Feb 062014

In this week’s 6 Minute English – Learn a thousand foreign words with transcript video:
British people are lazy linguists – they don’t tend to learn foreign languages. A campaign is now encouraging everyone in the UK to learn at least 1,000 words of another language.
The 1,000 Words Campaign follows concerns that the country is losing out on international trade and jobs because of poor language skills.

Rob and Finn discuss the benefits of learning a new language and look at vocabulary to do with becoming a linguist.

This week’s question:
Which is the second most spoken language in England? Is it:

a) Polish
b) Urdu
c) French


6 Minute English - Learn a thousand foreign words

Vocabulary and definitions
trait: characteristic
linguists: people who study foreign languages or speak them very well
native language: language of a person’s home country
to get by: to just have or know enough to do what you need to do
compulsory: must be done
self-esteem: confidence in your value and in what you can do
to converse with: to have a conversation with
to give you the edge: to have an advantage
to master: to learn how to do something very well
to fit in: to feel like you belong to a group of people and are accepted by them

6 Minute English – Learn a thousand foreign words Transcript Video


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