I invited readers to complete the expression, "It is. Could you be?" My own suggestion is in the title of this post. But I'd love to see your ideas.
Meanwhile, let's have a listen. Listening is the most difficult aspect to learning a language. I can attest to this as I have joined a Spanish course at CEF level A1.2. I have just listened to the news on Spanish radio and I probably understood forty per cent of it.
Let's try "6 Minute English" on the BBC World service "Learning English". This week's topic is "Should schoolchildren have jobs?"
Here's a short list of questions:
1) Official question: What is the youngest age at which children are allowed to work in the UK? Is it: a) 12 b) 13 c) 14? You will hear the answer at the end of the programme.
Here are some more questions:
2) What job did Dan do when he was 14?
3) A "Saturday job" is a term used to refer to ____ ____ work done by ___ .[Each blank space represents one word.]
4) ____ ____ is a very typical Saturday job.
5) The number of work permits issued to young people has fallen from ____ in 2012 to just ____ in 2016.
6) Teenagers are facing pressure not to ....... and instead to ...... [Complete the spaces with expressions that make sense, according to what you have heard.]
7) Dan's job taught him the ____ of ____ ____ . [Each blank space represents one word.]
Now listen to the programme and answer the questions. I'd love you to post your answers on this page.
To post your answers, click on the "Comments" link below and to the right of this post. If there have been no comments yet, the link will say "No Comments". Otherwise it will say, "1 [or whatever number] comments."
After clicking, write your comment in the space provided. To send your comment to us, you must "Choose an identity". The simplest is the "Name/URL" option. But if you choose "Anonymous", then please write your name at the end of your comment.
After that, simply click "Publish your comment".
On Six Minute English, there are some extra facilities to help you. You can see the list of special words on screen, and you can also see a transcript of the conversation between Neil and Dan.
You can also download the conversation as a podcast. This is a very good idea, as it enables you to listen to the conversation repeatedly.
That's all for now. I look forward to your comments. Remember that this is a Blog, and the best Blogs are interactive.
Have a very good day.