Thursday, December 20, 2012

Is it the end of the world?

We will have found out by the end of 21 December. But try to take a little time - six minutes - to learn more about the idea that the world is due to end on this day. Listen to Alice and Kaz on Six Minute English.

First, read the questions. Then listen to the programme. When you have finished, post your answers on the Tag Board or in a Comment. Were you right? 

1) - official: Alice asks Kaz what 21 December is called in English?
(a) the winter equinox (b) the winter solstice (c) midwinter

2) For the Mayans, December 21 2012 marks the end of a _________ - year cycle. 

3) Professor Pedro Yac from Guatemala hopes that people will use 21 December to think about ...... 

4) He says: "We should stop planting _____ ".

5) According to a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll, nearly _____ per cent of the people believe that the end of the world is 'nigh'. (= imminent)

6) What common English adjective rhymes (sounds like) 'nigh'?

7) Richard Henson says that we are witnessing the end of an era that began _______ years before Christ. 

Now listen to the programme. Then post your answers. Let's have as many readers as possible giving their answers to these fundamental questions about our existence.

And tell us where you will be on the day the world ends! More soonest,
Mike

6 Minute English: The Island That Never Was: The Answers

Hello everyone! Many thanks to those of you who posted your answers. And here they are:

1. (Official question): What's the name of the legendary island which is said to have sunk into the sea? 
b) Atlantis

2. Neil has a bad sense of direction.

3. What serious problem can happen with maps? They can be completely wrong.

4. The depth of the sea at the point where Maria Seaton's map showed an island was 1400 metres.

5. The BBC reporter suggests that the indication of a non-existent island on the map was due to "human error" (Two words)

6. Google Earth's spokesman says that one of the problems with maps is that "things change". (Two words).

7. Was Neil's answer to question (1) right? Yes!


I used Alessandro's answers (see Comments). But many thanks to those who took part. Watch out for the next Quiz - imminent!

More again very soon!
Mike


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Six Minute English: The Island that Got Lost.


Hello everyone and welcome to this week's Six Minute English Quiz. I am sorry not to have posted anything for almost three weeks. I haven't got a real excuse except that this has been quite a busy time.

In this episode, Alice and Neil discuss the mystery of the Pacific island that disappeared.

Read the questions first, then listen.

1. (Official question): 
What's the name of the legendary island which is said to have sunk into the sea? Is it:
a) Pacifica b) Atlantis c) Oceana ?

You will hear the answer at the end of the programme.

2. Neil has a good/bad sense of direction. Which adjective is right?

3. What serious problem can happen with maps?

4. The depth of the sea at the point where Maria Seaton's map showed an island was ________ metres.

5. The BBC reporter suggests that the indication of a non-existent island on the map was due to "_____ _____" (Two words)

6. Google Earth's spokesman says that one of the problems with maps is that "_______ _______". (Two words).

7. Was Neil's answer to question (1) right?

Now listen to the programme. Then post your answers on the Tag Board or in a Comment. Let's have as many readers as possible writing in with their answers!

More very soon and many thanks for reading this - and doing the Quiz.

Yours,
Mike