Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th July 2019


How your eyes predict your personality

Watch where you’re watching! Apparently, where your eyes look can be used to predict things about your personality. Could this be the personality test of the future? Neil and Rob discuss how your eyes predict your personality and teach you related vocabulary.

This week’s question

The letters ‘AI’ stand for Artificial Intelligence but what are the letters ‘AI’? Are they

A) an abbreviation

B) an acronym, or

C) an initialism?

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th July 2019


What to do when you can’t sleep

What can you do when you can’t sleep? Is there anything more frustrating than lying there in the dark with your eyes open – especially if it’s not just now and then, but night after night?

According to one expert in all things to do with sleep, there is one simple and effective solution – even if it seems like the opposite of what most people would suggest. Neil and Rob find out all about it and teach you the related vocabulary.

This week’s question

What is the record for the longest a human has gone without sleep? Is it:

A) about seven days?

B) about nine days?

C) about 11 days?

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th July 2019


The rise in popularity of the comfy shoe

Despite what Neil’s been told, comfortable shoes, such as trainers, are considered more acceptable these days than ever before. This is because more and more people are wearing them. But what has caused this rise in popularity? Has it happened suddenly, or over time? And is Neil wearing high heels? Find out and everything and learn the related vocabulary.

This week’s question

Which famous sports clothing company’s first pair of running shoes was inspired by the square pattern on a waffle-making machine? Was it:

a) Adidas

b) Nike, or

c) Puma

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

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.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th June 2019


When do you feel sleepy?

Alice and Neil discuss circadian rhythms – the so-called body clock that influences an organism’s daily cycle of physical, mental and behavioural changes – And what shift workers can do to help.

This week’s question

What does the word ‘circadian’ mean? Is it…

a) around a day?

b) every day?

c) twice a day?

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

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th May 2019


What’s your superpower?

Why are we so fascinated with the superheroes that populate our cinema screens and comic books? Alice and Neil discuss their history – from ancient heroes like Thor and Hercules to modern-day Spiderman and Wolverine – and why women are getting short-changed.

This week’s question

What is the name of the new character that replaces Tony Stark as Iron Man? Is it…

a) Miles Morales?

b) Riri Williams?

c) Jane Foster?

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

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd May 2019


Dating apps

Introduction

Research shows that fewer than 5% of people who have used dating apps, actually go out on a date with someone they met through them. Neil and Dan discuss the reasons for it and teach you related vocabulary.

This week’s question

Around the world last year how much was spent on dating apps? Was it:

a) less than half a billion dollars

b) between half a billion and a billion dollars

c) over a billion dollars

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Thursday 2nd May 2019


It’s good to talk

Do you feel very anxious or depressed sometimes? Talking to a professional can help. Neil and Rob talk about talk therapy and teach you six items of useful vocabulary in this episode of 6 Minute English.

This week’s question:

Who invented the first talk therapy? Was it…

a) Boris Karloff,

b) Carl Jung or

c) Sigmund Freud?

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th April 2019


Hangry: are you angry when you’re hungry?

t’s been a long time since breakfast and lunch is still a while away. You want to shout at anyone who comes near you. Could it be that you’re ‘hangry’? Learn a new word made up of two words and find out the science behind the feeling of ‘hanger’.

This week’s question:

English has quite a few words which are made by joining two different words together like ‘hangry’, for example: brunch, motel, Brexit. What do we call these words?

a) Suitcase words

b) Portmanteau words

c) Backpack words

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th April 2019


You think you’re invisible?

Do you secretly watch people when in public? And do you think they’re watching you? Neil and Dan explore some fascinating research about ‘people-watching’ and teach you six items of useful vocabulary in this episode of 6 Minute English.

This week’s question:

OK, question time. Which of these stories features an invisibility cloak?

a) The Hobbit

b) Harry Potter

c) The Invisible Man

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

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.

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


Is music getting faster?

Music producers are adapting their songs for modern technology. Researchers have found long instrumental introductions to pop songs have become almost extinct. Neil and Rob discuss this new trend and teach you some vocabulary.

This week’s question

In 2017 Luis Fonsi’s summer hit Despacito officially became the most streamed song of all time. Do you know approximately, how many times it was streamed? Was it:

a) 1.6 billion times,

b) 3.6 billion times, or

c) 4.6 billion times?

