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Monday, 15th February, 2010
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1) Video Analysis
2) Podcast / Vidcast
3) News Expressions
4) Song of the Day!
5) HPE English Packs

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1) Today's Video Analysis

The Aussies (Australians) always have a great sense of humour, and even Japanese truck makers have to adapt their advertising campaigns to the local market or get laughed out of the bush!

Watch the video and answer the questions...

   

Q1) The bulls destroy a lot of things. Put the words in the order they are destroyed.  ???

a barn / a water tower / two fences / a truck / a water trough

Q2) Which of the following sentences do you hear?

   a) "Whoa, smell that?"  -  "Cows. Next door."  ???
 
  b) "After you - ready? Hoof it!"  ???
   c) "Out of the way, you silly sheep!"
  ???
   d) "Be a bit rude to turn up without anything."
  ???
   e) "What's wrong?"  -  "Cattle stop."
  ???
   c) "Afternoon, ladies."  -  "Afternoon, gentlemen - nice bus."
  ???

Q3) True or False?

   a) The bulls don't stop for anything.  ???
   b) The cows are not impressed by the bulls' vehicle.
  ???
   c) The truck seems to be indestructible.
  ???
   d) The bulls achieve their objective.  ???


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

Listen to the podcast and answer the questions.

Read the text and comment on the
Mega Minute Blog

Blog : Vidcast 19 : {Interview} 'Aikido Winds'

    
 

Q1) What are Sébastien's origins?  ???

   a) British and French
   b) English and Scottish
   c) Tournan and Brie
   d) Dubai
   e) New England

Q2) Sébastien says he is in Tournan-sur-Brie. But look at the map - what should it be?  ???

Q3) Why doesn't he have a French accent when he speaks English?  ???

   a) Because he likes French.
   b) Because he is in Tournan-en-Brie.
   c) Because he has lived in the UK for years.

Q4) Why is it sometimes difficult to hear the words?  ???

   a) He speaks English very badly.
   b) There is a lot of traffic.
   c) It is very windy.

Q5)  True or False?

   a) Sébastien hates teaching English.  ???
   b) His passion is Aikido. 
???
   c) He demonstrates some impressive aikido techniques?
 ???
   d) He seems nervous about his English lesson.
 ???

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3) Today's News Expressions

Pronunciation Practice
"Six of the Best!"
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as strikes swept Greece alternative is unthinkable
financial turmoil great political project
forced to bail out air traffic controllers

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

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Greek tragedy could leave us all in ruins

It's the most popular tourist attraction in Athens. But yesterday the gates to the ancient Parthenon temple were locked as strikes swept Greece.

The
financial turmoil engulfing the country is threatening to leave Europe's dream for a single currency in ruins.

EU ministers will meet in Brussels today to decide how to tackle a modern-day Greek tragedy.

Germany and France may be
forced to bail out the Greek economy as it drowns under a sea of debt.

The
alternative is unthinkable for EU ministers - the possibility of Greece failing to pay its debts and quitting the single currency.

And there are fears the panic will spread from Greece to Portugal, Ireland and Spain - the bleak group of four now dubbed "the PIGS".

Ruth Lea, former governor at the London School of Economics, said: "A bailout of Greece, or some kind of debt guarantee, will be announced today. People are expecting it. There will be Armageddon on world markets if it doesn't happen.

"Economically it would make sense for Greece to leave the euro. But it's the
great political project - and that's the biggest driver of all."

Greek unions have promised more strikes and the unrest could end the holiday plans of thousands of Brits. Hordes of tourists were stranded at Athens airport yesterday as
air traffic controllers walked out.


Q1) Find expressions from the 'Six of the Best' section which mean...

   a) a state of economic chaos  ???
   b) more and more people stopped working  ???
   c) very important or symbolic national strategy  ???
   d) urgent need to help financially  ???
   e) people who organise planes in the skies  ???
   f) there are no other serious possibilities  ???

Q2) True or False? (according to the article)

   a) Most tourists to Athens don't visit the Pantheon.  ???
   b) All over Greece people are stopping work to protest.  ???
   c) Greece's biggest problem is that many countries owe Greece money. 
???
   d) Many holidaymakers were stuck in the Greek capital because airport workers went on strike.
  ???

Q3) What does the rather insulting acronym 'PIGS' stand for?  ???


4) Today's Song

A great group from Wales in Britain who amazed everyone with this excellent political song, If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next, from back in '98 about the Spanish Civil War.

The album is a great one, This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours - check it out!

Listen to this amazing song and do the exercise below...

 

If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next  (lyrics)
(by Manic Street Preachers)

Below there are two versions of the same song!

Listen to each verse and decide which version is correct.

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

The future teaches you to be on your own
The past to be afraid and old
'So if I can change habits
Then I can shoot fascists'
???


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The future teaches you to be alone
The present to be afraid and cold
'So if I can shoot rabbits
Then I can shoot fascists'
???
Bullets for your brain today
But we'll forget it all again
Monuments put from pen to paper
Turns me into a gutless wonder
???
Bullets blast your brain away
But we'll remember it all again
Old friends say they'll see you later
Turns me into a gutless wonder
???
And if you tolerate this
Then your children will be next
And if you tolerate this
Then your children will be next
Will be next
Will be next
Will be next
???
And if you tolerate this
Then your children will be first
And if you tolerate this
Then your children will be first
Will be first
Will be first
Will be first
???
Gravity keeps me on the ground
Oh is it much too late
For being unsung and just accepting fate
???
Gravity keeps my head down
Or is it maybe shame
At being so young and being so vain
???
Holes in your head today
But I'm a pacifist
I've walked La Ramblas
But not with real intent
???
Moles in your bed today
But I'm a pacifist
I've walked La Ramblas
But not without a tent
???
And if you tolerate this
Then your children will be last
And if you tolerate this
Then your children will be
last
Will be
last
Will be
last
Will be
last
???
And if you tolerate this
Then your children will be next
And if you tolerate this
Then your children will be next
Will be next
Will be next
Will be next
???
'And on the stage today an old man plays
Sad newsreels of his glory ways'
???
'And on the street tonight an old man plays
With newspaper cuttings of his glory days'
???
And if you tolerate this
Then your children will be next
And if you tolerate this
Then your children will be next
Will be next
Will be next
Will be next
???
And if you tolerate this
Then your children will be lost
And if you tolerate this
Then your children will be
lost
Will be
lost
Will be
lost
Will be
lost
???

5) And don't forget..!
 

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