Friday, December 11, 2009

Practising Pronunciation; Six Minute English

My friends: this week I'd like to start with some Honourable Mentions. This is a list of students who have contributed recently to the Blog by leaving messages or comments. Their names are: Savina, Marina, Cristian and Anna.

Congratulations to those people! However, there are only four of them, out of the many students who could be reading this blog and trying out the links. Please don't limit yourself to reading the Blog. Try out a link - and tell us if you found it useful. Likewise, try the Six Minute English quiz - and write the answers on the Tag Board or in a Comment.

Some students have expressed concern about Pronunciation. This is a complex area, and right now I can only give you a quick answer. On this Blog, go down the page and check the right hand side for this heading: "Web Sites for New English File". Choose the book you are using and click on the link.

On the left hand side of the window, look for "Pronunciation". Click here, and in the new window that opens, choose what you'd like to practise: Vowels, Diphthongs, Consonants and - an interesting one here - Stress Monsters. This is a video game that tests your knowledge of word stress.

As always, let everyone know how the Pronunciation pages helped them, or didn't, by leaving us a message.

And now it's time for Six Minute English. Eyes down on these questions - then click on the link I will provide, and try to answer them all. This week it's about Keeping a Diary.

1. Anne Frank's Diary, published in 1947, has been read by:
(a) 10 million people;
(b) 17 million people
(c) 31 million people.

2. Has Neil (one of the speakers on the programme) ever kept a diary? Why (not)?

3. Why do people keep diaries? Because ..... (give a short answer)

4. Why does Gyles Brandreth ( a writer and politician) keep a diary?

5. Gyles Brandreth re-read his diaries for the first time in many years.  What was this experience like for him?

6. The most interesting thing about many diaries is the ....... (short answer)

7. What is a 'time capsule'?

Now listen to Six Minute English and leave your answers in a Comment after this posting, or on the Tag Board.

And you may like to read more about Gyles Brandreth.

That's all for today. I look forward to seeing your answers on the Tag Board or in a Comment.

Ciao4now!
 - Mike

5 comments:

Giovanni said...

Hi Michael

This blog is very useful and your suggestions are very precious. I listened to Sixt Minute English, but I didn't understand completly the conversation between Neil and Kate.

It seems to me quite normal because I'm still a second level!.
I also tried to answer to the first three questions however i left my comment in a wrong place (please see my comment on "Laughter Yoga" section :)

See you next Tuesday . .

Take care

Anonymous said...

1)31 million people
2) Neil tried to keep a diary but he's never managed to do it.
3)People keep a diary because it is an accurate record of what a person was thinking at the time. memory is quite unreliable so if you write what you think every day, years later you'll known what you felt in the past.
4)he thinks that diaries make things seem more real; he keep a diary because he want to record things and pin them down.
5)the experience for him was quite traumatic.
6) they are domestic details that people enjoy reading about many years later although when you write them they aren't so exciting.
7)"time capsul" is a container where you put in something of the present and it will be interesting for people in the future who will find it.

I think it's quite difficult, however it's useful.
See you tomorrow

Claudia

Anonymous said...

Hi Mike!
I listened to Six Minute English...it's quite difficult for me to find out specific informations just with one listening. So I listened the dialog many times, stopping and repeating it in correspondence of your question's items, but...I don't think it's the best way to pactise listening. What do you think about?
these are my answers:
1)31 million people
2)Neil doesn't keep a diary.He tried to keep one when travelled but he never had time to managing it.
3)Because the diary is an accurate record of what the person was thinking at the time and when you read it leater you'll know what you felt in a specific moment.
4)Reading a diary makes things seem more real to him.If he doesn't write things down, life just rushes by him. he likes to recall things and pin them down.
5)It was a traumatic and difficult experience
6)Domestic details related to the home, like making dinner, neighbors, etc
7)It's an item container with intresting informations from the past.

Bye
Marianna

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