet has speeds up to a blazing 305 Mbps in certain areas. Fiber optic ADSL2+ and VDSL products are offered in excess of 100 Mbps.

      Google and Time Warner even have 1 Gbps fiber being installed, that's a whopping 1000 Mbps. http://isp1.us/blog/time-warner-brings-1-gbps-fiber-links-to-new-york/

      A lot will depend on what Internet providers are available in your specific area and what levels of service they offer in that location.

      To compare speed and prices of your local competitors, go to a ISP comparison site that lets you input your address, http://isp1.us/find/ and compare the pricing and terms of the offers that are available in your area.

      The physical address is needed because some services, particularly DSL, are very distance sensitive. For example you might be able to get a specific level of service while your next door neighbor can't.

      You'll want to pick the fastest plan that fits your budget. In some areas this can be 300 Mbps+. But these high end broadband plans are expensive. You may find that something in the 5 to 30 Mbps range might satisfy your needs at a much lower cost.

      Good Luck...

  7. QUESTION:
    Netflix movies still excluded from Xbox Live?
    I'd heard earlier this year that Sony pulled the permission for its movies to be streamed by Netflix on Xbox Live. Is this still true? How does the Netflix Xbox Live catalog of movies/shows compare to the physical catalog?

    • ANSWER:
      This was all fixed a year ago. No problems now.

      The Netflix Digital catalog is very limited compared to the physical mail based service. Companies must explicitly allow certain movies on the Digital platform. New release will definitely not arrive on the service for at least a week.

  8. QUESTION:
    What extra channels do you get with talktalk tv compared to ordinary freeview?

    • ANSWER:
      I recommend you forget talk talk TV.

      Get Talk Talk without TV just internet and line rental (not sure if they do half price internet anymore but get the best deal)

      Your money will be better spent like this -

      Get Netflix (to start one month free trail) then £6 a month after that no contract - movies, documentries, kids etc (also most of the content is HD)

      To watch on big screen - You can use your laptop and plug it directly into your TV to do this with an HDMI cable from the pound shop or a VGA cable (depending on how old your hardware is)

      A PS3 can also get Netflix or Lovefilm for instant streaming

      You can already get catch up TV on the internet now for free just search BBC i player if you want to watch it on a big sreen plug your PC or laptop into your TV as I have mentioned above or use a console such as PS3

      If your PC is upstairs and it is too much hassle to connect to your TV (If your TV is a smart TV you do not need one) you can buy a small box for around £50 you may get it cheaper and it is a one off charge for your TV here is an example

      http://www.advancetec.co.uk/netflix-and-bbc-iplayer-media-streamer-from-roku-lt-2400eu-internet-streamer.html

      I pay £26 per month for my movies internet and phone line and I can cancel netflix anytime to reduce that to £20

      Why pay more ive had Sky, Virgin and BT Vision and payed £30 - 50 a month for TV etc and still flicked through all the channels etc - get bored with netflix cancel it and move to lovefilm or another streaming service that is value for money as you arent locked into another contract with these services.

      Hope this helps

  9. QUESTION:
    What is the lowest hookup with Comcast internet?
    I'm trying to get the lowest hookup for Comcast Internet available. Does anyone have it? If so, how much are you paying? All I want is to get email and do research. I don't need game capabilities or anything else. Just email and an occasional "how to fix xyz at my house". Any suggestions?

    I am currently paying .00/month. It is probably high speed because my son plays video games on it, etc.

    • ANSWER:
      Comcast prices vary by geographical area. All Comcast plans use DOCSIS high speed cable Internet.

      The slowest speed that Comcast currently offers is called Economy and has 3 Mbps download speeds. The next fastest plan is called Performance and provides 20 Mbps, which at your current rate is likely what you have.

      Although 3 Mbps is fine for surfing and email for 1 or possibly 2 users, it is not sufficient for heavy usage that includes streaming video such as Netflix or for multiple simultaneous users.

      Let me explain:

      In most home network applications your router connects your local group of computers and devices known as the LAN with the Internet, commonly called the WAN or Wide Area Network.

      Your WAN speed is determined by your ISP and is measured in Mbps (Millions of bits per second).

      For example if you pay for a 3 Mbps Internet connection, you will get 3 Mbps.

      This Internet connection bandwidth is shared by your entire LAN via your router.

      If you have a 3 Mbps Internet plan and one user is utilizing 2.5 Mbps of the bandwidth to stream a Netflix movie that only leaves 0.5 Mbps for all of the rest of the users on the LAN.

      Only way to get a faster Internet connection is to upgrade your plan or switch to a faster ISP.

      INTERNET SPEEDS:

      How fast is your Internet connection?

      You can test it here: http://speedtest.net

      Basic web browsing and simple online games can be done on practically any broadband connection, 1.5 Mbps is adequate.

      Streaming video such as YouTube and Netflix require at least 3 Mbps for smooth buffer free video. For HD Netflix you'll want 10 Mbps+.

      As you add devices that you want to operate simultaneously you need to increase the speed of the ISP plan.

      DSL is usually the cheapest broadband option, albeit the slowest.

      Standard DSL in rapidly being replaced by newer, faster technologies. DOCSIS 3.0 cable Internet has speeds up to a blazing 305 Mbps in certain areas. Fiber optic ADSL2+ and VDSL products are offered in excess of 100 Mbps.

      Google and Time Warner even have 1 Gbps fiber being installed, that's a whopping 1000 Mbps. http://isp1.us/blog/time-warner-brings-1-gbps-fiber-links-to-new-york/

      A lot will depend on what Internet providers are available in your specific area and what levels of service they offer in that location.

      To compare speed and prices of your local competitors, go to a ISP comparison site that lets you input your address, http://isp1.us/find/ and compare the pricing and terms of the offers that are available in your area.

      The physical address is needed because some services, particularly DSL, are very distance sensitive. For example you might be able to get a specific level of service while your next door neighbor can't.

      You'll want to pick the fastest plan that fits your budget. In some areas this can be 300 Mbps+. But these high end broadband plans are expensive. You may find that something in the 5 to 30 Mbps range might satisfy your needs at a much lower cost.

      Good Luck...

  10. QUESTION:
    Can you listen to radio stations via the internet on the Blackberry Curve?
    I have alltel. Is the Curve better then the Samsung Delve? What else cool can you do on the Curve?

    • ANSWER:
      Full audio and Video streaming is available - over EDGE and Wifi i know for sure not too sure over generic GPS ... I would assume so though - try live365.com you might need to download the playlist as a temp file though.

      You mgiht be charged if you streem entire movies though dependent on your service provider.

      Te curve 8900 also has full and very fast GPRS Sat Nav! full range of IMS facebook, word pro, exel equivalents, PowerPoint equivalents, plus many many more, you can pretty much download any app you can think of for it - I must say I have looked at and used many smart phones and the best I have seen by far are the BB 8900 Curve and the Iphone - Althoguh the touch sreen I personally don't trust having used touch phones before, the Curve is also slightly smaller.
      Samsung phones can not compare in any respect to the lastest Black Berry ranges - although the storm! - noooooo Very bad reviews and a fair few returns from faulty touch screens as far as I am aware.

  11. QUESTION:
    Is the modem from comcast/time warner cable compatible for Optimum Online?
    I'm currently using Verizon DSL and the speed is utter crap 4 mbs compared to Optimum online which is 12-15 mbs.

    I've heard from people that having a good modem can increase your internet speed dramatically and many recommend the motorola SB6141 which I can get for , but I'm not sure if it works for Optimum online. Both of these company are for cable internet.

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on your tier of Optimum online service. The SB6141 is not compatible with Optimum Boost. Here is their list of Boost compatible cable modems. http://optimum.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1791/kw/compatable%20modems

      As far as speed goes a fast modem or router will usually not increase Internet speed with one exception.

      If you buy an older DOCSIS 2.0 model and you are paying for a speed tier over 20 Mbps. then you will probably not see the throughput that you should.

      Be sure to get a newer compatible DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem that supports bonded channels and will increase your cable Internet performance for high end speed tiers.

      That being said,

      A fast router or modem does not make your Internet faster.

      A router connects two separate networks and manage the traffic between them.

      In most home network applications the router connects your local group of computers and devices known as the LAN with the Internet, commonly called the WAN or Wide Area Network.

      Your WAN speed is determined by your ISP and is measured in Mbps (Millions of bits per second).

      If you pay for a 3 Mbps Internet connection, you will get 3 Mbps.

      No router or modem will change your 3 Mbps Internet speed. This connection bandwidth is shared by your entire LAN via your router.

      If you have a 3 Mbps Internet plan and one user is utilizing 2.5 Mbps of the bandwidth to stream a Netflix movie that only leaves 0.5 Mbps for all of the rest of the users on the LAN.

      If you have a wireless n laptop connected to a wireless n router at 150 Mbps and your Internet connection is 3 Mbps then the fastest Internet speed you can get is 3 Mbps, assuming no other users on your LAN are sharing the WAN connection at the time.

      Fast wireless routers and adapters are designed to stream large files on your LAN quickly. The high speed routers permit fast transfer of files between devices connected to your LAN, however WAN speed is still limited by your ISP.

      You can test your Internet (WAN) speed here: http://speedtest.net

      Only way to speed up Internet connection is to get a faster plan or ISP.

      You'll want to pick the fastest plan that fits your budget. In some areas this can be 300 Mbps+. But these high end broadband plans are expensive. You may find that something in the 5 to 30 Mbps range might satisfy your needs at a much lower cost.

      Good Luck..

  12. QUESTION:
    What are the good and bad points about the Ipad and Imac?
    Hey people. I was thinking what I want for my birthday and I was thinking of either an Ipad or an Imac. But now I cant make the decision. So what are the good and bad things about them?

    By the way, please dont leave comments saying that those things are too expensive to ask for birthday present. They dont help any.

    • ANSWER:
      You can't compare iMac to an iPad both are in deferent segments.

      iMac is spectacular desktop and iPad is amazing handheld gadget.

      I have iMac MacBook pro iPhone 3G S and iPad. I admit after getting iPad , use of MacBook Pro and iPhone has declined significantly. but iMac is unaffected.

      It's your birthday so go for more useful device and get iMac. And then wait for another occasion to demand iPad.

      iMac is a complete desktop so nothing is bad about it iPad is very close to a laptop but there are few things it can't do

      For example:

      You can't just visit a website and download software or plug ins.

      If you wanna fill some online forms, some online forms might not work properly on iPad.
      If you want watch online movies, you can easily watch on iPad but not every sites will play.
      Lack of camera means you can't do video chat.
      You can print the document through apps but it won't be as easy as you could do on a computer.
      You can connect camera and SD memory card directly to import photos and video but you can't import documents from SD cards.

      now things that iPad does better than computer

      Incredible battery life. It lasts forever even more than 10 hrs which was claimed by Steve jobs

      It's instant on. The time, computer takes to boot, is enough for an iPad to finish many works.

      You can create word document,spreadsheet and PowerPoint presentation faster and upload to WebDAV in a flash. Computer will take long time.

      Even WiFi only model give you exact location service.

      It can access your home computer and do jobs. It can even print documents from your computer.

      Watch movies on netflix and tv shows using abc player. You can watch movies online also. Many websites are streaming movies and tv shows to an iPad for Free.

      You can save email attachment to any app. The screen can be devised into 2 parts and you can perform two jobs side by side with app radio playing at background.

      Watching movie on iPad gives some kind of pleasure that is not possible on tv or laptop at least for me I love watching super scary movie on iPad under blanket. It's a total treat.

      I am writing too much because I love typing on iPad.

      My advise :: iPad is great but get iMac for birthday.

  13. QUESTION:
    What are some ways to connect your computer?
    I know you typically connect with

    dsl
    phone company cable like sprint
    TV cable company like bright house
    wireless using g4
    wireless using router
    wireless using wifi

    what else? and how are they available?

    • ANSWER:
      WiFi or a wireless router won't connect you to the Internet without a ISP WAN connection.

      Here is how it works,

      A router connects two separate networks and manage the traffic between them.

      A wireless router enables you to provide wireless (WiFi) Internet access to all of your WiFi enabled devices such as laptops, game consoles, cell phones and tablets, Streaming devices such as Roku boxes and Internet enabled TV and sound devices, etc.

      In most home network applications the router connects your local group of computers and devices known as the LAN with the Internet, commonly called the WAN or Wide Area Network.

      Without a ISP to provide the WAN connection, your home network devices can share files and resources via the router's LAN connections, but wont be able to access the Internet.

      You need a Internet plan from a ISP and a broadband modem or gateway to provide a connection to the ISP. This connection bandwidth is shared by your entire LAN via your router. For example if you have a 3 Mbps DSL plan and one user is utilizing 2 Mbps of the bandwidth to stream a Netflix movie that only leaves 1 Mbps for all of the rest of the users on the LAN.

      You need a ISP plan and some type of interface to access the Internet service provided by the ISP. A wireless router lets you share that connection with multiple devices via Ethernet and/or WiFi.

      Depending on your location, you can get several types of broadband Internet access. They include DSL, cable, fiber, satellite, and wireless from a cellular provider.

      Note: All Internet service options are not available in all areas.

      DSL is generally the cheapest broadband option, however it is also usually the slowest. DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) is a form of broadband Internet that is transmitted over standard twisted pair copper telephone lines. DSL speeds range from 256 Kbps to 12 Mbps depending on distance from the telephone company and plan that you purchase. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Subscriber_Line

      Cable - Cable Internet is a form of broadband Internet transmitted over coaxial television cables. Cable Internet speeds range from 1 Mbps to over 300 Mbps using newer DOCSIS 3.0 technology. The speed of the service depends on your exact area and service package that you order.

      Fiber - Newer ADSL2+ and VDSL services can be as fast as 1000 Mbps, usually transmitted on fiber optic cables and often combined with copper from the street to the house. Fiber connections can also provide on demand HD television and digital telephone service on the same line.

      There are also 3G and 4G wireless mobile broadband services and satellite Internet, but these are normally only used where Cable or DSL are unavailable due to the higher cost, slower speeds and low monthly bandwidth limits.

      A lot will depend on what Internet providers are available in your specific area and what levels of service they offer in that location.

      To compare your local competitors, go to a ISP comparison site that lets you input your address, http://isp1.us/find/ and compare the pricing and terms of the offers that are available in your area.

      The physical address is needed because some services, particularly DSL, are very distance sensitive. For example you might be able to get a specific level of service while your next door neighbor can't.

      You'll want to pick the fastest plan that fits your budget. In some areas this can be 300 Mbps+. But these high end broadband plans are expensive. You may find that something in the 10 to 30 Mbps range might satisfy your needs at a much lower cost.

      Good Luck...

  14. QUESTION:
    How can i optimize my broadband speed, internet speed, download speed, whatever it may be called.?
    I really just want to be able to increase my download rate, i have a Powerline adapter, so i have 1Gbps speed, but my download rate on steam and such still max at 2 mbps on a good day. I also have many tabs open, but even if i don't have any chrome tab open i still dont go over ~2mbps.
    EDIT: all mbps are meant to be MBps, Gbps is meant to be as is.

    • ANSWER:
      The first thing I would do is test the speed of your current Internet connection. Go to http://speedtest.net and test it. If your results are not what you are paying for from your Internet provider then call and complain.

      Internet speeds are measured in Mbps, which is millions of (bits) per second, not to be confused with MB/s which is millions of (bytes) per second.

      If you really have a 2 MBps download rate that would require a Internet connection of around 20 Mbps.

      There is really no way to accelerate an Internet connection, It is what it is.

      As far as Internet download speeds go,

      The 1 Gbps connection speeds are your LAN speed not your WAN speed from your broadband provider.

      You need to understand that you are connected to two networks when you connect to the Internet through a router.

      The first network is your LAN. This is the connection between your computer and your router. This is where the wireless G (54 Mbps) and wireless N (150 Mbps) speeds come into play.

      The LAN consists of all the computers and devices hooked to your router in your house. Connections will always default to the slowest device. For example if you have a wireless N router (150 Mbps) connected to a wireless G laptop (54 Mbps), then the laptop can communicate with the router at 54 Mbps. If you wanted to copy a file from your laptop to a desktop connected to your router via a Gigabit Ethernet (1000 Mbps) cable connection, then you could do that at the laptop's wireless G speed of 54 Mbps.

      Now for the WAN speed. The Internet is the other network connected to your router via your broadband modem.

      The Internet is a Wide Area Network or WAN. Your DSL or cable modem can communicate with your Internet provider at a maximum of (Your ISP Service Plan) Mbps. This connection bandwidth is shared by your entire LAN via your router. For example if you have a 3 Mbps DSL plan and one user is utilizing 2 Mbps of the bandwidth to stream a Netflix movie that only leaves 1 Mbps for all of the rest of the users on the LAN.

      I provide a much more detailed explanation here: http://isp1.us/article/internet-speeds/

      Only real way to increase download speed is to get a faster ISP.

      Standard DSL is rapidly being replaced by newer, faster technologies. DOCSIS 3.0 cable Internet http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DOCSIS has speeds up to a blazing 305 Mbps in certain areas. Fiber optic ADSL2+ and VDSL products are offered in excess of 100 Mbps.

      If you have DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Internet such as Comcast, Cox, TWC, etc. or fiber optic products such as At&t U-Verse or Verizon FiOS available in your area they would be faster options.

      A lot will depend on what Internet providers are available in your specific area and what levels of service they offer in that location.

      To compare your local competitors, go to a ISP comparison site that lets you input your address, http://isp1.us/find/ and compare the pricing and terms of the offers that are available in your area.

      The physical address is needed because some services, particularly DSL, are very distance sensitive. For example you might be able to get a specific level of service while your next door neighbor can't.

      You'll want to pick the fastest plan that fits your budget. In some areas this can be 300 Mbps+. But these high end broadband plans are expensive. You may find that something in the 10 to 30 Mbps range might satisfy your needs at a much lower cost.

      Good Luck...

  15. QUESTION:
    Can i subscribe DSL without having a phone jack in the house?
    i don't have a phone jack in the house but I need to subscribe to internet. Is there any way to do that? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      A DSL installer will install a jack for your modem.

      If you mean, do you need an active phone line for DSL the answer is, it depends.

      There are two kinds of DSL.

      1. Dry Loop DSL - Some DSL providers offer what is known as naked or dry DSL.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naked_DSL

      Any DSL connection still requires copper phone lines between the DSL modem and the phone company. What DRY DSL does is eliminate the need for a active phone line, thus reducing your cost.

      2. Standard DSL - (Digital Subscriber Line) is a form of broadband Internet that is transmitted over standard twisted pair copper telephone lines. DSL speeds range from 256 Kbps to 12 Mbps depending on distance from the telephone company and plan that you purchase. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Subscriber_Line

      You should have a good connection (preferably direct) between your DSL modem and your incoming telephone lines (Demarc Box). This connection should have no filters installed on it. All other active telephones and devices that use phone lines such as FAX machines satellite boxes, etc. should have DSL filters installed on them.

      In many locations DSL providers are dropping support for dry loop and forcing you to also have a active phone line.

      Standard DSL is rapidly being replaced by newer, faster technologies. DOCSIS 3.0 cable Internet has speeds up to a blazing 305 Mbps in certain areas. Fiber optic ADSL2+ and VDSL products are offered in excess of 100 Mbps.

