Friday, October 22, 2010

8 Questions for 6 Minutes

Good day everyone.
You all know how important it is to read when learning a language. This talk from the "Six Minute English" series explores why people nowadays have difficulty reading for long periods, and how this problem can be solved.


Read the questions first:
1. (Official question) In 2005, the BBC announced the UK's best loved - or favourite book. What was it?

a) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
b) The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
c) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.


2. The Spanish classic, "Don Quixote", by Miguel de Cervantes, is Spain's "______ - known but _____ - read" book. (One word in each space.)


3. What makes a classic novel or book? "Excellent _____ that people want to ____ into the future." (One word in each space.)

4. "Don Quixote" was completed in the year _____ .
 
5. How did the Spanish Academy present "Don Quixote" to a wider public?
 - The novel was divided into _____ short passages.
 - Spanish readers ____ a passage, ____ themselves reading it and then _____ it to the Internet.
 
6. "Bite-sized chunks" are useful because people don't like to _________ for a long time.
 
7. People in Don Quixote's time used to read books _____ ______ just as they are doing now.
 
8. Yvonne describes "Ulysses" by James Joyce as not exactly "________ reading".
 
Now listen to the programme and try to answer the questions. Post your answers in a comment or on the Tag Board.
 
I look forward to seeing your replies. I will give you the correct answers next week.
 
Have a good weekend!
Mike

2 comments:

Domenico said...

1. The Lord of the Rings
2. "The Spanish classic, "Don Quixote", by Miguel de Cervantes, is Spain's "best-known but least-read" book.
3. "Excellent writer that people want to continue reading into the future"
4. 1615
5. The novel was divided into 2149 short passages
Spanish readers can (?) a passage, recording themselves reading it and then upload it to the Internet
6. Bite-sized chuncks are useful because people don't like to concentrate for a long time
7. People in Don Quixote's time used to read books in the same manner just as they are doing now
8. Yvonne describes Ulysses by James Joyce as not exactly relaxing reading

(... just a try, my English's level is very low)

Domenico

Mike said...

Hello Domenico. I think you have got this mostly correct. "Spanish readers can download a passage"

I will post the correct answers this week. Many thanks for your comment.

Mike