And so the year draws to an end…. and so does the decade !
We are constantly bombarded with news and social media events but how much can you actually remember?
This quiz takes a different angle on the traditional end of year quizzes……. we’re sure you know the answer to the straight forward questions but this Thinking Person’s Quiz goes beyond the surface and calls on your wider general knowledge skills, using mathematics, logic, history and of course English vocabulary !
This quiz covers geography, mathematics, English language, history, science, astronomy, chemistry ….. in short, its the total Thinking Person’s Quiz and a great way to improve your general vocabulary.
If you are a teacher, or if you are doing this quiz with a friend, take your time to discus the events, give your opinion and reminisce about the events.
We wish all our learners a happy, positive and successful 2020.
Are you superstitious ? Do you avoid walking under ladders ? Do you often cross your fingers ? Do you have any special rituals which bring you good luck ? Or do you think it’s just plain silly to let yourself be ruled by such irrational behavior?
Many people think that Friday the 13th is unlucky and indeed this fear even has a name: Triskaidekaphobia.
People who suffer from this phobia radically adapt their behavior, they don’t fly, don’t drive, don’t make any important decisions on that day.
But many other people believe that Friday the 13th is lucky. They buy lottery tickets, cross their fingers and believe in their good fortune.
There is no real scientific data to say one way or the other…. it just depends on how you look at life.
In this quiz we look at many other superstitions from all other the world. You may find them incredible, silly, irrational, contradictory or true ….. but whichever opinion you have, you’ll certainly learn some great vocabulary and that can only be a good thing !!
Friday the 13th Superstition Quiz
This quiz is full of great everyday vocabulary. We can't promise that you'll
be lucky enough to come into money, but if you are superstitious, or not, you
will certainly learn a lot and increase your vocabulary bank !
Cross your fingers and click on the start button.....Good Luck !!
Here at English-podcasts.com we like sport and especially rugby….. but what exactly are we talking about ??? Are you confused ? Do you need help ? Would like to know more ? Don’t worry, this quiz will help to put you in the picture.
Learning about sport is an important way to expand vocabulary and improve your English.
In this wholly unscientific “tongue in cheek” quiz you will see a lot of new vocabulary, learn a little about rugby, think a lot about yourself and have some fun at the same time.
To mark the Rugby World Cup in Japan 2019 we have chosen 6 positions in a rugby team which need different physical and mental qualities. For each question you can pick a response and at the end you will see which position would best suityour personality……
Before you start take a look these key words:
This is a SCRUM. The term Scrum Master is also used in Agile Management.
This player is scoring a TRY, in other words he is placing the ball over his team’s scoring line. For a successful try the team is awarded 5 points. The team then has the opportunity to add 2 points by “converting” the try which means kicking the ball over bar and the between the posts, like this;
There are 15 positions in a rugby team, each player has a specific role and their names describe what these roles entail. The names may look confusing but try to figure out what they mean. For this quiz we have chosen: the wing, the fly half, the scrum half, the flanker, the loosehead, and the hooker.
Which position in rugby best suits your personality ?
Are you Fast or Furious ? Do you possess strength, endurance or speed
? Take the quiz to match your personality to the best rugby position for you
For real rugby fans, try* (*no pun intended) these other tough rugby knowledge quizzes……
England v Australia rugby quiz
The postponement of the England and France game could be a blow to the former's
chances as they head into the quarter-finals potentially undercooked. England
have not really been challenged so far in this World cup, with the greatest
respect to the teams that they have already played.
That said, the Australians looked poor for most of the pool stage and with six
losses in a row against England, they face an uphill task to
England will certainly fancy their chances in this one but must get off to a
strong start which will knock the confidence of the Aussies and allow them to
All will be seen in the quarter final match on Saturday 19 October.
For now, let's see how much you know about this N°1 of sporting rivalry
Have you ever been to New York ? Is it on your list of things to do ? Do you like big cites ? Do you live in the USA? What do you think of tourists to your country?
Listen to this podcast in which Laura, a French-British young women talks to Sue about her holiday, or vacation as they say in American English.
If you are learning English listen very carefully to how Laura talks about her trip. She is half way through her holiday so notice how she describes actions/events in the past and then actions/events in the recent past and then actions/ events in the future. This podcast is a great way to see all these grammatical structures.
Notice the use of the Simple Past tense to indicate something that Laura did in the past.
I booked the hotel on line. I bought a Tourist pass before I came
Sue asks Laura; How did you cope with the jet leg when you arrived?
Notice the use of the Present Perfect tense which Laura uses to describe something she has done recently, within the last few days but without mentioning the exact day.
I have been to see the Statue of Liberty. I‘ve done so many things. I have taken a cab. I’ve been to wrong places. I have been to Five Guys. I’ve spoken to quite a few people from new York.
Notice the use of the Present Continuous tense to describe a current situation.
Sue asks Laura: How are you getting around ?
People in the street are all carrying a cup of soda or coffee.
Notice the use of the future tenses.
Sue asks Laura: What are you doing after this diner? When are you heading back ?
I’m going to visit Brooklyn Bridge and the Highline later this afternoon.
To learn more vocabulary don’t forget to do the New York Skyline Quiz… it’s awesome !
The New York Skyline Quiz
The New York skyline is world famous, but how well do you really know it