      A lot will depend on what Internet providers are available in your specific area and what levels of service they offer in that location.

      To compare your local competitors, go to a ISP comparison site that lets you input your address, http://isp1.us/find/ and compare the pricing and terms of the offers that are available in your area.

      The physical address is needed because some services, particularly DSL, are very distance sensitive. For example you might be able to get a specific level of service while your next door neighbor can't.

      You'll want to pick the fastest plan that fits your budget. In some areas this can be 300 Mbps+. But these high end broadband plans are expensive. You may find that something in the 5 to 50 Mbps range might satisfy your needs at a much lower cost.

      Here is the FCC's minimum speed guide for various applications. http://www.fcc.gov/guides/broadband-speed-guide

      Remember that multiple users will require more speed.

      If you have a 3 Mbps Internet plan and one user is utilizing 2.5 Mbps of the bandwidth to stream a Netflix movie that only leaves 0.5 Mbps for all of the rest of the users on the LAN.

      Good Luck...

  16. QUESTION:
    How many gigs does Xbox live take up per month?
    I have verizon internet and have 5 Gs of internet every month. will i go over that if i get live? my family normally uses 2.5 a month. And How many gigs does live usually take up? like so longs is how much, or is it just so many for the profile and play as much as i want? or what? i don't really know how that works. Help me, and if i can get live i will play with you:D

    • ANSWER:
      Do you mean 5 GB of Data on the Internet? If you say your family uses 2.5 GB a month, look at what they are doing. Just using Email, surfing the web won't take up alot as compared to live streams and movies. If they are getting 2.5 while streaming/Downloading movies odds are you could play Live easily. If your getting there just using Email and such odds are Live will take you over five. Consider switching to a service that doesn't have a cap!

      tl'dr Maybe, maybe not. Get Comcast.

  17. QUESTION:
    Using my TV's Ethernet port to play ripped Blu-Ray movies directly from my computer?
    I would eventually like to start my collection of Blu-Rays, but I had an idea that instead of buying a Blu-Ray player and hooking it up to my TV, I would just buy a Blu-Ray writer for my PC and rip the movies to play directly from my computer. Would this work? How does the quality and performance compare as to playing it from the disk on a BR player?

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      What you need is a way of streaming media to your tv. You need to find out wether your tv accepts media servers...eg. servio, xbmc, plex. and does it use services like samba and or upnp. If yes then use your pc to stream files via either upnp samba to your tv with a one of the above programs ( there are more like mediatomb for linux.)

      The quallity will stay the same so long as you ripped the blueray without compressing or lowering quality.

      Just make sure the connection can stream fast enough for the film to buffer. I recomend using a direct LAN connection or homeplugs with a gigabit connection.

      Hope this helped.

  18. QUESTION:
    I'am going to buy an Xbox 360 Elite console. What are the pros and cons?
    I already have a 40Gb PS3 and I am thinking of buying an Xbox 360 Elite. I want to know the pros and cons so I can compare it against my PS3.

    • ANSWER:
      The only differences between the Xbox360 elite and the pro is the Hard Drive size, and the colour. Oh and the price too. Over the next couple of weeks there should be a price drop on the Pro version in the US to make way for a pro version with a 60GB hard drive.

      The key differences between your PS3 and your Xbox are that your Xbox requires you to pay for online play, but the service is a little better. More exclusive games are released on the Xbox360, including Left 4 Dead, Gears of War2, and Fable2. Notable games that are coming out for your PS3 include Resistance2, and Little Big Plannet. Games that are coming out for both systems include Fallout3, Mirrors Edge, and Final Fantasy XIII.

      The Red Ring of Death "RRoD" is a constant problem with about 33% of Xbox Pro consoles. However the Xbox elites are less prone to the problem (about 10%).

      Both Microsoft and Sony announced that they would improve their consoles by offering more downloadable movies, if you have a Netflix account you will be able to stream High Definintion movies to your console at no extra cost.

      By the end of the year the Xbox will have the option to save games to the Hard Drive, saving on loading times. The PS3 already has this feature.

  19. QUESTION:
    I'm going to buy tablet or ipad with wifi, which internet is cheapest in LA?
    We don't want to intall any device at my mom's place for the internet, since she doesn't know any thing about internet, if any problem, she doesn't know how to handle or reset. I am thinking if any service she can use at her place without any cable, she can use skype with me. She doesn't use it too much, maybe half hour per day only. Which service is cheapest for ipad or tablet wifi? Thank u so much.

    • ANSWER:
      What I use is a wireless mobile hotspot app on my smartphone.

      I just turn it on on the phone and can connect up to 8 wireless devices.

      You have to pay for a mobile data plan from your cellular provider.

      Be forewarned that most have low monthly data limits and buying more is expensive, so you wouldn't want to use it to stream a lot of Netflix movies or try and replace your home DSL or cable Internet service.

      I have a 6 GB shared family data plan and find that more than adequate, you'll have to monitor your mobile usage for a few months and upgrade or downgrade your data plan to match your usage.

      If you don't have a smartphone with wireless mobile hotspot capabilities you can get a separate portable mobile hotspot device such as the MiFi from your cellular provider. This will cost a little more because the device needs it's own account and number.

      Cellular mobile broadband is not intended to replace broadband DSL and Cable Internet services which usually have fair usage limits of 150 GB per month or more. Mobile broadband is designed for travelers and business people to get on the Internet when they're away from home, it was not intended for heavy download usage unless you have a big budget.

      Mobile Broadband plans are great for business or frequent travelers, but I wouldn't recommend it for home use. It is usually slower and more expensive than DSL or cable and comes with restrictive monthly bandwidth limits. For home use I'd stick with DSL or cable Internet.

      I personally use both. I use mobile broadband from Verizon using a wireless mobile hotspot app on my smartphone when I'm away from my high speed Cox cable Internet at home. If you run a business or need Internet access anywhere, this is a good option.The mobile Internet is convenient, but sucks compared to a high speed cable or DSL Internet service.

      Your best bet for a fixed location is to get a low cost DSL or cable Internet plan.

      DSL is usually the cheapest and also the slowest but still adequate for many users. Many DSL plans come with a gateway that is a combination DSL modem and wireless router in one enclosure.

      Many cable Internet systems use a separate cable modem and wireless router.

      A wireless router enables you to provide wireless (WiFi) Internet access to all of your WiFi enabled devices such as laptops, game consoles, cell phones and tablets, Streaming devices such as Roku boxes and Internet enabled TV and sound devices, etc.

      In most home network applications the router connects your local group of computers and devices known as the LAN with the Internet, commonly called the WAN or Wide Area Network.

      A lot will depend on what Internet providers are available in your specific area and what levels of service they offer in that location.

      To compare your local competitors, go to a ISP comparison site that lets you input your address, http://isp1.us/find/ and compare the pricing and terms of the offers that are available in your area.

      The physical address is needed because some services, particularly DSL, are very distance sensitive. For example you might be able to get a specific level of service while your next door neighbor can't.

      You'll want to pick the fastest plan that fits your budget. In some areas this can be 300 Mbps+. But these high end broadband plans are expensive. You may find that something in the 3 to 30 Mbps range might satisfy your needs at a much lower cost.

      Good Luck...

  20. QUESTION:
    What's a good router my family could get?
    People who use my house's wifi is my brother's laptop, my father's laptop, my PC, and my iPod, that makes four devices onto the wifi.

    When one person uses it, it's usually ok, but if me and my brother use it at the same time I can't stream movies or watch Youtube or anything like that. What would be the cheapest router to upgrade to without spending over ?

    Our current router is a D-Link n150 DIR 601

    Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      It won't matter, no router will fix your problems.

      Let me explain:

      A fast wireless router or WiFi connection does not make your Internet faster.

      A wireless router connects two separate networks and manage the traffic between them.

      In most home network applications the router connects your local group of computers and devices known as the LAN with the Internet, commonly called the WAN or Wide Area Network.

      Your WAN speed is determined by your ISP and is measured in Mbps (Millions of bits per second).

      For example if you pay for a 3 Mbps DSL Internet connection, you will get 3 Mbps.

      No router will change your 3 Mbps Internet speed.

      This Internet connection bandwidth is shared by your entire LAN via your router.

      For example if you have a 3 Mbps DSL plan and one user is utilizing 2.5 Mbps of the bandwidth to stream a Netflix movie that only leaves 0.5 Mbps for all of the rest of the users on the LAN.

      Fast routers are designed to stream large files on your LAN quickly. The high speed routers permit fast transfer of files between devices connected to your LAN, however WAN speed is still limited by your ISP.

      Only way to get a faster Internet connection is to upgrade your plan or switch to a faster ISP.

      How fast is your Internet connection?

      You can test it here: http://speedtest.net

      Basic web browsing and simple online games can be done on practically any broadband connection, 1.5 Mbps is adequate.

      Streaming video such as YouTube and Netflix require at least 3 Mbps for smooth buffer free video. For HD Netflix you'll want 10 Mbps+.

      As you add devices that you want to operate simultaneously you need to increase the speed of the ISP plan.

      DSL is usually the cheapest broadband option, albeit the slowest.

      Standard DSL in rapidly being replaced by newer, faster technologies. DOCSIS 3.0 cable Internet has speeds up to a blazing 305 Mbps in certain areas. Fiber optic ADSL2+ and VDSL products are offered in excess of 100 Mbps.

      Google and Time Warner even have 1 Gbps fiber being installed, that's a whopping 1000 Mbps. http://isp1.us/blog/time-warner-brings-1-gbps-fiber-links-to-new-york/

      A lot will depend on what Internet providers are available in your specific area and what levels of service they offer in that location.

      To compare speed and prices of your local competitors, go to a ISP comparison site that lets you input your address, http://isp1.us/find/ and compare the pricing and terms of the offers that are available in your area.

      The physical address is needed because some services, particularly DSL, are very distance sensitive. For example you might be able to get a specific level of service while your next door neighbor can't.

      You'll want to pick the fastest plan that fits your budget. In some areas this can be 300 Mbps+. But these high end broadband plans are expensive. You may find that something in the 5 to 30 Mbps range might satisfy your needs at a much lower cost.

      Good Luck...

  21. QUESTION:
    Difference between Blu ray Disc vs Ripped from Blu ray?
    I have lots of ripped blu-ray movies, and i want to ask if its the same as the original when its ripped from blu-ray , i know the original blu-ray is going to be much more superior, but comparing it to the ripped blu-ray movies that you can find on the net (Avg of 12GB w/ DTS) how much quality is LOSS from the original ?

    When x264 codec is use.
    in terms of quality wise.

    • ANSWER:
      It's going to depend on the particular movie, your TV and your own eyeballs.

      However, in general, movies ripped from blu-ray are only in 720p, whereas the original blu-ray is 1080p. That can be quite a large difference if you have a larger HDTV (>38")

      Also, ripped movies tend to have problems with fast action sequences, causing fuzziness.

      If you've ever watched a movie via "video on demand" or similar streaming service, you've watched something that's used something similar to the x264 codec.

  22. QUESTION:
    Is Netflix better than The Movie Network?
    Well, my dad was thinking of buying Netflix because we heard great things about it, right now we already have TMN (the movie network) and we have a plan with Rogers. We just don't know how its different from TMN, how different is it? Is it cheaper? And importantly (as mentioned), is it better than TMN?

    • ANSWER:
      Netflix is better than any tv channel or cable on-demand service. With netflix you can get physical discs that play in any dvd or blu-ray player and the selection is better than other company on the planet, over 100,000 titles. The recent price change increased the price for people who want both discs and instant streaming over the internet. The selection of instant streaming movies is very small compared to the disc selection, and I don't recommend you get it unless you have kids or travel a lot. I don't know how much the movie network costs, but for .99 for netflix you get 1 disc out at a time and you can mail it back and get another as many times as you want. You can more discs at a time if you want for additional fees which is nice if you want more than 1 or 2 movies a week.

  23. QUESTION:
    is it illegal to watch a movie?
    that someone uploaded? I'm not downloading it or anything someone uploaded it to a streaming site thing... is it illegal for me to watch it?

    • ANSWER:
      Actually, yes it is illegal, assuming that someone "uploaded" it without the necessary permission from the producers to freely distribute their copyrighted movie, even if they're not charging money for it.

      By accessing the illegally uploaded video, you would be infringing one or more rights of the copyright owners, as defined in 17 USC § 106 of the US copyright statutes.

      For one thing, the way your browser works, your computer is creating a "copy" of the digital data stream as a necessary step in display of the video. Making an unauthorized "copy" is illegal, although someone could certainly argue that your "copy" is only one tiny part of the whole thing at any given time. There is no requirement in copyright law that the entire work be simultaneously infringed, nor that the infringing copy be "in permanent memory".

      According to "Law and Daily Life" on FindLaw.com, "Some courts have held that even temporary copies may violate the law." (citing US Copyright Office, DMCA Section 104 Report, which in turn cites, e.g., Advanced Computer Services, 845 F. Supp. at 363. Id, p.110, n.335)

      Edit: Compare: an unauthorized public performance by singing a song in public, for money, even if nobody is listening to it; that is certainly a copyright infringement; yet if anyone *IS* listening, they certainly cannot be liable for any sort of copyright infringement, unless they make a recording of it (with or without permission of the performer, let alone the composer).

  24. QUESTION:
    where is the best place to stay with young children at Disney World?
    We have 2 children aged 3 and 5... I would like to book a vacation to disney (florida)
    Where would be the best place for children that age to stay?
    I'm not interested in cheap budget hotels, I'd like something nice and fun for the children.
    We have never been to disneyland or disney world so I would appreciate any input...

    thank you

    • ANSWER:
      I have been to WDW many times with my kids who are now 2 and 5. Just a few observations from my past trips.

      The value resorts (the All Stars and Pop Century) have some of the best food choices for kids. Although there are no table service restaurants in these resorts, there is a wider variety of counter service options to choose from. My kids aren't big on chicken fingers, which was pretty much the only kids meal option at Wilderness Lodge ( a Deluxe resort) when we were there a few years ago. We ended up buying my son adult meals just to give him some variety. The downside to the Value resorts is the size of the rooms. They are tiny and they have full size beds, not queen size. Another drawback is the pools. They are large and have plenty of room, but they are not as well themed as the moderate and deluxe resorts, and they do not have slides which is a must-have for my 5 year old.

      The moderate resorts have slightly larger rooms, but still no balcony. Food choices are usually okay with a table service restaurant as well as counter service. Our favorite moderate resort with kids is Coronado Springs. They have the best playground at any Disney resort, including the Deluxe resorts. The pool there also has great theming, a water slide, and a decent sized kiddie pool. Caribbean Beach is currently in the process of renovating some of their rooms to Pirates of the Caribbean and Finding Nemo themes. If your kids are into either of those, you could see when those rooms will be available.

      Cabins at Fort Wilderness are considered a moderate resort, but is pricier than the other moderates - with good reason. They sleep six comfortably, have a full sized kitchen (making life much easier with picky eaters, not to mention saving you major $$$!), and have the best entertainment options for kids. They offer nightly campfire sing-a-longs, seasonal outdoor movies, wagon & carraige rides, a marina, pony rides, a petting zoo, and several playgrounds. The pools are ho-hum, about what most people have in their own backyards, only larger. However, when we visited Cinderella's Ponies there in November, a Cast Member told us they are beginning a remodel of the pools to include slides and hot tubs.

      Since having children, my husband and I have found that the Deluxe resorts are the best choice for us. They are the only resorts that have balconies - great for sipping a glass of wine and having conversation after the babies are asleep. Also, they have the best pools and the best theming throughout. Our kids often don't want to go to the parks because they are having so much fun at the hotel. Animal Kingdom Lodge has a great pool, good food choices, and of course, kids love the animals. If swimming is going to be important to your vacation, then Beach Club or Beach Club Villas is a good choice. It's not just a pool - it's a water park! The pool is zero entry with a sand bottom and has a pirate ship slide. Kids can spend an entire day here with good reason. If you are interested in a real splurge, I really recommend The Contemporary. We stayed there on the concierge level at our last visit and my kids loved it. Nothing compares to being right next to the Magic Kingdom with the monorail running through your hotel. Many people don't feel they get their money's worth from the concierge service, but we really enjoyed it. It was nice to be able to quickly grab breakfast and snacks for the kids, and complimentary wine & cocktails for adults in the evenings. Even though it's going to be out of our price range for most trips, The Contemporary is our favorite hotel so far. Keep in mind, though, that the theming is not as kid-friendy as the other Deluxes. Despite a limited kids menu, my son loved Wilderness Lodge - a geyser erupts every hour and a stream runs through the lobby out to the pool. Without the monorail, The Contemporary couldn't compete with that!

      You may also want to check out some of the Vacation Club properties. They can be expensive, but they will give you more room to spread out. The only one I have personally experienced is Beach Club Villas. We were upgraded from a 1 bedroom to a 2 bedroom and had a great stay. They come with a full kitchen & a washer/dryer which is a great help when packing light & travelling with kids.

      Planning a Disney trip can be time-consuming as well as overwhelming. I hope I have helped you a little. You can get great info from www.allearsnet.com. They have pictures of all the resorts, as well as menus from all the restaurants. Good Luck!

  25. QUESTION:
    Looking into a Roku unit and need info?
    We are thinking about getting the Roku system and would like to know if anyone on here has it? Is this a good system? Any hidden costs? How hard is it to hook up? We would appreciate any feed back that you might have on this. Thank you for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      I've been using Roku for several years now. Started with the old simple SD box and now have the XD|S box.

      One thing that confuses some people so let's clear it: Roku makes a box that gets streamed signals of other people's content. They don't provide any content at all. It's just like your TV - the people who make your TV (Sony, LG, etc) don't also send you movies - the place you bought it (Best Buy, WalMart, etc.) doesn't either. The Roku box is a device you pay for once and then use it to get other people's content.

      SOME of that content costs money. Netflix, Hulu+, Amazon, and some others are subscription services and you have to pay for them. You don't pay Roku though - you pay the channel provider. A whole lot of channels are completely free though - you don't pay anyone (Roku or anyone else) for those. What's cooler than cable - you only add the channels you want to add. Don't want Amazon movies - then don't get them.

      The other cool thing about the Roku box (compared to most others like it) is that it's an open source platform. That means that anyone who wants to can create a channel for the box. A lot of people do that and you can get them too. http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=2549343 http://www.roku-channels.com/home etc... most are free and some are REALLY cool if you're into that sort of thing.

      Hookup is a breeze. No problems for most people at all. But, if you have to hire the Geek Squad to come plug in your new TV then this might be a challenge for you too. Most people can deal with the simple instructions.

      I don't run mine WiFi even though it can. You'll get a whole lot better signal if you hardwire it to your router. WiFi is really slow compared to an ethernet cable. If you do go wireless - go with wireless N which means you may need a new router.

      You also need a stable internet connection that runs with decent speed. If you can watch YouTube videos without rebuffering then you should be good to go.

      Some people find they don't watch cable anymore and just cut off their cable. If your Netflix is the multi DVD type then you can save money with a streaming only account. You don't have to get Netflix though if you don't want. You don't have to have any channels you don't want.

      The XD|S has a USB port that will let you connect a USB device and watch content (movie, music, photos) to the television. All of the boxes are capable of receiving a stream from your computer but you'll have to be tech enough to setup up a media server on your PC (I use Gabby - it's free)

      If all you want it for is to stream Netflix and don't plan any other use - there are plenty of other ways to do that and you may have the ability already.

