Friday, February 26, 2010

A History of the World in A Hundred Objects: The Answers

Hello everyone. Today I am going to produce two posts. First of all, in this one, I'll now give you the answers to the last Six Minute English exercise that we did.

1. There are 13 million objects in the British Museum's collection.
2. Neil MacGregor, the museum's director, says that although people think that objects have remained the same over time, they have in fact changed. (Note my use of "in fact". In English this means "in reality". "In fact" is different from the Italian expression "infatti".)
3. The materials used to make Egyptian mummies can be examined to see where they come from. We can then make deductions about how trade was conducted in the ancient world.
4. The Egyptian writer Araf Souef would encourage children to learn a brief history of the entire world by concentrating on the 'common ground' of people's relationships with each other, with the planet and with the universe.

How many questions did you get correct? Congratulations to Alessandra, Savina and Giovanni for getting most of the answers right.

I'd like now to welcome some new students to the Blog. They have been kind enough to write their names on the Tag Board. They are: Valeria, Arnaldo, Emilio, Rossana, Daniele, Paolo and Laura.

Thank you very much for participating in the Blog. But I would love to see many more students joining us. I have over a hundred students right now, so this should not be difficult!

Finally, Savina has recommended a site: 'Memorize Now'. She tells us that she uses this site to try to memorise the words of a song. But it could be used to memorise words in all sorts of situations. According to the FAQ, this facility was originally designed to help people memorise words from the Bible. Try it and let me know what you think of the site. Please leave your comments in the Tag Box or in a comment.

Later, I will psot the next "Six Minute English" exercise. Watch this space!
Many thanks for reading this - Mike

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