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Civil Disobedience
Civil Disobedience

Learn English with this civil disobedience English lesson

Date: May 15 2018

Themes: Alternative, News


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When people who live in a country are sick of the government’s decisions, they have one way to disagree. They can protest! They have to risk some consequences, maybe even prison, when they stand up for what they believe in. But who knows? It might make things change.

Somebody is upset with the government. Read this week’s English lesson to find out who wants to protest.


consequences n.


Example The consequences of not sleeping are that you are tired and grumpy.

sick of expr.


Example I'm so sick of Mexican food. Can't we eat something else once in a while?

Example I hope the bus comes soon. I'm really sick of waiting for it.

Example Melissa usually gets sick of her boyfriends really quickly.

protest v.


Example Lots of people protest at abortion clinics. They think it is wrong for women to kill unborn babies.

risk it v.


Example You might not get a parking ticket if you park here, but I don't think you should risk it.

stand up for v.


Example Jacob will have to learn to stand up for himself if he is going to survive middle school.

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Have you ever been involved in a protest? What should people do when they disagree with the government?


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La Princesse de la vie


Most governments give NO as an answer, and you only can take it or be forced to take it, generally speaking.

09:30 PM May 15 2018 |



2 amalia-k:

Maybe the rule there is to protest to look attractive. :) It’s a foreign country where people have their own hobbies. Let that “rebels” protest with a march, a mob, or picket signs. I don’t care about them if they take to the streets in their own country.
P.S. As for my country… my hair has been standing on end for several months. So I would rather comment on the lesson “Hair Care”… :(

04:51 PM Jul 17 2014 |


Russian Federation

I am lost for words. This lesson is either terribly honest or horribly naive. Anyway this is a masterpiece.
Girls who have nothing to do but make a protest because it looks cool.
Protest without demands because protesters don’t care about demands.
And consequences which nobody thinks in advance.

All it’s true, I agree, most recent protests look like that. But guys, it’s intended to be kept in secret! At least without declaring it strightforward!

My hair stood on end. 

02:06 PM May 22 2014 |




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Being “civil” is not being “disobedient”.  Being civil is taking on a collective effort in demanding justice. Any person or persons who try and dictate or control the natural right of another’s search for happiness—they are the ones who are not being “civil”—they are uncivilized, and therefore, they are the ones who are perpetrating acts of “civil disobedience”.  

The phrase “civil disobedience” is a contradiction of terms.  The term should be “Disobedience against Civilization”.

Civilized people will work together in safeguarding the rights of a civilized people—the rights of living in peace—being free from dictatorship that would take away one’s rights to search for happiness.

10:45 AM Apr 01 2014 |

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It is wise  for me to stay away from politics.Stay as far as i can….

10:08 AM Apr 01 2014 |




I´ve been in a protest before. Thousands of people marched down the streets nationwide for better public services, more transparency on the part of the government and better management of public funds. I think protesting is a very effective way of making your voice heard. People should stick to their beliefs and not let feelings fizzle out even if it takes quite a while to get your demands met.

03:31 PM Mar 25 2014 |



Civil disabedience is everywhere,and its not only against to goverment,

it can be to another people..

a student can do it to his teacher,

a kid to his parents,

a worker to his boss,

a wife to her husband,

a girl to her boyfriend,

09:10 PM Mar 23 2014 |



Russian Federation

Of course, it’s necessary to stand up for your rights, but you also should realize that you can loose your friends and relatives in such struggle. You should make a choice between personal needs and society needs. If it’s nothing to loose and there are no people who can suffer from your protest, ok you’re welcome with revolution!!! The vow of revolution is”the dead of 100 people is worth nothing that freedom for millions!”

09:09 AM Mar 23 2014 |



After reading I can draw a conclusion…

Marni isn’t sick of the government and knows little of its decisions (“It doesn’t matter”) but she’s pleased with the idea of being “attractive”. Standing up for some beliefs really looks more attractive than working or sitting in front of a television, for example.

Beware of Marni, she’s very assertive and armed with a picket sign! :D


In my opinion if the government doesn’t want to listen to the citizens it wouldn’t do it (

And what means “It never hurts to risk something”? Or I misunderstand it or it’s nonsense…

05:03 PM Mar 22 2014 |



In my country , if u do protest against Govt. then u’ll be a victim. they make a so many false cases against u.

12:13 PM Mar 22 2014 |




I am sorry to say that i disagree  with what Marni  is complaining that in her country people  are doing nothing . There have been huge anti government demontrations in the past and recently  large crowds took to the streets in New york  protesting   on Wall Street   against  bankers` greediness  .

06:50 PM Mar 21 2014 |




We are all sick of  governments , but  in my country in Yemen , if you protest for something  you will be accused that you are belong to another parties , so I am sick of all Political and religious parties . actully everything is getting worse 

05:42 PM Mar 21 2014 |




Ryo, don’t think this way: YOU have right to disagree! YOU have right to think your way cause you’re human.

04:43 PM Mar 21 2014 |

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habiba 18


i was iinvolved in many protests befor and i think it’s kind of fun :p  

10:38 AM Mar 21 2014 |



OK, that’s what happened to my country.

I support  they fight for what they want, no matter what it ends up.

And it’s really attractive!!

10:00 AM Mar 21 2014 |

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We can’t do that in our country, or you will be in jail….....

06:43 AM Mar 21 2014 |




A good timely topic!  That’s what I’m talking about and I thank Marni and Amanda for raising the standard. 

No, I have never been in a protest although I have lots of complaints about our government decisions. I have to think about why.

03:26 AM Mar 21 2014 |

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Saudi Arabia

No, I haven’t been in a protest, or in prison ” al hamd allah” :) 

Actually, nothing I don’t want them to get in trouble.

02:06 AM Mar 21 2014 |




I want to pay the tribute to the memory  to courageous people who rebelled, who were not afraid, who died in Kiev and other countries. They wanted a better life and stood up for thier beliefs and that will come true, they didn’t die in vain.

01:14 AM Mar 21 2014 |

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