  26. QUESTION:
    How does Netflix work?? Is it unlimited movies?? How does it connect to the Wii?

    • ANSWER:
      The wii connects to your internet service and downloads streaming movies. There is a variety of plans to choose from depending on how many dvds or blu-rays you want mailed to you. On most plans the instant watch streaming is unlimited, but the collection of content is small compared to amount of dvds they have. I wouldn't buy netflix just to watch movies on your wii, the quality adjusts to fit your internet speed and can get fairly poor if your connection slows down.

  27. QUESTION:
    What's the best Android smartphone in the market right now?

    Aubrey, I said the best ANDROID phone

    • ANSWER:
      Sony Xperia ..the most over looked smart phone.
      Stream movies to TV with NHL or an HDMI port
      Only Sony has exclusive Sony content

      Best customer service especially comparing to Samsung
      There's the ION the TL and the new Z.. check them out

  28. QUESTION:
    what is so good about the xbox 360? are the games better than Ps2 or PS3? what makes it so popular and good?
    Im thinking of gettin one.

    • ANSWER:
      so you are getting your first current generation game console
      as i mention before on my last answer to you other question, here you go

      time to do my job.
      ok, ps3 has this pro
      -free online mutiplayer (yearly fee to play online on 360)

      -built in web browser (able to go on the web, watch youtube videos (in app or computer form, 360 dont have a web browser but got a youtube app))

      -download FREE pictures, music, and videos, including movies and youtube videos (using ps3 browser ----- 360 dont have a web browser, so you cant get free media right away)

      -watch/stream tv shows from the browser, like animes, for free (no browser on 360). you can stream movies from netflex and hulu with a montly fee.

      -you choose the hard drive (upgradable hard drive (2.5 sata, the one laptops use) up to 2 TB, even solid state drive -----360 maximum space so far is 320 gig, and it uses custom hdd, so you cannot upgrade using laptop hdd)

      -organize, edit, rename playlist, pictures, music, and videos on your hdd (you have limited options on 360)

      -able to read cd, dvd, mini dvd, and blu ray (including 3d blu ray ---- no mini dvd and blu ray on 360)

      -able to edit your videos using a app on ps3 (not on 360)

      -have 3d enable even on the ps3 blu ray drive, just hook up to 3d tv (not on 360)

      -sixaxis motion control on ps3 controller (no motion control on 360)

      -xmb menu screen is easy to access (on 360, the new xbox experience/dashboard can be confussing as pressing buttons will lead to randomn page you dont want to go to)

      -you have friend list, so its easy to play with them, share trophies with them, and chat with them (text or video chat up 6 people at the same time [with video chat] -----360 only goes up to 1 video chat)

      -more exclusive games (theres more companies whos on playstation side now then back 2 years ago. even more exclusive companies then 360. games on ps3 version have more exclusive contents then 360 version)

      -ps3 games uses blu ray, so more size means only 1 disc (example: final fantasy 13 on ps3 use 1 disc, 360 needed 3 disc)

      -the ps3 joysticks are not stiff as 360, so it has more controls

      -able to hook up psp/psv console and remote play (play ps3 xmb menus and some ps3 games on psp/psv via internet as if you are playing on ps3)

      -social network area/game call HOME (similar to second life ----not on 360)

      -able to connect 7 controllers (360, only 4)

      -super low failure rate of under 3% (old 360 had 30 %, new s model 360 have less then 12%)

      cons

      -2 usb (4 usb on 1st and 2nd gen ps3. 360 have 3 usb on the original, but 5 on the s model)

      -touch buttons (touch sensitive buttons on fat ps3, 360 have touch sensitive on s model)

      -matte finish (fat ps3 have reflecting finish, 360 have reflecting finish on the s model but will go back to matte finish)

      so there you go, the ps3 by it self starts at 250 usd for 160 gig and 300 usd for 320 gig

      the 360 by it self starts at 200 usd for 4 gig flash memory and 300 usd for 250 gigs

      compare them, the ps3 wins by a landslide. because you are getting free media of the web, and free online play.
      yes, the both cost almost the same, but the ps3 has way more features for the same price.
      when it comes to games in single player mode, ps3 takes it, but their multiplayer is still great just like the 360 version.
      but multiplayer games, 360 takes the lead, because its a pay service.

      what makes the 360 more popular is their pay service and multiplayer games
      what makes the ps3 popular is blu ray and media center. what people dont know is that it offers more out of the money. so they think ps3 is expensive and get 360, which have less features.

  29. QUESTION:
    im looking for a new cell phone. How is the virgin mobile shuttle.?
    im looking at the virgin mobile shuttle and i want to know how good it is.

    • ANSWER:
      The Shuttle is one of the best phones Virgin Mobile has had. Actually, it is the best.

      Here is a list of things i have found on my Shuttle that make me like it the best:

      The camera takes Really good pictures, even better pictures of documents.

      The speaker when playing music is REALLY good, it has no base, but that's expected.

      It has stereo bluetooth, meaning it connects to a headset that has earpieces for both ears, making music more fun.

      You can put your own 176x144 or smaller videos on it, and they play quite well, i have a few movies and tv shows.

      IT IS ALWAYS CONNECTED TO THE NETWORK. I had previously, the super slice, which had one of the best network connections of all virgin mobile phones, yet it cut out in some areas, well the Shuttle is always connected where I live because it has 3G.

      The web browser, even though it is still WAP, is quite nice compared to other phones from virgin mobile.

      The sliding mechanism is nice, the phone feels solid, the screen is nice quality...

      With updates, you can watch live tv channels on it, and have a streaming music service called jukebox, which was available for other phones, but since this phone has 3G, the better network connection and better speed, it is apparently better.

      The phone only costs .99, and you know that with other companies, for all these features, you would at least be expecting to be paying double for a phone like this.

      And plus, the whole Black/ Fire-Orange color scheme is really nice looking. ; )

      I am glad I got the Shuttle, you will be glad when you get one.

  30. QUESTION:
    what is the charges for watching movie's etc online?
    hey i was just wondering what sort of legal trouble can you get in for watching movie's/tv shows online ? and what about downloading music and what are the chances of getting caught

    and before i get loads of criticisms for this i pay for most of my music i mostly download accapella versions of songs which i cant get on itunes and if a movie is good i will normally buy it on DVD after i watch it online

    • ANSWER:
      I would actually be more concerned with the trojans and viruses that can attack your computer via bad web sites and downloading and peer-to-peer file sharing.
      The UK has less enforcement of the copyright violations and my general guess is that in online watching and downloading, until the laws are changed, you are relatively safe from the legal side. You have to decide your own moral standards.
      Netflix just launched in the UK.
      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/analysis-and-features/curtain-rises-on-netflix-in-the-uk-6287509.html
      The article talks about the competition also.
      Amazon-owned Lovefilm, which offers a similar service at a similar price point
      Review: http://www.techradar.com/news/internet/hands-on-netflix-uk-review-1054624
      http://reviews.cnet.co.uk/tv-accessories/netflix-uk-review-50006621/
      £6 a month
      As to music sites, they are all over the internet for streaming music, and individual song downloading sites and the illegal ones I won't mention here.
      http://www.codehot.co.uk/compare/music_downloads.htm
      http://arts.guardian.co.uk/netmusic/page/0,,1127237,00.html
      http://www.metro.co.uk/money/19911-the-best-music-download-sites
      Not sure if free movie site Hulu is valid in the UK or blocks, along with its competitors of free content sponsored by ads. Older movies at emol.org and a few others.

  31. QUESTION:
    What's the better phone iPhone or the htc evo?
    I'm getting a new phone but I don't know which one to get should I wait for the new iPhone or should I just get the evo?

    • ANSWER:
      The iPhone is not even in the same league as the EVO.

      iPhone 4 is mostly hype. It’s NOT 4G capable regardless of whether or not AT&T ever provides 4G.The only fairly significant improvement is the higher resolution, but it still is a small screen. Apple’s marketing like to hype certain things as if it were the only phone capable of doing them, but there are other devices than can do them better.

      I dislike the way Apple hypes the video-conferencing capabilities, when it really is sub-par because you can only do it with other iPhone users and only over WiFi, so how fun is that? With a capable Android you can video-chat not only over WiFi but also over the cellular network and with any other Android using Fring (FREE), and with Skype users. That’s true flexibility.

      As for the ‘quality’ hype, The iPhone 4 seems to have problems. Better to wait and see. For one, the phone's signal strength drops when a user grips the phone by the metal antenna band. There are also complains of screen discoloration and durability problems.

      Google “iPhone 4 problems” to find more details.

      The EVO is currently the best mobile device:

      4.3’ screen, 4G capable, HTC-Sense interface, HDMI port, 8MP camera plus another front-facing camera, dual LED flashes, High-Def video capabilities, limitless Video-Chatting over WiFi or over the CELLULAR network (With Fring, which is FREE, you can video chat with anyone that has Fring or Skype and you can do it over WiFi or over the cellular network), tethering, FULL multitasking, high quality FREE built-in GPS navigation, plays Flash content, accepts voice input system-wide, amazing customization, live wallpapers, 1GHZ processor, swappable battery, kickstand, digital compass, support for ALL Google Mobile Services (YouTube, Gmail, Gvoice, Gtalk, etc.), the ability to use it as an external drive and put videos, music and anything you want, no need to use proprietary cables, etc., etc., etc... On an Android you can install any application you want, not what Steve Jobs wants. NO iTunes hassle. Just drag your movies or music into the microSD card and you’re done.

      With the upcoming Android 2.2 the OS war will be over. There will be numerous innovations, for instance, cloud-to-device messaging, over-the-air music syncing and streaming, the ability to use the phone as a mobile hot-spot for up to 8 devices, ability to Install Android Apps to SD Card, etc. It will also extend battery life. The new JIT compiler will boost performance to all Android phones that are updated to Android 2.2. Estimates run from 2x-5x, more likely 4x-5x.

      By the way, I’m happily tethering my laptop to my EVO for FREE via USB using Easytether, a free app from the Android Market.

      Google’s Android is the future. It’s developing at a very fast pace and bringing an avalanche of new technologies. Android is open-source and royalty-free, and when you compare it with Apple’s close-mindedness you feel liberated. I love the Google mindset. Apple better watch out because this monster is going to gobble up their little toy thingy.

  32. QUESTION:
    What are the pros and cons of a kindle fire?

    • ANSWER:
      Well it depends on what your comparing against.
      The kindle fire is very similar to an ipad - except that your getting android apps instead of apple ios apps, and your getting lower priced amazon content instead of over-priced apple content.
      The kindle fire web browser is also better than the ipad browser since it supports flash, so you can stream youtube.
      So if I was trying to choose between and ipad and a fire I would totally opt for the fire. You can get a fire for a good price here:
      http://www.shoppersource.net/goto/kindle_fire

      If ereading is your primary goal (not a complete color media tablet like the fire) then you might want to consider one of the basic kindles instead.
      Either the wifi only kindle:
      http://www.shoppersource.net/goto/basic_kindle

      Or the 3g keyboard kindle:
      http://www.shoppersource.net/goto/kindle_3g_keyboard

      Both the the two basic kindles above have back-lit free screens, that are easier on the eyes for long term reading than the fire screen (since the fire screen has an always on back-light that can cause eyestrain for some people).
      .
      But the basic kindles do no run android apps like the fire, and no movie/music streaming service as offered on the fire, but the screen is superior for longer term reading.
      The most basic wifi kindle above is fine for ereading, but you might consider the 3g keyboard kindle if you love the web since it allows free web browsing over 3g service ANYWHERE.
      The web browser on the keyboard kindle is more basic then the fire, but fine for news/blogs/email and basic facebook access.

      Anyways happy shopping!

  33. QUESTION:
    Which Tablet do you think is the Best?
    I am getting a tablet, which one do you think I should get?
    -Nook Tablet
    -iPad Mini
    -Nexus (Google Tablet)
    -Kindle Fire
    You can name another one, but I do not want to bust my wallet.
    I am leaning toward the nexus because they have good apps, and Nook doesn't have any free apps.
    If you have a Kindle Fire, can you tell me if it has free apps?
    I want something with a camera. I know the ipad mini and the nexus do, the Kindle fire HD doesn't and neither does the Nook HD Tablet .
    If you have one of these can you tell me about that one?

    • ANSWER:
      - Kindle Fire HD has about 52k apps and about 26k are free.
      - Kindle Fire HD also has the front facing HD camera (same as Nexus 7) the only tablet with no camera at all is Nook HD.

      Comparison between Kindle Fire HD, iPad and Nexus 7, should help out to some extent:
      http://www.amazon.com/review/R9B4EN8EB3X0O/?_encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B0083PWAPW&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&nodeID=&tag=adkisr-20

      iPad mini is the expensive one, has the dual camera and huge amount of apps but lacks in screen quality and RAM compared to other 3.

      Kindle Fire HD, nexus 7 and Nook HD almost have the same specs.

      Kindle Fire HD has advantages in places like:
      - Dual wifi antenna makes it the best option for movies and video streaming
      - Dolby audio
      - Amazon content and services like prime membership
      - Screen is bit better than Nexus but bit lower than Nook.

      Nexus 7 has pros like:
      - 4.1 Jelly bean
      - Excess of apps
      - Quadcore processor

      Nook HD has:
      - Best screen resolution
      - microSd slot

      But does not have camera at all.

      My preference would be Kindle Fire HD.

  34. QUESTION:
    Could I hook up a wireless router to a raspberry pi and get connection to my Xbox 360 so I can play online?

    • ANSWER:
      Your question doesn't make sense.

      A Raspberry Pi is just a low cost one board computer. http://www.raspberrypi.org/

      Connecting a Raspberry Pi or any computer for that matter to a wireless router will not give you a Internet connection.

      Here is how it works,

      A router connects two separate networks and manage the traffic between them.

      A wireless router enables you to provide wireless (WiFi) Internet access to all of your WiFi enabled devices such as laptops, game consoles, cell phones and tablets, Streaming devices such as Roku boxes and Internet enabled TV and sound devices, etc.

      In most home network applications the router connects your local group of computers and devices known as the LAN with the Internet, commonly called the WAN or Wide Area Network.

      Without a ISP to provide the WAN connection, your home network devices can share files and resources via the router's LAN connections, but wont be able to access the Internet.

      You need a Internet plan from a ISP and a broadband modem or gateway to provide a connection to the ISP. This connection bandwidth is shared by your entire LAN via your router. For example if you have a 3 Mbps DSL plan and one user is utilizing 2 Mbps of the bandwidth to stream a Netflix movie that only leaves 1 Mbps for all of the rest of the users on the LAN.

      You need a ISP plan and some type of interface to access the Internet service provided by the ISP. A wireless router lets you share that connection with multiple devices via Ethernet and/or WiFi.

      Depending on your location, you can get several types of broadband Internet access. They include DSL, cable, fiber, satellite, and wireless from a cellular provider.

      Note: All Internet service options are not available in all areas.

      DSL is generally the cheapest broadband option, however it is also usually the slowest. DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) is a form of broadband Internet that is transmitted over standard twisted pair copper telephone lines. DSL speeds range from 256 Kbps to 12 Mbps depending on distance from the telephone company and plan that you purchase. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Subscriber_Line

      Cable - Cable Internet is a form of broadband Internet transmitted over coaxial television cables. Cable Internet speeds range from 1 Mbps to over 300 Mbps using newer DOCSIS 3.0 technology. The speed of the service depends on your exact area and service package that you order.

      Fiber - Newer ADSL2+ and VDSL services can be as fast as 1000 Mbps, usually transmitted on fiber optic cables and often combined with copper from the street to the house. Fiber connections can also provide on demand HD television and digital telephone service on the same line.

      There are also 3G and 4G wireless mobile broadband services and satellite Internet, but these are normally only used where Cable or DSL are unavailable due to the higher cost, slower speeds and low monthly bandwidth limits.

      A lot will depend on what Internet providers are available in your specific area and what levels of service they offer in that location.

      To compare your local competitors, go to a ISP comparison site that lets you input your address, http://isp1.us/find/ and compare the pricing and terms of the offers that are available in your area.

      The physical address is needed because some services, particularly DSL, are very distance sensitive. For example you might be able to get a specific level of service while your next door neighbor can't.

      You'll want to pick the fastest plan that fits your budget. In some areas this can be 300 Mbps+. But these high end broadband plans are expensive. You may find that something in the 10 to 30 Mbps range might satisfy your needs at a much lower cost.

      Good Luck...

  35. QUESTION:
    hey im planning on buying a console right now and i dont know which one to buy ps3 or 360 i need your opinion?
    please list the advantages and disadvantages of both consoles, reasons to and not to buy ps3 or the 360, and your own opinion
    and thank you everyone for helping

    • ANSWER:
      5 Reasons to Buy an Xbox 360 (Not a PS3 or Wii)

      #1 - You Won't Find Better Games

      Games are the most important aspect when choosing a system, and the Xbox 360 has a wide range of great games representing every genre you can think of. Shooters, racing, RPGs, sports, family games, music, strategy, action, fighting – you name it, the Xbox 360 has you covered. If exclusive titles such as Halo 3, Halo Wars, Gears of War 2, Tales of Vesperia, Viva Piñata, Fable II, Lost Odyssey, or Left 4 Dead aren’t enough, multiplatform games (titles that appear on multiple systems) tend to play better on Xbox 360 and some, such as Grand Theft Auto IV, Tomb Raider Underworld, and Fallout 3, offer exclusive downloadable content to extend the game that you won’t find anywhere else. The Xbox 360 has the most games of the best quality in the most genres. Period.

      #2 - You Can Play Friends Online and Download Demos

      The heart and soul of the Xbox 360 experience is Xbox Live. Not only does it offer silky smooth online gaming and a universal friends list across all games, but you can also download demos for nearly every Xbox 360 game so you can try them before you decide to buy, download Xbox Live Arcade games (which include both classic games as well as brand new titles), chat with friends even if you aren’t playing the same game, and much more. You can even check your friends’ status or send them messages from your PC or cell phone. Online play does come with a a year MSRP while other services are free, but there are ways to get it for less. Xbox Live is an optional service that isn’t required, but it has so much to offer that it is highly recommended to really get the most out of your Xbox 360.

      #3 - Its 'Achievements' Will Keep You Motivated

      Our personal favorite feature of the Xbox 360 is Achievements. Achievements are goals programmed into each and every Xbox 360 game that reward you with points when you complete them. The points add up and form your total GamerScore. Does the score really mean anything? No, not really. But it is a fun way to be motivated to win another race or finish a level in a faster time or to seek out a hidden object that you might not normally try to find to earn a few more GS points. Simply put, Achievements help add replay value to games, and in this turbulent economy getting more out of the stuff you already have instead of buying new stuff is always a good idea. Since you can also check your friends’ profiles online or on Xbox Live, it is a nice way to keep track of what everyone is playing and how far along in a game they are. There are also many websites such as 360Voice and TrueAchievements that let you track your Achievements and compare them with people all around the world, which is fun. To get you started on your path to Achivement addiction, we have a list of the Best and Worst Games for Boosting Your Gamerscore.

