Thursday, January 20, 2011

How Musical Are You?

Hello everyone! Today, I listened to the latest Six Minute English. It's an interesting one: there is a discussion of how musical you are, and how important music is in all our lives. And afterwards, you can take an online test to discover your own level of ability.
Here are the questions:
1. (Official question) Listen to two short pieces of music. Are they (a) exactly the same, or (b) different? You will hear the correct answer at the end of the episode. Note your own answer, and see if you were right.

2. Complete the sentence according to what you hear: A musical person is not only someone who can play music or who has had formal training, but also someone who can .......... ........... ............. the rhythm of a piece of music or a song.

3. According to music scientist Dr. Lauren Stewart, someone has a sophisticated understanding of music if they know how to .......
....... ........ .......... ......... ......... ....... ........ or if they know how music ......... ........ ........ ........ ......... .
[Complete the sentence according to what you hear.]

4. According to another music expert, people don't listen to classical music because ........ ........ ......... ........ ........ ...........
....... .

Now listen to Six Minute English. Write your answers in a comment rather than on the Tag Board which is limited to 200 characters per post.

But do please post a comment on the Tag Board saying how easy or difficult Six Minute English was, and how useful or not it was for your listening practice.

And why not take the online music test on BBC's Radio 3? It takes 25 minutes and you will have to sign in or register as a user of the web site. This appears simple: you invent a user name and a password, and give your date of birth. Find out more about musicality here.

Leave a post or a comment to say how well you did. I intend to do it myself soon - and will post the result on the Tag Board. I think that taking this test will be an interesting experience.

Many thanks to Francesco and Tamara for their answers to the Julian Assange interview quiz. Massimo has also listened to a recent Six Minute English, although he does not say which one. But there are many other people out there who, I hope, are reading this Blog. Please do go one step further and make your presence known by leaving a comment or a message on the Tag Board.

Coming very soon: Web sites to help you revise Grammar and Vocabulary.

More anon!
Mike

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