Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year..

.. to all our readers. If you are having a holiday, have a very good time.

Business as usual after 10 January!

Until that time, I have locked the Tag Board owing to the risk of Spammers. So please leave your comments in the Comments section.

More soonest!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Watch, Listen and Understand: Michael Marzio's Video With Answers

Hello everybody. Today I'm going to give you the answers to the Real English Video Quiz of a fortnight ago.

In this video, kindly brought to you by Michael Marzio, an American teacher of English in France, you watched and listened to a series of people giving their opinions of the British. Here are the questions again, with the answers:

1. Marie's opinion? "A wry sense of humour."

2. Carlo's opinion? "The British are fair. I can live with them if I have to."

3. Arnold's opinion? "They're nice. They have the same sense of humour as the Dutch do, so we go together quite well."
Where is Arnold from? Holland.
4. Kyla's opinon? "Very very witty. They've got to keep themselves entertained in that miserable weather."
What adjective does she use for British food? "Abhorrent."
What adjective does she use for British beer? "Wonderful."
Where is Kyla's mother from? Wales.
Which British people does she prefer? The British but not especially the English.

5. Maria's opinion? "Reserved."

6. Michael's opinion? "Family-orientated and aristocratic."

7. Susan's opinion? "Homey, a little stiff, formal... Fun!"

8. Officer Gallagher's opinion? "A nation of shopkeepers."

9. June's opinion? "Cold, less open, more reserved."

10. Katie and Lynn's opinion? "Pompous."

11. Sharon's opinion? Her British boss's ways were "very stringent" and he was "prejudiced against Americans."

12. Tony's opinion? "Stuffy."

13. Bill's opinion? "They're awful ... They're the source of the entire world's problems!"
What nationality is Bill? Irish.

Many thanks to Alessandra and Giorgia of Level 2 for their answers. Marco and Emanuela, also of Level 2, visited the site but did not leave any answers!

I apologize for not sending out a reminder to everyone to visit this Blog. However I urge all readers to come in here at least twice a week. And I'll be posting another quiz before the Christmas holidays start.

Meanwhile, have a very good day.


Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Watch, Listen and Understand

Hello everyone. I am sorry to have taken so long - over a fortnight - to give you a new exercise.

Just for a change, we're going to look at something from Michael Marzio's "Real English". Michael Marzio is an American teacher of English, living and working near Paris. He has created a large and very useful website to which there is a link on the right-hand column of this blog. 

"Real English" contains dozens of interviews recorded on the streets of various cities, so the speech is very natural.There are exercises for everyone, but they are mainly designed for Beginner and Pre-Intermediate levels.

Today, we're going to hear what various people, from various countries, think of the British. They are all answering the question, "What are the British like?"

So here is the video from Michael Marzio's 'Real English' site. When you click on the link, a new window will open in your browser, so you can easily switch between the Blog and the video.

Suggested procedure:

First, quickly read the thirteen questions here.

Then go down to the section entitled "For Intermediate Students". Choose the first video, "Regular Long Version".

The video lasts just under six minutes. It's in two parts.
The first part, up to 2 minutes 45 seconds (02:45), shows the interviews without subtitles. Stop when you come to the "Real English!" signature scene.

Give short answers to the questions.

1. Marie's opinion?

2. Carlo's opinion?

3. Arnold's opinion?
Where is Arnold from?
4. Kyla's opinon?
What adjective does she use for British food?
What adjective does she use for British beer?
Where is Kyla's mother from?
Which British people does she prefer?

5. Maria's opinion?

6. Michael's opinion?

7. Susan's opinion?

8. Officer Gallagher's opinion?

9. June's opinion?

10. Katie and Lynn's opinion?

11. Sharon's opinion?

12. Tony's opinion?

13. Bill's opinion?
What nationality is Bill?

Stop the video at 02:45.

Now write your short answers on the Tag Board or in a Comment.

Then continue to the end of the video. In this second part, the interviews are repeated with subtitles. Check your answers. Were you right?

I look forward to everyone's answers! Next week, we will look at the British Council's "Learn English" site and how to make the best use of it.

Goodbye for now!