Thursday, May 30, 2013

Speak, tell, say or talk?

Dear all,

Here's a vexed vocabulary question. Using the appropriate form of the words above, can you complete these sentences?

1. A lot of people are ___ about the latest murder in the Metro.

2. When you see the directors, ___ them I came to the meeting at the time we agreed - but no one turned up :-(

3. We're having ___ with our partners on how to agree on intellectual property rights for these images.

4. I don't ___ Arabic very well - just enough for basic communication.

5. They are ___ that we haven't kept our promises. It's not true.

Send us your answers in a comment or on the Tag Board.

Coming soon: a new Six Minute English Quiz!

Have a very good day.
Yours,
Mike

Friday, May 17, 2013

Flying Vocabulary

Hello all. As a momentary change from Six Minute English, I'd like to introduce a series on vocabulary.

With Level Four Upper-Intermediate in recent lessons, we've been talking about flying. Civil aviation has a terminology of its own. Since most of us catch flights, we need to know this language.

So click on the link to the BBC Learning English website, below, and navigate over to the crossword. 

Easy or difficult? Tell us what you think on the Tag Board or in a Comment.

Learning English Air Travel Crossword

More soon!
Yours,
Mike

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Etiquette for boys: The answers

Hello Readers! Here are the answers to the latest Six Minute English Quiz:

Question 1 (Official): According to the rules of etiquette, at a formal meal where there are three sets of cutlery which should you use first? The knife and fork furthest from your plate, the set closest to your plate or the set in the middle? 

The first option is correct: 'outside in', meaning you start with the cutlery furthest away from your plate, then work inwards.

2. Jennifer says Callum has graduated from ' charm school'.

3. Why did the students at the school want special lessons? To learn how to behave at an upcoming event: the Year 11 school-leaving ball.

4. Who taught the course? A local hotel.

5. The course taught them how to dress and how to act with confidence.

6. Jennifer thinks it's useful for both schoolboys  and schoolgirls.

7. What problem does John Parry think universities and employers have with young people? They know a lot but sometimes their social skills let them down.

8. "Their social skills 'let them down'. (Three words)

Many thanks to Raffaele, Sara and Ilaria for taking part in the Quiz! But where are the rest of you?!

'Let them down' - a useful idiomatic expression. We'll be exploring these, and other idioms, in the next few posts. And there will also be a further Six Minute English quiz. Watch this space!

Have a good evening!
Yours,
Mike

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Six Minute English: Etiquette for boys

No, this isn't about luggage labels. It's about dealing with people around you in the best possible way. 'Managing relationships', as the big bureaucracies say.

This week's Six Minute English is about Etiquette for boys. There is some fairly advanced idiomatic English here, but nothing that you can't handle. Read the questions first, then listen to Callum and Jennifer talking about good manners.

Question 1 (Official): According to the rules of etiquette, at a formal meal where there are three sets of cutlery which should you use first? 

(a) The knife and fork furthest from your plate;
(b) the set closest to your plate;
(c) the set in the middle?  

You'll hear the answer at the end of the programme.

2. Jennifer says Callum has graduated from ' ___ school'. (One missing word)

3. Why did the students at the school want special lessons? ......

4. Who taught the course? .......

5. The course taught them how to ___ and how to ___ ___ ___ (one word, and three words) 

6. Jennifer thinks it's useful for both ___ and ___ .

7. What problem does John Parry think universities and employers have with young people? 'They ........, but their ....... Can you complete his answer?

8. "Their social skills '___ ___ ___'. (Three words)

Now listen to the programme. Then post your answers on the Tag Board or in a comment.

How important is etiquette in your society? Is the answer to question no. 1 the same in your country? Are there any unusual rules?

We'd love to know your answers, as they will help us to understand different societies. So everyone is encouraged to join in this week's Six Minute English Quiz.

More next week!
Yours,
Mike