Friday, September 28, 2012

Romance In Rome - The Answers.


Dear Readers,
It's now the end of the week, and time to post the answers to the latest Six Minute English Quiz. Obviously the answer to the official question, "What is the name of the river which runs through Rome?" is "a) The Tiber"!

Here are the answers to the other questions:
2. What romantic gesture does Rosie regularly make to her boyfriend? She leaves romantic notes around the house.

3. What exactly is one of the most favourite romantic gestures in Rome? Couples leave a small lock attached to a bridge. The word "padlock" is also used: this refers to a small U-shaped portable lock used, for instance to attach a bicyle to something solid.

4. The BBC reporter saw thousands of padlocks on the bridge.

5. The local council remove these with bolt-cutters

6. This tool is also useful for stealing bicycles

7. The local council says that the fabric of the bridge is threatened by rust from the padlocks

8. Rosie's romantic secret is that her boyfriend is Italian.

Many thanks to Ludovico and Pamela who posted their answers to the quiz. But where was everyone else??

Never mind. I promise another listening quiz next week! Meanwhile, keep coming to the Blog, go down the list of sites on the right-hand side of the page, and check out as many sites as you can - especially listening.

Have a very good weekend! [Although rain is promised for Rome on Sunday :-(]Yours,
Mike


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Romance In Rome!

This is the title of the latest episode of Six Minute English from the BBC's Learning English site.

It's about a particular gesture that Romans often make when they are in love. But the Rome City Council does not approve. Let's listen to the episode to find out more.

Here are some questions for you to answer. They will help you to concentrate while listening. The first, official, question is an absolute piece of cake for anyone even remotely familiar with the Eternal City. But I am going to include it anyway.

1. What is the name of the river which runs through Rome? Is it:

a) The Tiber?
b) The Danube?
c) The Rhine?

2. What romantic gesture does Rosie regularly make to her boyfriend?

3. What exactly is one of the most favourite romantic gestures in Rome?

For the following questions, supply the missing words:

4. The BBC reporter saw _______ of _______ on the bridge.

5. The local council remove these with _______ 

6. This tool is also useful for stealing _______ .

7. The local council says that the fabric of the bridge is threatened by _______ from the _______ .

8. Rosie's romantic secret is that her _______  is _______ .

Now listen to the episode and send in your answers, either on the Tag Board or in a comment. Official answers later this week

Good luck! Yours,
Michael
PS Don't forget to visit our new Facebook page!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Happy New Year

It's a new working and academic year here in Rome. I have now been back for a week.

Coming up soonest: new listening exercises on Six Minute English. And welcome to our new British Council Rome Facebook page.

You'll find news, links to useful sites, information on courses, and much more.

I have now unlocked the Tag Board (look right), so our site is now back to interactive mode.

More very soon!

Yours,
Michael.