Hasan Elahi: FBI, here I am

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“The Visible Man”, Bangladeshi-born American Hasan Elahi, says that he was mistakenly included on the US government terrorist watch list — “and once you’re on, it’s hard to get off”. (Wired) In response, he has dedicated his work to surveillance culture and has put the minute details of his life and travels online. See his website and engaging and thought-provoking talk on TED.

If you’re learning English, don’t watch the video here, though; watch it on the TED site instead, where you can follow this, like most of the talks, in the interactive transcript. Click on any part of the transcript, and the video plays that part. If you’re practicing listening comprehension, keep the section very short, listen to it several times, and try to repeat his words with the same emphasis to get a sense of the way the speaker stresses some syllables (the stressed syllable in the words that carry meaning), and unstresses all the others. The TED talks, along with the fantastic English Central, and for everyday topics, Video Jug, are great for self-study listening comprehension.


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  1. Hi Anne,

    How are you. I am glad to discover your blog through freeeslmaterials.com.

    I run englishteachingdaily.com, a portal that offers a summary of latest ELT blog posts from the blogosphere, event updates, articles and more.

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  2. Hi Tarun,
    I admire your work publishing EFL materials to your clientel.
    I’m honored and you’re most welcome to reprint this as long as you provide a direct live link back to my original post and give credit.
    Best regards,

  3. Hello Tarun,
    I’m afraid there has been a misunderstanding, as I did not agree to write a column for you. Please do not reprint my materials at whim! I thought you were referring to this article, but now I see you have chosen other articles. This is not what I said, namely “You are welcome to reprint this” – and I did mean this!
    I am not used to this wholesale copying business. I’m happy to discuss each other’s work and link to each other’s articles. I am not prepared to be a “columnist”.

    Kind regards
    Anne Hodgson

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