Talking about the stars

Talking about the stars

It’s curious that so many people obsessively read their horoscopes.

According to a studies, many Americans believe astrology is scientific.

The study also revealed that skepticism of astrology is decreasing, and indeed you don’t have to look far online to find the strong community of young, cool, perfectly normal people who obsess over their zodiac signs.

Some of the most popular websites, newspapers and magazines  regularly post articles about star signs.

Today Susan shares some of her surprising skills – that being her almost amazing accuracy in reading the stars.
What do you think – science or stupidity?

After listening, try the quiz The mega Bowie Quiz

 

Sergeant Podblog investigates The Round Mansion Murder

Sergeant Podblog investigates The Round Mansion Murder

Sergeant Podblog is taking a few minutes off, in his police car to have a rest and to have a spot of lunch, when Barbara calls from the station.

Believe it or not, there has been a murder and our trustworthy sleuth has to investigate.

As always, Sergeant Podblog interviews the suspects and in no time at all he has found the muderer, but can you?

Being bilingual, is it all good news?

Being bilingual, is it all good news?

Being bilingual, is it all good news?

Without doubt speaking more than one language is an advantage in the workplace, when traveling or just being able to watch movies in the original version.

Listen to this light hearted discussion with Laura about her real life experiences growing up in a bilingual situation speaking one language at home and another language at school.

You can widen your knowledge of the topic by checking out the link to the more scientific explanation of the benefits of being bilingual.

See also The bilingual brain 

Tandem learning for language learning

Tandem learning for language learning

In Tandem Language Learning both partners can meet in person (face-to-face Tandem) or learn by e-mail, chat, Skype, phone or other media (eTandem, also called Distance Tandem), placing emphasis on cultural integration as part of the language-learning process.

Learning is supported in different ways, for instance, via worksheets, textbooks or simply informal conversation.

This is something that we are considering integrating on this site to help learners learn independently from other learners.

The best tandem partnerships work when each tandem shares their native language 50/50 with another partner.

For example a French speaker (who wants to learn English) will speak for 15 minutes in French with an English speaker (who wants to learn French) then the English speaker will take turns to speak English for 15 minutes – a great and fun way to work together.

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Famous people past and present interviewed

Famous people past and present interviewed

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?

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