Tribute to The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2nd June 2022

Tribute to The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2nd June 2022

You must have noticed it….. Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her 70 year reign this week, yes her Platinum Jubilee!

The celebrations are taking place all over the globe from New Zealand to Canada, from South Africa to India. And don’t forget Australia !

We have a very good quiz with lots of fun facts for you to enjoy which is also designed to help you build great vocabulary, but in this podcast Sue puts Chris on the spot with some more unusual questions.

Before listening, take a look at these questions and prepare your answers ( or maybe your best guesses !!!!). Can you do better than Chris ?

  1. When was the Queen born?
  2. What is the building where the Queen was born used for now?
  3. What does the Queen use as her morning alarm?
  4. What is her favorite breed of dog?
  5. What was the name of her first dog (that made us laugh !!)
  6. Where did the Queen go to school?
  7. What was the family relationship between the Queen and her late husband?
  8. How many UK residents have never known another monarch?
  9. How does the Queen use her handbag to communicate a message to her staff?

You’ll also hear how Chris has meet the Queen on 3 occasions, his impressions, and Sue and Chris” views about Her Majesty. 

Lots and lots of vocabulary to learn and comprehension to test you.

Here are some photos of the day’s events.

 

     

The conversation took place over Zoom, so sometimes the sound is unstable.

 

 

 

 

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What is the best thing to read ?

What is the best thing to read ?

As a langage learner do you try to read books?

Sure you do. They are a very good way to build vocabulary and review sentence structure. 

But which ones are the best?  Good question !

Take a listen to this podcast to get some tips.

Food Hell

Food Hell

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever eaten ? Snails ? Eels ? Sheep’s brains ?

Listen as we discus the worst things we’ve eaten eaten. Do you agree with our choice? Do you think our choices are cultural or universal tastes?  

Why do you detest these foods? Is it the texture, the smell, the taste or just the idea?

To get in the mood here are the foods we discuss. Build your vocabulary by associating tastes, and adjectives to each choice. 

Snails

Frogs legs

Foie gras

Sheep’s brains

Offal

Tongue

Beef cheeks

Haggis

Sheep’s eyes

Pig’s trotters

 

 

Could you pass the French Citizenship Test ?

Could you pass the French Citizenship Test ?

More than 100,000 people are granted French nationality every year.  This represents around 2.5% of foreigners living in the country and is well above the number in Germany (1,5 %) and Italy (2 %), but way under the UK (4,2 %) and Spain (5,2 %).

Since the Brexit referendum in 2016 many Brits living in France have applied for French nationality.

Before 2015, 386 British residents in France applied for French nationality. The year after the number rose to 1,363 and in 2018 it was 3173.

Why would they do this ? What are the benefits compared to permanent resident status ?

Well, having voting rights is a very important difference, as is the freedom to travel freely in the European Union. Other people have also mentioned being able to avoid long queues at airports and a greater sense of stability.

But it’s a long road to achieving nationality:

Firstly, getting a slot for the interview is difficult as the interviews are limited. Then you have to wait at least a year for the actual interview. In the meantime you have to gather together many financial and personal  documents getting copies and translations.

During the actual interview the documents will be scruperously checked, you’ll be asked questions about your motivation and some questions about France…. some easy, some not so easy.  

So how much do you know about France ? Enough to pass the citizenship test ? Try this quiz to find out !

Could you pass the test to gain French nationality?

These 40 questions cover just some of the possible questions in the Gaining French Nationality booklet. 

This quiz starts with the most frequently asked questions which most people could answer, and then it gets progressively more difficult with questions which people who have read the citizenship booklet should be able to answer,  and  then it finishes up with some really tricky questions that will really stump you ..... Bonne chance !!

For extra great questions, try these other fun quizzes too.

https://english-podcasts.com/where-should-you-live-in-france/

https://english-podcasts.com/25-off-the-wall-facts-about-france/

The Aviation Top Gun Quiz

The Aviation Top Gun Quiz

The Aviation Top Gun Quiz

People who love planes are celebrating an aviation landmark this year with the 50th anniversary of the maiden flight of the supersonic plane Concorde.

 Back in March1969 Concorde took to the skies for the first time for a 29 minute flight at a speed not exceeding 480 km/h, it was able to break the sound barrier in October of the same year.

This achievement was the highlight of a long journey from the first flight recorded in 1903 by the Wright Brothers. 

Since early Greek mythology and the story of Icarus humans have always been enchanted by the idea of flight. The modern age of aviation began with the first hot air balloon designed by the Montgolfier brothers in 1783. Experiments with gliders provided the groundwork for heavier-than-air craft, and by the early-20th century, advances in engine technology and aerodynamics made controlled, powered flight possible for the first time. The modern airplane with its characteristic tail was established by 1909 and from then on the history of aircraft became tied to the development of more and more powerful engines.

So, if you think you are an Aviation Ace this quiz will test your knowledge of aviation developments and landmarks.

If you prefer to be a passenger, this quiz will test your knowledge and vocabulary of air transport.

But if you just want to have fun and learn some quirky facts, this is also the quiz for you !

When you get to the end of the quiz there is a real treat for all plane lovers.

The Aviation Top Gun Quiz

Are you an Aviation Ace ? Try this quiz to test your knowledge of all things planes, airports and luggage !
Fasten your seat belt, enjoy the ride, it's time for take off.....

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