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

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


Improving your memory

Storing information is an important function of our brains and scientists are always looking at ways to improve it but also to stop it deteriorating. Neil and Rob discuss ways of improving your memory and teach you new vocabulary – that they hope you’ll remember later!

This week’s question

There are many ways we can improve our memory but one way is through the type of food we eat. According to the BBC Food website, which type of food support good memory function? Is it…

a) eggs

b) spinach

c) bananas

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

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


Year on year there are fewer opposite-sex couples getting married in the UK. So why might this be? Are we falling out of love with marriage? In this programme we hear from a couple of people with different views, and we take a look at some related vocabulary.

This week’s question:

According to the UK’s Office for National Statistics, how many opposite-sex marriages were there in 2015?

a) 239,000
b) 309,000
c) 339,000

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

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.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 2nd of January 2019


Street food: Why is it becoming so popular?

Buying food on the street is nothing new but in the UK this idea is really taking off. It’s a great way of sampling freshly cooked dishes from around the world. Rob and Neil discuss the subject and hear from an expert who explains the popularity in this type of food – plus you can learn some new vocabulary along the way.

This week’s question:

Recently archaeologists in Jordan discovered what they believe is the oldest remains of bread. How old is this bread? Is it…
a) 18,000 years old
b) 14,000 years old
c) 5,500 years old

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 19 December 2018


The Christmas Truce

Rob and Finn talk about an extraordinary event on Christmas Day which happened one hundred years ago. English and German soldiers fighting each other during World War One left their positions to sing together and play football. Listen to the conversation and learn some new vocabulary.

This week’s question:

People didn’t have email in the early 20th century so they wrote lots of letters. How many letters were delivered to the front – the place where the fighting happened – every week? Were there:

a) One million

b) Five million

c) Twelve million

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 12th of December 2018


Conspiracy theories

Do you believe that people really went to the Moon? This is one of many events surrounded by conspiracy theories. Alice and Rob discuss if these theories are harmless and why some people are suspicious of everything.

This week’s question

Around what proportion of the US population believes that the assassination of President John F Kennedy was not the result of a lone gunman? Is it…

a) 6%?

b) 16%?

Or c) 60%?

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

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 5th of December 2018


Heritage sites

The Great Barrier Reef, the Grand Canyon, and the Inca city of Machu Picchu in Peru, are just some of the world’s most precious natural and cultural heritage sites, but they’re under threat from industrial activity. Alice and Neil discuss how sustainable tourism may help protect them.

This week’s question

Which sea creature is a potential threat to the Great Barrier Reef’s ecosystem? Is it a …

a) starfish?

b) jellyfish?

c) cuttlefish?

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

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 28th of November 2018


How do you read your news?

Free, digital news is threatening traditional newspapers around the world, so why do they survive and what is their future? Sophie and Neil discuss the pros and cons of news in print.

This week’s question

How many national print newspapers are currently sold in the UK a day? Is it…

a) 70,000?

b) 700,000?

c) 7 million?

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

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 21st of November 2018


Dating apps: How our brains react

When we’re looking for a potential partner on a dating app, what makes us decide who we like? Rob and Dan discuss how our brain reacts when we’re looking for love. Listen to the discussion and learn new items of vocabulary in just 6 minutes!

This week’s question:

In the UK, approximately how many marriages start with the couple meeting online? Is it:

a)    One in three
b)    One in four
c)    One in five

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 14th of November 2018


Snowflakes and taking offence

The word snowflake has taken on a new meaning in recent years. These days it’s used as an insult. It’s used to criticise people or groups that are seen to be very easily offended or upset by things that others say. Rob and Neil discuss what it takes to be offended in just 6 minutes!

This week’s question:

In which year was snowflake one of Collins Dictionary’s words of the year? Was it…
a) 1996
b) 2006
c) 2016

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 31st of October 2018


Robin Hood

In the early stories of Robin Hood there is no Maid Marian, no Friar Tuck, Robin doesn’t live in the time of bad Prince John, or the crusades, doesn’t lead a large and merry gang, and never robs the rich to give to the poor. Neil and Alice discuss the long-lasting appeal of this man with a bow and how he has changed over the centuries.

