Jul 182013

In this week’s 6 Minute English: What do you do when your phone, camera or kettle stops working? Do you throw it away and buy a new one?

Many of us don’t know how to fix things so it’s easier and sometimes cheaper just to replace them. Now an international movement called Restart are trying to make us think again. ‘Restart parties’ are now held to teach people how to do basic repairs to everyday objects.

In 6 Minute English Rob and Jen find out more about these parties.

This week’s question:

Approximately how many phones are thrown away in Europe every year? Is it:

a) 1 million

b) 10 million

c) 100 million

Listen out for the answer at the end of the programme.


gadgets: small electronic items
repairing: fixing
disposable society: lifestyle where we throw away things when they are broken and buy a new one
the forgotten art: the skills that people once had
restart: start something again/make it work again
manuals: book of instructions on how to make something work
spare parts: small bits or parts contained inside a gadget or machine
upgrade: change to an improved or newer gadget
geeks: people believed to be boring and only interested in technology

6 Minute English – Restart parties Transcript Video


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