Visit the following website and listen to the newscast:
http://learningenglish.voanews.com/audio/Audio/295045.html

** 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?

ANSWERS ARE LINKED HERE:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/45852891/VOA%20Listening%20-%20China%20Auto%20Show.pdf

Advertisements

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.

http://tv.winelibrary.com/

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.

http://www.youtube.com/user/keithlightfoot?feature=watch

Let me know if you have any questions!
Good Luck

I “borrowed” the following article from the website www.perfectyourenglish.com.  I liked the article but not the way the website displayed it.  There were too many advertisements and I felt it was poorly organized.  I also wanted to add a few helpful notes to the article.  Hope the author doesn’t mind.  I made some changes, you can see the original here:

http://www.perfectyourenglish.com/writing/newspaper-headlines.htm

English Writing
Newspaper headlines: grammar

Newspaper headlines are not always complete sentences. Many headlines consist of noun phrases with no verb.

MORE POWER CUTS
(There are/will be more power cuts)

TERROR ALERT IN CAPITAL
(There is/was a terror alert in the capital)

Articles and the verb be are often left out in headlines.

HUSSAIN PAINTING OBSCENE, SAYS MINISTER
(The Hussain painting is obscene, says the Minister)

OLD MAN SCALES EVEREST
( An old man, has scaled Mt. Everest)

In headlines, simple tenses are often used instead of progressive or perfect forms. The simple present is used for both present and past events.

FORMER PM PASSES AWAY 
(Former PM has passed away.)

BLIND GIRL CLIMBS EVEREST 
(Blind girl has climbed Everest.)

The present progressive is used to talk about changes. Be is usually eliminated.

EARTH GETTING WARMER, SAY SCIENTISTS 
(Earth is getting warmer)

TRADE FIGURES IMPROVING 
(Trade figures are improving)

Headlines often use infinitives to refer to the future.

PM TO VISIT CANADA
(The PM is going to visit Canada)

BUSINESS SCHOOLS TO TAKE MORE STUDENTS
(Business schools are going to take more students)

For is also used to refer to future movements or plans.

INDIAN TROOPS FOR IRAQ? 
(Are Indian soldiers going to be sent to Iraq?)

MORE TESTS FOR STUDENTS
(More tests are in store for students this year)

Auxiliary verbs are usually dropped from passive structures, leaving only past participles.

SIX PEOPLE KILLED IN EXPLOSION 
(Six people have been killed in an explosion)

INDIAN HELD FOR MURDER
(An Indian is being/has been held for murder)

Note that forms like held, found and attacked are usually past participles with passive meanings, not past tenses.

Compare:

NUCLEAR DEAL ROW: PM ATTACKED 
(PM has been attacked because of a nuclear deal fight.)

NUCLEAR DEAL ROW: PM ATTACKS OPPOSITION 
(PM has attacked his opposition because of a nuclear deal fight)

A colon (:) is often used to separate the subject of a headline from what is said about it.

POWER CRISIS: GOVERNMENT TO ACT
(The Government is going to act over the power crisis)

BUILDING COLLAPSE: DEATH TOLL RISES
(The death toll from the building collapse has risen)

Here is a new lesson plan.

How Heart Handles Anger Predicts Beat

Here is my new lesson plan for this week!  I have been slowly trying to develop a NEW style for my lesson plans, but it has been slow.  Hopefully, sometime in the next few months, I will have audio for these lesson plans, so you can also listen to news story, personal comments, and the vocabulary pronunciation.  Thanks for your patience and support!

Russia Wants to Land on Europa

Landing on a moon of Jupiter!  I think this sounds like a really interesting idea.  This moon is supposed to be mostly covered with ice.  Although there may not be any life there now, maybe there was life there in the past, or can be life there in the future.  I know Canadians will probably be the first to buy houses there, because we are so used to the cold weather!

Here is some really cool information about Jupiter.  This websites have questions from students all over the world.  Hope you can learn something cool here!!

Answered Questions About Jupiter

Here is a link to a great ESL site which can teach you a lot about famous people.  On this website there are about 100-200 lesson plans that teach you about famous people and then give you some questions you can answer.

http://www.famouspeoplelessons.com/

Here are a few of my suggested favorites!

Barack Obama

Kitano Takeshi

Mother Theresa

Here are some new lesson plans for this week.  Hope you enjoy!  If you find any problems with the translations, please let me know!  I do it by myself, and use logic rather than true knowledge of Chinese language to do these translations.

Hypertension Might Hinder Thinking

India and Australia Solve Food and Planet Woes with Dinner