Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Freedom: The Answers

Hello everyone. Welcome back after the Easter holidays. Welcome also to a further round of quizzes and links to useful web sites for anyone learning English.

Today I'm brining you the answers to the current Six Minute English Quiz on Freedom. Six people responded to this Quiz, which is great, but many more people could take part! Here are the answers:

1. Freedom is “the power to write, act or speak as one wants.”

2. This week's official question: According to the World Freedom Index 2013 by the Canadian Fraser Institute, the people of which country came out as number one, in terms of having the most freedom? It was ...New Zealand.

3. If you can say what you like you have free speech.

4. The British hostage Norman Kember, held in Iraq, survived because of his mind.

5. He was able to feel free by thinking about his garden.

6. Freedom came for him in a military operation on 23 March 2006.

7. The first thing he did when he returned to England was to walk in his garden.

8. Many songs have been written about freedom.

9. Nowadays many people use social media in order to protest.

Many thanks to Filomena, Gianluca, Manola, Federica, Cristina and Arturo for their kind participation. But where is everyone else??

More news coming up this week.

Kindest regards to you all,
Mike

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Six Minute English: On Freedom

Rob and Finn on the BBC bring you this week's Six Minute English Quiz.

Here are the questions. Fill the blanks with a missing word for each blank if you see ___ . Complete the sentences if you see a series of dots (……)

1. Freedom is ….
2. This week's official question:
According to the World Freedom Index 2013 by the Canadian Fraser Institute, the people of which country came out as number one, in terms of having the most freedom? Was it:
a) USA b) Sweden c) New Zealand ?
3. If you can say what you like you have …..
4. The British hostage Norman Kember, held in Iraq, survived because of his ____.
5. He was able to feel free by ….
6. Freedom came for him in a ___ ___ on [give the date].

7. The first thing he did when he returned to England was to ….

8. Many ____ have been written about freedom.

9. Nowadays many people use ____ ____ in order to protest.

Now listen to the programme and think about the answers to these questions. Post your answers in a Comment or on the Tag Board.

I hope many more people will come and join us this time! Six people left answers last time. Can we double this number? I look forward to seeing as many of you here as possible!

Yours,
Michael.

News In Levels

Want to improve your English listening skills? Just starting out, or not very confident? Here's a reminder of a site that could be useful for you.

It's called "News In Levels". It is updated every week. Each news story is presented on three levels. Level 3 in its original form with an accompanying video. Level 2 is more elementary, with verbs in the past simple, while Level 1 is basic, and verbs tend to be in the present simple tense. In Levels 1 and 2 you can click on a video screen and hear someone reading the text.

The accent is American, which is important as it is essential for you to listen to different accents in order to develop your skills.

There is also Level Zero, but this is very basic indeed, with just a few words displayed and pronounced in a sound recording. The Level Zero stories are not repeated in the higher levels.

Click here in order to see "News In Levels". Do please let the rest of us know what you think by leaving a message on the Tag Board or in a Comment.

Coming up - a new Six Minute English Quiz.
Yours,
Mike

Thursday, April 10, 2014

TED for Advanced Listening

Hello everyone. I'm planning a fresh Six Minute English Quiz - watch this space.

Meanwhile I can highly recommend the TED site. Here, you can watch, and listen to, experts in their various fields - science, philosophy, engineering, architecture, art, finance, you name it, it's there - sharing their experiences and ideas with the rest of us.

It's video, not just audio, so you can also see the speakers. Check it out here!

More soonest!
Yours,
Mike

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Men's and Women's Brains. The Answers

Hello folks. Many many thanks to those of you who took part in the current Six Minute English Quiz.

Those who also posted their answers, whether on the Tag Board or in a Comment, deserve a special mention. They are:

Manola, Federica, Arthur, Antonella, Maria Teresa and Filomena.

And here are the answers:

1. How much does the average human brain weigh? (a) 1.4 kg is the right answer.

2. The Pennsylvania team examined the brains of nearly one thousand men and women.

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

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

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

6. Women also have longer attention spans.

7. Albert Einstein's brain weighed 1.2 kg.

Thanks once again to all those who took part. Later this week I will post another Quiz.

Here are two more important Web sites. The first is "News In Levels". Each piece of current news is presented in three different levels: Level 1 is Elementary: level 2, Intermediate, is for those who have been studying English for three to five years, while Level 3 is for advanced learners who have been studying for six years or more.

The second is a blog by a student of English here in Rome. It's called "Runaway Daydreamer" and it's by Chiara, who is an Upper-Intermediate student of English. She created her blog, she tells us, to keep herself motivated to continue learning, studying and practising English. Come and visit her blog!

And here's an update on our class magazine, "English, Actually". Come and fill in your personal profile here.

More again very soon!
Yours,
Mike