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.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th April 2018


Should schoolchildren have jobs?

For some, it’s a way of learning valuable lessons about with world of work and earning a bit of money; for others it’s a distraction from the important business of education. Schoolchildren in part-time work is something which divides opinion. It used to be normal in the UK but the trend is changing.

Neil and Dan discuss the issue while sharing their own experiences of delivering newspapers and serving fish ‘n’ chips. You’ll also learn six items of vocabulary.

This week’s question:

What is the youngest age at which children are allowed to work in the UK?

  1. a) 12
  2. b) 13
  3. c) 14

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th March 2018


Pedestrianisation – is it good for cities and towns?

Norwich was the first city in the UK to ban cars from parts of the city centre. Planners wanted to protect pedestrians from cars and to reduce pollution in its old and narrow streets. That was 50 years ago. There’s a fresh interest in keeping cars out of cities now for the same reasons. Rob and Neil talk about pedestrianising streets and teach you new vocabulary.

This week’s question

What’s the average speed of a bus travelling along Oxford Street? Is it:

a) 4.6 miles per hour,

b) 14.6 miles per hour or

c) 46 miles per hour?

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd March 2018


Ethical coffee

It’s one of the most popular drinks on the planet and something many people have for breakfast. Coffee is a widely exported product. However, how much of that money does the coffee farmer actually see? And is there a way to make things a little fairer for everyone? A new report from the UN suggests so. Dan and Catherine discuss the issue and teach you six items of vocabulary.

This week’s question:

The specialty coffee, Kopi luwak, is made from coffee beans which have already passed through an animal’s digestive system. But which animal?

a) an elephant

b) a cat

c) a weasel

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th March 2018


Transport of the future

Since the days of the horse and cart, the way we travel has been developing and improving with a desire to move faster. One new idea – called Hyperloop One – is to travel at high speed in a pod through a metal tube. But will it catch on?

Rob and Neil discuss the future of transport and explain some useful items on vocabulary on the journey.

This week’s question:

According to the Guinness World Records, in which country has the fastest ever speed of a train been recorded? Is it…

a) China

b) Japan

c) France

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th March 2018


Goldfish, brains and phones

Are fish able to focus for longer than humans? In this programme, Neil and Catherine discuss how our brains are being affected by technology. They also teach you six items of useful vocabulary.

This week’s question:

How long do we look at our mobile phones for in a day, on average?

a) Around 30 minutes

b) Around two and a half hours

c) Over three hours

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 28th February and Thursday 1st March 2018


What’s in a name?

In the UK women traditionaly take their husband’s surname when they get married – but are things changing? A growing number of western millennial men are ignoring tradition and taking their new wife’s name when they get married. Dan and Neil discuss this trend and teach you six items of vocabulary.

This week’s question:

In which country has it been forbidden since 1789 for a citizen to change their name legally, even after marriage?

a) Japan
b) France
c) Turkey

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd February 2018


Lifts

Going up? How awkward is a ride in a lift?

The everyday lift – or elevator – is a very useful invention with a fascinating history. But it has led to some modern day irritations for people who use them. Rob and Neil discuss awkwardness in lifts and what can be done to overcome it. There’ll also be teaching some related vocabulary and phrases.

This week’s question

Which country has the most lifts? Is it …

a) The USA?

b) Italy?

c) China?

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

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th February 2018


Is a game just a game?

The dangers of computer games

Computer games might be fun but are they good for you? Listen to Rob and Finn discussing whether adult computer games could affect our children’s health. They also explain some of the words connected to this topic.

This week’s question

What percentage of people who play computer games are female? Is it…

a) 28%

b) 38%

c) 48%

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th February 2018


What makes a video go viral?

Rob is keen to share funny videos – he loves cat ones. Neil is not interested. What makes people want to share them? Listen to the programme.

This week’s question:

Which was one of the first videos to go viral on the internet? Was it…

a) Charlie Bit my Finger,

b) Sneezing Panda or

c) Dancing Baby?

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th of January 2018


Is ‘man flu’ real?

For a while now, the expression ‘man flu’ has been controversial. Many men say their illness is real, while many women say they are just being weak. But why is it that some men seem to suffer, or complain, more when they get sick than women?

A recently published study may have the answer. Can science prove that men really do suffer more, or do they just moan instead of getting on with it? Dan and Neil teach six items of vocabulary and discuss the issue.

This week’s question:

In a survey conducted by Nuts magazine that asked its readers how long they took to recover from a cold or flu, where women put an average of 1.5 days, what did men put?

a) 1 day

b) 2 days

c) 3 days

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th of January 2018


Bitcoin: digital crypto-currency

It’s something that makes the world go round, but it doesn’t really exist. In fact, if we all stopped believing in it, it would have no use at all! It is, of course, money. But not just any money, in this 6 minute English, we’ll be talking about the infamous Bitcoin. A digital crypto-currency. Is it the same as ‘real’ money? Can it be trusted? Is it safe? Dan and Neil discuss the issue and teach you six items of vocabulary.

This week’s question:

When was the Bitcoin crypto-currency first created?

a) 2004

b) 2009

c) 2013

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Thursday 3rd November 2017


Having a row or asking for directions?

If two people are talking lively and you don’t understand their culture or their language, you might think they are having an argument. Neil and Tim talk about this kind of situation and teach you six items of vocabulary.

This week’s question:

In which country does shaking your head mean ‘yes’, Tim? Is it…

a) Greece,

b) Japan or

c) Bulgaria?

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 27th Thursday 28th September 2017


Hi, meet my online persona!

Are we different online than we are in real life? Sophie and Neil discuss their views on social networks, and why we often use different identities for different social media – Neil reckons he’s cooler on Twitter!

This week’s question 

How many social media accounts does the average person have? Is it…

  1. a) 3?
  2. b) 5?
  3. c) 8?

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

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th September 2017


Global warming

What might the world look like if the temperature keeps rising? There will be many losers – but who are the likely winners? Neil and Alice discuss what we need to do to adapt to the inevitable changes ahead.

This week’s question

How much has the average temperature of the Earth’s surface increased in the last hundred years? Is it…

  1. a) 0.85°C?
  2. b) 1.85°C?
  3. c) 8.5°C?

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