Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st of January 2019


Concepts of happiness

Research has suggested that while personal feelings of pleasure are the accepted definition of happiness in Western cultures, East Asian cultures tend to see happiness as social harmony and in some parts of Africa and India it’s more about shared experiences and family. Neil and Rob discuss what makes people happy and … are happy to teach you new vocabulary.

This week’s question

The World Happiness Report measures “subjective well-being” – how happy the people are, and why. But do you know, according to a United Nations agency report in 2017, which is the happiest country on Earth? Is it…

a)    Norway

b)    Japan

c)    New Zealand

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th of January 2019


Introduction

Buttons are what we have on our clothes to fasten them but the word is also used for things that we push to make things happen. Things like your bedside alarm, radio, toaster, kettle. We press hundreds of buttons every week without thinking about it. Sometimes we are just drawn to pushing them, but as this programme discusses, some people have a button phobia.

This week’s question

Not everyone likes buttons, particularly the ones we have on our clothes. It’s a recognised phobia.

What is this fear called? Is it

A: buttonophobia
B: koumpounophobia
C: coulrophobia

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th of January 2019


Michelle Obama on empowerment

Michelle Obama left the White House with her husband, President Barack Obama, in 2016, but she’s still very much in the news. In a recent visit to the UK to publicise her autobiography, the former First Lady of the US indicated that her official position may have come to an end, but she continues with her mission to try to inspire girls and women all over the world. Rob and Dan talk about Michelle Obama and teach you new vocabulary.

This week’s question

When did the title First Lady first become used for the wife of the US president? Was it in the:

a) 18th Century

b) 19th Century

c) 20th Century

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday and Thursday 9th of January 2019


Could you be flexitarian?

Introduction

Could you eat less meat and adopt a diet based on vegetables and fruit to help save the environment? Neil and Catherine talk about a new diet, known as flexitarianism, and teach you new vocabulary.

This week’s question

All peppers are in the same food group. What group is that? Are peppers:

a) fruit

b) vegetables

c) herbs

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.