Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Extra Practice

Whatever you're doing, wherever you are, it's vital to continue practising your English.

And whether you are still with us at the British Council Rome, or your course has just ended, whether you intend to come back to us, or not, you are always welcome to visit our Blog.

So this week I have found a couple of items for you on the BBC. Here they are:

1. Six Minute English: try this piece on
Mobile Phones. You'll hear two people, Doug and Jackie, talking about their relationship with mobile phones, or cellphones, as they are also called. Listen and answer the questions, and pick up some useful new vocabulary.

Note: an ex-British Council colleague recently returned to Italy after many years away. When he lived here, a "cellulare" was only a vehicle for transporting prisoners. During his absence, "cellulare" gained a new meaning.

2. Snow has been prominent in the news. Britain is regarded as a cold country, yet it is unusual for snow to be a serious problem. In "
Words In The News", listen to, and read about, the recent snow emergency in the UK.

3. Facebook celebrates five years in business. Many of us use the site every day. Here's a brief (1 min 42 sec) report on Facebook's fifth anniversary. Watch the report and answer these three questions:

(a) How many people are now registered on Facebook?
(b) How many people are now registered on MySpace?
(c) What, according to the reporter, must Facebook do in order to make more money?

Send your answers to the TagBoard or use the 'Comments' link at the bottom of this post.

And that's all I have time for now. More very soon!

- Mike

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