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1) Video Analysis
2) Podcast / Vidcast
3) News Analysis
4) Song of the Day

5) HPE Lesson Packs!


1) Today's Video Analysis 

Watch this funny car advertisement and answer the questions below...


Q1) Put these events from the video in the correct order  ???

   a) the girl looks at the man
   b) the elephant sits on the car
   c) the man looks at the advertisement
   d) the man sees the car
   e) a man is riding a bike
   f) the man is driving the car
   g) the man crashes the car

Q2) Which country does the action take place in?  ???

Q3) True or False?

  a) The man likes the old car  ???
   b) The man likes the new car  ???
   c) The woman doesn't like the new car  ???
   d) The man doesn't like the woman  ???
   e) The man and the woman like Peugeot cars  ???

Lots of Vidcasts & Podcasts to help you improve your English!2) Today's Podcast 

Listen to the podcast and answer the questions.

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Blog : Podcast 49 : 'Saudi Arabia'

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Q1) According to the quotation, in the desert...  ???

   a) the men will have no water
   b) the camels will have no water
   c) there is a railway
   d) the camels will all die
   e) the men will all die

Q2) True or false?

   a) Saudi Arabia has seven immediate neighbours  ???
   b) The country is a modern democracy
   c) Gold is the country's main export

Q3) According to the Saudi flag...  ???

   a) Who is Muhammad?
   b) Who is the real god?
   c) What was Muhammad's favourite colour?

3) Today's News Analysis 

Pronunciation Practice
Listen and repeat
this month in a milestone permission of their guardian
has come to fruition big inspiration for participating
goes against their nature big strides for women

Listen to and read this news story from the Chicago Tribune and answer the questions.


Saudi women athletes to compete in London

Saudi Arabia will send female athletes to the Olympics for the first time with a judoka and an 800m runner representing the kingdom in London later this month in a milestone for the Games, the International Olympic Committee said on Thursday.

Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani, who will compete in the +78kg category in judo, and teenager Sarah Attar will be the first Saudi women ever to take part at a Games after talks between IOC and the country paid off.

"This is very positive news and we will be delighted to welcome these two athletes in London in a few weeks time," said IOC President Jacques Rogge in a statement.

"The IOC has been working very closely with the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee and I am pleased to see that our continued dialogue
has come to fruition."

Thursday's decision means that every single country competing in the July 27-August 12 Olympics will be represented by male and female athletes.

Female participation in sports has long been a controversial issue in Saudi Arabia, where powerful clerics denounce women for exercising, saying it
goes against their nature.

Women in Saudi Arabia are regarded as minors and require the
permission of their guardian - father, brother, or husband - to leave the country and in some cases even to work.

Attar, 17, said she was honored by the prospect of competing for her country at London 2012.

big inspiration for participating in the Olympic Games is being one of the first women for Saudi Arabia to be going," said the 17-year-old at her U.S. training base in San Diego, California.

"It's such a huge honor and I hope that it can really make some
big strides for women over there to get more involved in sport," she told the official Olympic website.

Q1) Find expressions which are similar to:

   a) is not natural for them  ???
   b) agreement from someone in charge
   c) has produced positive results  ???
   d) significant progress for females  ???
   e) strong reason for taking part  ???
   f) a very important, significant event  ???

Q2) True or False?

   a) Women in Saudi Arabia need permission to travel abroad.  ???
   b) Sarah Attar is a judo champion in her own country.  ???
   c) Saudi women must obey their husband, father or brother.
   d) All competing countries will have female athletes.  ???
   e) Sarah Attar is embarrassed about being chosen to compete.  ???
   f) The Olympic president said the women were not welcome at the games in London.  ???
   g) Sarah is a middle-distance runner.  ???

Q3) Grammar & Vocabulary Challenge:

    a) Find words (one per paragraph) which are similar to:

 sports people / were successful / very happy / official group / nation
 criticise / need / very pleased / motivation / interested  ???

   b) Find several future references in the article.  ???

4) Today's Song  

I've always loved this song: It's A Man's Man's Man's World by James Brown, so it's great to have an excuse to listen to it again!

Enjoy the track and see how much you can you can understand.

Watch the video, listen to the song, and do the exercises below...  



It's A Man's Man's Man's World  (lyrics)
(by James Brown)

I've changed the order of the lines nouns: sorry!

Listen (and then sing!) the lines in the correct order...

(Click on the ??? to see if you're right!)

Man made the trains to carry the heavy load
This is a man's world, this is a man's world

Man made the boat for the water, like Noah made the ark
But it wouldn't be nothing, nothing without a woman or a girl
Man made the electric light to take us out of the dark
You see, man made the cars to take us over the road


You know that man makes money to buy from other man
But it wouldn't be nothing, nothing without a woman or a girl

This is a man's, man's, man's world
And after man has made everything, everything he can
Man makes then happy 'cause man makes them toys
Man thinks about a little baby girls and a baby boys


But it wouldn't be nothing, nothing, not one little thing without a woman or a girl
He's lost in bitterness

He's lost in the wilderness
This is a man's world









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