Monday, June 20, 2016

News review - vocabulary for you.

Dear all,

Sorry for my absence since the last post on 7 June. Now I'm back, with a very useful website for Upper-Intermediate students and above.

It's the BBC's "Learning English" and it's called "News Review". Here, two people in the studio discuss useful vocabulary to help you understand the news better.

The topic is the tragic, much-discussed shooting incident at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Have a look at the site, watch the video and note the vocabulary - words such as "vigil" and "moving". Then do the short quiz activity.

Extra activity: when you have finished, look through the various news articles on the BBC website. What words and expressions, specific to news reporting, occur most often? Post your answers in a Comment or on the Tag Board.

Do revisit the BBC's "Learning English" site. There are so many useful features here. Try "Lingohack". It's organised by date, with each date displaying three news headlines. Take your pick. Then give us your reactions, again, in a comment or on the tag board.

Always remember: it's vitally important to maintain your contact with English, especially now when courses may have finished.

I'll have more for you very soon! Watch this space.

Kind regards,
Michael Ivy

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Is the Latin Lover Dead?: The Answers

Hello all! I am sorry to have been away for so long. But now I can reveal the answers to the latest Six Minute English Quiz: "Is the Latin Lover Dead?"

Those questions and answers:
1. This weeks's official question: Who wrote the novel Don Quixote, about a 50-year old man travelling Spain in search of knightly adventures in rusty armour and a cardboard helmet? Was it…

a) Miguel de Cervantes: b) Leo Tolstoy: c) William Shakespeare?

2. What does Alice ask Neil to do at the beginning of the programme? [Give her his comfortable chair because hers is uncomfortable.]

3. Chivalry was all about [honour] and [courage] in battle. Later it was about being [polite] to [ladies].

4. In Poland they have battle [re-enactments] every weekend.

5. Jousting is a contest between two people on [horseback].

6. Professor Laura Ash of Oxford University says that [love] makes you a better [knight].

So what's the situation in your country? Is chivalry alive or dead? We'd all love to read your answers from round the world. Simply write then in a Comment or on the Tag Board opposite.

The next Six Minute English Quiz is coming soon.

Good bye for now.