Mar 132014

In this week’s 6 Minute English – Are you a winner? with transcript video:
Are you someone who is addicted to entering competitions? If you are, you could be called a ‘comper’. These are people who can’t resist the chance of winning prizes – from a box of chocolates to a new speedboat.
You find competitions everywhere: on cereal packets, in magazines and now on the internet.
Rob and Finn discuss what ‘compers’ do and why they do it and we hear from one man who has been called the ‘king of compers’.

What is the biggest ever lottery cash prize to be paid in America is? Is it:
a) $590 million
b) $890 million
c) $1 billion


6 Minute English - Are you a winner

Vocabulary and definitions
luck: success you have by chance not by using skill
comper: a slang term for someone who regularly and enthusiastically enters competitions
prizes: rewards you get for winning something like a competition
lottery: a game where people buy a lottery tickets hoping that their numbers are chosen by chance in the draw so that they win a money prize
hooked on: (here) enjoying doing something and doing it as much as you can
the lure: the attraction (of doing something)
slogans: short, easy to remember phrases used in advertising
high-profile: often seen in public and in the media
master: (here) a man who is very good or skilled at something
guru: someone respected and who people speak to for advice about something (here it is winning competitions)
the odds: the chances of something happening
one in a million: an extremely unlikely chance (of something happening)

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