Thursday, April 26, 2012

Legalising Soft Drugs: The Answers

Hello everyone. I'm about to give you the official answers to the latest Six Minute English Quiz. First of all, though, I would like to thank those of you who posted your answers to the questions on the Tag Board or in a Comment. By doing so, you strengthened our purpose which is to form an online, interactive community of English language learners.

Special thanks are owed to Manuela, Alberto, Catia, Suzy and Luisa.

Now for those official answers:

1) When was the first international treaty to combat the sale and use of drugs signed? The answer is: c) 1912.

2. (a) To "have a crack at something" means to try to do something.

2. (b) And the expression "crack" can also mean a highly addictive preparation of cocaine.

3. What, according to the programme, is the difference between "hard" and "soft" drugs? 'Hard' drugs are much more harmful and addictive than 'soft' drugs. Addictive means that your body becomes dependent on consumption of the drug and you want to take more and more of the substance.

4. Why has the Australian Foreign Minister decided to legalise 'soft' drugs? Because his brother died of a heroin overdose.

5. What does the Australian Prime Minister, Miss Julia Gillard, think of the Foreign Minister's idea to legalise soft drugs? She says people should get help for their addiction and that the police should carry on trying to stop drug usage.

6. What strategy has been adopted by countries like Switzerland and the Netherlands to combat use of hard drugs? They allow people small amounts of the drug to help them.

7. Why is this a 'risky strategy'? Because drugs like heroin are highly addictive.

I hope this has helped you with your listening practice. Next, we're going to look at the British Council's Learn English Podcasts and what you can do with them.

And if you've got a Smartphone, explore the possibilities of downloading an app to help you learn and practise English anytime, anyplace!

More very soon!

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