      #4 - The Xbox Streams Videos and Music

      Another great feature is that the Xbox 360 is a multimedia entertainment powerhouse. You can stream videos from your PC or put them on a USB thumb drive to watch them on your TV through your Xbox 360. You can stream music from your PC or rip songs to your 360 hard drive so you can listen to any music you want while playing any game. The 360 can upconvert normal DVDs to high-def if you use HDMI cables to connect to your TV. You can also download high definition TV episodes and movies from the Xbox Live Marketplace, and you can even stream movies from Netflix. Not only is the Xbox 360 a great game system, it is a complete entertainment device.

      #5 - Parents Can Control What Their Kids Do

      This last feature isn’t quite as flashy, but for families it can be very important. The Xbox 360 has a full suite of parental control features that allow you to control pretty much everything your kids can do on the system. You can block games above a defined ESRB rating or movies above a defined MPAA rating. You can restrict who your kids can play with on Xbox Live as well as who can talk to/contact them. And the Xbox 360 also has a timer option so you can determine how long your kids can play in a day or even during an entire week. It is impossible to monitor everything your kids are doing, but these features, along with making sure you choose the right games for your kids, make it a little easier.

  36. QUESTION:
    Do you prefer the Droid or iPhone?
    Gogogo.

    And yes, I will give the 10 points to whoever matches my opinion.

    • ANSWER:
      The iPhone’s reign is over. Enter the age of Androids.

      iPhone 4 is mostly hype. The only fairly significant improvement is the higher resolution, but it still is a small screen. Apple’s marketing like to hype certain things as if it were the only phone capable of doing them, but there are other devices than can do them better.

      Plus with iPhones you are stuck with AT&T and Apple. What a duo!

      My son and I have EVOs. It’s currently the best mobile device and anyone who thinks the iPhone 4 is better has swallowed Apple’s hype hook, line and sinker.

      4.3’ screen, 4G capable, HTC-Sense interface, HDMI port, 8MP camera plus another front-facing camera, dual LED flashes, High-Def video capabilities, limitless Video-Chatting over WiFi or over the CELLULAR network, tethering, FULL multitasking, high quality FREE built-in GPS navigation, plays Flash content, accepts voice input system-wide, amazing customization, live wallpapers, 1GHZ processor, swappable battery, kickstand, digital compass, support for ALL Google Mobile Services (YouTube, Gmail, Gvoice, Gtalk, etc.), the ability to use it as an external drive and put videos, music and anything you want, no need to use proprietary cables, etc., etc., etc... On an Android you can install any application you want, not what Steve Jobs wants. NO iTunes hassle. Just drag your movies or music into the microSD card and you’re done.

      With the upcoming Android 2.2 the OS war will be over. There will be numerous innovations, for instance, cloud-to-device messaging, over-the-air music syncing and streaming, the ability to use the phone as a mobile hot-spot for up to 8 devices, ability to Install Android Apps to SD Card, etc. It will also extend battery life. The new JIT compiler will boost performance to all Android phones that are updated to Android 2.2. Estimates run from 2x-5x, more likely 4x-5x.

      By the way, I’m happily tethering my laptop to my EVO for free via USB using Easytether, a free app from the Android Market.

      Google’s Android is the future. It’s developing at a very fast pace and bringing an avalanche of new technologies. Android is open-source and royalty-free, and when you compare it with Apple’s close-mindedness you feel liberated. I love the Google mindset. Apple better watch out because this monster is going to gobble up their little toy thingy.

  37. QUESTION:
    What is more HD a PS3 or Xbox 360, what do they cost and what do you think i should buy?

    • ANSWER:
      The PS3 has Blu Ray which gives it a HUGE advantage in terms of High Definition movies and gaming. The PS3 also has better support for 1080p resolution TV's and games.
      And while you can stream Netflix movies with 1080p resolution on the 360. You actually have to have a 1080p resolution TV to get that kind of clarity. And you have to pay for those services, as well as have a damn good internet connection.
      The PS3, supports Blu Ray, which most of the time you will get resolution of 720p or higher even on standard definition televisions. PS3 also supports downloading/streaming of movies in HD as well in it's PSN store, which is free of charge compared to 360, which offers different charges for different services.

      But you do sound like a casual gamer, so my preference to you would be to buy a PS3. As it is suited more towards your needs I am sure. If you compare the PS3 and 360 with it's features, I am sure that the PS3 will not disappoint you.
      Not vouching for the system of course, though it sounds like I am (lol), I just want to make sure that you get a better deal for the money that you are spending as I do with all of the people that ask for my advice on certain aspects of gaming and their preferences....

  38. QUESTION:
    When is PS4 being released and what will be the price?

    • ANSWER:
      http://dualpixels.com/2012/11/29/rumor- ... -next-gen/

      Sony is near the middle end part of their Project Orbis, their next generation PS4. It will not be called Playstation 4, teams have started to call the final name as Omni. Omni will reflect their new hardware and content delivery philosophy. Omni will be "very capable" of doing modern day graphics compared to a Direct X 11 level of technology like Unreal Engine 4 and Frostbite 2. Compared to Wii U, it is better, but not the biggest leap in the world according to developer friends of mine. The key is the Omniviewer, a thin, lite and slick head mounted autostereoptic display that can track the users head and presents a 360 image view with semi transparent AMOLED screens. This can turn any TV into a 3D TV, as well as add extra augmented reality information outside of the TV screen. One application from an entertainment perspective seeing movies in 2k, 4k or IMAX resolutions as their original size where you have to move your head to look at the full picture being displayed. Can also synch with the Vita. The new controllers weather it's the Dual-Moves or the Classic DualShock will have pulse sensors in the grips for biofeedback gameplay. Plans are a Basic Unit with 160 gigs and just the system with controller at 0-9 and one with the Omniviewer and a pack-in game for 0-9. Aims are for a September 2013 launch.

      - Omni is also part of their philosophy with the new OmniCloud, the new version of Gaikai. This service will not only cloud stream PS1, PS2 and select PS3 games to Playstation Certified devices but will also allow every digital and retail purchase to have access to a copy on the cloud. Basically, you buy one game, you can use it on any Playstation device. Direct hardware Backwards Compatibility will be available by a - dongle that is plugged into the Omni that contains a PS3 on a chip with Cell to run games.

  39. QUESTION:
    What is this Jerry Lewis movie?
    It's a Jerry Lewis movie, I think one with Dean Martin, and there's a scene where it looks like Lewis is trying to seduce this one girl, but there's a radio playing, and at one point, the radio says "Run for the hills, and don't turn back!", so Lewis runs away. It's black and white, so...yeah.

    I know someone knows this one.

    • ANSWER:
      See if any of these ring a bell.

      1. "Sailor Beware" (1951)
      "Half of the classic comedy movies of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis are collected in a DVD box set. "
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      The buddy formula gels nicely in their fifth feature. The gobs set sail in a submarine -- the one on which dingy Jerry is outside deck-swabbing when it dives. He's gonna need a bigger mop. The service comedy streams melodies, girls, and shtick, including an insane boxing sequence. James Dean and Betty Hutton appear briefly in this remake of "The Fleet's In" (1942), the movie that made her a star.
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      2. "Living It Up" (1954)
      Glossy reworking of classic screwball movie "Nothing Sacred" (1937) and Broadway musical-comedy, "Hazel Flagg" (1953). Dr. Dean and reporter Janet Leigh hustle snively, dying Jerry to New York on a big publicity tour, but there's a catch. He's not ill. Wacky mix-ups and fix-ups with Martin & Lewis performing "Every Street's a Boulevard," one of their signature pieces. Dig the hyper-Jitterbug, too.
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      3. "You're Never Too Young" (1955)
      Grown-up Jerry poses as an 11-year-old lad in Dean Dean's girl school for this energetic remake of Billy Wilder's "The Major and the Minor" (1942) -- an irony and a consolation of sorts because Lewis would pass on another Wilder cross-dressing comedy, "Some Like It Hot" (1959). A memorable, wild-stepping production number on the tennis court, plus some swift shenanigans with villain Raymond Burr.
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      4. "Hollywood or Bust" (1956)
      The last Martin and Lewis picture show. The comedians' feud was raging at full tilt during the production. So bitter, they would only speak to each other on camera. At one point, frustrated director Frank Tashlin fired Jerry off the film! Ironically, this cross-country road trip is one of their best packages, a pleasing, underappreciated musical -- which Lewis claims to never have seen.
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      5. "Artists and Models" (1955)
      Former Warner Bros. animator Frank Tashlin helms the first of eight couplings with Lewis and it shows. As co-writer and director of this splashy musical-comedy, his cartoon-like gags begin in the opening scene, extra appropriate since the boys are propelled into the world of comic book publishing. Warm and giggly, with strong support from Eddie Mayehoff and Shirley MacLaine in her second film.
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      6. "The Caddy" (1953)
      The pals play through a golf romp with divots on and off the green, eventually tossing the clubs to become club entertainers. That's Donna Reed as Dean's love and "That's Amore," the Oscar-nominated tune. The bookended song-and-dance scenes capture the live Martin and Lewis experience better than their other films. Shots of crowds overflowing into the street are from actual hysteria for the team.
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      7. "Scared Stiff" (1953)
      Clumsy cut-ups snoop through a weird haunted mansion with plenty o' laughs and laaaadies in hand. In a remake of Bob Hope's "The Ghost Breakers" (1940), Martin and Lewis meet Carmen Miranda and get eerie for Lizabeth Scott. Dean and Jerry reprise the crooner and bumbling busboy bit from their concert act, believed to have been hatched during their first professional performance together.
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      8. "At War With the Army" (1950)
      The remaining films on and off this list are roughly equivalent in comedic content. ("The Stooge" (1953) is a dramatic exception, laced with disturbing parallels to the real life Martin and Lewis.) "At War" contains the movies' first quintessential Jerry sketch: a battle with an ornery soda pop machine. The infectious rap "The Navy Gets the Gravy, but the Army Gets the Beans" originates here, too.
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      9. "Pardners" (1956)
      OK western hijinks, an update of Bing Crosby's "Rhythm on the Range" (1936), in the penultimate Martin and Lewis picture, produced at the height of their personal conflict and the public's fear of a divorce. Damage control for the franchise was important, because the stars interrupt the film's climatic moment to address the camera, promising fans they'll be partners for a long time to come.
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      10. "My Friend Irma" (1949)
      The popular network radio sitcom jumped to the screen, but along the way producer Hal Wallis devised a detour to introduce his newly-contracted comedy franchise to movie audiences. Martin and Lewis stole the film in their relatively short appearance. By the next year, a sequel and a better movie, "My Friend Irma Goes West," would reverse the equation. Irma and pals are barely along for the ride.

  40. QUESTION:
    Best movie/tv streaming service? Also gaming service?
    What is the best movie/tv streaming service? I have netflix but I was wondering if there was something better out there. I also have the same question for a game renting service, I have gamefly but is there something better? maybe cheaper?

    • ANSWER:
      Depends what you like to watch. There's others like Hulu and Amazon but in my case I find that Netflix has more movies and shows that I like. So the best thing to do is compare them to see which one has better programming for your taste.

  41. QUESTION:
    Wildblue or Nish Network Satelite Internet?
    My dad lives in an area where broadband isn't available and has decided he will either get Wildblue or Dish Network. I know the price is high and it can't compare to proper broadband but does anyone have any experience with either of these and give their feedback? Thank you
    Chris
    Good to know, what's a microwave system? This is the first I've ever heard of that for internet service

    • ANSWER:
      Dish network uses Hughes Satellite services and is the biggest ripoff around. You can't do any 500+ meg. downloads without being penalized and their prices are really high. That means no movie streaming, (Netflix) Wild Blue is slightly better.

      Microwave uses line of sight from tower to tower, not available in all areas of the US. Does 3MB upload and 3MB download, steady as a rock. Cost is less than .00/month.

  42. QUESTION:
    Is verizon 'high speed internet' any good?
    I just bought verizon dsl today and they told me that my speed will be between .5mbps to 1mbps. Is this a good dsl speed?

    I don't play video games on my computer, but I intend to watch netflix. Will I be able to watch netflix movies on my tv?

    • ANSWER:
      You may find you are not satisfied with your connection, especially if you want to watch online video such as YouTube or Netflix. If you check it out at the Netflix web site it says 1.5 Mbps minimum.

      0.5 to 1 Mbps is not even technically broadband speed.

      "Broadband" or "High Speed" Internet are loosely defined terms. Originally broadband Internet was defined as downstream speeds faster than 512Kbps. The definitions minimum speed has been steadily going up. Currently the FCC defines Broadband as a 4 Mbps or faster Internet connection. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadband_Internet_access

      Streaming video such as YouTube and Netflix require fast broadband Internet connections. DSL is generally the cheapest and slowest mainstream high speed Internet type.

      For online video, naturally the faster the connection the better, however faster is usually directly proportional to more expensive. Something in the 5 to 20 Mbps. range is a good speed/price tradeoff.

      You can go to http://speedtest.net and test the speed of your Verizon DSL Internet connection Remember, Internet speeds are measured in Mbps, which is millions of (bits) per second, not to be confused with MB/s which is millions of (bytes) per second

      You might want to either upgrade your existing DSL plan or compare the prices of Cable or fiber Internet providers in your area. These services are generally faster than DSL. There are newer ADSL2+ services in some areas that are faster than traditional DSL.

      To compare your Verizon DSL broadband Internet plan with local competitors, go to a ISP comparison site that lets you input your address, http://isp1.us/find/ and compare the pricing and terms of the offers that are available in your area.

      The physical address is needed because some services, particularly DSL, are very distance sensitive. For example you might be able to get a specific level of service while your next door neighbor can't.

      You'll want to pick the fastest plan that fits your budget. In some areas this can be 100Mbps+. But these high end broadband plans are expensive. You may find that something in the 3 to 30 Mbps range might satisfy your needs at a much lower cost.

      Good Luck...

  43. QUESTION:
    Which is better Netflix OR Hulu plus?
    Im trying to get one but dont know which is better for online streaming.

    • ANSWER:
      Netflix is better for movies and has a lot of tv shows but they aren't the newest and updated every week.

      Hulu Plus is better for tv shows that are currently on like Glee, Pretty Little Liars, etc.

      You can go browse the movies and tv shows available on Hulu Plus here:
      http://www.hulu.com/plus/content

      Here is a chart comparing Hulu and Hulu Plus:
      http://www.hulu.com/plus#compare

      I believe you can browse Netflix's movies and tv shows without an account.

      "Netflix, with more than 20,000 titles available for streaming, kicks booty here. Hulu Plus has a mere 2,000-plus TV episodes. Both services will continue to stockpile titles, of course, so these numbers will continue to rise."
      http://www.pcworld.com/article/200246/hulu_plus_vs_netflix_which_is_better.html

      Hope this helps!

  44. QUESTION:
    Summary of this in one sentence. Please!?
    But both companies have been raising those limits. Telus, for example, increased its caps last November, around the time Netflix, the popular movie-streaming service, came to Canada. In the case of its most expensive plan, Telus raised the cap from 150 gigabytes to 250, according to spokesman Shawn Hall. Rogers recently introduced a high-end, "Ultimate" plan with a bandwidth cap of 175 gigabytes, compared to its previous best, a 125-gigabyte plan.

    • ANSWER:
      In reaction to recent increased bandwidth demands by customers using online streaming services such as Netflix Canada, the four major Canadian Internet service providers (Bell, Rogers, Telus and Shaw) have all introduced new plans with increased bandwidth limitations.

  45. QUESTION:
    What Sould I get a Ps3 or a XBOX 360?
    I heard Ps3 has very little games compared to the xbox ,but the xbox has a loud fan. I need help to chose one . what would u chose

    Thank You

    • ANSWER:
      I just wrote this yesterday, so maybe this will give you some insight.
      There's plenty of online resources for finding out exactly which system is best for you. Usually asking questions like these here will result in an online fistfight between a bunch of nerds.

      **first off, both can produce the same types of graphics, neither is insanely more amazing in terms of graphic processing power.

      PS3 has blu ray, that's the big feature. The blu ray is at the moment gaining popularity, but only if you have a hdtv and an hdmi cable and such. Has some pretty good exclusive games, and has free online subscription. Also plays the standard dvd and cd, usb pictures and music/video, and has a built in web browser. It also has home, which is a online world where you create a character and walk around and play sports or watch movies and stuff. Not too sure about the specifics.

      Xbox 360 has dvd/cd playback, basically everything up there except the blu ray and free online. Xbox live is 7.99 for a month, 19.99 for 3 months, and 49.99 for a year, or roughly less than 4 dollars a month. Xbox live is leaps and bounds over the free ps3 online service, and you'll find that most people and their friends are playing games that are on both systems on the xbox live service as opposed to the ps3 one. Xbox can create avatar's like wii has Netflix exclusivity, and generally is more "fun". Has oldschool arcade games you can give a try for free, demos, videos, and a bunch of stuff to do.

      If the fan is the deterrent to choosing a system, than you should realize that yeah the xbox has a noisy fan but that's only gonna be annoying if you're going to be playing in a library, seriously, not that important of a factor because at regular room levels it's not distracting.

      Basically it boils down to whether you're into the entertainment of high definition blu ray movies, a couple of really great games and an ok online service, OR a bunch of gaming options, fun little avatars, subscription online services (which are really good), Netflix (which has HD movies and shows to stream) and many great games for cheap prices now that it's been out for nearly 4 years.

      ps-yeah the xbox has a pretty bad failure rate, but the thing is that you can get it repaired for free under the 3 year warranty from microsoft, and the rate is lessening due to new chips implemented in the construction.

      Good luck with your decision, and have fun.

  46. QUESTION:
    Should I get the Kindle Fire, or B&N Nook?
    I've been comparing them but still stumped. I don't want to pay a fortune but want quality. ( who doesn't! Lol) Any help welcomed.

    • ANSWER:
      Both you can get for around the same price, so that isn't a big deal. But when you look at what they offer you may change your mind.
      Kindle Fire
      1) Amazon App Store has 34,000 apps as of April and about 11,000 of them are free.
      2) The free paid app a day. Everyday Amazon offers one of their paid apps for free.
      3) Free, unlimited Amazon Cloud storage for all Amazon purchased content.
      4) Amazon Prime ( a year) more free books, better deals on books, 2 day free shipping on Amazon purchases, Kindle Lending Library, and free videos and movie streaming.
      5) Amazon Music Store
      6) Better media usage.
      Nook Tablet
      1) Micro SD slot.
      2) In store service.
      3) About an hour longer of battery use.
      4) Better reading experience.
      What I suggest that you do is go to somewhere like Best Buy or Wal-Mart and play with demo models of each one. (Barnes & Noble usually has demo models of the Nooks in their stores.) See which interface that you prefer. If you don't like either one, find a demo model of an iPod touch and see if you like the iOS better.

  47. QUESTION:
    Hulu and other services compare to each other...?
    What services that are similar to Hulu are good? Want to know which I should get. I'm looking for the most selection in tv shows,movies, best image quality, and which is the cheapest? Pretty much which one gives me more bang for my buck and also doesnt always cut on & off. Hate having to refresh the window. Thanks for helping. p.s. I have children so kids movies and shows are a definite plus to me.
    Also I'm a huge sports fan mostly soccer, boxing, football, and some basketball. So live streaming would be good too, thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know of any that are cheaper than a month. But Netflix is definitely worth the money -- I have Hulu Plus too (same price as netflix), but that's only because Netflix doesn't have Season 8 of Grey's Anatomy. While Hulu Plus is good, it has commercials and I'm just not used to the commercials anymore since I don't have cable. If you have an Xbox, I have ESPN on there (I don't think it costs money as long as you have Xbox Live). You can stream a lot of sports on there.

