Numbers can be a difficult part of learning a new language.
New learners often confuse “hundreds” and “thousands”, “fifteen” and “fifty”, “half past six” with “six and a half hours” etc etc etc.
The only way to improve your number skills is with practice.
Start by learning important numbers for you: your age, your address, your phone number.
Then practice well known expressions such as “fifty-fifty”, “One Hundred and One Dalmatians”.
Also try this podcast in which Sue asks Chris 10 questions about numbers in sport.
You will need to listen several times; the first time you listen your main objective should be to focus on the numbers that Chris gives. Are you clear about 100s and 1000s ? Can you recognize times ? Can you identity money quantities? What about dates ?
For the second time of listening, focus on the questions and for the third time, just enjoy the conversation !
TRY THIS QUIZ IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE PODCAST: you will hear the same questions in the podcast as in the quiz. How many numbers can you recognize ? Practice saying all the numbers in the quiz and then listen again to the podcast. Your progress will be AMAZING !
Numbers in sport
After listening to the podcast try this quiz to consolidate your number
skills. You can check your own answers with Chris' attempts.
The Proust Questionnaire is a questionnaire about one’s personality. Its name and modern popularity as a form of interview is owed to the responses given by the French writer Marcel Proust.
At the end of the nineteenth century, when Proust was still in his teens, he answered a questionnaire in an English-language confession album belonging to his friend Antoinette, daughter of future French President Félix Faure, titled “An Album to Record Thoughts, Feelings, etc.” At that time, it was popular among English families to answer such a list of questions that revealed the tastes and aspirations of the taker.
Proust answered always with enthusiasm. The original manuscript of his answers of 1890, at the time of his volunteer internship or some little time afterwards, titled “by Marcel Proust himself,” was found in 1924. It was auctioned on May 27, 2003 for the sum of €102,000.
The French television host Bernard Pivot, seeing an opportunity for a writer to reveal at the same time aspects of his work and his personality, traditionally subjected his guests to the Proust questionnaire at the end of the French broadcast Apostrophes.
Inspired by Bernard Pivot, James Lipton, the host of the TV program Inside the Actors Studio, gives an adapted version of the Proust Questionnaire to his guests. Lipton has often incorrectly characterized the questionnaire itself as an invention of Pivot.
A similar questionnaire is regularly seen on the back page of Vanity Fair magazine, answered by various celebrities. In October 2009, Vanity Fair launched an interactive version of the questionnaire, that compares individual answers to those of various luminaries.
Another version of the questionnaire, as answered by various Canadian authors, is a regular feature on the radio program The Next Chapter.
For the benefits of this quick-fire question podcast, we have simplified it even further and we make no claims that it reveals the true personality of the person – especially as the questions are asked in English to a non-native person.
Listen to Sue interview Chris about his recent trip to India and especially about what surprised him.
During his travels in India, Chris went to Bangalore in the south and then to Rajasthan in the north, to The Taj Mahal in Agra, Fatihpur Sikri, Bundi, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Delhi and Jaipur, to name but a few of the fabulous places he visited.
What do you think would be the most surprising aspects of travelling in India?
The Huge Music Intros Quiz – a fitting way to end 2018 with a mega quiz that you can play with friends and family.
A hundred well-know and less well-know intros of popular songs to test the most ardent music fans.
Think you know music?
Then try our quiz – we are sure it’s going to test you.
A very special guest has agreed to talk about the EFL PodBlog team and our quiz too, which was a bonus for us.
How quickly can you name a piece of music when it starts playing? Within the first minute? How about after the first few notes? Welcome to the ultimate EFLPodBlog intros quiz…
How well do you know your music?
Well enough to name a piece after just hearing the introduction?
Just like in pub quizzes everywhere, we’ve put together the ultimate intros quiz.
Test your knowledge below – and let us know how you get on!
If you would like the answers to the quiz, then leave a comment below and we’ll see what we can do 😉
Above, all, we hope that you enjoy it!
We all love quizzes, right? But why do we love them so much?
It is becoming increasingly obvious that our culture has developed an insatiable desire for new quiz formats and different types of gaming,’ said Glenn Wilson, a psychologist at the University of London.
‘People now feel they are entitled to their 15 minutes of fame and that, combined with the current get-rich-quick attitude, means the idea of appearing on television to compete for these huge cash prizes is appealing to our society like never before.’
We must specify, that there are no prizes for this quiz, just a huge amount of kudos to those that get at least 80% of the answers correct.
The Foods We miss from home part 2 – When living away from home, your tastes change and you learn to adapt to the local food and end up loving it in most cases.
That said, we can still miss some of the food from back home and from time to time, get a craving for those tastes.
Now, I’m not saying that French food is not good – far from it – but no matter how long you are away from home, you still may get a mad desire to eat the foods that you grew up with and this is the theme of today’s podcast.
You may even find that when you eventually get hold of the foods from back home.
You know the ones that you craved, they may have an anti-climax effect on you and you realise that your mind has been playing tricks on you and you don’t really like them as much as you thought you did.
When we first came to France, it was virtually impossible to find any of the food that we ate back in the UK, however, many are now available in bigger cities or where there is a concentration of expats.
At times when we cannot find the foods that we crave, we have the choice to either make them ourselves, where possible, or to substitue French foods for those that we miss.
Examples are making my own clotted cream – a long process, but well worth it!
Substituting ‘Poitrine fumé’ for bacon and using Toulouse sausages in place of English sausages, for when you just cannot go without an English breakfast.
There are certain things that cannot be substituted though, such as Marmite – I mean nothing comes close – although some would question why anyone would seek out Marmite. As Brits, we also miss two favourite British meals ; Indian curry and Fish & Chips.
Fish and chips and curry are available in France, but sorry France, they’re not as good as back in the UK!