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Monday, 6th April, 2009
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1) Video Analysis
2) Podcast / Vidcast
3) News Expressions
4) Song of the Day!
5) HPE FREE Lesson
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1) Today's Video Analysis

Every seven years the Eiffel Tower has to be repainted. Watch this silent video and answer the questions.

 

Q1) Use the clues below to find at least five verbs ending in ~ing (for example: running, speaking, etc.)

   a) A camera is f------. ???
   b) A man is c-------.
???
   c) A man is h------ a brush.
???
   d) The man is p-------.
???
   a) A wheel is t------. ???
   b) A bucket is h------.
???
   c) The lift is r-----.
???
   d) Some people are w------.
???

Q2) General knowledge quiz:

   a) About how many people visit the Eiffel Tower each year? (5 or 7 or 9 million) ???
   b) How old is the Eiffel Tower this year? (100 / 120 / 140 years old)
???
   c) About how high is the Eiffel Tower? (300 / 400 / 500 metres)
???
   d) How long does it take to paint the Tower? (9 / 12 / 15 months)
???
   e) How much paint is needed to paint it? (60 / 75 / 90 tons) ???


Lots of Vidcasts & Podcasts to help you improve your English!2) Today's Podcast

Listen to the podcast and answer the questions.

Read the text on the
Mega Minute Blog

Blog : Podcast 33 : 'Distrust Wrinkles'

  [Listen to the podcast] 

Q1) According to the quotation, what doesn't necessarily come with old age? ???

   a) wrinkles
   b) good wine
   c) wisdom
   d) good grapes

Q2) Can you remember the three 'A' countries and three 'B' countries from the G-20 group of countries?

   'A' countries  ???

   a) U----- S-----
   b) G---- B------
   c) S---- A-----

   'B' countries  ???

   a) C-----
   b) I----

   c) M-----

Q3) Complete this joke from the podcast: ???

'White ---------- still trying to have ------- recognised as ----------'- third official --------'


3) Today's News Expressions

Listen to and read this news story from CNN and answer the questions.

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Fast
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French museum posts Concorde hoax

France's Museum of Air and Space has revealed that its announcement that Concorde was to return to the skies for a two-hour flight in June was a hoax.

A statement on the museum's website had said Concorde would make a special flight from Paris on 16 June, breaking the sound barrier off Ireland.

French news agency AFP picked up the story, only to retract it when it was confirmed as an April Fool.

The museum says it wanted to publicise a dream to see the plane fly again.

Q1) Find words or expressions which mean:

   a) a fake; something which is not true ???
   b) flying faster than the speed of sound ???
   c) a joke to make people believe something which is not true ???

Q2) Why did the museum play this April Fool's joke? ???

   a) because they wanted to make people laugh
   b) because they wanted to make money from the publicity
   c) because they wanted to see Concorde in the skies once more

Q3) Grammar exercise: find examples of these grammatical features...

   a) the present perfect and the past perfect tense ???
   b) a compound adjective ???
   c) the
past simple passive tense ???
   d) a
phrasal verb meaning 'started to talk about' ???
   e) the
past infinitive form for planned official events ???



4) Today's Song

Listen to this excellent song from The Cranberries and try to hear the missing words below.

 

Zombie ???
(by The Cranberries)

Another ______ hangs lowly,
Child is ______ taken. ???
And the violence caused such ______,
Who are we mistaken? ???

But you see, it's not me, it's not my ______.  ???
In your head, in your head they are ______, ???
With their ______ and their bombs,
And their ______ and their guns. ???
In your head, in your head, they are ______...  ???

In your head, in your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie,
Hey, hey, hey. What's in your head,
In your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie?
Hey, hey, hey, hey, oh, dou, dou, dou, dou, dou...

Another mother's ______,
Heart is taking over. ???
When the ______ causes silence,
We must be ______. ???

It's the same old ______ since nineteen-sixteen.  ???
In your head, in your head they're ______ fighting,  ???
With their tanks and their ______,
And their bombs and their ______.  ???
In your head, in your head, they are ______...  ???

In your head, in your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie,
Hey, hey, hey. What's in your head,
In your head,
______, ______, ______?  ???
Hey, hey, hey, hey, oh, oh, oh,
Oh, oh, oh, oh, hey, oh, ya, ya-a...


Here are the words you need to fill in the gaps.

Try not to look at them if you can!


silence

bombs

crying

theme

mistaken

tanks

violence

head

guns

zombie

family

fighting

slowly

still

breaking

dying


Click on the ??? to see
if you found them all!



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