      Netflix has such a variety too -- great for kids and adults. And you can always go online too to watch some stuff -- the networks usually have a lot of free full episodes of TV shows that are currently airing online too.

      And both Hulu Plus & Netflix offer free trials.

  48. QUESTION:
    i have a question about wireless broadband?
    i was wondering how well wireless broadband works. cos i cant get normal broadband in my street, and im still on dial up (i know, backward much?). so yeah, is wireless broadband worth it?

    thanks heaps

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on what you are going to do with it to be fair:

      gaming = no good
      email = fine
      brwosing the internet = fine
      streaming bbciplayer = just,
      downloading movies = no good
      downloading few songs on itunes = fine
      remote support = ok

      as log as you have good covergae for your site, try the O2 one, I use one of these and find it very solid, and compared to dialup, it is a huge amount faster.

      your looking for a HSDPA connection, not GPRS

      So just try an O2 one, cost is £30, plus the internet service which is around £5 - £15 dependant on usage (you pay up front though, so no massive bills)

      Or there is contract ones of course that may work our cheaper

      more help?

      www.itreliance.co.uk

  49. QUESTION:
    which airline do you recomend to travel to Canada from Phoenix?? US Airlines or American Airlines?

    • ANSWER:
      The quality and level of service (or lack of) is about the same, I would go with the one that has the best price and flight times. You won't get meals or personal seat back in-flight entertainment with either airline and the legroom and comfort is about the same. AA does now have in-flight movie streaming through wifi on your own laptop for a fee on many flights.

      You might also consider frequent flyer programs if you plan on flying a lot in the future. AA and US Airways belong to two different alliances, each with different partner airlines.

      You can compare some amenities and servivce here:
      http://www.jaunted.com/story/2011/6/27/195335/453/travel/2011+US+Airline+In-Flight+Entertainment+Guide

  50. QUESTION:
    What is the pros and cons of the Nokia N75?

    • ANSWER:
      Good question. Having recently bought this phone and used it extensively in all aspects, including unlocking and debranding it, it's a wonderful phone. But there are some strong negative points. From ATT still locked and branded it's a great phone but once you debrand it, you have 60 mbs free right up instead of the 40 Cingular/ATT allots you. Also, once debranded you have many more options and the option to change form UMTS only or GSM only or dual, selecting only GSM/Edge data will prolong your battery.

      Pros: Symbian Operating System 60 3rd edition, completely amazing phone OS, can edit so many things, there is literally an infinite selection of powerful apps and games you can put on this thing.
      Browser, you can download a slew of files from ANY website simultaneously, then hit "Hide" and continue browsing as you download. This is on branded and unbranded.
      Screen is big bright and is auto adjusted by a light sensor near the ear piece.
      Call quality, is the best it can get, I live in a area about a mile from Cingulars coverage map states there is service, but I have usually full bars, (around 2 bars with my previous samsung phone.)
      Camera takes good videos, and has high resolution 2MP.
      Integrated Media player is the norm, Realplayer. Works fine and goes in landscape mode and regular, and streams. But I recommend downloading a player called Core Player from Corecodec, you can download any mpg, mpeg, little movie from the net to your phone not even using a wap site, just regular HTTP and you can play it with core player. Amazing.
      Like I already said memory is a plus also, 60 mb free when unbranded.
      Stereo speakers on the side, for speakerphone, adn you can shut the phone while you're on a call, my previous samsung didn't let me do this. I love Nokias.
      Multitasking! The symbian v3 lets you multitask, and it's so great. As with other Nokia Smartphones, I can be chatting on Mig33 yahoo/aim, hold the menu button down to switch to a different running app or game or media player. So chat as you browse, literally, and play a game on the side if you want. Symbian is wonderful.
      Buttons, on the side you have dedicated camera button, and taking pictures is super easy and decently fast.
      Cover display, you can do alot on this without ever opening the phone. Read texts, take videos/pictures, listen to music, profiles, different things.
      Bluetooth of course, and IR.

      Cons: Battery life. Although I have my screen as dim as it can get and it's still PLENTY bright enough, I never notice it being too dim, in fact I wish It could go lower. This saves on battery, also, GSM mode saves tremendously, all in all I get about a day with playing some games, surfing the net for about two hours, and some calls. Using the web via Edge is not that big of a drain compared to calls, I've discovered, phone calls and games is what gets this phone. But you can find many ways to save power, like sleep mode, and dimming it down, and turning sounds down and vibrate off.

      Camera: Though a good video taker, a green tint seems to hint at all my photos, however turning on fluorescent mode helps this.


movie streaming services compared

Cinderella Movies List

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is a movie similar to where their sort of is a Cinderella theme going on?
    Like a movie that has this average girl who likes this guy
    and someone in the move tries to prevent them to be together
    like stepmother, guy's girlfriend or someone.

    like the movies listed below:

    another Cinderella story
    picture this
    a Cinderella story

    • ANSWER:
      Ever After with Drew Barrymore - this may be a little too Cinderella for you

  2. QUESTION:
    What are some of the best teenage girl movies?
    I'm sick and theres nothing else i can do except lie around so what are the best teenage girl movies? List would be lovely. Xd

    • ANSWER:
      Here are my favorites:

      Mean Girls
      John Tucker Must Die
      Adventureland
      Juno
      (500) Days of Summer
      Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
      10 Things I Hate About You
      You Again
      John Tucker Must Die
      Freaky Friday
      Legally Blonde 1 & 2
      Adventures in Babysitting
      16 Candles
      Honey
      The Girl Next Door
      Pretty in Pink
      St Elmo's Fire
      The Princes Diaries
      Never Been Kissed
      She's All That
      Easy A
      A Cinderella Story
      Fame
      The Breakfast Club
      Ferris Bueller's Day Off

  3. QUESTION:
    What are some books based off of fairy tales?
    I'd like some lists of books (mainly books, but movies too) based off of fairy tales, old operas, ballets, history, or are in general re-tellings of classic tales.
    Here are the ones I have/know of:
    Anything by Mercedes Lackey
    The Once Upon a Time Series
    Anything by Robin McKinley
    (Another) A Cinderella Story (movies)
    Sydney White (movie)

    Anything helps...thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      There was a loose series of novels based on fairy tales once, edited by Terri Windling:
      The Sun, the Moon and the Stars by Steven Brust
      The Nightingale (The Nightingale) by Kara Dalkey
      Tam Lin (Tam Lin) by Pamela Dean
      Jack the Giant-Killer (Jack the Giant-Killer) by Charles de Lint
      Snow White and Rose Red (Snow White and Rose Red) by Patricia Wrede
      Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) by Jane Yolen
      White as Snow by Tanith Lee
      Fitcher's Brides (Bluebeard) by Gregory Frost

      Perilous Gard is based off the same ballad as Tam Lin, listed above.

      The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede--YA, but still good.

      Also, if you like comics, I would recommend Castle Waiting by Linda Medley--there is an omnibus of collected issues. It's a great deal of fun to find all the references to the different fairy tales.

  4. QUESTION:
    What movies are similar to John Tucker Must Die?
    I like these kind of movies because they're funny. Please do not give me any of the movies that I list below:
    Mean Girls
    John Tucker Must Die (obviously)
    Sleepover
    A Cinderella Story
    Another Cinderella Story
    13 Going 30
    Thank you guys and girls!

    • ANSWER:
      Never Been Kissed
      How to Lose a Guy in 10 days
      Just My Luck
      Get Over It
      Whatever It Takes
      She's All That

  5. QUESTION:
    I need a list of G Rated Cinderella version movies to show students in a classroom setting.?
    I have read different versions to my classes and want them to see different movie versions. Please include the title and rating. These will be shown to elementary and middle school aged children.

    • ANSWER:
      how about:
      Another Cinderella story-PG
      A Cinderella Story-PG
      Rodger's And Hammerstein's Cinderella-G

      Hope these help

  6. QUESTION:
    What are some movies similar to starstruck?
    I've seen Starstruck, A Cinderella Story, and Another Cinderella Story but what are some teen romances similar to those?

    • ANSWER:
      PopStar was a movie with Aaron Carter in it. I own it. I don't think you'd be able to rent it but maybe.
      look it up. I enjoyed the movies you listed and found popstar to be amazing too.

  7. QUESTION:
    What is the name of that Cinderella movie?
    I think this was from Disney channel. There was a black girl who was the Cinderella, (not racist, god) and I remember there were TONS of people wearing feathers, but whatever. And maybe if you could include a list of other Cinderella movies that would be nice. O and i know the Ever After (drew berrymore) and all the other disney channel "modern" ones like another cinderella story, but any like the movie Ever After or something like that would be nice! *please make sure they are movies too!
    Thanks!
    xoxo

    • ANSWER:

  8. QUESTION:
    What movies should I bring on a roadtrip?
    I am being forced to go on a road trip with my little brothers. My Dad will be driving. We will be in the car for about six hours. We have a DvD player in the car. We need movie suggestions. Give us lots of suggestions please. I am eighteen, my brothers are sixteen and fourteen. We don't like horror movies and they don't like romantic comedies. It does not matter what the ratings are, so you can suggest an R rated movie. I just don't want to be bored.Oh we don't really want movies older than 1995.

    • ANSWER:
      Heres a list of movies you could bring

      the bourne idenity
      the bourne supremacy
      the bourne ultimatium
      nacho libre
      school of rock
      40 year old virgin
      27 dresses
      50 first dates
      the invisible
      hoodwinked
      forrest gump
      shes the man
      the house bunny
      deffinetly maybe
      twilight
      over her dead body
      grease
      a cinderella story
      back to the future
      over the hedge
      madagascar
      made of honor
      the devil wears prada
      bride wars
      just my luck
      the dark night
      pirates of the carribean 1 2 &3
      the chronicles of narnia
      hairspray
      a walk to remember
      the lovely bones
      clue
      without a clue
      whats up doc
      home alone
      just friends
      my big fat greek wedding
      mamma mia
      my sisters keeper
      julie and julia
      rush hour
      till lies do us part
      the notebook
      the uninvited
      the emperors new groove
      obsessed

  9. QUESTION:
    What are a list of songs that i could use for an elementry school dance?
    i need a list of songs that i could use for an elementry school dance that dont have swears or sexual content. i need a list that would last at least 2 hours. plz make a list or give me a site that i can look at!

    • ANSWER:
      Kid’s Songs (Disney & More)

      Jem & the Holograms--When It’s only me & the music, I Got my eye on you, Universal Appeal, Depends on the mood I’m in, People who care
      Disco Mickey Mouse Album- Disco Mickey Mouse, Mousetrap, Macho Duck , Watch out for Goofy, Welcome to Rio
      Animanaics—There is only 1 of you, U.N. Me, I’m Cute, I’ll take an island, Quake! A Quake!, Monkey song
      Will Smith-- Wild wild west, Summertime, Men in Black, parents just don’t understand
      Bill Haley & the Comets--ABC Boogie, See you later alligator
      They Might be Giants—Istanbul, particle man, birdhouse in your soul
      Rockin Robin—Bobby Day
      Who’s Johnny-El Debarge
      Inspector Gadget theme (ska verison)—Ska king Crab
      The Bumblebee tuna song (ska verison)—Mephiskapheles
      Head to toe—Lisa Lisa & the Cult Jam
      Labyrinth--Chilly Down, Magic dance
      Rainbow Connection—Kermit the frog
      Annie-- Dumb Dog, Let’s go to the movies, Hard knock life
      Muppet show theme
      Purple people eater—Sheb Wooley
      Happy trails—Sons of the pioneers
      Who put the bop—The Big Bopper
      Baby Bumblebee
      Fraggle Rock theme
      Farmer in the dell
      Hokey pokey
      Puff the magic dragon—Peter, Paul & Mary
      Yankee Doodle Dandy—James Cagney
      My bonnie lies over the ocean
      Monster mash
      Yellow polka dot bikini
      Witch doctor
      I have the power—She-ra: Secret of the sword
      Raining Sunshine - Miranda Cosgrove (cloudy w/ a chance of meatballs)
      Let's Get Together (The Parent Trap)
      The Ugly Bug Ball (Summer Magic)
      Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah (Song of the South)
      Are We Dancing (The Happiest Millionaire)
      Oogie Boogie's Song (The Nightmare Before Christmas)
      Heffalumps and Woozles (Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day)
      Lavender Blue (Dilly Dilly)-- (So Dear to My Heart)
      Cruella De Vil (101 Dalmatians)
      Some Day My Prince Will Come (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
      You've Got a Friend in Me (Toy Story)
      The Siamese Cat Song (Lady and the Tramp)
      Space Jam—theme song, Hit ‘Em High (Monstars theme)
      Batman-Partyman-Prince, Batdance-Prince
      Fern Gully--Toxic Love—Tim Curry, If I’m gonna eat somebody it might as well be you—Tone Loc, A dream worth keeping—Sheena E
      Oliver & Co-- Once Upon a time in NYC-Billy Joel, Perfect isn’t easy-Bette Midler
      Aladdin--A Whole New World, One Jump Ahead
      Little Mermaid--Under the Sea, Kiss the Girl, Poor Unfortunate Souls, Part of Your World
      Lion King--Circle of Life, Hakuna Matata, I Just Can't Wait to Be King, Be Prepared, Can you feel the love tonight
      Beauty and the Beast--Beauty and the Beast, Be Our Guest, Something There, Belle
      Mary Poppins--Jolly Holiday, A Spoonful of Sugar, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag), Let's Go Fly a Kite, Stay Awake
      Pete's Dragon--Candle on the Water, Boo Bop Bopbop Bop (I Love You, Too), I swear I saw a dragon
      Bambi-- Love Is a Song, Little April Shower
      Disneyland--Main Street Electrical Parade, It's a Small World (After All), The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room
      Bedknobs & Broomsticks--The Age of Not Believing, Portobello Road, Substitutiary Locomotion, A Step in the Right Direction
      Cinderella--Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo, Oh Sing Sweet Nightingale, A dream is a wish your heart makes, So this is love
      The Jungle Book--The Bare Necessities, I Wanna Be like You, That's What Friends Are For
      Pinocchio--When You Wish upon a Star, I've Got No Strings
      The Hunchback of Notre Dame-- Out There, God help the outcasts
      Pocahontas--Colors of the Wind, Just Around the Riverbend, Steady As the Beating Drum"
      Sleeping Beauty-- Once Upon a Dream, I Wonder
      Dumbo--Pink Elephants on Parade, Baby Mine, When I See an Elephant Fly
      Robin Hood--Oo-De-Lally, Love
      The Aristocats--Thomas O'Malley Cat, Everybody Wants to Be a Cat

  10. QUESTION:
    Whats a list of Cinderella themed movies?
    I love the movie ever after, and I've seen all the cinderella stories... whats more movies with the same theme... like maid in manhatten or the prince and me?

    • ANSWER:
      Cinderella Man .. an amazing movie with russsell crowe... was just on on TNT
      a Cinderella Story.. i used to like it
      yeah..im out of ideas

  11. QUESTION:
    What are the best teen movies on youtube?
    I have a long day and I need some entertainment. What are your top 5 favorite teen movies (full length) on youtube?

    • ANSWER:
      Haha, i completely love watching movies on youtube. i recently watched alot of movies,, here`s a list.

      Harry potter and the goblet of fire (since ive never seen that one)

      Twilight

      Princess Protection Program

      Bolt

      My Mom`s new Boyfriend

      Sleepover

      Blood:The Last Vampire

      17 again

      10 things i hate about you

      13 going on 30

      A cinderella story

      Texas Chainsaw massacre

      Prom Night

      Juno

      It`s a boy girl thing

      Mean Girls

      The Princess Diaries

      She`s the man

      Step Up

      Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins

      Transformers 2

      The Exorcist

      Fat Albert

      Though im not sure all of them are available on youtube. there`s still a super totally free website that i use all the time to watch the newly released movies. trust me. just type 'teenage' into the searchbar and you have a whole load of movies!

      www.watch-movies-links.net

      OR

      www.movie25.com

      (:

  12. QUESTION:
    What are some good inspirational movies?
    I watch too much depressing movies, and I'm not into comedies but I love inspirational movies such as Shawshank Redemption. So what are some good inspirational movies? Any genre (except comedy) is fine. It does not need to have a happy ending.

    BQ: Last good movie you watched? Tell me about it.
    BQ2: The Matrix or Terminator 2?

    • ANSWER:
      127 Hours
      Billy Elliot
      Sea Biscuit (I recommend it, if you haven't watched)
      The Diary Of Anne Frank
      Glory Road
      The Pursuit of Happyness
      A Beautiful Mind
      Life Is Beautiful
      Schindler's list

      Well, I guess you watched most of them.

      BQ:Cinderella Man. I liked it a lot.
      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0352248/
      BQ2:I haven't watched any Terminator movies. But The Matrix is pretty awesome.

      Edit: The Straight Story is inspirational too.
      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0166896/

  13. QUESTION:
    What is a good disney movie from before?
    I want to see old disney movies and want you to list as many old movies as you can. If you do thanx, if not, oh well. But i want opinions.

    • ANSWER:
      Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
      Fantasia
      Pinocchio
      Dumbo
      The Reluctant Dragon
      Bambi
      Saludos Amigos
      The Three Caballeros
      Make Mine Music
      The Song of the South
      Fun and Fancy Free
      Melody Time
      The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr Toad
      Cinderella
      Alice in Wonderland
      Peter Pan
      20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
      Lady and the Tramp
      Old Yeller
      Darby O'Gill and the Little People
      Sleeping Beauty
      Swiss Family Robinson
      The Sword in the Stone
      Mary Poppins
      That Darn Cat
      The Jungle Book
      The Love Bug
      The Aristocats
      Bedknobs and Broomsticks
      The Million Dollar Duck
      Robin Hood
      Herbie Rides Again
      Pete's Dragon
      The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
      The Rescuers
      The Fox and The Hound
      A Disney Christmas Gift
      The Black Cauldron
      The Great Mouse Detective
      Oliver and Company
      Who Framed Roger Rabbit
      Ducktales The Movie - Treasure of the Lost Lamp
      The Rescuers Down Under
      Beauty and the Beast
      Aladdin
      Aladdin, the Return of Jafar
      The Lion King
      Pocahontas
      Pocahontas 2 Journey to a New World
      The Little Mermaid
      The Little Mermaid Ariels Beginning
      The Little Mermaid Return to the Sea
      A Goofy Movie
      Toy Story
      Aladdin and the King of Thieves
      James and the Giant Peach
      The Hunchback of Notre Dame
      Beauty and the Beast the Enchanted Christmas
      Mulan
      Mulan 2
      101 Dalmatians
      Tinker Bell
      Hercules
      Winnie the Poohs Most Grand Adventure
      A Bugs Life
      Belle's Magical World
      The Lion King 2 Simbas Pride
      Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas
      Tarzan
      Toy Story 2
      Winni the Pooh Seasons of Giving

      All of these were put out before the year 2000. After that there is:

      An Extremely Goofy Movie
      Buzz Lightyear of Star Command the Adventure Begins
      Dinosaur
      Fantasia 2000
      The Emperors New Groove
      The Tigger Movie
      Atlantis the Lost Empire
      Lady and the Tramp 2 Scamps Adventure
      Mickey's Magical Christmas Snowed in at the House of Mouse
      Monsters Inc
      Cinderella 2 Dreams Come True
      Kim Possible the Secret Files
      Lilo and Stitch
      Mickey Mouse's House of Mouse the Villains
      Return to Neverland
      Tarzan and Jane
      The Hunchback of Notre Dame 2
      Treasure Planet
      Winnie the Pooh a Very Merry Pooh Year
      101 Dalmatians 2 Patch's London Adventure
      Atlantis 2 Milos Return
      Brother Bear
      Finding Nemo
      Kim Possible a Stitch in Time
      Piglets Big Movie
      Stitch the Movie
      The Jungle Book 2
      Home on the Range
      Kim Possible the Villain Files
      Mickey Donald Goofy the Three Musketeers
      Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas
      The Incredibles
      The Lion King 1.5 Hakuna Matata
      Winnie the Pooh Springtime with Pooh
      Chicken Little
      Disney's Christmas Favorites
      Kim Possible So the Drama
      Kronk's New Groove
      Lilo and Stitch 2 Stitch Has a Glitch
      Pooh's Heffalump Movie
      Tarzan 2
      Bambi 2
      Brother Bear 2
      Cars
      Leroy and Stitch
      The Fox and the Hound 2
      Cinderella 3 a Twist in Time
      Disney Princesses Enchanted Tales
      Enchanted
      Meet the Robinsons
      Ratatouille
      Wall-E
      Bolt
      Tangled
      The Princess and the Frog

  14. QUESTION:
    Seeking movie version of Cinderella where her mother's grave is below a tree and the tree provides her finery?
    I would probably have seen this in the late 60's. Cinderella wishes at the tree and it drops a beautiful gown and slippers for her to wear to the ball. I don't recall it being a musical.

