Cours de conversation en anglais : Monday 1st and Wednesday 3rd July 2019


Can we trust a smart speaker?

About ten million people in the UK now use a smart speaker, and they’re gaining popularity across the world. These convenient devices listen to our every command. But when does ‘listening’ become ‘spying’? Rob and Dan discuss smart speakers and teach you related vocabulary.

This week’s question

By what percentage has the number of smart speakers used in US households increased from December 2017 to December 2018? Is it…

a)    around 40%

b)    around 60%

c)    around 80%

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th June 2019


Being slim: Is it in our genes?

Scientists have found some evidence that our weight is not just controlled by what we eat. Research published in the journal PLOS Genetics, explains how twin studies have shown that about 40% of the variation in a person’s weight is influenced by their genes. Neil and Dan talk about diets and serve you a tasty helping of vocabulary.

This week’s question

What’s the name of the popular diet that involves avoiding eating carbohydrates but involves eating as much fat and protein as they want? Is it…

a) The Mediterranean diet

b) The Atkins diet

c) The Graham diet

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th June 2019


Side hustles

A quarter of workers in the UK are thought to have a side hustle. It seems that more and more people want to put their skills and passions into practice to make extra money. These tend to be entrepreneurial young people who want to work on their own projects alongside their main source of income. Are you one of them? Neil and Rob discuss side hustles and teach you related vocabulary.

This week’s question

According to the employee ratings website Glassdoor, which job is thought to be best to have in the UK this year? Is it…

a)    a software engineer

b)    a teacher, or

c)    an audit manager?

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th June 2019


Get on with it!

From watching cat videos on YouTube to searching your own name online… people do all sorts of things in order to delay doing the tasks we really should be doing. Rob and Alice discuss why it can be difficult to get on with things.

This week’s question

Which American politician said: “You may delay, but time will not?” Was it …

a) John F Kennedy?

b) Benjamin Franklin?

c) Franklin Roosevelt?

You can hear the right answer at the end of the programme.