Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Six Minute English: Men's and Women's Brains. Are they Different?


We're going to find out in this week's Six Minute English exercises. Are men better at reading maps? Can women park cars? 

First read the questions, then listen to Finn and Rob of the BBC's 'Learning English' team.

First, the 'official' question:

How much does the average human brain weigh? Is it:
(a) 1.4 kg; (b) 2.2 kg; (c) 3.6 kg ?

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

Here are some more questions. If you see dots (...) put in an appropriate expression. If there is a space [____] or [_____ _____], insert one word for each ___ .

2. The Pennsylvania team examined the brains of nearly [_____ _____] men and women.

3. The researcher says that in men, the connections run strongest [_____] each hemisphere of the brain, while in women, the connections are stronger when they are [_____] the two sides of the brain.

4. The result is that men are better at .... while women are better at ....

5. Women are better at remembering ....

6. Women also have longer [_____ _____ .]

7. Abert Einstein's brain weighed [_____]

Now listen to the programme and send us your answers by using either the Tag Board or the Comments.

And let's see how many people take part. Last time was almost a record - six. But I know that there are dozens of regular readers of this Blog. I would love to see many more of them listening to the quiz and writing in with their answers.

You can also post a message any time on anything connected with using the Net to discover English. This would make the Rome English Blog a real community of language learners.

More very soon! Yours,
Michael

4 comments:

Federica said...
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Federica said...

1. (a) 1.4 kg

2. [ one thousand ]

3. [ inside ] [ between ]

4. The result is that men are better at learning and performing a single task, like cycling or navigating while women are better at multitasking, that's doing several things at once.

5. Women are better at remembering words, faces and information about other people.

6. [ attention spans ]

7. [ 1.2 kg ]

Thank you,
Federica

Mike said...

Many thanks Federica! Who else is going to join us?

Arthur said...


1) 1.4 kg

2)one thousand

3)(within);(between)

4)Men are better at learning and performing a single task, like cycling or navigating, while women are better at doing several things at once(they are multitasking).

5) Women are better at remembering words and faces and information about other people.

6)attention spans

7)1.2 kg

Many thanks Mike