    • ANSWER:
      Could that have been the German version called Aschenputtel or Ash Girl? The father brought back "a hazel-twig" from one of his trips. Cinderella planted it by her mother's grave and it grew into a magnificent tree with white doves in it.
      Here is the original Grimm's fairy tale: http://www.grimmstories.com/en/grimm_fairy-tales/aschenputtel
      EDIT: You may have seen Aschenputtel (1955) -- # 89 on this long list of adaptations of Cinderella: http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0005757/

  15. QUESTION:
    What are some romantic music,movies,dates and dinners?
    I need help choosing some romantic music,movies,dates and dinners please give me some suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Music:

      1. “At Last” by Etta James
      2. "Kiss of Life" by Sade
      3. "Playground Love" by Air
      4. "Un-thinkable (I'm Ready)" by Alicia Keys
      5. “Your Everything” by Keith Urban
      6. "Lightweight" by Demo Lovato
      7. "You and I" by Michael Bublé
      8. "Nocturne In E Flat Major, Op.9 No.2" by Frederic Chopin
      9. "Wild Is the Wind" by Cat Power
      10. "No One Else" by Natalie Walker

      Movies:

      1. The Vow
      2. Dear John
      3. Love Actually
      4. Before Sunrise
      5. Dirty Dancing
      6. Crazy, Stupid, Love.
      7. Letters to Juliet
      8. Ever After: A Cinderella Story
      9. A Walk in the Clouds
      10. If Only
      11. The Holiday
      12. Serendipity
      13. The Notebook

      Dates:

      1. Picnic at the park or beach
      2. Hike to the top of a hill away from lights, bring a blanket and watch the stars
      3. Horseback Riding
      4. Ice skating
      5. Take a tour/ explore a new city/town, sight seeing
      6. Walk on the beach 'til the sun goes down
      7. Go get ice-cream, treats, or coffee. Walk around and people watch
      8. Catch a free/cheap concert, movie, or show
      9. Outdoor Games - Frisbee, kite, tennis, etc..
      10. Make Dinner together with Candle light

      Dinners:

      1. Pasta - Ravioli, Penne, angel hair with salad
      2. Spinach Quiche
      3. Stuffed Bell Peppers
      4. Marinated Chicken Breasts grilled veggies
      5. Steak Salad

      *More Dinners listed here:

      http://www.foodnetwork.com/search/delegate.do?fnSearchString=dinners+for+two&fnSearchType=site

      http://www.food.com/recipes/romantic/popular

  16. QUESTION:
    What are some good movies to rent for Halloween?
    I was going to rent some scary movies for Halloween this year. Any suggestions? They can be classic or new.

    • ANSWER:
      I usually space out movies over a few days before Halloween. That's why I'm giving you such a long list. I like the feeling of Halloween to linger. So if you go for maybe 1-2 a night. You can get through most of these movies a week before the 31st.

      If you don't mind subtitles, there are some really scary Asian horror movies. So here's a small list.
      "Marebito" is a very strange ghost/vampire story.
      "Audition" is about an obsessive/psycho girlfriend.
      "Cinderella" is a revenge story about a burn victim.
      "Ju-On" is the Japanese/original version of The Grudge. But let me tell you that I feel that "The Grudge" is actually a little scarier. Ju-On 2 has more pop to it to be honest, but the first movie has more of a realistic feel to it.

      So, that's my Asian film list. Now to my regulars. Definitely see if you can get the following. I'll give you ten.

      Texas Chainsaw Massacre
      Pet Cemetery
      The Exorcist
      Jacobs Ladder
      Susperia
      House on Haunted Hill (Black and White version)
      The Ring (Just for kicks. I personally don't think it's scary") Try Ringu instead.
      Creepshow. They are silly but I got a few scares out of them.
      RoseMary's baby
      The Omen (Older version)

  17. QUESTION:
    Any movies for teenage girls you would recomend?
    Me and my mate are having a sleep-over soon and we were looking for some shallow teen movies to watch. Any you recomend?
    Thanks to everyone who has answered so far!
    I will look for them, and get them if i can find any.

    • ANSWER:
      1. 10 Things I Hate About You
      2. 27 Dresses
      3. Just Like Heaven
      4. Made Of Honour
      5. Music and Lyrics
      6. No Reservations
      7. Never Been Kissed
      8. Love Actually
      9. Legally Blonde
      10. The Holiday
      11. 13 Going On 30
      12. (500) Days Of Summer
      13. Shallow Hal
      14. Bridget Jones
      15. 27 Dresses
      16. What Happens In Vegas
      17. Along Came Polly
      18. He's Just Not That Into You
      19. How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days
      20. The Break-Up
      21. 50 First Dates
      22. Knocked Up
      23. Just My Luck
      24. There's Something About Mary
      25. Valentines Day
      26. Hitch
      27. The Devil Wears Prada
      28. P.S I Love You
      29. Something's Gotta Give
      30. Along Came Polly
      31. A Cinderella Story
      32. The Prince And Me
      33. My Super Ex-Girlfriend
      34. She's The Man
      35. Nick And Norah's Infinite Playlist
      36. Mamma Mia!
      37. Another Cinderella Story
      38. Definitely Maybe
      39. Fool's Gold
      40. Picture This
      41. How To Lose Friends and Alienate People
      42. Bride Wars
      43. Confessions Of A Shopaholic
      44. Adam
      45. Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past
      46. It's Complicated
      47. The Rebound
      48. Leap Year
      49. When In Rome
      50. She's Out Of My League
      51. The Bounty Hunter
      52. The Back-Up Plan
      53. Letters To Juliet
      54. Life As We Know It
      55. Love And Other Drugs
      56. Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging
      57. How Do You Know

      I have listed quite a few films...they are all great, but my favorites are 10 Things I Hate About You and (500) Days Of Summer.
      Hope this helps :)
      😀

  18. QUESTION:
    Why in most walt disney movies does someone always die?
    I was just thinking and in most movies someone dies like the mom or dad.
    Is there a reason or something?

    • ANSWER:
      Disney uses Happiness, Sadness, Surprise, Laughter, and Fright to make their movies as a recipe for greatness.

      Of course, the following isn't a complete list, but its food for thought:

      Death in movie: Nemo, Lion King, Bambi
      Raised by one parent: Little Mermaid, Dumbo, Chicken Little, Toy Story, Beauty & the Beast, A Goofy Movie, Pinnochio, Remy in Ratatouille, Pocohantas, "Penny" in Bolt
      Raised by step-parent (both birth parents died): Snow White, Cinderella
      Raised by no parents/orphan: Jungle Book, Oliver & Co., Meet the Robinsons, The Rescuers, Tarzan
      None of the above: Robin Hood, Aristocats, 101 Dalmations (kinda)
      Happy Disney Families with a mom & dad where nobody dies!!: The Incredibles, Mulan, Lady & The Tramp

      Using different emotions pulls you in and hopefully/usually makes for a great movie. Most people can relate to one of the above situations somehow, so Disney movies appeal to many, many different types of folks.

  19. QUESTION:
    What are good movies for 14 year olds?
    I can take some horror movies. Nothing to major. I love comedies and romance. Well I'll basically watch any kind of movie. Any movie ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Here's a list of my all time FAVORITES! I'm 14 btw too, so if that helps.

      romantic/high school/chick flick
      A cinderella story
      another cinderella story
      she's the man
      john tucket must die
      Monte Carlo
      Picture THIS
      Sharpay's fabulous adventure (It's actually good even for a 14 year old)
      the hsm series (I liked it when I was younger, but idk, you might still like it)
      17 AGAIN. my ALL time favorite, with zac efron. AMAZING movie <3333 a walk to remember (really sad, but really romantic). Letters to juliette Dear John Lovestruck What a girl wants ANGUS, THONGS, AND PERFECT SNOGGING BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM clueless first daughter My best friends wedding - its old, with julia roberts, but I LOVED IT! Comedy AND romance and i loved any hilary duff movie, cadet kelly, the lizzie mcguire movie, material girls, etc. MEAN GIRLS 1 & mean girls 2. Juno -- WHAT I REALLY RECCOMEND - is 17 again, letters to juliette, mean girls 1 and 2. my fav out of the entire lot. as well as she's the man. I also like Bend it like beckham and Angus, thongs and perfect snogging. :) And ALSO be sure to check out THE SLEEP OVER MOVIE, its especially good to watch with friends!

      COMEDIES: I reccomend 17 again again haha its a comedy as well. my best friends wedding, accepted, anything with will smith or eddie murphy.

      ANIMATION: shrek series, tangled**, the incredibles, toy story 1,2,3 (i cried at the end :c) ,. gnomeo and juliette, any animation basically.

      COMEDY / HORROR: Scream 4!! amazing movie, it's not scary either. it's comedy type. and scary movie 2 & 3.

      AND OF COURSE, If you're not already a fan, THE HARRY POTTER SERIES!
      Hope I helped

  20. QUESTION:
    What movies do you guys recommend for teens?
    My sister is having her friends over for her 15th birthday party

    Other than Juno and Across the Universe

    what other movies do you guys recommend?

    • ANSWER:
      Mean Girls, Sixteen Candles, Sleepover, Sydney White, She's The Man (hell yes!), A Cinderella Story, Freaky Friday, Herbie: Fully Loaded, Paranormal Activity, Jumper, Semi-Pro, Yes Man, Moulin Rouge!, Mamma Mia!, Flightplan, RV, 27 Dresses, The Eye, Romeo + Juliet, 17 Again, Jennifer's Body, the list goes on and on.

  21. QUESTION:
    What would be a good romantic movie to watch?
    What would be a good movie to watch for a teenage girl interested in romantic comedies, or sci-fi romance? I don't want her watching anything too violent (sexual, or anything) but I really have no idea what to let her watch.
    Any help?

    • ANSWER:
      Just like Heaven
      No Reservations
      Two Weeks Notice
      What a Girl Wants
      A Cinderella Story
      The Lizzie McGuire Movie
      The Princess' Diaries 1,2
      The Lake House
      Maid in Manhattan
      50 First Dates
      A Walk to Remember
      Along Came Polly
      Never Been Kissed
      Save the Last Dance
      You've Got Mail
      Sleepless in Seattle
      The Terminal
      Bride & Prejudice

      Hope this list helps. The maximum rating is PG 13 I believe

  22. QUESTION:
    Is there any good teen love movies about best friends?
    I really want to watch a movie about best friends falling in love, anyone got any?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes here are a list-

      Say Anything
      Valley Girl
      Save the Last Dance
      A Cinderella Story
      10 Things I Hate About You
      She's All That
      Step Up
      A Walk to Remember
      Varsity Blues
      Mean Girls
      Picture This!
      The Princess Diaries
      Popstar
      Fat Albert

  23. QUESTION:
    Where can you watch movies in high quality?
    another cinderella story, cinderella story, other movies. Please list sites with best quality.
    Also some tv sites in high quality would be good.
    Thanks!!!!
    please no graboid or theaters lol
    but, also downloading sites could be good
    Also im overseas
    Please give me the best sites.
    I really need some sites
    thank u so much
    Thank You everyone for trying.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,
      Just search your movie titles here for places to watch it online:
      http://www.movieswamp.com
      It also have a list of popular free movie sites you can check out.

  24. QUESTION:
    What are some good movies for teens and preteens?
    I am 13 and my twin little sisters are 10 and we have been watching a lot of movies together lately, but they have all been cartoon movies and I wanted to suggest some other movies to them, but I don’t know much about movies as I really don’t normally watch movies or much TV.

    Please nothing rated R as that’s not appropriate for my little sisters or even for me for that matter.

    Thanks!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Parent trap - PG
      Catch that kid - PG
      Spy kids - PG
      Sky high PG
      Camp Rock (There are 2) -
      High school musical (There are 3)
      Finding Nemo - G
      Home alone - PG (I think there are 4 or 5 of them)
      Are we there yet? -PG
      Are we done yet? - PG
      Teenage Drama Queen - PG
      Cheaper by the dozen 1 and 2 -PG
      Yours mine and Ours - PG
      Bend it like Beckham - PG13
      She's the Man - PG13
      Soul Surfer - PG
      Karate Kid - PG
      Hotel for Dogs - PG
      Bolt - PG
      Minutemen
      Bridge to Tarabithia PG
      Firehouse Dog - PG
      I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus PG
      Just For Kicks -PG
      Air Bud
      Game Plan - PG
      Big Fat Liar - PG
      Daddy Day Care - PG
      Daddy Day Camp - PG
      Charlie and the chocolate Factory - PG
      A Cinderella Story -PG
      Aquamarine -PG
      Ice Princess - PG
      The Perfect Man -PG
      My sisters keeper - PG13
      The Last Song - PG
      Stick it - PG13

      I would use imdb.com
      I love this site and if you make an account you can create lists and it will suggest other movies based on your list.
      Hope I helped. Some of the PGs are probably G.

  25. QUESTION:
    What are your favorite animation movies?
    I'm actually doing a collection for my cousin and I need some ideas. I already have Wall E, Cinderella and Tangled.

    • ANSWER:
      This is gonna be a long list.

      Beauty and the Beat
      Aladdin
      Finding Nemo
      The Lion King
      Shrek 1, 2, 3, 4
      Alice in Wonderland
      The Little Mermaid
      Lilo and Stitch
      Kung Fu Panda
      Happy Feet
      How to Train a Dragon
      TMNT
      Cars
      The Incredibles
      A Goofy Movie
      Toy Story 3
      Spirited Away
      The Nightmare Before Christmas
      Thumbelina

      Pretty much all Disney classics. Gotta love those classics. (:

  26. QUESTION:
    What are some good Informal Biography movies to watch?
    i recently watched a couple of interesting sort of informal biography movies like Jarhead. Tell me the names of other such movies that are fun to watch and just light hearted.

    • ANSWER:
      Schindler's List (1993) (very good movie)
      Goodfellas (1990)
      Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
      The Pianist (2002) (very good movie)
      Braveheart (1995)
      Into the Wild (2007)
      Gandhi (1982)
      Cinderella Man (2005) (very good movie)
      Finding Neverland (2004)
      Walk the Line (2005)
      A Beautiful Mind (2001) (very good movie)

  27. QUESTION:
    What are all the animated disney movies?
    I've been reliving my childhood with all the original Disney movies, but there are a lot of them I can't remember. Is it possible to have anyone list all of the classic Disney movies? All the princess movies and ones like Hercules? Just any you can think of. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Here are the ones I can think of:
      Fantasia
      Snow White
      Cinderella
      Sleeping Beauty
      Beauty and the Beast
      Aladdin
      Hercules
      The Lion King
      The Hunchback of Notre Dame
      The Little Mermaid
      Peter Pan
      Pinnochio

      I hope this helped :)

  28. QUESTION:
    What are some really engrossing captivating movies?
    Hi im looking for something long, it can be old or newer, but something besides the obvious movies that will bring me in to the film. I love movies like magnolia, Cinderella Man, Gone with the Wind, Godfather, Boogie Nights, Lenny, Malcolm X, Raging Bull.
    A movie that is really great and captivating, maybe a hidden understated gem. I was thinking of maybe Braveheart
    Thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      I am simply going to list what I consider the best movies ever made;

      1. Citizen Kane
      2. Casablanca
      3. Schindler's List
      4. Lawrence of Arabia
      5. To Kill A Mockingbird
      6. The Godfather
      7. Some Like It Hot
      8. The Grapes of Wrath
      9. A Man For All Seasons
      10. Chinatown
      11. From Here to Eternity
      12. A Streetcar Named Desire
      13. On the Waterfont
      14. Sunset Blvd
      15. Patton
      16. Bonnie and Clyde
      17. The Maltese Falcon
      18. Psycho
      19. The Sting
      20. Dr. Strangelove

      Relatively Recent Movies I think are Must See Movies
      1. Almost Famous
      2. The Insider
      3. The Wrestler
      4. Milk
      5. American Beauty
      6. The Social Network
      7. LA Confidential
      8. And Then There Will Be Blood
      9. Babel
      10. The Aviator

  29. QUESTION:
    Can you list your favorite movie that was released each year from 1950-2012?
    BQ: top 3 hardest years to choose from
    BQ2: 3-D movies yay or nay
    BQ3: What is the most depressing movie you have ever seen?
    BQ4: What actor do you want to see make a comeback?

    • ANSWER:
      IM GUNNA DO IT...even though no one will read it

      1950- Cinderella (i cant think of one)
      1951- Strangers on a Train
      1952- The Greatest show on earth
      1953- The Wages of Fear
      1954- Seven Samurai
      1955- Lady and the tramp
      1956- A Man Escaped
      1957- 12 angry men
      1958- Vertigo
      1959- North by northwest
      1960- Psycho
      1961- The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer
      1962- To Kill a Mockingbird
      1963- The Great Escape
      1964- Gold finger
      1965- For a Few Dollars More
      1966- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
      1967- The Jungle Book
      1968- 2001: A Space Odyssey
      1969- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
      1970-
      1971- A Clockwork Orange
      1972- Deliverance
      1973- The Exorcist
      1974- The Godfather: Part II
      1975- One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
      1976- Taxi Driver
      1977- Star Wars
      1978- The Deer Hunter
      1979- Apocalypse Now
      1980- The Shining
      1981- Das Boot
      1982- Blade Runner
      1983- Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
      1984- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
      1985- Back to the Future
      1986- Aliens
      1987- Full Metal Jacket
      1988-Back to the Future
      1989- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
      1990- Goodfellas
      1991- Terminator 2: Judgment Day
      1992- Reservoir Dogs
      1993- Jurassic Park
      1994- Pulp Fiction
      1995- Twelve Monkeys
      1996- Fargo
      1997- Good Will Hunting
      1998- American History X
      1999- Fight Club
      2000- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
      2001- Donnie Darko
      2002- 28 Days Later
      2003- Oldboy
      2004- Shaun Of The Dead
      2005- Batman Begins
      2006- Casino Royale
      2007- I Am Legend
      2008- The Dark Knight
      2009- Inglourious Basterds
      2010- Kick-Ass
      2011- 50/50
      2012- not sure about 2012 seen as its only march so the best films haven't been released

      just through the 90s haha
      nay
      dont know
      will smith or maybe jack nickleson

  30. QUESTION:
    What are some great inspirational movies?
    Just wondering what you think are some great inspirational movies. Preferably some recent ones...so like created after 1990. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      :::How About....
      The Pursuit of Happyness
      Schindler's List
      Hotel Rwanda
      Cinderella Man
      The Shawshank Redemption
      Seabiscuit

      :::Two from just before 1990 that are also good...
      Lean on Me
      Stand and Deliver

  31. QUESTION:
    Popular music from movies for a ballet solo?
    I am doing a ballet solo next year and want to get a head start on choreography. What are some good songs that are from movies that I could use? It has to be from a movie because that is the theme of the show.

