The lockdown is now being partially lifted in many countries and we are all adapting to the “new normal”. It’s not only office based jobs that have had to adapt to home working but also jobs which are traditionally more “people” based. It seems that overnight there has been a major attitude shift as a huge quantity of work tasks have been transferred on-line. But how easy is it to re-organise the working day to these new Covid-19 conditions? Is working from home a dream or a nightmare for you ?
Listen to these 5 people talk about the ups and downs of home/remote working.
Stephen has had to adapt his car showroom to new Covid-19 guidelines. What does he say about the new regulations regarding test driving a prestige car ?
Anne is a lawyer, who is conducting her legal work on-line. What does she say about assessing the body language of witnesses in a trial?
Philippe as a doctor is doing consultations on the phone. What does he say about his patients’ attitude to remote consultations?
Victoria as a primary school teacher is having to find creative ways to engage her young students. What does she mean when she says her experience has been a “mixed bag”?
Cyann as a high school student is not a huge fan of on-line lessons. What reasons does she give ?
Before you listen take a look at some of these points that several business studies have identified as the biggest struggle people have with remote working. What is your experience?
Learn English with Emmanuel Macron can be seen in two ways : as a parody of Emmanuel Macron speaking English, or the way that it was intended, that is to help people get over their fear of speaking English.
We hear lots of people who are afraid of speaking English as they make mistakes and have a strong accent.
Well, we say, so what! If you do not dare to speak English because of this, you are missing out on so much – including not improving your English skills.
As you can see, Emmanuel Macron makes mistakes and he also has a strong French accent, but this does not stop him communicating well and getting his message across.
I cannot think of another French president who communicates so well in English – so Well Done M. Macron – we hope you inspire others to forget the small errors they make, go over the fact that they have an accent and just start communicating, and most of all, enjoying speaking English.
And remember – If you are not making mistakes, you are not learning!
In this podcast Chris and Sue compare their favourite underground systems; London and Paris. Sue loves the London underground whereas Chris is a fan of the Paris metro. Why, Why, Why ???
Listen as they attempt to prove which one is the best with the most interesting facts Google could provide ! Be ready for the challenge of numbers, numbers, numbers as Chris and Sue try to show off their knowledge of the underground systems and try to catch each other out with tricky questions!
Before listening take this opportunity to review how we compare facts.
More comfortable than
The most comfortable
You will also hear the comparatives/superlatives of these adjectives: old – fast – expensive – deep – short – far – complicated
Also listen out for the adjectives and the nouns used in this conversation especially when Chris and Sue ask each other questions:
How long is the system? How many stations are there ? How deep is the deepest tunnel? How far is the station? How long does it take to travel through the entire system? How old is the metro?
What is the depth of the deepest station? What is the length of the distance between….
France put its 67 million people under lockdown on Tuesday 17 March 2020, in an unprecedented act during peacetime, and said it was ready to nationalise big companies suffering financial turmoil created by the deepening coronavirus crisis.
Drafting in the army to help transport gravely ill people and ordering border controls, President Emmanuel Macron late on Monday said citizens could leave their homes only to buy food, go to work, seek medical care or get some exercise on their own.
In the cities and towns police patrol quiet streets, stopping drivers and pedestrians and demanding that they present an interior ministry document justifying their movement. The form can be downloaded on the ministry website and citizens can present an electronic version on their smartphones.
Susan talks about the effects of the lockdown and how it has affected her daily life and habits.
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 :