Mar 042013
 

In this week’s 6 Minute English: Quotes from a speech in which the Duchess of Cambridge was compared to a “shop window mannequin” with a “plastic smile” caused controversy in the UK this week. But a closer analysis of British novelist Hilary Mantel’s speech reveals a more sympathetic picture.

Finn and Neil explore this topic and look at some of the interesting language used.

This week’s question:

How many wives did English King Henry VIII have?

a) four

b) five

c) six

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

 

 

Vocabulary:
shop-window mannequin: a life-sized doll used to display clothes in shop windows
spindle: a thin, wooden rod around which something turns
extended metaphor: long comparison
objectification: treating people like objects
machine-made: made by machine
emotional incontinence: inability to control one’s emotions
gesture: movement of one’s body to express a feeling
scant: mere, barely
beheaded: had their heads cut off

 

6 Minute English – The ‘plastic’ princess? Transcript Video

 

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