    I was thinking of Chariots of Fire theme song. What do you think?

    What others do you think would work?

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Chariots would make a beautiful dance, however you did ask for suggestions, this is my list of songs from Movies...not all will be good for ballet, but I don't feel like editing, sorry.

      From movies—
      Star Wars movies
      Star Trek Movies
      Avatar soundtrack
      Stargate soundtrack
      Top Gun Anthem
      Strictly Ballroom soundtrack
      Burlesque soundtrack
      Axel F (Beverly Hills Cop)
      Show me your fire truck—Backdraft
      She’s like the wind—Patrick Swayze (dirty Dancing)
      It’s my turn to fly—The Urge (Titan AE)
      More than a kiss-Tommy Conwell (shout)
      Tonight is what it means to be young—Fire Inc (Streets of fire)
      Cause I’m a blonde-Julie Brown (Earth Girls are easy)
      Please Mr. Jailer—Rachel Sweet & James Intveld (Cry Baby)
      Through the eyes of love—Melissa Manchester (Ice Castles theme)
      24-Jem (ultraviolet)
      Raining Sunshine - Miranda Cosgrove (cloudy w/ a chance of meatballs)
      Annie--Dumb Dog, Let’s go to the movies, Hard knock life
      I have the power—She-ra: Secret of the sword
      Let's Get Together (The Parent Trap)
      The Ugly Bug Ball (Summer Magic)
      Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah (Song of the South)
      Are We Dancing (The Happiest Millionaire)
      Oogie Boogie's Song (The Nightmare Before Christmas)
      Heffalumps and Woozles (Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day)
      Lavender Blue (Dilly Dilly)-- (So Dear to My Heart)
      Cruella De Vil (101 Dalmatians)
      Some Day My Prince Will Come (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
      You've Got a Friend in Me (Toy Story)
      The Siamese Cat Song (Lady and the Tramp)
      RAD--Music that you can dance to-The Sparks, Send me an angel—Real Life, Thunder in your heart—John Farnham, Get Strange—Hubert Kah
      Legend--Loved by the sun—Tangerine Dream,Is your love strong enough—Tangerine Dream ,The unicorn theme, The Cottage, Darkness , The Dance
      Labyrinth-- Chilly Down, Magic dance
      Dracula--Love eternal, Love remembered, The storm, Lucy’s party, Love Song for a vampire by Annie Lennox
      Dragonheart -World of your heart, Flight to Avalon, Draco
      Ladyhawke--main theme, She was sad at first, Phillippe describes Isabeau
      the Princess Bride-- The cliffs of insanity, I will never love again, The fireswamp & rodent of unusual size, Storybook Love—Willy Deville
      Space Jam—theme song, Hit ‘Em High (Monstars theme)
      Batman-Partyman-Prince, Batdance-Prince
      Teen Witch--Finest hour-Cindy Valentine aka Valentine Leone, I like boys-Elizabeth & the Weirz, Never gonna be the same again—Lori Russo aka Valentine Leone
      Batman Forever-- There is a light—Nick Cave, The riddler—Method Man, Crossing the River-Eddi Reader
      Sing--One more time –Michael Bolton, What’s the matter with love—Laurena Wilerson
      Fern Gully--Toxic Love—Tim Curry, If I’m gonna eat somebody it might as well be you—Tone Loc, A dream worth keeping—Sheena E
      Oliver & Co-- Once Upon a time in NYC-Billy Joel, Perfect isn’t easy-Bette Midler
      Aladdin--A Whole New World, One Jump Ahead
      Little Mermaid--Under the Sea, Kiss the Girl, Poor Unfortunate Souls, Part of Your World
      Lion King--Circle of Life, Hakuna Matata, I Just Can't Wait to Be King, Be Prepared, Can you feel the love tonight
      Beauty and the Beast--Beauty and the Beast, Be Our Guest, Something There, Belle
      Mary Poppins--Jolly Holiday, A Spoonful of Sugar, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag), Let's Go Fly a Kite, Stay Awake
      Pete's Dragon--Candle on the Water, Boo Bop Bopbop Bop (I Love You, Too), I swear I saw a dragon
      Bambi-- Love Is a Song, Little April Shower
      Disneyland--Main Street Electrical Parade, It's a Small World (After All), The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room
      Bedknobs & Broomsticks--The Age of Not Believing, Portobello Road, Substitutiary Locomotion, A Step in the Right Direction
      Cinderella--Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo, Oh Sing Sweet Nightingale, A dream is a wish your heart makes, So this is love
      The Jungle Book--The Bare Necessities, I Wanna Be like You, That's What Friends Are For
      Pinocchio--When You Wish upon a Star, I've Got No Strings
      The Hunchback of Notre Dame-- Out There, God help the outcasts
      Pocahontas--Colors of the Wind, Just Around the Riverbend, Steady As the Beating Drum"
      Sleeping Beauty-- Once Upon a Dream, I Wonder
      Dumbo--Pink Elephants on Parade, Baby Mine, When I See an Elephant Fly
      Robin Hood--Oo-De-Lally, Love
      The Aristocats--Thomas O'Malley Cat, Everybody Wants to Be a Cat
      Burlesque-I’m bound to you, The Last of me
      A Call to Arms-Glory

  32. QUESTION:
    What are some romantic teen movies with really hot guys?
    I have already watch Twilight a gizzillion times coz its the best movie ever. Also i have already seen things like a cinderella story, john tucker must die and the step up movies. OH AND PLEASE!!!! NO OLD MOVIES.

    • ANSWER:
      What about Fireproof? It stars Kirk Cameron and is about saving a marriage. Most people seem to love The Notebook.

      Visit this website for descriptions of top romantic movies. If your favorites aren't listed, add them yourself:
      http://www.sandiego-romantics.com/top-romantic-movies.html

  33. QUESTION:
    How can i dress like Mary from Another Cinderella Story?
    I asked this question 3 times and no one gave me specific answers. Just give me a list of basic clothes I need, if you can get specific brands, great!

    • ANSWER:
      www.selenastyle.com has her clothes. All u do is go 2 the website, click the button style on ur left, click tv shows and movies and scroll down and u will see her clothes from wizards of waverly place and another cinderella story. They have Mary's red dress and a lot of others from the movie. They will show u where 2 get the certin clothes. Also u can click the button hairstyles 2 ur left and they might have some of Mary's hairstyles. Hope that helps!!

  34. QUESTION:
    What are the top 10 movies you guys/girls like?
    I'm looking for some movies to watch.
    I want your opinion on what movies you think are great.
    If you think there are more than 10 that you like then feel free to add more.

    • ANSWER:
      My top 20...

      1. Fight Club(1999)
      2. Schindler’s List (1993)
      3. Reservoir Dogs(1992)
      4. The Shawshank Redemption(1994)
      5. The Graduate(1967)
      6. The Pianist(2002)
      7. Taxi Driver(1976)
      8. Big Fish(2003)
      9. American History X(1998)
      10.Psycho(1960)
      11.American Beauty
      12.Cinderella Man(2005)
      13.Requiem For A Dream(2000)
      14.The Green Mile(1999)
      15.A Hard Day's Night(1964)
      16.Ferris Beuller’s Day Off(1986)
      17.Rosemary's Baby(1968)
      18.The Shining(1980)
      19.Children of Men(2006)
      20.Almost Famous(2000)

  35. QUESTION:
    A list of fairy tales that actually have fairies in the story?
    And I mean the original stories, not the animated movies.

    • ANSWER:
      Do you consider "A Midsummer Night's Dream" a fairy tale? Other than that all I can really think of is "The Three Fairies" if you are speaking of classic fairy tales. I'm sure there must be others than this, but fairy tales weren't called that because they had fairies in them. They were actually referred to as tales of fairy and not fairy tales. Fairies are whimsical creatures who do as they please at any given time simply because it pleases them. Therefore, they are creatures of fancy. Fairy tales are tales of fancy, fanciful tales.

      BTW the original Sleeping Beauty did not have a fairy in it. Nor did the original Pinocchio. Cinderella did, though.

      EDIT: The original tale of Cinderella did not have a fairy godmother in it. It simply had a fairy. The fairy godmother bit is a Disney thing. The original tale of Pinocchio had Pinocchio killing the cricket, too.

      Oh, Peter Pan had a fairy in it, though. So now we have 1) A Midsummer Night's Dream, 2) The Three Fairies, 3) Cinderella, and 4) Peter Pan.

      EDIT: Again, the original Sleeping Beauty does not have a fairy in it. The original Cinderella has a fairy in it but it isn't a fairy godmother.

      Scottish lore has tales with fairies in them, but those aren't really fairies in the traditional sense, which is why I didn't mention them. They are more along the lines of being pixies or nymphs. Fairies are neither benevolent or malevolent, but pixies are. Scottish tales have them choosing up sides.

  36. QUESTION:
    What were some fictional events in the movie "Cinderella Man"?
    I know that Max Baer wasnt really that much of a jerk as they make him in the movie, but got any other examples?

    • ANSWER:
      At one point - given as 1933 - Braddock reports a dream of dining at the Ritz with Mickey Rooney. Then only 13, Mickey Rooney was in the film business but not a name to recognize in Braddock's slum. He starred in a series of comedy shorts at the time, but going by the name of Mickey McGuire. Only from the late 1930s through the 1940s would Mickey Rooney become a top star and household name.

      While the Braddocks were entering the fancy restaurant, the band was playing an ebullient version of Opus One. Opus One wasn't out until 1944.

      The credits list Benny Goodman's version of "Don't Be That Way" as the song playing in the club when Braddock meets Baer. That version of the song was first performed/recorded several years later, in 1938, at Carnegie Hall.

      At the end of the final fight scene, when Braddock is celebrating with his corner, one of his trainers, the man who Braddock kisses on top of his head, is wearing modern spectacles.

      Braddock goes to Central Park in March, 1935 and walks through a Hooverville in search of his friend Mike Wilson. New York's primary Depression Hooverville in 1935 was located on 10th Avenue near the East River (as portrayed in MY MAN GODFREY). There was a small Hooverville in Central Park located in the drained reservoir, not on the grass as portrayed in the film. When adequate fill could be found for it, the homeless were evicted, and the area was transformed into the park's Great Lawn. Landscaping work was completed by April, 1933, so Central Park's Hooverville had been gone a full two years when Braddock visits it in CINDERELLA MAN.

      In the dock yard working scene, a modern-day crane delivers the sacks that Braddock loads.

      During the press conference before the Baer fight, one reporter identifies himself as being from the New York Herald. In fact, the paper had been known as the Herald Tribune since 1924, when the Herald and the Tribune merged.

      Baer is shown wearing a robe with his name on the back. In reality, the robe that Baer wore to both of his title fits was a prop from the movie The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933). Baer played a character named "Steve Morgan", and that was the name on the back of the robe.

      Opening scene is set in late November on East Coast, but despite undoubtedly chilly temperatures, characters sit outside on patio at night without coats; trees and grass are still green.

      When Jim receives the in assistance, the teller gives him two 2-dollar bills. The 2-dollar bill, as shown, was not minted until 1976 and thus was not in existence during the Great Depression.

  37. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know some really good teen romance movies?
    Please list alot! Cause ive seen alot,and i wanna watch one I havent seen.

    • ANSWER:
      Some are from the eighties but still good
      Say Anything
      Pretty in Pink
      Sixteen Candles
      Dirty Dancing
      the Notebook
      Save the Last Dance
      Step Up
      A Cinderella Story
      Romeo + Juliet
      A Walk to Remember
      10 Things I Hate About You
      Can't Buy Me Love
      Love Don't Cost a Thing
      The Sure Thing
      Valley Girl
      First Daughter
      Never Been Kissed
      Clueless

  38. QUESTION:
    What are the top ten mean girl movies for teens to young adults?
    if you could give me a list of 10+ movies that would help alot. my friends and i are wanting new mean girl movie ides... thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Mean Girls
      Heathers
      Pretty in Pink
      The Devil Wears Prada
      She's All That
      John Tucker Must Die
      10 Things I Hate about You
      Cinderella Story
      The Breakfast Club
      Ghost World

  39. QUESTION:
    what exactly is 3d animation with the new toy story 3 movie?
    I mean is it like in 3d? or does it have like 3d features in the movie? Just kinda confuse on the 3d animation concept period.. and how is it different from 2d?

    • ANSWER:
      A 2d animated movie would be like the old Disney cartoons like, Snow White, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, the Little Mermaid, or the newer Princess and the Frog released in theaters like 4 months ago. The cartoons where they actually hand draw and color each frame. 3d animation would be done with computers and things like a ball actually looks more round because of how they can do shading and light reflection with computers. 3d animation would be, Cars, Planet 51, Monsters Inc, Finding Nemo, etc.

      Then you have S3d (Stereoscopic 3d) where you wear glasses to make it look like things are popping out in front of and behind the screen.

      Last year there was some confusion because 3d is used both to describe animation and using glasses. Planet 51 was reported as being in S3d like with glasses before it was released in theaters. Then it came out and was not in 3d with glasses. It was in 3d animation. I still see old websites that list Planet 51 as in S3d.

  40. QUESTION:
    What should my sister do for her thirteenth birthday party?
    My sister is having her thirteenth birthday soon and she doesn't know what to do. She doesn't like sitting around and talking, she always has to be busy. If you could, list at least 3 themes for her thirteenth birthday and at least 4 activities to do. I need help soon since her party will in less than 3 weeks.
    P.S Her party is a sleepover!

    • ANSWER:
      try doing an at home spa!
      my best friends sister did this for her 13th. its a great age. you can get face masks at your drugstore (dont forget the cucumbers!), as well as lotion. paint each others nails. do each others hair. get a girly movie.

      also, you could do an awards theme (oscars, academy awards, etc.) she handed out trophies to all her friends for various things (i.e. biggest blonde blooper, best awkward moment) for experiences that she has had with them. its a great excuse to wear a cute little dress and drink sparkling cider. have them sit down to a more elegant dinner... even if its just pizza, you can put candles on the table or something.

      disney theme. decorate an "under the sea" theme, with blue and green streamers from the ceiling and little stuffed animals of crabs and such. do an "esmerelda's hideaway" with comfy pillows and dim lighting like a gypsy might have. put a heel on the front step (cinderella-esque). put a rose in a vase (beauty and the beast). create a disney trivia quiz and give a disney movie or something to the winner. play disney music all night. and of course there's Scene It Disney. then, watch some classic disney movies!

      hope this helped.

  41. QUESTION:
    What are some good Korean horror movies?
    I just watched White: Melody of the curse and it was great.
    Im not really interested in the tale of two sisters
    And I want the movie to be as scary as possible
    suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      The 4 Horror tale series: February 29***, Forbidden Floor, Roommates and Dark Forest.
      Arang
      APT (Apartment)
      Bedevilled
      Bloody Reunion
      Breathless
      Bunshinsaba
      Cello
      The Chaser
      Children
      Cinderella
      D-day
      Death Bell
      Death Bell 2
      Face
      Hansel & Gretal
      I Saw The Devil
      Loner
      Million
      Moss
      Muoi: The Legend of a Portrait
      Oldboy
      Phone
      Sin Of A Family
      Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
      Sympathy for Mr Vengeance
      The Case Of Itaewon Homicide
      The Cat
      The Dollmaster
      The Game
      The Host
      The Red Shoes
      The Wig
      Three Extremes series: Dumplings***, Cut and Box.
      The Whispering Corridors series: Whispering Corridors, Wishing Stairs, Voice Letter and Blood Pledge.

      http://www.asian-horror-movies.com/indexm.html <-- You can watch look for many more movies here. I just listed the ones I recommend. Watch out for the ads on the movie links though. A way to go around them is to stop the page midway from loading. I do this so I can at least get the link of where to see it on haha.

  42. QUESTION:
    What are some great movies that came out on Blu Ray recently?
    I'm looking for modern, romantic comedies that are absolutely great and will make me and my friend smile. No scary movies please! I'm looking for movies to add to my Netflix list. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      1. Love & Other Drugs
      2. Morning Glory
      3. Life As We Know It
      4. The Proposal
      5. Valentine's Day
      6. Love Actually
      7. The Back-Up Plan
      8. 10 Things I Hate About You
      9. Hitch
      10. Another Cinderella Story
      11. Beauty & the Briefcase
      12. Flipped
      13. Knight and Day
      14. Tangled
      15. Letters to Juliet

  43. QUESTION:
    What Are Some Good Movies I Should Watch?
    Im 13 and looking to get into film. I want to be in the film business when im older, somewhere along the lines or screenwriter or actor, i think. What are some good movies I should watch to help me get to know the film industry?

