Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Six Minute English: The Answers

Hello everyone!
I was very pleased to see how many people visited the Blog and tried the Six Minute English exercise. There were nine comments and various messages on the Tag Board.

By the way, if you have been trying to listen to Six Minute English about formality in the workplace, and instead been directed to a piece about Pygmy Hippos, I apologize. The URL (Internet address) of our exercise has changed at least twice. I have now changed it on the previous post to the current URL. You can
listen to it again by clicking here.

And now, my friends, for the answers. Here they are:

1. The presenters, Jackie and Neil, are on first name terms. (2 words)
2. In some restaurants you're not allowed to wear jeans. (1 word)
3. Neil thinks that five per cent of people would like to be told what to wear at work. (1 word)
4. Neil says that the BBC is a serious place to work but not formal. (2 words)
5. Carrie has been at the BBC for nearly thirty years. (1 word)
6. Carrie had to call her first boss "Mr or Mister" Bowman. (1 word or abbreviation)
7. But Carrie's boss called his "underlings" (subordinates) by their first name. (1 word)
8. In Carrie's department she had to ask permission if she wanted to go to the toilet. (2 words)
9. What happens on a "dress-down Friday"? (a short phrase) You can dress casually or You can wear what you like, or any answer expressing this idea.
10. What percentage of people would prefer to be given a precise dress code? (write a number) 85 or Eighty-five
11. Neil says, "What I'm wearing at the moment is what I wore in bed." (3 words)

Congratulations to Giordano in class 4A. He was the first person to post all the right answers, on Friday, February 20, 2009, at 2:03:00 AM! That shows serious dedication - I'll buy you a pint next time we're out on the town.

Just one correction, Giordano. You wrote, "On Friday you can coming in you jeans..." The correct version is, "On Friday you can come in in your jeans." I imagine that you were slightly confused by the two "in"s, or duplicate preposition. Don't worry - keep listening and you will become a little happier every time.

Honourable mentions go to: Alessandro, Carlo, Giorgia, Maria-Laura, Gianni, Grazia and Brunella. Thank you all very much for participating and making this Blog a community of English learners.

Here's one last question. Many years ago, radio news readers had to wear special clothes even though nobody could see then except other people in the studio. What is the name given to these special clothes?
Listen again to find out.

And can you speculate on the psychology behind this tradition?


Watch this space for the next listening exercise, hopefully towards the end of this week.

- Mike

6 comments:

ale4a19:30 said...

dinner jacket (formal suit black jacket, black trousers and boat tie) bye mike

Brunella4B said...

dinner jacket
(a very formal, dark outfit usually worn for special occasions)
Too late even this time..;-)!
brunella4B

Giordano 4A said...

Hi mike,
thank you so much, your congratulations make me proud.
I appreciate your useful correction.
See you in class!

PS: Actually I am teetotal :)

Michael Ivy said...

OK Giordano, I'll have a beer and you can have whatever you like: orange juice (one of my favourites) or Coca-Cola etc.

See you tonight.
Mike

Giordano4A said...

Sure I am looking forward to drink a coke and chat up girls with my English teacher:)

Mike said...

Let's go down to Campo dei Fiori one evening!
;-)