Listen to today’s story on National Public Radio (NPR) and try to answer the listening questions below. This is a tough listening exercise and focuses on listening to statistics. You may have to rewind and listen to it several times in order to get all the answers.

Answer the following questions and record what time in the radio story that the answer is presented.

1. How tall is Jack Taylor?
2. Who did they play against yesterday?
3. What was Taylor’s shooting average?
4. What was the final score?
5. How many points did Jack Taylor score in the recent game?
6. What records in basketball history?
7. How many points did he average last season?
8. How many points did the team average last night?
9. Do Grinell have any “set plays?”
10. What is Grinell’s ultimate goal?
11. What is their goal this year?
12. What country would he like to play?
13. What is his major?


Visit the following website and listen to the newscast:

** Write the answer and the time in the show when you hear the answer.

1. Where is the host?
2. Are car sales increasing or decreasing in China?
3. What is happening in South Africa?
4. Where did the large group of Chinese visit South Africa 5. What did they do there?
6. Where did South Africa add visa-processing offices?
7. Who was Cape Town’s tourism market directed at before? 8. How much have auto sales increased in China?
9. How many vehicles will they sell this year?
10. How many will be sold in the US?
11. Where is the auto show?
12. Dave Shoke says there are how many customers?
13. Are hybrid vehicles and electric technology important in China now? 14. How have SUV sales changed recently?


Here is a strategy for improving your speaking and your listening. I think it might be the best way for intermediate level speakers to reach an advanced level.

Think of the Chinese Zodiac for a minute. Or else, think of the Vedic astrology. According to Vedic astrology I am a Pieces (double fish). I just want you to think about this so you can remember that although everyone is different, some people are similar to each other. In fact, you may think of a celebrity you are similar to, you might want to be like, or seems appealing to you. For this to be effective you need to think of an English celebrity, or video-caster on Youtube (does not have to be famous). By watching your favorite speaker speak, you will naturally adopt heir style, and phrases. I noticed that after watching my favorite wine-reviewer’s videos every night for a few months, I started to absorb his vocabulary, speaking style, and confidence.

Here is a link to one of his last video about wine editing. Sometimes things come to an end, and people move on. I’m terribly sad that he moved on from reviewing wine, because he was a great reviewer and entertainer. On the other hand, I can always hope he will come back to reviewing wine on the Internet. It seems like he really enjoys it.

Keith Lightfoot has a great Youtube Channel learning about improving your public speaking. If you want to improve, watch his videos and listen to what he says. It will take practice also. You need to spend time in a conversation class, or perhaps you will get practice in your company or university course.

Let me know if you have any questions!
Good Luck

The Beat Generation is a culture, lifestyle, and poetry style emerging during the 1950s in America. If you are ready for a challenge of abstract grammar, vocabulary, and imagery, you can engulf your mind with the poetry of the likes of Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and William S. Burrows. If you are intermediate English, listening to beat generation poems being performed in their traditional way can help your listening just because they are a blast of words. You can challenge yourself to understand what you can, maybe just small pieces here and there.

What do I recommend? Turn off the lights, turn it on, just listen. And, don’t blame me if you have English nightmares!

Here’s a video of Allen Ginsberg reading his famous poem “Howl”.
Here is the words to the poem :

If you are interested in the recent news from North Korea, you should watch this documentary. It’s stunning! This video below is only part 1. You have to watch all six to hear the true story. A website online called it a “romcom” (romance comedy). Hah. Not exactly.

Check out this video on YouTube:

It’s from today’s article:

I think this website is a good one for practicing your English. It can teach you all kinda of cool things. Pick your favorite category and go.

Here is a sample:

If you want to learn or hear about the various English accents, please watch these videos. They provide a good explanation of the difference between the accents. Practice!!!!

If you are interested in financial, and economic language you can try listening to the same internet radio show that I listen to.  DH Unplugged is a great show involving a market analyst and a money manager who discuss the weekly trends in the economy, as well as political and future trends.  The hosts do a good job to teach, as well as inform and even joke around a bit.  It might be tough listening, but if you have the chops it’s a good choice to improve your listening increase your economic vocabulary.

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