Friday, January 20, 2012

Hopes for 2012 - The Answers

Dear all,

As promised, here are the answers to this week's Six Minute English on our hopes for 2012:

1) This week's official question:
2012 is not the first time the Olympics has come to London. It is in fact the third time London will have hosted the games. The last time they were here was 1948, but when was the first time? Was it:
a) 1918
b) 1908 The correct answer!
c) 1848

2) Rob's hopes are 'to get fit and eat more healthily'
3) Neil: will be hoping for 'more sleep'
4) The first woman interviewed is 'looking forward to going to Disneyland Paris'
5) The first man says 'I look forward to finishing [my master's degree] successfully' and to 'getting a bit of rest'.
6) The second woman 'is looking forward to going to a lot of weddings' 
7) Rob is looking forward to 'going to Lappland to meet Santa Claus' 
8) Rob's other ambition is to 'do my degree again and get a better grade'. 
9) Rob has tickets for the Olympics and the 'Para-Olympics'
10) The Olympics will 'define the year for us in the UK' according to Rob and Neil.

Many thanks to Alberto, Désirée and Catia for your messages, and to Margherita for posting the answers in a Comment.
Well done Margherita for getting most of the answers right, though compare your answer to question 10 with the official answer.

Now, about the news that is dominating the Italian, and European media right now: the strange case of the Costa Concordia and in particular the ship's captain, Francesco Schettino. Here is a short discussion of the case on the BBC Radio, with a behavioural psychologist and a Royal Navy Admiral. What is their judgment of Captain Schettino's behaviour? Leave your brief answer on the Tag Board or in a comment.

To hear the radio click on the link at the end of this message. Locate the programme of 18/01/2012. Click on 'Listen now'. Then slide the control to 0:45:00. Click here to listen!

More very soon, and have a very good weekend.
Yours,
Mike

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