Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Spring Cleaning

That's what this week's Six Minute English is about. And it is something I find extraordinarily difficult to do. However, when you listen to the programme, you will see that I am by no means alone.

First, let's consider the official question:

How many hours per week do you think the average woman spends doing housework?
(a) 3 hours

(b) 15 hours
(c) 20 hours

As you listen, try to answer these questions as well:

1. What does "skimming" mean?
2. According to the first speaker, what used to happen in her house on a Monday?
3. The second speaker Vivien Emleigh's house is ................... ..................... .
4. Her kitchen is clean but very .................................... .
5. According to the presenter, 'obsessive' means: ................................
6. 'Clutter' means .....................................................................
7. A 'clearout' is when you .......................................................
8. According to the presenter, spring cleaning clears both the air and ............ ............... .

Now listen to the programme and write your answers in a comment or, if there's room, on the Tag Board.

More soon!
_ Mike

5 comments:

brunella 4B said...

Hi all! Here my answers:
The average woman spends 15 hours per week doing the housework, while the average man spends just 7hours.

1. What does "skimming" mean?
It means that you spray a bit of furniture polish into a room to make it smell like you've been cleaning but in fact you haven't done it!
2. According to the first speaker, what used to happen in her house on a Monday?
Monday was washday.
3. The second speaker Vivien Emleigh's house is reasonably tidy.
4. Her kitchen is clean but very untidy.
5. According to the presenter, 'obsessive' means: to be very interested or worried about something in an extreme way.
6. 'Clutter' means: things and junk which are lying around the house like piles of newspapers, shoes, books, etc.
7. A 'clearout' is when you: throw or give away a lot of things you no longer need in your house.
8. According to the presenter, spring cleaning clears both the air and your head!
Hi. Brunella4B

Michael Ivy said...

Hello Brunella!!Well done! Next time we go out, I'll offer you an aperitivo as you're the first person to give fullly correct answers.

But do keep listening, everyone!

Kind regards,
Mike

daniela 4b said...

Hi!
1_SKIMMING is a way to let the other believe that we have cleaned the house but, in fact,we have only spraied a forniture polish to make it smell!
2_Monday was te washday.
3_... is reasonably tidy.
4_ ... isuntidy.
5_OBSESSIVE is a person who wants to do everything in a perfect way.
6_CLUTTER means caos! It appears when we leave junks around the house.
7_CLEAROUT is when you give away lots of things you no longer need.
8_... and the head.

The right answer to the main question is 15 hours per week.

See you!! :)

Anonymous said...

I'm writing just to try to send you a message, Mike. Do you remember? I told you i hadn't been able to send you a message by this space... See you later. Gianni 4A.

m.laura 4a said...

Hi. These are my answers:
1) Skimming is spray a bit of polish in a room to make it smell like you've just clean but you've not done at all.;
2)is washday;
3)reasonably tidy;
4)clean but it's very untidy;
5)interested or worried in something in an extreme way;
6)clutter means that a lot of stuff like newspaper or books is lying in your house;
7)clearout means that you throw or give away a lot of things in your house that you no longer need;
8)and the head;
9) 15 hours.
Bye