Say hello to a new doll – level 3

02-12-2014 15:00

Cellulite? Stretch marks? Spots? Not normally words you would associate with dolls.

Meet Lammily, a new toy with the proportions of an average female body, available for sale after a crowdsourcing campaign.

The brown-haired figure has the proportions of what the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention says is an average 19-year-old woman’s body.

You can also give her some real-life extras thanks to an unconventional sticker pack that comes with things like cellulite, stretch marks, freckles, acne, glasses, scars, dirt and grass stains, stitches, scrapes, scratches and stickers to make her blush.

And what do the real critics think?

“She’s so pretty!”

“I like her.”

“I like her!”

“So cool. It’s cool.”

”She looks like my sister.”

”She looks like my sister.”

”From the side, she really looks like her.”

”She kind of looks like my aunt Katie.”

”She’s not like other dolls. She isn’t, like, very thin.”

”She looks more like a person.”

”Her belly button looks realistic.”

”She looks like she’s just a regular girl.”

The doll’s creators say this is the first fashion doll made to promote realistic beauty standards.

This video released shows how Lammily would need to be airbrushed to look like Barbie.

Lammily came into being thanks to a crowd funding campaign that started in March 2014.

More than 13,000 backers pre-ordered over 19,000 dolls and manufacturing began.

And the company’s motto? “It’s time to get real and show that average is beautiful.”

Difficult words: cellulite (fat just below somebody’s skin), stretch marks (stripes on the skin which you get by giving birth or being overweight), spot (small spot on the skin which is not attractive; teenagers often have these spots), associate (to connect two things in your mind), proportion (size), crowdsourcing campaign (a campaign which is supported by many people on the Internet), unconventional (unusual), freckle (a small point of brown colour on the skin), stain (“dirt”), scrape (a small injury of the skin), blush (a reddening of the face usually on the cheeks), backer (person who backs – supports something), realistic (like an actual thing), regular (normal), being (become real),  manufacturing (creation).

Source: www.ondemandnews.com

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If you read and listen to two articles every day, your reading and listening skills can improve fast. You can learn quickly and after some time you will not have to translate into your own language. You will simply understand. Why should you do this?

When you listen to people in your native language, you do not translate. You simply understand. The same has to be in English. When you learn English, you have to learn the whole sentences in context.

Students, who translate English texts, do exercises and do tests are very good at translating, doing exercises and doing tests, but they have problems with understanding English in real life. In real life, nobody waits for your translation. People usually use simple English when they speak but they use it fast. You have to understand with no translation to your native language. If you translate, you cannot be part of communication because you are thinking about the language too much. These words are maybe hard to read but they are true.

You also have to hear every new word 5 to 10 times if you want to remember it. That’s why we use the same words in one level. If you read and hear the same words again and again, you will understand them and remember them. If you know words from one level, you can go to a higher level and learn new words. It is important to go step by step, and read and listen to words which are used in English often. This is what we do with our news. In our short news, we use words which are used in English often. Level 1 has the 1000 most important words. Level 2 has the 2000 most important words, Level 3 has the 3000 most important words.

So, if you want to understand English fast and learn fast, read two articles or more a day. You can improve your reading and listening quickly when you read easy English news. We will help you learn English fast and understand it. When you use this website every day, you can learn 3000 words which you need for communication with anybody in English.

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Reading

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