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Monday, 11th January, 2010
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1) Video Analysis
2) Podcast / Vidcast
3) News Expressions
4) Song of the Day!
5) HPE English Packs


1) Today's Video Analysis

A couple of simple but profound cartoons for you...
Watch the video and answer the questions.


Q1) Do the cave men feel their needs are being met?  ???

Q2) What happens to the first man? ???

   a) he gets a prize
   b) he gets thrown a rise
   c) he gets thrown off the cliff

Q3) In the room there is a...  ???

   a) live person
   b) dead person
   c) friendly person
   d) alive person

Q4) Did you hear...  ???

   a) Your call is a big yellow bus
   b) Your call is a cold octupus
   c) Your call is important to us

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

Watch the vidcast and answer the questions.

Read the text and comment on the
Mega Minute Blog

Blog : Vidcast 15 : {Years} '20-What?!'


Q1) How do we say the date 1951? ???

a) One thousand, nine hundred and fifty one
b) Nineteen hundred fifty one
c) Nineteen fifty one

Q2) How do Americans say the date 2010? ???

   a) Two thousand ten
   b) Twenty one-oh
   c) Twenty hundred and ten

Q3) What are the possibly ways of saying the date 2020 ???

   a) Twenty twenty
   b) Twenty hundred two-oh
   c) Two thousand twenty
   d) Two thousand and twenty

Q4) How many Americans are there, and what are their names? ???

Q5) Who comes from... ???

   a) Glasgow ???
   b) Texas
   c) Hampshire ???
   d) Aberdeen
   e) Arizona ???
   f) New York

3) Today's News Expressions

Pronunciation Practice
"Six of the Best!"
Listen and repeat
dramatic fireworks ceremony economic boom
record holder observation deck
pay off its debts opening ceremony

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


World's tallest building opens in Dubai

The world's tallest building has been opened with a dramatic fireworks ceremony in the Gulf emirate of Dubai.

The Burj Khalifa was revealed to be 828m (2,716ft) high, far taller than the previous record holder, Taipei 101.

Known as the Burj Dubai during construction, the tower has been renamed after the leader of Dubai's oil-rich neighbour, Abu Dhabi.

Last month, Abu Dhabi gave Dubai a $10bn (6.13bn) bail-out to help it pay off its debts.

Construction of the Burj Dubai began in 2004, at the height of an economic boom.

Clad in 28,000 glass panels, the tower has 160 floors and more than 500,000 sq m of space for offices and flats.

The tower also lays claim to the highest occupied floor, the tallest service lift, and the world's highest observation deck - on the 124th floor.

The world's highest mosque and swimming pool will meanwhile be located on the 158th and 76th floors.

The opening ceremony, held 1,325 days after excavation work started, was attended by some 6,000 guests.

Q1) True or False?

   a) The Burj Khalifa tower is 2,716m high.  ???
   b) Building work started in 2004.  ???
   c) You can swim in the world's highest swimming pool if you can afford it!  ???

Q2) Which is NOT the highest in the world?  ???

   a) Burj Khalifa's swimming pool
   b) The Burj Khalifa tower
   c) The Eiffel Tower's observation deck
   d)  Burj Khalifa's service lift
   e) The observation deck of the Burj Khalifa

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

   a) give back the money it owes  ???
   b) a time when companies are successful  ???
   c) a place, usually high up, where you can see everything  ???
   d) the person or thing which is the highest, smallest, largest, etc.  ???
   e) an exciting event with explosions  ???
   f) the official start of something  ???

4) Today's Song

When Doves Cry reminds me of a beautiful yet unattainable girl I knew once from Newcastle with long dark hair, but that's another story!

Listen to this great song and do the exercise...


When Doves Cry  (lyrics)
(by Prince)

Some of the verbs (and some 2 and 3-letter words!) below have been removed.

Listen to the song, and try to hear the correct words.

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

Dig if you will the picture
Of you and I __________ in a kiss
The sweat of your body __________ me
Can you my darling
Can you __________ this?

__________ if you can a courtyard
An ocean of violets in bloom
Animals __________ curious poses
They __________ the heat
The heat between me and you

How can you just __________ me standing?
Alone in a world that's so cold? (So cold)
Maybe I __________ just too demanding
Maybe I __________ just like my father too bold

Maybe you're just like my mother
She's never satisfied (She's never satisfied)
Why do we __________ at each other?
This is what it __________ like
When doves __________

__________ if you will my stomach
Feel how it __________ inside
You've got the butterflies all _______   ___
Don't make me __________ you
Even doves __________ pride

How can you just __________ me standing?
Alone in a world that's so cold? (World so cold)
Maybe I __________ just too demanding
Maybe I __________ just like my father too bold

Maybe you're just like my mother
She's never satisfied (She's never satisfied)
Why do we __________ at each other?
This is what it __________ like
When doves __________

How can ___ just leave ___ standing?
Alone ___ a world that's ___ cold? (A world that's ___ cold)
Maybe I'm just ___ demanding (Maybe, maybe I'm like ___ father)
Maybe I'm just like ___ father ___ bold (Ya know he's ___ bold)

Maybe you're just like ___ mother (Maybe you're just like ___ mother)
She's never satisfied (She's never, never satisfied)
Why ___ ___ scream ___ each other? (Why ___ ___ scream? Why?)
This ___ what ___ sounds like

When doves cry
When doves cry (Doves cry, doves cry)
When doves cry (Doves cry, doves cry)

Don't Cry (Don't Cry)

When doves cry
When doves cry
When doves cry

When Doves cry (Doves cry, doves cry, doves cry)
Don't cry
Darling don't cry
Don't cry
Don't cry


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