Thursday, November 24, 2016

Six Minute English: Cycling!

The regular BBC Learning English Six Minute English quizzes return this week with a programme on Cycling. This means of  transport is becoming more popular in Rome. It's an obvious answer to high costs, disruption by strikes and traffic congestion.

First, read the questions. Here's the official question:-

1. Who invented the first pneumatic – or air-filled – bicycle tyre in 1888?  Was it …

a) John Boyd Dunlop? b) Charles Goodyear? c) Harvey Samuel Firestone? 
(a) John Boyd Dunlop

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

2. Who likes cycling: Neil or Sophie? Neil.

3. What was the 'boneshaker'? A bicycle with iron tyres which was very uncomfortable.

4. When bikes were first invented, what sort of people used them? The wealthy middle classes.

5. For the first time in history, people could travel [where] they wanted, [when] they wanted. (Heh! - I made the mistake of leaving the words in, when I should have replaced them with dots!)

6. How did cycling change women's clothing? They wore "rational dress" - a close-fitting jacket and pantaloon-type trousers. Some traditionalists were offended by this.

7. How did cycling affect 19th century society? It meant that people could travel further, meet new people and marry outside their relatively closed societies.

Now, listen to the programme.

When you have finished, please do post your answers on the Tag Board on the right. You can also post your answer in a Comment.

Don't forget that tomorrow, Friday 25 November, is the last Friday of the month, when traditionally there is a cyclists' rally called "Critical Mass". You can find it on Facebook.

Coming soon: Mike's Bike Blog, "Backroads by Bike". Watch this space.

Happy listening - and On Your Bike!
Yours,
Michael

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

1. Who invented the first pneumatic – or air-filled – bicycle tyre in 1888?
The answer is (a) John Boyd Dunlop

2. Who likes cycling: Neil or Sophie?
Nails likes cycling.

3. What was the 'boneshaker'?
Boneshaker is the ancient bike. Is also called velocipiede and it take name by the fact that is very uncomfortable to ride.

4. When bikes were first invented, what sort of people used them?
At first, only middle class could buy it because bikes were very expensive toys.

5. For the first time in history, people could travel [where] they wanted, [when] they wanted.
Yes, it’s truth.

6. How did cycling change women's clothing?
The women clothes were too bulky and they could catch in the chain and hurt themselves. so they had to change the way to dress. These new clothes that they adopted was called rational dresses. And rational dress was a better fitting jacket and pantaloon trousers which were cinched below the knee.

7. How did cycling affect 19th century society?
the cycling started as a faddish leisure pursuit but became the most popular tran sport. this permitted to enlarge and mix the populations' gene pool which got bigger and healthier because people could go further than they had ever had before.

Esmeralda said...

(Edit: I forgot to put my name in the previous post. To be sure, this is Esmeralda!)

1. Who invented the first pneumatic – or air-filled – bicycle tyre in 1888?
The answer is (a) John Boyd Dunlop

2. Who likes cycling: Neil or Sophie?
Nails likes cycling.

3. What was the 'boneshaker'?
Boneshaker is the ancient bike. Is also called velocipiede and it take name by the fact that is very uncomfortable to ride.

4. When bikes were first invented, what sort of people used them?
At first, only middle class could buy it because bikes were very expensive toys.

5. For the first time in history, people could travel [where] they wanted, [when] they wanted.
Yes, it’s truth.

6. How did cycling change women's clothing?
The women clothes were too bulky and they could catch in the chain and hurt themselves. so they had to change the way to dress. These new clothes that they adopted was called rational dresses. And rational dress was a better fitting jacket and pantaloon trousers which were cinched below the knee.

7. How did cycling affect 19th century society?
the cycling started as a faddish leisure pursuit but became the most popular tran sport. this permitted to enlarge and mix the populations' gene pool which got bigger and healthier because people could go further than they had ever had before.

Michael said...

Thanks very much indeed for your responses! Correct answers coming up soon!