Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Natural Disasters

Hello everybody. I am looking at the BBC for another listening quiz to bring to you. But for now, here is some useful vocabulary.

A volcano in Chile, an earthquake in Nepal. Terrible events which we struggle to understand. But on the BBC Learning English site, they make it easier by listing the words you need and explaining them.

Check out Lesson 30: Tales of Survival - and tell us what new expressions you learned by posting them in a Comment or on the Tag Board.

More very soon!
Yours,
Mike

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Small Talk: The Answers

Hello everyone. My sincerest apologies for this long gap between posts.

My excuse must be that quite a long Easter holiday intervened. It saw me travelling from Rome down to southeastern Sicily and back. It was great!

But now I'm back in the flow and so I bring you the answers to March's Six Minute English Quiz on "Small Talk". Here they go:

Question 1 (Official): When do babies usually start talking? Is it when they are:

(a) 9 months; (b) 16 months: (c) 18 months  - Eighteen months

2. What expression does party expert Liz Brewer use to describe the act of attempting to start a conversation with someone you don't know at a party? "Breaking the ice"

3. What do you do if you can't remember the name of the person you're talking to? You say,  "Your name has just slipped my mind."

4. Liz Brewer says, "You have to interact with people in a charming way." 


In the next few days I'll be brining you another Quiz. Meanwhile, make sure you keep your listening skills honed. Honed? This means "sharp", like a knife. You can do this by visiting this Blog every day and doing some listening practice.

See you again soon!
Yours,
Mike