    Thanks a lot!
    =)

    • ANSWER:
      Looking to go into film hun? That's so cool, I think that would be a really great career, I was thinking of doing it my self but I changed my mind. Well made movies are normally Drama's so you should watch some of those. I can't really suggest any at the moment but here are some I enjoyed and might fit your tastes:
      1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
      2.American Beauty (1999)
      3.: The World According to Garp (1982)
      4. Forrest Gump (1994)
      5.Being John Malkovich (1999)
      6.Hamlet (1990)
      7.One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
      8.Dances With Wolves (1990)
      9.Schindler?s List (1993)
      10.Adaptation (2002)
      11.The Red Violin (1998)
      12.Good Will Hunting (1997)
      13.Persona (1966)
      14.Cinderella Man (2005)
      15.American History X (1998)
      16.Romeo and Juliet (1968)
      17.The Majestic (2001)
      18.Spanglish (2004)
      19.Life As a House (2001)
      20.Mulholland Drive (2001)
      21.Cast Away (2000)
      22.Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
      23.Punch Drunk Love (2002)
      24.Before Sunset (2004)
      25.Catch Me If You Can (2002)
      26.Cruel Intentions (1999)
      27.Othello (1981)
      28.The Notebook (2004)
      29.Sleepless In Seattle (1993)
      30.Les Miserables (1998)
      31.Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
      32.Amistad (1997)
      33.Trainspotting (1996)
      34.Magnolia (1999)
      35.Mumford (1999)
      36.Fever Pitch (2005)
      37.In America (2002)
      38.The Truman Show (1998)
      39.Thirteen Days (2000)
      40.Searching For Bobby Fischer (1993)
      41.What?s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
      42.Rain Man (1988)
      43.The Devil's Advocate (1997)
      44.Vanilla Sky (2001)
      45.Stand and Deliver (1988)
      46.The Doors (1991)
      47.A Clockwork Orange (1971)
      48.Primal Fear (1996)
      49.Regarding Henry (1991)
      50.Richard III (1995)
      51.White Men Can't Jump (1992)
      52.The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
      53.Rudy (1993)
      54.Sling Blade (1995)
      55.Radio (2003)
      56.Original Sin (2001)
      57.I Am Sam (2001)
      58.Sliding Doors (1998)
      59.Boogie Nights (1997)
      60.12 Angry Men (1997)
      61.A Walk in the Clouds (1995)
      62.As Good as it Gets (1997)
      63.About Schmidt (2002)
      64.The Tragedy of Macbeth (1971)
      65.Amadeus (1984)
      66.Kiss the Bride (2002)
      67.Beyond the Sea (2004)
      68.The Family Man (2000)
      69.With Honors (1994)
      70.Shakespeare In Love (1998)
      71.Requiem for a Dream (2000)
      72.Aguirre: the Wrath of God (1972)
      73.Shall We Dance? (2004)
      74.Traffic (2000)
      75.The Green Mile (1999)
      76.The American President (1995)
      77.Unfaithful (2002)
      78.The Hours (2002)
      79.The Hurricane (1999)
      80.Wimbledon (2004)
      81.The Rookie (2002)
      82.Swimming Pool (2003)
      83.Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)
      84.Philadelphia (1993)
      85.Mystic River (2003)
      86.The Elephant Man (1980)
      87.On Golden Pond (1981)
      88.Monsoon Wedding (2001)
      89.Life is Beautiful (1997)
      90.In Good Company (2004)
      91.The Right Stuff (1983)
      92.Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
      93.Frida (2002)
      94.Almost Famous (2000)
      95.Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
      96.Always (1989)
      97.Basic Instinct (1992)
      98.If Someone Had Known (1995)
      99.The Ten Commandments (1956)
      100.Three Colors: Blue (1993)
      101.The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
      102.Indecent Proposal (1993)
      103.Inventing the Abbotts (1997)
      104.King Lear (1982)
      105.Sex and Lucia (2001)
      106.The Terminal (2004)
      107.I Heart Huckabees (2004)
      108.Jerry Maguire (1996)
      109.Finding Neverland (2004)
      110.Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
      111.Big Fish (2003)
      112.The Paper (1994)
      113.Go (1999)
      114.Henry V (1989)
      115.The Tempest (1980)
      116.The Pianist (2002)
      117.Pleasantville (1998)
      118.Phenomenon (1996)
      119.The Rainmaker (1997)
      120.Grease (1978)
      121.21 Grams (2003)
      122.Vanity Fair (2004)
      123.Chicago (2002)
      124.City of Angels (1998)
      125.Far and Away (1992)
      126.Disclosure (1994)
      127.Lost in Translation (2003)
      128.Chasing Amy (1997)
      129.The Crucible (1996)
      130.Three Colors: Red (1994)
      131.Hamlet (1996)
      132.Meet Joe Black (1998)
      133.The Seventh Seal (1957)
      134.Three Colors: White (1994)
      135.Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)
      136.Dead Poets Society (1989)
      137.Pay It Forward (2000)
      138.American Graffiti (1973)
      139.Bounce (2000)
      140.Cocktail (1988)
      141.The Player (1992)
      142.Riding in Cars With Boys (2001)
      143.Working Girl (1988)
      144.Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
      145.The Rules of Attraction (2002)
      146.Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)
      147.When Harry Met Sally (1989)
      148.Titanic (1997)
      149.Iceman (1984)
      150.Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966)
      151.Titus (1999)
      152.Boys Don't Cry (1999)
      153.Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)
      154.The Third Miracle (1999)
      155.Elizabeth (1998)
      156.You?ve Got Mail (1998)
      157.House of Sand and Fog (2003)
      158.The Scarlet Letter (1995)
      159.Romeo and Juliet (1996)
      160.American Splendor (2003)
      161.Mary Poppins (1964)
      162.Roots (1977)
      163.Tom Jones (1963)
      164.Scent of a Woman (1992)
      165.Focus (2001)
      166.Any Given Sunday (1999)*
      167.Le Divorce (2003)
      168.Wonder Boys (2000)
      169.The Insider (1999)*
      170.The English Patient (1996)
      171.Michael (1996)
      172.Casablanca (1942)
      173.Gosford Park (2001)
      174.The Chamber (1996)
      175.Dirty Dancing (1987)
      176.Far From the Madding Crowd (1915)
      177.Citizen Kane (1941)*
      178.Coyote Ugly (2000)*
      179.My Girl (1991)*
      180.The Shipping News (2001)*
      p.s. I haven't seen all the movies but I have seen quite a few and they are really well done movies that I enjoyed watching, other movies I got from people I know, and they said they where good so hopefully there are a couple movies that interest you! I tried my best answering, so good look and I hope your career works out some day! :)

  44. QUESTION:
    What are some good songs for a lyrical solo?
    I am hoping for songs about life, growing up, etc., but I would prefer to avoid overly sad songs. Something upbeat would be nice.

    Please no long lists of a hundred songs. I don't have time to look at that many.

    • ANSWER:
      Lyrical/ballet/modern/contemporary
      Evanescence --Lithium , Hello, Like you, Lacrymosa, Good enough, Missing, Fields of innocence, The last song I wasting on you, You, Exodus, Breathe no more, Eternal, Demise, Ascension of the spirit, Give unto me, Forgive me, lost in paradise
      Pink Floyd—Marooned, Terminal frost, Echoes, Interstellar Overdrive, One of these day, Run like hell
      On the turning away, Absolutely Curtains, Mudmen, Obscured by clouds, Dogs, A great day for freedom, High Hopes, Great Gig in the Sky, Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun
      David Hasselhoff--Until the last teardrop falls, If I could only say goodbye, These Loving eyes, A star looks down tonight, White Bird
      Meatloaf—Objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are, heaven can wait, Not a dry eye, Lost boys and golden girls, for crying out loud
      Charlotte Church—All the little horses, unraveling, even God, Dream a dream (Elysium)
      from the movie Legend--The unicorn theme, The Cottage, Darkness , The Dance, the fairies
      from the movie Dracula--Love eternal, Love remembered, The storm, Lucy’s party, Love Song for a vampire by Annie Lennox
      from the movie Dragonheart -World of your heart, Flight to Avalon, Draco, to the stars, main theme
      from the movie Ladyhawke--main theme, She was sad at first, Phillippe describes Isabeau
      from the movie the Princess Bride-- The cliffs of insanity, I will never love again, The fireswamp & rodent of unusual size, Storybook Love—Willy Deville
      Alborada (A dawn of many colors album)--Ode to a woman, Mountain Melody
      Ceol Mor—(Celtic Passages Album)--Enchanted forest, The mountains at dawn, Sparkling river
      Sarah Brightman—Symphony, Fleurs du mal, Free, Deliver me, Rain, This love, Captain Nemo, Meadowlark, How can heaven love me, Tu quieres volver, You take my breath away, Desert Rose, When Firebirds cry, Beautiful, I will be with you (duet with Paul Stanley)
      Let love live from Cirque de soliel
      Set the night to music—Starship
      Gravity of love- Enigma
      Push the limits-Enigma
      Eva—Nightwish
      Show me your fire truck—Backdraft
      Top Gun Anthem
      Hurt-Nine Inch Nails/Johnny Cash
      Through the eyes of love—Melissa Manchester (Ice Castles theme)
      Dawn’s pale light—Liquid Sky
      Make the world go away-Elvis
      Love you to death-Kamelot
      Scarborough Fair—Leaves’ Eyes
      Christina Aguilera-- I am, bound to you (burlesque)
      Just the way you are—Bruno Mars
      24-Jem (ultraviolet)
      Impossible--Shontelle
      Freshman—verve pipe
      Phil Collins—In too deep, In the air tonight
      Are we the waiting—Green Day
      Make a memory—Bon Jovi
      Uninvited—Alanis Morissette
      Bed of roses-Bon Jovi
      Finest hour-Cindy Valentine aka Valentine Leone (Teen Witch)
      Beth-Kiss
      Needles and pins-Megadeth
      Oh death-Jen Titus (supernatural)
      Through the rain-Cinderella
      Wishing you were somehow here again—Phantom of the Opera
      Wish you were here-Within Temptation
      Angelchild-Imperia
      Scenes de ballet/Valse-Alexander Glazunov
      You’re the inspiration--Chicago
      When love & Hate collide—Def Leppard
      The last of me-Cher
      Power of goodbye, take a bow—Madonna
      Into dust-Mazzy Star
      Endless skies, beloved—VNV Nation
      Enya—From where I am, tea house moon, Pax deorum, china roses, angeles, orinocco flow, on my way home, carribean blue, storms in Africa
      The Nine Muses, Eros & Psyche—Cusco (Inner Journeys Myth & Legends album)

  45. QUESTION:
    How would I go about reaching my goal?
    I want to get 74 movies by December 31st. And I got 26 movies so far. My goal is to have 100 movies in my collection

    • ANSWER:
      You can look around a stores such as walmart atleast were i come from they have 5$ movies you can buy. Bestbuy and other electroinc stores also have some good deals. If your looking for movies to buy heres my list:
      Alice in Wonderland
      Corps Bride
      Ground hog day
      50 first dates
      Monster in lay
      Where nuns go trouble follows
      Thumbalina
      Narnia sersie
      Harry potter serise
      Traveling pants
      Nightmare before Chrismass
      Priincess and the frong
      Grease
      The Outsides
      Avatar
      Meet the Robinsons
      Star war Sersie
      Star Treck sreise
      Time traverlers wife
      Mean Girls
      Stck it
      Bring it on
      Kid Rock
      High shchool musical
      Sound of Music
      WALLE
      Spirit
      yours Mine and ours
      The Parent trap
      Toy Stories series
      Ice age serise
      Marley
      Twilight Serise
      Crossroads
      A beautiful mind
      Valientimes Day
      The Last song
      Dear John
      Another Cinderella Story
      Life size
      Home alone serise
      The Dark night
      Shreck serise
      Hot Chick
      hope i helped

  46. QUESTION:
    What are the Disney classics in order?
    I love animated Disney movies, like Cinderella and Snow white, but with all the new ones being released, I don't know what to consider classics anymore. What were the animated classic Disney movies in order of release? I'm positive my list isn't full yet.

    • ANSWER:
      you might have a different definition of classic so look through this list
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disney_films

  47. QUESTION:
    What are some movies with kingdoms in them?
    I'm making a project for this storyline I wrote and I would like to use some clips out of movies, featuring like huge castles and old timey kingdoms. Thanks! 10 points to whoever lists the most c:

    • ANSWER:
      Ever After: A Cinderella Story with Drew Barrymore
      really great realistic version of Cinderella
      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120631/

      The Secret Garden (1993) has amazing atmosphere english manors and castles and a very unique storyline
      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108071/

  48. QUESTION:
    Is there any other movie similar to Angus thongs and perfect snogging?
    i liked that movie is there any thing almost the same or different but something like that. That a 14 year old girl would be interested and can u recommend any other good movies that u liked.

    thanks! :)

    • ANSWER:
      I watched that movie a few days ago. Loved it. Even though it was my third time watching it. Aaron Johnson... Love that face, body, acting and voice. *floating on air... on love clouds*

      Anyway, here are a *few* (hahaha) movies that may reach up to your expectancies I have seen.

      Lovewrecked
      She's the Man
      Sydney White
      Hairspray
      I love you, Beth Cooper (I haven't seen this one, but I will soon)
      Ice Princess (Lame movie, but... cute.. *twitch in eye*)
      Mean Girls (Epic movie)
      The Sisterhood of Traveling Pants 1 & 2
      Bride Wars
      Freaky Friday
      A Cinderella Story (just watched it a few hours ago. And it was my 20th watching it.)
      What A Girl Wants (OMG, the guy in this movie is hot.)
      Sleepover.
      Bend It Like Beckham. (It's a funnier movie, if you're actually from South Asia)
      The Princess Diaries (there was a period, YES, I said period, I watched that movie over and over and over again. Read the books. It's an order)
      Never Been Kissed (cute movie)
      27 Dresses
      The Young Victoria (IT MADE ME CRY DX, such a beautiful movie. Loved it)
      Chasing Liberty (yeah, a president's daughter movie. It was okay)
      13 Going On 30. (Ha)
      Juno (cute movie, love the acting in it)
      The Prince and Me (I want to me some hunky royal boy... )
      Serendipity (cuuuute story)
      17 Again (I have to admit that Zac Efron looked good in that movie)
      Charlie Bartlett (the guy is really cute)
      Step Up (Channing Tatum in this and She's the Man movie... mmm...)
      Nick and Norah's Infinite Play list (Haven't seen it, but will soon)
      Hating Alison Ashley (lovely movie, made me laugh and the romance there is... out there. <.<) Ella Enchanted (okay, that movie is also a bit... out there. Out there for me means strange) Romeo + Juliet (Just stare at Leo. He's eye candy in that movie.) Oh, noticed that the top movies contains Amanda Bynes. She's my favourite actress, so no wonder why. And sorry for letting my hormones take over sometimes... those male actors are just so dayum hot. 😀 Ha ha.

  49. QUESTION:
    What are some good drama movies I can watch?
    I'm looking for good drama movies that I can download. Which movies would you recommend me seeing? I don't want anything too old; I prefer somewhere between 2000 to present.

    10 points for best answer..

    • ANSWER:
      1 City Of Joy----------------------------------------------------(Top Pick)
      2 The Soloist----------------------------------------------------(Top Pick)
      3 Babel------------------------------------------------------------(Top Pick)
      4 Road To Perdition-------------------------------------------(Top Pick)
      5 Les Miserables--------------------------------------(1998 Top Pick)
      6 The Last Of The Mohicans------------------------------(Top Pick)
      7 Scent Of A Womam----------------------------------------(Top Pick)
      8 The Departed--------------------------------------------------(Top Pick)
      9 Extremely Loud and Incredible Close----------------(Top Pick)
      10 Raggedy Man-------------------------------------------------(Top Pick)
      11 Winter People-------------------------------------------------(Top Pick)
      12 Fargo-------------------------------------------------------------(Top Pick)
      13 Memphis Belle------------------------------------------------(Top Pick)
      14 Forrest Gump-------------------------------------------------(Top Pick)
      15 Radio Flyer-----------------------------------------------------(Top Pick)
      16 A River Runs Through It----------------------------------(Top Pick)
      17 The Mighty-----------------------------------------------------(Top Pick)
      18 With Honors---------------------------------------------------(Top Pick)

      19 Good Will Hunting------------------------------------------(Top Pick)
      20 Finding Forester---------------------------------------------(Top Pick)
      21 Homeless To Harvard-------------------------------------(Top Pick)
      22 Dead Poets Society---------------------------------------(Top Pick)
      23 We Are Marshall--------------------------------------------(Top Pick)

      24 The Boy In The Stripped Pajamas---------------------(Top Pick)
      25 Schindlers List------------------------------------------------(Top Pick)
      26 Defiance---------------------------------------------------------(Top Pick)
      27 To End All Wars ---------------------------------------------(Top Pick)

      28 The Shawshank Redemption----------------------------(Top Pick)
      29 The Last Castle----------------------------------------------(Top Pick)
      30 Brokdown Palace-------------------------------------------(Top Pick)
      31 The Power Of One-----------------------------------------(Top Pick)

      32 The World's Fastest Indian------------------------------(Top Pick)
      33 Tucker: The Man and His Dream---------------------(Top Pick)

      34 Million Dollar Baby----------------------------------------(Top Pick)
      35 The Hurricane----------------------------------------------(Top Pick)
      36 Cinderella Man---------------------------------------------(Top Pick
      37 Girlfight

      38 The Passion Of The Christ------------------------------(Top Pick)
      39 The Tree Of Life---------------------------------------------(Top Pick)

      40 Dangerous Minds
      41 Up The Down Staircase

      Homegrown
      Humboldt County
      Middle Of Nowhere

      Billy Elliot
      I am Sam
      Resurrecting The Champ
      Kramer vs. Kramer
      Shine
      My Left Foot
      Harlem Aria
      Slam
      Rabbit Proof Fence
      Meet Joe Black
      The Blind Side
      All She Can
      Two Family House
      Almost Famous
      Night Skies
      Miracle
      St. Elmo's Fire
      Before The Devil Knows You're Dead
      A Shine Of Rainbows
      Skin
      Brick
      I am David
      Joe The King
      Dear Frankie
      Evening
      Elephant
      Punch Drunk Love
      The Good Shepherd
      The Elephant Man
      Spun
      Northfork
      The Rookie
      An Unfinished Life
      Boys Don't Cry
      Awakenings
      Magnolia
      The Green Mile
      What's Eating Gilbert Grape
      The Straight Story
      Nell
      A Perfect World
      Hachi
      Molly
      There Will Be Blood
      Walk The LIne
      Guilty By Association
      Annapolis
      Cadence
      Millers Crossing
      Gerry
      A Home Of Our Own
      The Lovely Bones
      The Five People You Meet In Heaven
      My Own Love Song
      How I Got Lost
      Silkwood
      The Time Traveler's Wife
      1900
      1969
      Peaceful Warrior
      Flags Of Our Fathers
      Charlie Wilson's War
      Empire Of The Sun
      American Gangster
      Miracle At St. Anna
      House Of D
      Gandhi
      Rob Roy

  50. QUESTION:
    When will my daughter outgrow her Princess phase?
    She is three years old and talks non-stop about princesses and is obsessed about marrying a prince. She watches Cinderella over and over. I have trieds to switch her over to different videos, but she always comes back to Cinderella. Just wondering when this phase will end because I am a little disturbed by it. I keep telling her that there is more to life than marrying a prince, but she is only three. Those who have been there, done that I could use some reassurance.

    • ANSWER:
      It is a phase.. I have the same senerio... My three year old son is watching Stuart Little over and over.. I have most of the adult humor lines right at the tip of my tongue. He is obsessed with that mouse! The more they see you getting fed up, the longer there interest stays. My niece lasted longer because she had it all around her..They bought her the Princess movies, clothes, car, playhouse, shoes, tiaras, bedding, tents, chairs, sneakers and stickers. The list goes on and on. Every holiday it was another princess gift. (she was easy to buy for).
      I went to visit recently, and I bought her a box of Princess cereal... she replied, "Thanks! but, I am not into that anymore." I said, "Did you meet your Prince?" she says...."Nayyyyyyyyyyyyy" (like a Horse!) She finally gave it up for a new obsession: "Horses." Her conversations now are all about bridles, saddles, riding styles and breeds. Horses are mentioned in every conversation, I asked her how she was doing in school... she replied, "good, I drew an Arabian horse today in art class.. you wanna see it?" She has two horses now!!! I told my sister... "It is better than Boys!!!!"
      Does your daughter have any playmates? I got my son into swim classes and I gave him two options, he can watch his movies in his room or watch my television with my picks!!!! So, his viewing of Stuart Little is less. My television has other kid DVD’s viewing. He can’t change it... I set rules as such, because he was controlling my television. Try this and you will see results.... Good Luck and get your cowboy boots ready.....Horses are around the corner!!!


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