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 !!
In this podcast Chris and Sue talk about a lockdown situation that took place in the 17th century in a village called Eyam which is located in north Derbyshire.
Back then the situation was very serious and the majority of the villagers lost their lives to the plague. Of course we are absolutely not living through a plague situation but some of the social distancing measures that the villagers undertook may seem familiar today.
What did you understand from the conversation?
Where is Eyam?
When was the outbreak of the plague?
How did it start ?
What did the villagers do?
Who encouraged them in to stay put and not leave the village?
How did the villagers get food?
How did they “sanitize” their money?
What other “social distancing measures” did they have ?
What were the symptoms of the plague?
What is the village like now ?
What numbers did you pick up ? What do they refer to?
Vocabulary check: listen out for these unfamiliar words :
Chris meets Sue at a New Year’s party, but once again they are in a parallel universe – this happens so often to these two …
Sue is at 31 December 2019 and Chris is at 31 December 2020, so Chris has lived through 2020 and it is all to come for Sue.
Sue is all excited about the coming year with lots of plans and projects that she can’t wait to start, but Chris, who has lived through 2020, thinks that it may turn out a little different to what she wants.
Donald Trump came to our office in Toulouse for an interview for the job as a podcaster – we think he would make a great podcaster and as he has time on his hands at the moment he came in and did an interview with us.
This isn’t the first time that Donald has joined us and it was a great pleasure to get some answers to those burning questions that most journalists just don’t ask him.
Did you know he was a keen quizzer?
That is just one on the revelations that he shares with the English podcasts team.
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