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Monday, 24th August, 2009
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1) Video Analysis
2) Podcast / Vidcast
3) News Expressions
4) Song of the Day!
5) HPE English Packs

ANSWERS ??? ANSWERS

1) Today's Video Analysis

You know the office printer is always breaking down? Maybe this is why... Watch this funny advertisement and answer the questions below!

 

Q1) What does the company do? ???

   a) it sells very strong photocopiers
   b) it sells women's underwear
   c) it repairs photocopiers

Q2) Can you remember the message the printer gives? ???

   "S_______  L_______  P_______  T_____"

Q3) What is the word for a television advertisement? ???

   a) ad
   b) commercial
   c) publicity
   d) marketing

Q4) Which of the following sentences are true: ???

   a) The woman kicks the photocopier
   b) The woman stands on the photocopier
   c) The woman hits the photocopier
   d) The woman shoots the photocopier
   e) The woman sits on the photocopier
   f) The woman steals the photocopier
   g) The woman breaks the photocopier

Q5) Why does the woman want to photocopy her backside? ???


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

Watch the podcast and answer the questions.

 

This video corrects a very common error students make in English.

Q1) Which sentences are normal English? And which sound strange?

a) Chips and fish is a great British takeaway meal. ???

b) Could you pass the salt and pepper please?
???

c) Do you prefer colour photography, or white and black?
???

d) When I go back to the UK, I always have fish and chips at least once! ???

e) My mother-in-law always puts too much pepper and salt in her cooking.
???

f) Black and white film is not very common these days. ???

Q2) Which is the most polite expression below? ???

   a) You will give me the salt and pepper.
   b) Can I have the salt and pepper?
   c) Could you pass me the salt and pepper?

Q3) What is the name of...

   a) a typical British takeaway meal? ???
   b) non-colour photography or film?
???
   c) two things found on many tables to give food flavour?
???


3) Today's News Expressions

Pronunciation Practice
Listen and repeat
unnamed mum-to-be multiple births
defying medical advice natural birth
fertility treatment current record-holder

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

Slow
Version
Fast
Version

Bun in the Dozen

A WIFE is pregnant with TWELVE babies, it was claimed last night.

The unnamed mum-to-be - a teacher - is said to be defying medical advice by vowing to give birth to ALL six girls and six boys.

If she succeeds, her brood - conceived after fertility treatment - will smash the world record for multiple births.

The tots' father, identified only as Marwan, is backing her. He beamed: "In the beginning we thought that my wife would give birth to twins.

"But more foetuses were discovered. Our joy increased with the growing number."

He said his wife was determined to have a natural birth - but doctors had told her it was IMPOSSIBLE.

British fertility experts warned the pregnancy in the Tunisian oasis town of Gafsa carried "colossal" risks. All nine babies born to the current record-holder - an Australian mum in 1971 - died in Sydney.

Q1) Which English expression means 'She's pregnant'? ???

   a) 'She's got a bun in the oven.'
   b) 'She's got a bird in the bush.'
   c) 'She's got a bee in her bonnet.'

Q2) Find words or expressions from the article above which mean:

   a) twelve (12) ???
   b) expecting a baby ???
   c) future mother ???
   d) group of very young infants with the same parents ???
   e) very small children ???
   f) extremely big / enormous ???

Q3) True or False?

   a) No woman has ever given birth to twelve children at the same time. ???
   b) The woman's husband, Marwan, is not happy about the pregnancy. ???
   c) British experts believe the pregnancy is extremly dangerous. ???


 

Lemon Tree  (lyrics)
(by Fool's Garden)

Most of the VERBS have been taken out but you still have the first letter!

Listen, read and try to identify all the missing words.

(Click on the ??? to see if you're right!)


I'm s_______ here in the boring room
It's just another rainy Sunday afternoon
I'm w_______ my time
I g______ nothing to do
I'm h_______ around
I'm w_______ for you
But nothing ever h_______ and I w_______
???

I'm d_______ around in my car
I'm d_______ too fast
I'm d_______ too far
I'd l_______ to c_______ my point of view
I f_______ so lonely
I'm w_______ for you
But nothing ever h_______ and I w_______
???

I w_______ how
I w_______ why
Yesterday you t_______ me 'bout the blue blue sky
And all that I can s_______ is just a yellow lemon-tree
I'm t_______ my head up and down
I'm t_______ t_______ t_______ t_______ t_______ around
And all that I can s_______ is just another lemon-tree
???

I'm s_______ here
I m_______ the power
I'd l_______ to g_______ out t_______ a shower
But there's a heavy cloud inside my head
I f_______ so tired
P_______ myself into bed
Well, nothing ever h_______ and I w_______
???

Isolation i_______ not good for me
Isolation I don't w_______ to s_______ on the lemon-tree
???

I'm s_______ around in the desert of joy
Baby anyhow I'll g_______ another toy
And everything will h_______ and you w_______
???

I w_______ how
I w_______ why
Yesterday you t_______ me 'bout the blue blue sky
And all that I can s_______ is just another lemon-tree
I'm t_______ my head up and down
I'm t_______ t_______ t_______ t_______ t_______ around
And all that I can s_______ is just a yellow lemon-tree
Yeah, and I w_______, w_______
???

I w_______ how
I w_______ why
Yesterday you t_______ me 'bout the blue blue sky
And all that I can s_______, and all that I can s_______, and all that I can s_______
Is just a yellow lemon-tree
???
 

 

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