Tue, 27 April 2010
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You’re going to listen to a text about the Simpsons. Before you listen, here is some vocabulary from the text.
careless = descuidado, despreocupado
precocious = precoz
to suck = chupar
pacifier (US) / dummy (UK) = chupete
role = papel
Now listen to the text
The Simpsons are a typical family who live in the fictional "Mid-American" town of Springfield. Homer, the father, works as a safety inspector at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant - a job which doesn’t really fit his careless, clown-like personality. He’s married to Marge Simpson, a typical American housewife and mother. They have three children: Bart, who is ten years old; Lisa, who is eight years old; and Maggie, a baby who rarely speaks, but communicates by sucking on a pacifier. The family has a dog, Santa's Little Helper, and a cat, Snowball II. Both pets have had starring roles in several episodes. The first Simpsons episode was shown in 1987. Despite the passing of the years and celebrations such as holidays or birthdays, the Simpsons do not physically age and still look the same as they did at the end of the 1980s.
Listen to some answers to questions about the text. Try to ask the questions BEFORE you hear them. Ask the questions after the tone.
Where do the Simpsons live?
What’s the father’s name?
3. At the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant
Where does Homer work?
4. He’s a safety inspector
What does he do?
5. Marge Simpson
Who is he married to?
What’s his wife’s name?
How many children do they have?
How many children have they got?
7. Bart, Lisa and Maggie.
What are the children’s names?
8. He’s 10.
How old is Bart?
9. Yes, A dog and a cat.
Do they have any pets?
10. Snowball II
What’s the cat’s name?
11. In 1987
When was the first Simpsons episode?
12. No, they look the same as they did at the end of the 1980’s.
Do the Simpsons physically age?
Listen and repeat the questions. Copy the intonation.
1. Where do the Simpsons live?
2. What’s the father’s name?
3. Where does Homer work?
4. What does he do?
5. Who’s he married to? /What’s his wife’s name?
6. How many children do they have? / How many children have they got?
7. What are the children’s names?
8. How old is Bart?
9. Do they have any pets?
10. What’s the cat’s name?
11. When was the first Simpsons episode?
12. Do the Simpsons physically age?
During the interviews on last month’s podcast you heard some adjectives that are used to describe people (nice, lovely, kind, friendly etc.)
What are the English adjectives for these Spanish ones? Say the English translation before I do. They are all similar translations.
tolerante - tolerant
paciente - patient
sociable - sociable
aventurero/a - adventurous
maduro/a - mature
sincero/a - sincere
decidido/a, resuelto/a - decisive
práctico/a – practical
Listen and repeat the adjectives.
Here are some more adjectives for you to translate. Say the English translation before I do.
educado/a - polite
tacaño/a, malo/a - mean
egoísta - selfish
perezoso/a - lazy
sensible - sensitive
sensato/a - sensible
malhumorado/a, de humor variable - moody
de fiar, de confianza - reliable
de mal humor, mal genio - bad-tempered
alegre - cheerful
Listen and repeat:
Do you know the opposites of the following adjectives? Some have the prefix un- (u-n), for example selfish – unselfish. Some have the prefix in- (i-n), for example intolerant. Some have the prefix im- (i-m), for example impolite, and some have a different word to make the opposite, for example lazy and hard-working.
Try to say the opposite before I do, and then repeat the word to practise pronunciation.
reliable - unreliable – repeat - unreliable
mature – immature – repeat - immature
lazy – hard working – repeat - hard working
sincere - insincere – repeat - insincere
practical - impractical – repeat - impractical
selfish - unselfish – repeat - unselfish
sensitive - insensitive – repeat - insensitive
patient - impatient – repeat - impatient
sociable - unsociable – repeat - unsociable
sensible – foolish / silly – repeat - foolish / silly
polite - impolite / rude – repeat - impolite / rude
decisive - indecisive – repeat - indecisive
adventurous - unadventurous – repeat - unadventurous
mean – generous – repeat - generous
moody – even-tempered – repeat - even-tempered
practical - impractical – repeat - impractical
tolerant - intolerant – repeat - intolerant
cheerful – miserable – repeat - miserable
bad-tempered – sweet-tempered, calm – repeat - sweet-tempered, calm
Now listen to some sentences and guess the missing adjective from the previous list. Say the adjective after the tone.
Listen and repeat
Direct download: January_2010_The_Simpsons_question_forms_adjectives_for_describing_people_auxiliary_verbs_mixed_vocab..mp3
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