Help with English

Listening to English

And speaking it.

The Maxwell Empire Scripted Books can be used to improve your English communication by interacting with another person in reading, speaking and listening to what is happening in the year 4576.

Exercises related to tours in Australia accompanied by audio files are installed on this website. These were originally sold as a book and tape twenty years ago. There are exercises related to tours of Perth, Western Australia. 

Exercises listening to English about PERTH


Exercises related to tours of Sydney.

Exercises listening to English about SYDNEY

When you look up these exercises you will see there are many other types of exercises to help you with your English.

If you want advice on a tour of Australia to improve your English contact us.

Conversations in 4576

Maxwell Empire Scripted Books have you eavesdropping at the end of May, 4576, and during June, on conversations between students and their parents or other students on Earth, in Space City or the Space City Bus, and in and on the Moon.

Read more about the people you are listening to, where they live and visit, and what is happening in the quest to have humans spread throughout the Universe, by clicking on the link below. You can also read some of the chapters from Maxwell Empire Scripted Books 1, 2, 3 and 4.

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If you are in Australia contact the author to buy paperback copies.

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Video of Music at Grandfather's funeral


About Farming in the Nong Khai Area

Rice is the staple crop of the district. When the rice has been harvested the ground is used in some areas for a variety of crops. The different crops tend to be grown in particular localities rather than everywhere.Volunteer in Nong Khai 2

The field crops include Maize, Peanut, Cassava, Soybean, Sugarcane, Pineapple, Kenaf, Jute, Taro, Tobacco, Sweet potato, Yam bean

The fruit trees and tree crops include Betel leaf, Mango, Lychee, Longan, Pomelo, Rambutan, Sapodilla, Papaya, Banana, Sugar apple, Jujube, Guava, Sweet bamboo, Tamarind, Jack Fruit, Coconut, Para rubber, Santol, Java apple, Cashew nut, Kapok, Lime and Marian plum.

Vegetable crops include Chilli, Water melon, Spring onion, ,Garlic, Shallot, Pumpkin, Leaf mustard, Cucumber, Angled loofah, Chinese cabbage, Yard long bean, Lettuce, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Pakchoi, Chinese kale, Asparagus, Chinese convolvulus, Baby corn, Sweet corn, Tomatoes and Bird pepper.

Nong Khai crop calendar

Livestock in the Province includes Cattle, Buffalo, Ducks, Chickens, Geese and Swine.
Fish are produced in farm ponds and in cages in the Mekong.

Cotton weaving can be seen at Nong Khai at the centre run by the Good Shepherd Sisters. Handmade cloth can be bought. The cotton is not grown here, but at Loei. At Bung Kan which is about 200 km east it can also be seen and the nearby National Park has a waterfall worth seeing, particularly in the rainy season. You can also visit the Meditation Centre at Phu Thok.

Pineapples are grown and canned at Si Chiang Mai, about 40 km upriver from Nong Khai.

Silkworms are farmed at Chonnabot near Khon Kaen. Silk is also spun into yarn and woven into cloth.

Fish farms are in the Mekong and also on land, at Si Chiang Mai and Tabor.

Bananas are processed at a factory in Si Chiang Mai.

Tomatoes are grown on over 11,000 rai (about 2,000 hectares) along the Mekong River which is the northern border of the Province. The Province is along the river for about 300 km. Factories near Nong Khai process them.

Volunteer to Talk

Talking to people in other countries assists them to improve their ability to speak and listen to English.
While you can volunteer to travel to Thailand and assist a teacher there with their English Language class by providing the students with a person who can speak with them in English you can help them from your home.
By connecting with them on the internet you can talk with them.
You can either use the exercises we can provide to improve their English or you can just have a conversation with them.
Some of the exercises are available elsewhere on the website.

Click HERE to see the exercises.

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Contact us if you are interested in helping.

A useful set of books to use in helping a person who does not speak English to gain proficiency is the Maxwell Empire Scripted Books 1 to 4. You can see some of the chapters on the website and buy the books on Amazon.

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How to Use Question and Answer ExercisesVolunteer in Thailand

The file names make more sense if you realise that these exercises started off as Maxwell's English Telephone Exercises but they have never been used for this purpose.

I use them in a number of different ways, some of which are shown below.

A. I ask each student in turn a question from anywhere on the sheet and they find the question and say the answer.

B. With the best classes I get a student to ask four questions and get other students from around the class to answer them.

C. With better classes I get each student in sequence to read a question from anywhere on the sheet and have the next student find the question, read the answer and read another question for the next student.

D. I get the students to read the questions in sequence for reading practice.

E. I get the students to stand. I then read a question from anywhere on the sheet. The first student to call out the number or correct answer (they have been told which is required beforehand) sits down.

F. I get the class to write the number of the question on the answer sheet as I say questions from anywhere on the sheet. I say each question twice and give them 15 seconds between questions.

G. Students can work in pairs asking the questions and answering them.


Here is an example of this exercise.

METE P4 01 - Exercises in listening and speaking

Listen to the question. Find the question on the sheet, then say the answer.


Q What is your name?

A Peter.


Q What time do we get up?

A Seven o'clock.


Q What is her name?

A Kathy.


Q How much is the icecream?

A Seven hundred won.


The following exercises have this format.

METE 01 to 10

METE P4 01 to 13

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