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?


How is your English vocabulary? Are you ready for a really advanced test? If you think you’re ready for the challenge check out the link below.
The vocabulary test site links below has several vocabulary questions on each page and several pages of vocabulary questions. They are advanced level so good luck!

684 Vocabulary Questions | TOEIC


Learning the English prefixes and suffixes is a small effort that will have a big benefit in your English comprehension. Prefixes and suffixes are small pieces of words that are added to the beginning (prefix) or to the end (suffixes) in order to modify the original word. Sometimes prefixes and suffixes can be used to change a word from one type of word to another. For example from a noun to a verb, or from a verb to an adjective.

Using a suffix or prefix table is one good way to learn the basic prefixes and suffixes in English. Here is a basic table of prefixes, and some links to much more in-depth prefix and suffix tables.




Prefix Meaning Examples
a- also an- not, without atheist, anaemic
a- to, towards aside, aback
in the process of, in a particular state a-hunting, aglow
a- of anew
completely abashed
ab- also abs- away, from abdicate, abstract
ad- also a-, ac-, af-, ag- al-, an-, ap-, at- as-, at- movement to, change into, addition or increase advance, adulterate, adjunct, ascend, affiliate, affirm, aggravate, alleviate, annotate, apprehend, arrive, assemble, attend
ante- before, preceding antecedent, ante-room
anti- also ant- opposing, against, the opposite anti-aircraft, antibiotic, anticlimax, Antarctic
be- all over, all around bespatter, beset
completely bewitch, bemuse
having, covered with bejewelled
affect with (added to nouns) befog
cause to be (added to adjectives) becalm
com- also co-, col-, con-, cor- with, jointly, completely combat, codriver, collude, confide, corrode
contra- against, opposite contraceptive
counter- opposition, opposite direction counter-attack, counteract
de- down, away descend, despair, depend, deduct
completely denude, denigrate
removal, reversal de-ice, decamp
dia- also di- through, across diagonal
dis- also di- negation, removal, expulsion disadvantage, dismount, disbud, disbar
en- also em- put into or on engulf, enmesh
bring into the condition of enlighten, embitter
intensification entangle, enrage
ex- also e-, ef- out exit, exclude, expand
upward exalt, extol
completely excruciate, exasperate
previous ex-wife
extra- outside, beyond extracurricular
hemi- half hemisphere
hyper- beyond, more than, more than normal hypersonic, hyperactive
hypo- under hypodermic, hypothermia
in- also il-, im- not, without infertile, inappropriate, impossible
also il-, im-, ir- in, into, towards, inside influence, influx, imbibe
infra- below infrared, infrastructure
inter- between, among interact, interchange
intra- inside, within intramural, intravenous
non- absence, negation non-smoker, non-alcoholic
ob- also oc-, of-, op- blocking, against, concealing obstruct, occult, offend, oppose
out- surpassing, exceeding outperform
external, away from outbuilding, outboard
over- excessively, completely overconfident, overburdened, overjoyed
upper, outer, over, above overcoat, overcast
peri- round, about perimeter
post- after in time or order postpone
pre- before in time, place, order or importance pre-adolescent, prelude, precondition
pro- favouring, in support of pro-African
acting for proconsul
motion forwards or away propulsion
before in time, place or order prologue
re- again repaint, reappraise, reawake
semi- half, partly semicircle, semi-conscious
sub- also suc-, suf-, sug-, sup-, sur-, sus- at a lower position submarine, subsoil
lower in rank sub-lieutenant
nearly, approximately sub-tropical
syn- also sym- in union, acting together synchronize, symmetry
trans- across, beyond transnational, transatlantic
into a different state translate
ultra- beyond ultraviolet, ultrasonic
extreme ultramicroscopic
un- not unacceptable, unreal, unhappy, unmanned
reversal or cancellation of action or state unplug, unmask
under- beneath, below underarm, undercarriage
lower in rank undersecretary
not enough underdeveloped

Here is website to improve your typing!
Fun and has games!
How many words per minute are you?


Here is a link to a quiz site. The reason this quiz is interesting is because you can learn geography and travel info while you practice your grammar. Here’s the site. If you want to make your teacher happy, take the quiz about Canada.


Great Quiz! If you are learning listening and want to try a cool quiz, then try this:


1) Go here and click one of the minimal pair lists (blue)

2) Click on “start”

3) Click on each word to hear the pronunciation. Then click on the “Listen then Choose” link. Your computer will say one of the words. You click on the word you hear. Good Luck!

4) Click the blue arrows to go to the next words. Practice as many times as you like. There are tons of words here to practice.

As usual, if you find you cannot make this website work, please tell me in class, and I will help you.

There are lots of other resources on this website. If you can, look around to find other useful learning tools!

I put together a list of websites that can teach you the basic vocabulary and scientific terms in English. Whether you studied science in Chinese, or have never studied science before, these websites are great tools for brushing up your science English, or learning something new.

Here are the sites:

** NOTE ** The chapter titles are at the top in rainbow colors, and at the bottom you can find links to glossary (for vocabulary) or quizzes as well.

Chemistry for Kids:

Physics for Kids:

Biology for Kids:

Geography for Kids:

Astrology for Kids:

I took a long break from the blog. All I can say is that if you come to my class then you know I have had a hip injury for about 4 months, and that has taken up most of my energy. I’m still healing. I hope this winter I can dedicate more time to my blog, and include some new things as well. Anyway, here is a website with 25 TOEIC grammar quizzes and answers. You have to write down your answers on paper, it’s not a web-based test.


Here is a video which gives some rules to think about when changing large numbers from Chinese into English. I hope you enjoy it. Please take time to rate the video in Youtube! Make sure you watch the video all the way to the end because there are a few test questions at the end.

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