Friday, March 25, 2011

Citizen Journalism on Six Minute English: the Answers to the Quiz

Hello everyone. And thank God it's Friday! This is a good day to post the answers to the previous Six Minute English quiz, which was about 'Citizen Journalism'.

At this point I would like to express special thanks to these people who took part in this quiz:

Gabriella, Margherita, Roberta and Savina.

Savina was a student at the BC Rome last year. She has continued to read this Blog and use it to maintain her English.

Here are the answers:

1. Which of these seven countries, according to figures from internet world statistics, has the largest percentage of people using the internet?


a. the UK, b. South Korea, c. Germany, d. Japan, e. the US, f. China, g. India.
2. Could citizen journalists ever replace traditional journalists? "Citizen journalists are a very valuable source, especially when the story is on the street and it's clear who we support, but traditional journalists will always be needed to check and to make sense of large amounts of information."


3. According to the Google employee, the best blogs will become as popular as traditional journalism. (One word for each underlined space.)

4. Wikileaks generated 300 million words.

5. Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian newspaper, believes that the trained journalist still has a role as mediator, analyzer, finder and verifier of stories.


6. And according to Ann McElvoy of The Economist magazine, we still need traditional journalists when we don't really know what's going on or whose side we should be on.

That's all for now. In the next few days I'll give you a fresh "Six Minute English" quiz. But don't wait for me. Do continue to visit this Blog and click on web sites that will help you with your English. Simply look down the right-hand column. There's something for everyone, at all levels.

More soon!
Mike

Friday, March 18, 2011

Six Questions for Six Minutes

Good day everyone. I am sorry that some time has passed since the last post. Also, that not many people took the previous Six Minute English quiz! But I am very happy to see that Khrystyna, of level 2, has taken part in the Jealousy debate. See the comments in the previous post.

Another good forum for debates is the Rome Students' Forum. You need to register on order to write and express your ideas, but registration is very easy: just give your e-mail address and invent a password. I'll tell you more about the Forum in my next post.

And now for this week's Quiz. It's not the latest Six Minute English programme, but I thought it was interesting. Read the questions first:

1. Which of these seven countries, according to figures from internet world statistics, has the largest percentage of people using the internet?

South Korea, Germany, Japan, the US, the UK, India or China.

Put the countries in the correct order. You will hear the answer at the end of the programme.

2. Could citizen journalists ever replace traditional journalists? Answer this question at the end of the programme.

3. According to the Google employee, the best blogs will become ___ _____ ____ traditional journalism. (One word for each underlined space.)

4. Wikileaks generated __________ words.

5. Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian newspaper, believes that the trained journalist still has a role as ________, _________, ________ and ______ of stories. (Four words each ending in "-er".)

6. And according to Ann McElvoy of The Economist magazine, we still need traditional journalists when we don't really know ............. (Complete the sentence appropriately according to what you hear.)

Now, listen to the programme. When you have finished, give your answers in a Comment, or if they are very short, in a Tag Board Message.

I look forward to everyone's input!

Useful further link: The Guardian

More soon,
Ciao4now!
Mike




Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Sleepwalking on Six Minute English: The Answers

Dear All,
Sorry to have taken some time to post the answers to the latest Six Minute English quiz. Very many thanks to those who participated: Maria, Massimo and Giovanni. A few, but good!

1.) (official): What do the letters REM stand for? a) rapid eye movement; b) random eye movement; c) relative eye movement

2.) Stephen hasn't yet walked in his sleep but he has been known to tell stories. (two words.)

3.) Sleepwalking is genetic: in other words, it is passed on from parent to child.

4.) When she sleepwalks, Margaret Brand eats things, moves things and takes medication. (one word for each line.)

5.) According to Dr. Dev Banerjee, the majority of sleepwalkers is fairly harmless, but a proportion of them may injure themselves or fall downstairs.

6.) One in five children and one in ten adults sleepwalk.

7.) Sleepwalking may be due to a defective gene.

8.) Investigating this gene may help researchers to develop tests and treatment.

If you like you can listen again.

And now I leave you, for the moment, with this week's Express English Question: Have you ever been jealous?

Listen and watch, and then post your experiences on this Blog. Use the Tag Board for short replies up to 200 characters, or write a Comment if your answer is longer and more detailed. To post a Comment, click on "Comment" below this post, and follow the instructions.

I'll be back at the end of this week!

Byeeeee!
Mike

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

This Week's Six Minute English

Hello everyone. I have been away since 15 February, but it has been a busy time. Today, however, I can bring you a quiz from the latest Six Minute English.

This week the topic is sleepwalking. Before you listen, read these questions:

1.) (official): What do the letters REM stand for?  a) rapid eye movement; b) random eye movement; c) relative eye movement

2.) Stephen hasn't yet walked in his sleep but he has been known to _____ ______ . (two words.)

3.) Sleepwalking is genetic: in other words, it is passed on from ______ to _____ .

4.) When she sleepwalks, Margaret Brand _____ ______, _____ ______ and takes _______ . (one word for each line.)

5.) According to Dr. Dev Banerjee, the majority of sleepwalkers is fairly _________, but  a proportion of them may _______ themselves or fall ___________ .

6.) One in ______ children and one in ________ adults sleepwalk.

7.) Sleepwalking may be due to a ______________ gene.


8.) Investigating this gene may help researchers to develop ____ and ________ .


Now, listen to the programme and make a note of your answers. Post them in a comment below this message, or to the Tag Board at the top right of this blog.


I look forward to participation by Everyone!


More soon,
Yours,
Mike