What is going on in these sequences
What is going on in these sequences – can you tell just by listening to the sounds?
The best language learners are a combination of people who are curious, who keep asking themselves questions and are actively involved in their own learning proces, and those that can hear well, and I’m not talking about hearing well versus hearing impairment – that is an altogether different subject.
What I am talking about is those learners that can hear the sounds that are specifically English sounds (as in the language and not the nationality).
This includes things such as; elision, glottals, liaisons between words, low and high tones, pitch, volume, rate and intonations etc.
The story goes that if you can’t hear the sounds in a language, you will never be able to understand nor be able to produce accurate language through speech.
This takes a lot of time and perseverance and does not, in any way mean that a learner has to understand every single word in a sentence or a section of speech, because sometimes we don’t even do this in their own native language – sometimes we listen to parts of what are said to us, sometimes we lose concentration or we drift off.
This activity is designed to train your ears to sounds and not words.
Sounds will often give a lot of clues about the context of a conversation – where the people are for example.
See if you can work out what is happening and send your answers through the comments at the bottom of the page or you can comment on Facebook.
Developing listening skills is a language is at times difficult, often frustrating, rarely made up of shortcuts and always rewarding – at the end.
Try listening to a video or DvD in English without looking at the picture, now pause the video and without looking at the screen, try to imagine :
- Where the scene takes place?
- How many people are in the scene?
- How they are dressed?
- How old they are?
- Are they men women, or children?
- What relationship are they to each other? etc. etc.
Now turn around and look at the paused image – How close did you get?
The more of this type of activity you do, the more you will sharpen your hearing skills and thus your listening skills – give it a try, you have nothing to lose!
What will humans look like in 1000 Years?
What will humans look like in 1000 Years? What will humanity look like in 1000 years?
About 10,000 years ago, humans evolved a tolerance to cow’s milk; over the past 150 years, we’ve added 10 centimetres to our average height; and over the past 65 years, we’ve added 20 years to the average lifespan, mostly thanks to advances in science.
We’ve come so far in such an incredibly short period of time, so what will we look like in another 1,000 years.
First off, we humans have a reason to be as smug as we are – our brains are so good, even the most advanced computer system doesn’t even come close. In fact, last year researchers used the K computer in Japan – one of the most powerful computers in the world – to simulate human brain activity, and it took 705,024 processor cores, 1.4 million GB of RAM, and 40 minutes to process the same amount of data processed by 1 second of brain activity.
But we might not always have an edge over the machines we create.
Scientists predict that in the future, computers will not only match the computational speed of the human brain, we’ll also develop artificial intelligence that can speak, interact, listen, and remember. Let’s just hope they don’t use all that information to turn against us.
And as computers grow progressively more human, so too will humans become more integrated with robots. In the future, scientists predict that we’ll have minuscule robots called nanobots swimming around our bodies and enhancing our natural abilities. Known as transhumanism, this could see us no longer limited to what biology can be achieved, and the possibilities of that are pretty incredible to think about.
And it’s not just our own bodies that technology has the potential to completely change. As the video points out, ‘utility clouds’ of microscopic robots could assemble themselves into entire buildings and them disassemble just as easily. “Picture your house disassembling when you leave in the morning so that space can be used for something else,” says AsapSCIENCE.
In the next 1,000 years, the amount of languages spoken on the planet are set to seriously diminish, and all that extra heat and UV radiation could see darker skin become an evolutionary advantage. And we’re all set to get a whole lot taller and thinner, if we want to survive, that is. Why? I’ll let AsapSCIENCE explain that one in the video above, but let’s just say global warming is going to have a much bigger impact on our appearance than you might think.
Watch as we cover some cutting-edge innovations happening today. Thanks to the National Geographic Channel for sponsoring this video!
Famous people past and present interviewed
Have you ever dreamt about interviewing a famous person or a person who is no longer among us? We have some Famous people past and present interviewed here.
Well, we have harnessed the power of podcasting to do just that, just for fun.
This also shows what can happen in communication when conversations are taken out of context.
We must stress that this is just for fun and not meant to deride or make fun of anyone, so we hope we haven’t hurt anybody’s feelings with this.
Have you ever arrived half-way through a conversation and slightly misunderstood what was being said, or completely got the wrong end of the stick?
This often happens and we have deliberately played on this for this podcast.
Can you work out who is being interviewed from the sound of their voices?
It’s that time again, The French are going to the polls to elect their new president, the president who will take over running the country from François Hollande.
The first round of the 2017 French presidential election is set to be held on 23 April 2017.
Should no candidate win a majority, a run-off election between the top two candidates will be held on 7 May 2017.
Incumbent president François Hollande of the Socialist Party (PS) was eligible to run for a second term, but declared on 1 December 2016 that he would not seek reelection in light of low approval ratings, making him the first incumbent president of the Fifth Republic not to seek re-election.
This is also the first French presidential election in which nominees of both the main centre-left and centre-right parties were selected through open primaries.
The presidential election will be followed by a legislative election to elect members of the National Assembly on 11 and 18 June.
Spaghetti-Harvest in Ticino
This is an old film of the world famous spaghetti harvest in action in Ticina, Switzerland.
The spaghetti tree film is a famous 3-minute report broadcast on 1 April 1957 by the BBC current affairs programme Panorama.
It told a tale of a family in southern Switzerland harvesting spaghetti from the famous spaghetti tree,
There are specialist plant breeders who have worked for decades on refining the spaghetti trees, so that all of the spaghetti remains in a uniform shape and size.
Most spaghetti trees start life as a cutting that sprouts a root system after being immersed in a small quantity of tomato sauce and then transplanted to the spaghetti grove, where it thrives and grows into a fully grown spaghetti tree.