Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd May 2018


Animal phobias

Why do we fear animals that pose no threat to us? Sophie and Neil face their own phobias and discuss the reason why fear of spiders is so common.

This week’s question

What’s the word that describes an irrational fear of insects? Is it…

a) entomophobia?

b) thanatophobia?

c) pogonophobia?

You’ll hear the answer at the end of the programme.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th April 2018


How do you learn to speak a language?

Many scientists believe that knowledge of another language can boost your brainpower – so what are we waiting for – we should all be learning another language. But that’s easier said than done as acquiring this new skill can be hard. 6 Minute English looks at the reasons for learning a new language and hears from an expert who has a tip for making it easier.

This week’s question:

Approximately how many languages there are in the world altogether? Are there…

a)     70

b)    700

c)    7,000

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th April 2018


Microadventures!

Join us for six minutes of adventure! You won’t be going far but you’ll discover how adventurer, Alastair Humphreys thinks there’s fun to be had on your doorstep. Along the way we’ll be exploring the expeditions you could go on and new items of vocabulary to take with you!

This week’s question:

how far it is around the world measured at the equator – in other worlds the circumference? It is approximately…

a) 30,000 km
b) 40,000 km, or
c) 50,000 km

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th April 2018


What do you buy when you’re sad?

Have you ever had a bad day and tried to make yourself feel better by going shopping? New research suggests people are more likely to buy things they don’t really need when they are sad, bored or stressed. And they’ll probably also come to regret their shopping trip.

Dan turns up in the studio with a load of shopping bags and a very strange outfit he bought to cheer himself up. You’ll also learn some vocabulary related to shopping and mood.

This week’s question:

Online shoppers in which country spend more per household than consumers in any other country, according to a report from the UK Cards Association?

a) The USA

b) Norway

c) The UK

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.