Saturday, December 20, 2014

Six Minute English: What makes a Superhero?

You might be surprised. In this episode of Six Minute English we're going to dissect the superhero and sort out fact from fiction.

Here are some questions to help you concentrate on the programme. Read them first, then click on the link to the programme, below:

1. What year did Superman first appear published in a comic? Was it:
(a) in 1930; (b) in 1934; or (c) in 1938?

And, question 2:
What was Superman's original role? He was a [___]. (one word)

3. Superheroes in real life are people who do something [___]. (one word)

4. What does the Japanese superhero do? He makes his fellow-citizens [___]. (one word)

5. Why does he do it? He says that, after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, that he wanted ["to ......"] (a short answer)

6. Interestingly, real life superheroes keep their identity [___ ___]. (two words)

7. Another Japanese man is considered a hero because he [.....]. (a short answer)

Now listen to the programme. The link should open a new tab. Then write your answers on the Tag Board or in a Comment.

I look forward to seeing as many people on board here as possible!

And I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2015!
I am off to the UK and France very soon. But with luck, I may be able to visit this blog from time to time.

Season's Greetings!
Yours,
Mike

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Listen and Practise (the Present Perfect)

Good day everyone! While waiting for the next Six Minute English Quiz, have a look at the BBC Learning English website and check out the Present Perfect.

This is about describing experiences. Do the collocation exercise and then listen to the interviews. What questions does the interviewer ask each person? And how do they reply?

Don't forget the Session Grammar and Vocabulary. You'll learn some new words, and get an in-depth idea of the grammar.

Post your answers and comments on the Tag Board or in a Comment. Do the same if there is anything you haven't understood.

More again soon!
Yours,
Mike

Saturday, December 06, 2014

How Quickly Can You Learn English? The Answers

Hello everyone. Here at last are the answers to the latest Six Minute English Quiz. See below:

1. The percentage of the British population speaks a first language that is not English is (b) 7.7%!

2. The main method of learning in the 21st century seems to be Online.

3. Rob and Finn suggest you spend 15 minutes a day on the BBC's new English course.

4. Richard Hallows says that to get better at English quickly:
First..." you've got to have a good range of grammar and vocabulary."
Also..."you need to think about pronunciation."
But don't try to ..."be like a native English speaker. You don't have to have a native accent."

5. The level you need before the UK government will give you citizenship is ESOL Entry 3 or B1 level.

6. You need about 360 hours of study to get to that level from not knowing anything.

7. Motivation and age are two factors can affect your ability to learn English easily.

Honourable mentions this week go to Elisa, Filomena, Manola, Federica and Riccardo. Many thanks to you all. That's a good turnout - but with so many readers out there, it should be much, much more.

Look out for the next quiz, and advice! 

Have a very nice weekend, especially if you are on holiday on Monday, 8 December.
Yours,
Mike