How is India going green?

How is India going green?

Ahead of the Climate crisis meeting with world leaders, COP26 in Glasgow in October 2021, Chris talks to Renu, who lives in India, about how India is going green.

Air pollution in India is a serious health issue, of the 30 most polluted cities in the world, 21 were in India in 2019, but are things getting better?

The Indian government has pledged to eliminate all single use plastics by 2022 – they have one year to go – but just how are they doing?

India generates 25,940 tonnes of plastic waste every day – that sounds a lot, right? But, just what does that figure mean?

It is the weight of 9,000 Asian elephants – every day!

88 Boeing 747 jets – every day!

Of this 10,746 tonnes is uncollected plastic waste and 66% of this waste is generated by 60 cities and 50% of this waste comes from 5 cities :Kolkata, Bengaluru, Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi.

This all sounds alarming, and it is, but India is the 15th biggest polluter in the world

Euros 2020: Football and Racism

Euros 2020: Football and Racism

Did you watch the Euros 2020? Are you a football fan? What did you think about the backlash against the losing finalists, England, and in particular the 3 players who missed the crucial penalties?

In this podcast Sue caught up with Dave, a West Ham supporter, who gives his opinion about the football and the harsh criticism that the players received, and also Victoria who runs an equality blog on Instagram, Feminists of Reading.

As a langage learner tune your ear to Dave’s London accent. Also listen out for these expressions that he uses:

The boozer

Name and Shame

A bloodbath

The bandwagon

The fans are thick (Sue replies that he has probably “put his finger on it”)

One of the people in the background says “I couldn’t agree more”. What does this mean? Does the person agree or disagree?

  • If there are other expressions or language points that you need help with, please post your questions in the Comments section and we’ll answer you with a full explanation.

This is a podcast for language learners and although the english-podcast team support anti-racism,  the views of Dave and Victoria are entirely their own. 

The podcast was recorded by Zoom so the sound is unstable at times.

 

 

 

What’s an idiom ? Try this quiz to find out !

What’s an idiom ? Try this quiz to find out !

Test your knowledge of sporting idioms.

Welcome to your Test your knowledge of sporting idioms.

Sport is a huge part of British and all Anglo-Saxon culture and it is naturally reflected in the way we speak. We use expressions from boxing, horse racing, football, cricket and even card games to give our language more character and make it more interesting.

As a learner of English it's important to learn some idioms to be able to fit in more easily with the Anglo-Saxon culture.

Just in case you're wondering what an idiom is, take a look at this:

An idiom is a phrase or an expression that has a figurative, or sometimes literal, meaning. So you will see that these sporting idioms are based on real sports situations but the meaning has been transferred to non-sporting events, situations or feelings. While there are thousands of idioms, occurring frequently in all languages it is estimated that there are at least twenty-five thousand idiomatic expressions in the English language !

So "don't let the side down", "give it your best shot", try this quiz of just 18 questions to see just how useful it is to learn idioms. It could catapult your English into "a whole new ball game" !!!


Who Said What in 2020?

Who Said What in 2020?

What a year it’s been ! Only one subject dominated our lives, so not much meat for an end of year quiz !

So this year here at english-podcasts we’ve focused on what people said.

Which sentence sums up your year ? For Sue, it’s “What’s Zoom ?” !!! For Chris, it’s… “You are on mute …”

Here’s hoping for a better 2021 !

Quotes of 2020

We interview Donald Trump for a job as a podcaster

We interview Donald Trump for a job as a podcaster

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.

The How to Understand Thanksgiving Quiz

The How to Understand Thanksgiving Quiz

The How to Understand Thanksgiving Quiz

The last Thursday in November is a major celebration day in the USA, it is a national holiday and a time for friends and family to get together.

You have surely heard of Thanksgiving, it is often portrayed in American movies and TV series, but do you really understand why it’s so important to Americans.  

Try this 20 question step by step quiz which will give the answers to all your questions.

The quiz of course covers the FACTS of the events, but before doing the quiz it is important to note that the Thanksgiving celebration is not universally accepted and is indeed quite controversial.

For many Americans Thanksgiving is a special holiday and a precious time spent with friends and family. 

However, for others, the celebration is deeply controversial – as Thanksgiving has a contentious history that goes far beyond when the first feast was held.  

For many Thanksgiving is considered to be a “national day of mourning to be viewed as terrible time when colonists wiped out Native Americans and their culture. They feel that this period of history is “white-washed”- which leads many Americans to ignore the holiday.

Many Native Americans see Thanksgiving as an embellished view of “Pilgrims and Natives looking past their differences” to break bread together. Critics of the Thanksgiving myth protest that young children in American schools are taught about Thanksgiving in school in a totally unrealistic way which ignores the harsh reality of the bloody conflict between the colonists and the Native Americans.

For several decades now, the militant group, the United American Indians of New England (UAINE), has staged demonstrations in Plymouth each Thanksgiving their intention being to awaken the country to the darker side of Plymouth.

So although Thanksgiving may be a celebration of people coming together, that is not the whole story when it comes to the history of the day.

So while doing the quiz it’s important to bear in mind the debate between “the heroic Pilgrim fathers” and the “day of national shame”.

The How to Understand Thanksgiving Quiz

Have you heard about Thanksgiving but have never really understood what the fuss is about ? The 20 questions in this step by step quiz will help you to appreciate why Americans go crazy on the last Thursday of November every year.

 

 

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