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Monday, 8th February, 2010
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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

Susan Boyle became an overnight sensation when she entered the 'Britain's Got Talent' competition.
Watch the video to understand why and answer the questions.

 

WATCH THE WHOLE SONG!

Q1) The CNN presenter says:  ???

   a) the judges didn't expect much
   b) the judges expected an internet sensation
   c) the judges expected her to start singing

Q2) How does Susan Boyle answer the first question?  ???

   a) I'm 407, and feel great!
 
  b) I am forty seven, but don't be afraid of me!
   c) I am 47, and that's just one side of me!

Q3) Which words best describe the judges' reaction?  ???

   a) disappointment and disgust
   b) laughter and ridicule
   c) sadness and surprise
   d) amazement and emotion
   e) astonishment and anger

Q4) True or False?

   a) The video was watched 3,000 times in two days  ???
   b) Simon Cowell thinks her voice is exceptional
  ???
   c) One of the judges started crying
  ???
   d) Susan Boyle is not allowed to sing in the final  ???


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

Listen to the podcast and answer the questions.

Q1) Where are Rory and Eileen from?  ???

   a) Londonderry
   b) London
   c) Dublin
   d) Dubai
   e) New England

Q2) Why is Rory in Paris?  ???

   a) To learn English
   b) To learn French
   c) To learn to become an Irish teacher
   d) To learn to become a French teacher
   e) To learn to become an English teacher

Q3) Has Rory been to Paris before?  ???

   a) Yes, he is French
   b) Yes, he is
   c) Yes, he has
   d) Yes, he was

Q4)  True or False?

   a) Eileen likes drinking French coffee  ???
   a) Rory and Eileen are just tourists in Paris
 ???
   c) Rory doesn't like the Latin Quarter
 ???
   d) He will probably go to many Irish pubs
 ???


3) Today's News Expressions

Pronunciation Practice
"Six of the Best!"
Listen and repeat
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mobile internet users most number of pages
people in the UK 4.57 million
figures indicate largest social network

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

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Facebook dominates UK mobile use

Facebook dominates the lives of mobile internet users in the UK, according to figures from a mobile industry body.

The social network accounts for nearly half of all the time people in the UK spend going online using their phones.

The data, from the GSM Association (GSMA), showed that people in the UK spent around 2.2bn minutes browsing the social network during December alone.

The
figures indicate that 16 million users in the UK accessed the internet from their mobile phones in December 2009.

Together, they viewed a total of 6.7 billion pages and spent more than 4.8 billion minutes (60 million hours) online during the month.

Facebook dominated the statistics, racking up the most unique visitors (5 million), the
most number of pages viewed (2.6 million) and the most time spent on the site.

Google sites were second in the list with around
4.57 million unique users. However, they spent on average less than one-fifth of the time on its sites, compared to Facebook.

Others sites that appeared in the top ten - which accounted for 70% of usage - included Yahoo, eBay and Microsoft.

Facebook is currently the
largest social network on the web, with around 350 million users.


Q1) Which web site is NOT in the top ten most mobile phone consulted sites in the UK?  ???

   a) Yahoo
   b) Google
   c) eBay
   d) Hotch Potch English
   e) Facebook

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

   a) Many mobile phone users in Britain like Facebook  ???
   b)
Over a of the UK's 61 million population web-surfed on their phones in 2009.  ???
   c) Facebook has been overtaken by Twitter as the web's biggest social networking site  ???
   d) Blackberry is the only mobile phone producer to not allow access to Facebook
  ???

Q3) Find expressions from the 'Six of the Best' section which mean...

   a) the statistics suggest  ???
   b) highest website hits  ???
   c) most popular networking site  ???
   d) more than four thousand thousand  ???
   e) British citizens  ???
   f) portable phone customers  ???


4) Today's Song

In an Irish pub in Paris from the lips of someone I'll never remember came a song I'll never forget. Thank you, my dear, drunken, immemoriable friend.

You introduced me to a marvel! Ride On, by Christy Moore.

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

 

Ride On  (lyrics)
(by Christy Moore)

Some words have been taken out of the song!

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


True you ride the finest _______ I've ever seen
Standing sixteen, one or two, with _______ wild and green
You ride the _______ so well, _______ light to the touch
I could never go with you no matter how I wanted to
???

Ride on, see you, I could never go with you
No matter how I wanted to
Ride on, see you, i could never go with you
No matter how i wanted to

When you ride into the _______ without a trace behind
Run your _______ along my _______, one last time
I turn to face an empty _______, where you used to lie
And look for the _______ that lights the _______
Through a _______ in my _______
???

Ride on, see you, I could never go with you
No matter how I wanted to
Ride on, see you, i could never go with you
No matter how i wanted to
 


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