Jan 232014

In this week’s 6 Minute English – Glass half full with transcript video:
How are you feeling about life? Are you an optimist or a pessimist?
Rob and Finn discuss how science is trying to find out what makes us think positively or negatively.
They also explain how we feel when we say our glass is half empty and when we say it’s half full.
So, what kind of person are you? We hear from some of our learners.

This week’s question:
Who wrote this famous line? “A pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Was it:

a) Winston Churchill
b) Oscar Wilde
c) Charles Dickens


6 Minute English - Glass half full

Vocabulary and definitions
an optimist: someone who thinks good things will happen
a pessimist: someone who always thinks bad things will happen in a situation
a state of mind: how you feel and what you think
influence: have an effect (on something or someone)
trigger: cause / make happen
depression: a medical condition where someone is very unhappy and cannot lead a normal life
point of view: how someone judges a situation
personality: how you behave, feel and think
drivers: (in this situation) things that make something else happen
traits: particular qualities or characteristics that someone has

6 Minute English – Glass half full Transcript Video


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