Friday, May 25, 2012

In Your Dreams: The Answers.

Hello all. Here are the answers to the latest quiz on "Six Minute English"

1. This week's question: what do Margaret Thatcher, Napoleon Bonaparte and Florence Nightingale have in common? The correct answer is:

c) They all usually slept for just four hours a night!

Now, for questions 2 to 14. By the way, question 9 is missing! My mistake, and many thanks to Daniele Zito for pointing it out. The correct answers are underlined and in bold type:

2. Professor Richard Wiseman's app plays specific sounds to you while you're sleeping.

3. You select the sounds and it plays them to you automatically when it detects that you're dreaming by monitoring your movements.

4. Professor Wiseman says most people have about five dreams every night.

5. If your dreams are pleasant then you will be more positive and productive during the day.

6. Most people would choose sounds that prompted relaxing visions, perhaps set in woods filled with birdsong.

7. Other people prefer night-time adventure.

8. It takes Rosie three hours before she feels awake.

10. Chris would like dreams which involve adventure, going up a mountain and discovering somewhere new.

11. Expert John Mcmanus says the app could, if successful, be used to treat depression and stress.

12. The app could also enhance creativity.

13. Paul McCartney of The Beatles wrote the song 'Yesterday' after waking from a dream.

14. Mary Shelley was inspired to write the horror story 'Frankenstein'.

Very many thanks to Daniele, Alberto, Catia and Giorgia for participating in this quiz.

However, there were only four of you out of the many dozens who read this Blog! It would be great to get more readers to participate.

But it may be my fault for composing a 13-question quiz. Future quizzes will have no more than seven questions.

Moving on, as they say in the classics... It's revision time for many people. My next post will be about how to get the best out of the British Council's Learn English site. This is your place to revise grammar, vocabulary and lots more.

More very soon! Kind regards from
Mike

Saturday, May 12, 2012

In Your Dreams!

Hello everyone.
In my last post I said I would look at the British Council's Learn English site and offer suggestions on how you might best use it to practise your English. But something has come up. In Six Minute English there is an interesting programme on Dreams. It follows a recent lesson with an Upper-Intermediate group. In this lesson, we explored the theme of Sleep, Sleep Deprivation and Sleepwalking.

So here is a further Six Minute English Quiz for you. Then next week we will look at 'Learn English'.


In this Six Minute English programme, the presenters discuss a phone app that can apparently influence your dreams. Look at the official question, followed by my questions, and then listen to the programme.


1. (Official question): what do Margaret Thatcher, Napoleon Bonaparte and Florence Nightingale have in common?

a) They all dreamt of becoming farmers when they were children.
b) They all suffered from a recurring nightmare of being bitten by spiders.
c) They all usually slept for just four hours a night.

Listen for the answer towards the end of the programme. 

Now, for questions 2 to 14, can you fill in the missing words? One word per space.

2. Professor Richard Wiseman's app plays ___ ___ to you while you're sleeping. 
3. You select the sounds and it plays them to you automatically when it detects that you're dreaming by ____your ____ .
4. Professor Wiseman says most people have about ___ dreams every night.
5. If your dreams are pleasant then you will be more ____ and ____ during the day.
6. Most people would choose sounds that prompted ____ ____ , perhaps set in ____ filled with birdsong.
7. Other people prefer night-time ____ .
8. It takes Rosie ____ ____ before she feels awake.
10. Chris would like dreams which involve ____ , going up a ____ and discovering somewhere ____ .
11. Expert John Mcmanus says the app could, if successful, be used to treat ____ and ____.
12. The app could also ____ ____ .
13. Paul McCartney of The Beatles wrote the song '____ ' after waking from a dream.
14. Mary Shelley was inspired to write the horror story '____ '.
Now listen to the programme and answer the questions. Please do post your answers on the tag Board or (better) a comment. You can leave a message on the Tag Board telling people to read your answer in a comment.

That's all I have time for now. My next message to you will be in the middle of next week.
Have a very good weekend! Yours,
Mike