This week’s question

When do we find the first reference to Robin Hood in English literature? Was it in the…

a) 5th century?

b) 10th century?

c) 14th century?

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

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 17th of October 2018


Shakespeare in plain English

Is Shakespeare better in plain English?

A Shakespeare festival in Oregon has commissioned ‘translations’ of his plays into plain English. Of course, the language of Shakespeare’s plays can be difficult, but is it a good idea to change his plays into simple English? Listen to experts talking about Shakespeare and learn new vocabulary.

This week’s question

What was the first language that Shakespeare’s plays were translated into?

a)    French

b)    German

c)    Portuguese

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 10th of October 2018


How do you like your tea?

Tea comes in different forms – milky, sweet and spicy for those in India. The Chinese drink it green with no milk. Listen to Alice and Neil discussing how this Asian leaf conquered the world and became the second most consumed drink after water.

This week’s question

Where was the teabag invented? Was it in …

a) China

b) the US

c) Britain

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

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 3rd of October 2018


Mindfulness

Relax, slow down and breathe. Neil and Catherine explore mindfulness in this episode of 6 Minute English. But what is it? And what benefits does it offer? Learn more about this form of meditation and pick up six items of useful vocabulary.

This week’s question

How many teachers in the UK are now trained to teach mindfulness?

a) 500

b) 5,000

c) 50,000

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th of September 2018


Not going out

Fewer and fewer people are going out for a walk in the countryside. Our obsession with social media platforms seems to have something to do with it. Neil and Catherine talk about the trend of staying indoors and teach you six items of vocabulary.

This week’s question:

In the survey, what percentage of people gave the poor social media photo opportunity as their reason for not wanting to venture out into the countryside? Was it:

a)    around 10%

b)    around 30%

c)    around 50%

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th of September 2018


How intelligent is the octopus?

The octopus uses its senses of vision and taste like we do. Its large nervous system is a sign of intelligence. Philosopher of science Peter Godfrey-Smith wonders how the octopus – a solitary creature – became so smart. Neil and Catherine chat about this curious animal and teach you six items of vocabulary.

This week’s question:

What is the correct plural form of octopus? Is it:

a)    octopuses

b)    octopodes  /ɒkˈtɒpəʊdɪːz/

c)    octopi

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th of September 2018


A tall story

Does being taller mean you earn more at work? Tanya S Osensky is an attorney who has made it her personal crusade to highlight the discrimination faced by short people in our society. Neil and Catherine discuss height and teach you six items of vocabulary.

This week’s question:

The tallest person ever proven to live was Robert Wadlow from the USA. How tall was he? Was he:

a)    2.71m

b)    2.72m

c)    2.73m

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th of September 2018


Fathers

Why do men want to have children? Evolutionary anthropologist Anna Machin wrote a book about it and tries to answer this question. Catherine and Neil – a father himself – discuss her theories and teach you six items of related vocabulary.

This week’s question:

According to recent research in the UK, what percentage of men are present when their children are born? Is it…

a)    55%

b)    75%

c)    95%

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th of August 2018


Are smartphones killing cameras?

Many people have a smartphone these days and these devices carry not one, but two cameras! Who buys separate cameras? Catherine and Neil talk about photography and teach you six items of related vocabulary.

This week’s question:

When was the first digital camera phone released? It was:

a)    2000

b)    2004

c)    2007

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd of August 2018


The fame game

Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton… Many of us read about them, or even want to look like them. But what exactly makes a celebrity?

Neil and Finn talk about what Canadian singer Justin Bieber has in common with the English poet Lord Byron, born in 1788. And learn some expressions about fame and celebrity.

This week’s question:

This item of clothing became very famous in the 1980s when Michael Jackson presented his moonwalk to the world…

How much was Michael Jackson’s leather glove with shiny crystals sold for at auction in 2009?

a) US$ 150,000

b) US$ 250,000

c) US$ 350,000

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd of August 2018


Broken hearts

Our heart is an important organ in our body and something we must take care of. Healthy eating and exercise can keep it in good condition but is it still possible to die from being sad and upset – or what we might call ‘a broken heart’? 6 Minute English discusses the subject and hears from an expert who explains if this can really happen.

