Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 3th and Thursday 4th April 2019


More and more people are talking to machines – more specifically, virtual assistants or bots. It’s easy to do because you can often find them on your smartphone, computer or even a speaker in your house. Rob and Dan discuss how this is changing the way we interact with technology and the type of language we use.

This week’s question:

When was the first computer which could recognise speech, launched? Was it in:

a) 1951
b) 1961
c) 1971

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.


Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th March 2019


Describing Generation Z

In this programme, we look at Generation Z – a name that describes the people born in the late nineties or early noughties. Also known as Gen Z, they are seen as the social media generation. We discuss other characteristics of this young generation and learn some new vocabulary along the way.

This week’s question:

No one can quite agree on who first used the term ‘social media’, but we do know from which decade it came. Was it…

  1. a)    the 1980s,
  2. b)    the 1990s,
  3. c)    the noughties, that is the first decade of the 21st Century?

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st March 2019


How creative should we be?

The World Economic Forum forecasts that by 2020, creativity will be in the top three most important skills for future jobs. This is particularly relevant for younger people who will be entering the world of work soon. BBC Learning English’s very creative scriptwriter Rob and Neil discuss what it takes to be creative – and they also teach you related vocabulary.

This week’s question

Banksy created a well-known piece of artwork that has been in the news recently. Do you know what it is called? Is it…

a) Girl with Balloon

b) Girl with Red Balloon

c) Balloon Girl

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th March 2019


Are food allergies more common now?

Research has suggested that food allergies may be more common these days than they were in the last 20 or 30 years. Why might this be? Is it linked to our diet? And are there any signs that a child might go on to develop a food allergy as an adult? Neil and Rob discuss if food allergies are becoming more common, and teach you new vocabulary.

This week’s question

One of the most common food allergies is to peanuts. What kind of food is a peanut? Is it:

A) a vegetable

B) a nut or

C) a legume

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th March 2019


Curbing our plastic addiction

We use plastic in every part of our lives so could we live without it? Rob and Neil discuss the dilemma of going plastic free and hear why Britain’s shopping culture makes it hard to do. Listen to 6 Minute English and learn some useful vocabulary along the way.

This week’s question:

The first synthetic plastic – that’s plastic made entirely from man-made materials – was created over 100 years ago. Do you know what its brand name was? Was it…

  1. a) Bakelite
  2. b) Lucite
  3. c) Formica

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.