Do you believe in the horoscopes? This week I have chosen a piece on astrology in "Six Minute English" as a listening comprehension exercise.
Here are a few comprehension questions:
1. Official question, as seen on the site:
- How many star signs are there?
Now for some more questions:
2. Jackie's star sign is ......
3. Her star sign means that she is ........ (3 personality characteristics)
4. The Scottish journalist Jan Muir's first job on her newspaper was ................
5. The formula for a horoscope included a ............, a ............. and a .............
6. According to Jan Muir, why do people continue to be interested in horoscopes?
7. According to the professor of astrology, horoscopes are a piece of ................... (two words)
Listen and write your answers in a Comment. The first person to get the answers correct will get an Honourable Mention - and I'll buy them a drink if we go out.
Now for two further things:
1. In Level 4A (Wed/Fri classes), we have been talking about crime. Have a look at a British newspaper, "The Times". Here's a link to the crime reports. How many new words, connected with crime and justice, can you find? Can you identify any special structures, such as passives? And can you identify any special reporting verbs?
- Write your answers in a comment.
2. I have promised to demonstrate how the concordancer web sites can help you research into how English works. Right now I only have time to point you to the main concordancer sites. I have temporarily moved the links up to just below the Tag Board. Here are some exercises you could try:
(a) How many phrasal verbs with "get" can you find, and what do they mean? Can you identify a "get" phrasal verb with more than one meaning?
(b) How many adjectives ending in "-ly" can you find?
That's all for now! More soon.