This week’s question:

The first human-to-human heart transplant took place in 1967. But what country was it in? Was it:

a) South Africa
b) USA
c) China

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

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


Is technology always the solution?

Human beings are flawed and carry their prejudices and opinions with them. Wouldn’t it be better if we could replace them with artificial intelligence, if we could get computers to do all our thinking for us? Rob and Catherine discuss if technology is a good solution for all our problems and teach you six items of vocabulary.

This week’s question:

Artificial Intelligence, or A.I., is an area of computer science that develops the ability of computers to learn to do things like solve problems or drive cars without crashing. But in what decade was the term ‘Artificial Intelligence’ coined? Was it:

a)  1940s

b)  1950s

c)  1960s

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

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


Are you a foodie?

More and more people in the UK are describing themselves as ‘foodies’, but do they really know that much about the things they eat? In this programme we hear from one of Britain’s top chefs and learn some related vocabulary.

This week’s question:

In 2016, which is the most recent year we have statistics for, how many restaurants and mobile food services were there in the UK? was it:

a) about 75,000,
b) about 83,000
c) about 93,000

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 11th and Thursday 13th of July 2018


Surf and turf

Shopping online is a popular activity. Many of us use the internet to look for things to buy and to compare prices, but some of us never make it to the virtual checkout where we have to pay for them. We discuss this activity known as ‘surf and turf’ – and hear from an expert who thinks retailers need to do something about it.

This week’s question:

According to recent research, which items are the most likely to be surfed and turfed?

a)    Books

b)    Watches

c)    Women’s knitwear­­

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

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


Bullying or normal competition?

Bullying has become a common word in businesses in the 21st century. Labour laws and company policies have been used to curtail it. But is bullying just an attempt to give a bad name to what is actually part of human nature?

Rob and Neil talk about the history of aggressive behaviour and the corporate interpretation of what bullying is. And they teach you related vocabulary.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th of June 2018


Women in space

It’s been 40 years since NASA first recruited women to be astronauts. Today, a third of the people who work at NASA are women. 2016 was the first year that there were an equal number of women and men joining as astronaut trainees. 6 Minute English discusses the future for women in space and asks if the first person to step on Mars could be a woman.

This week’s question:

How big is Mars? Is it …

a) Bigger than Earth

b) About the same size as Earth

c) Smaller than Earth

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st of June 2018


Taking risks

In this programme we discuss risk and how different people react to different levels of risk in different ways. We hear from an expert who describes the different types of risk takers and how knowing your risk type can help people such as financial advisors, make decisions for you.

This week’s question:

When was the first driverless car demonstrated on a public road? Was it:

a) 1970s
b) 1950s
c) 1920s

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 13rd and Thursday 14th of June 2018


Does your CV shine?

The jobs market is very competitive – especially when the economy is struggling. Some people go to great lengths to attract the attention of potential employers. Rob and Neil talk about what makes a good CV. Listen to their conversation and learn some new vocabulary.

This week’s question:

When you go for a job interview, how long do you have on average to make a good enough impression for an employer to hire you? Do you have…

a)      Less than 3 minutes

b)     Less than 5 minutes

c)      Less than 10 minutes

Listen to the programme to find out the answer

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st of May 2018


Lying to children

Listen to a discussion about the lies that parents tell children and whether that’s a good or bad thing – and learn some useful vocabulary too.

This week’s question:

According to a study by a US psychologist, what percentage of people will lie in a typical ten minute conversation?

Is it:
a)    40%
b)    50%, or
c)    60%?

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th May 2018


Robot therapist

A new smartphone app providing therapy for depression and anxiety is just one of a growing number of similar digital services. But do they work? And what are the risks? Join Rob and Catherine as they discuss robot therapy.

This week’s question:

Roughly how many people suffer from mental illness globally?

a) One in ten people
b) One in four
c) One in three

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Cours de conversation en anglais : Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th May 2018


Is English changing?

Will we still be speaking in an English we recognise in a thousand years’ time? Which words and grammar will still be there? And which will have been lost? Alice and Neil make some educated guesses!

This week’s question

What kinds of words are slow to change? Is it…

a) nouns?

b) pronouns?

c) adjectives?

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

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.

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.