Ring ring! It’s me again! I’ve come to check up on your English!
Hello? Listening skills? Are you still there?
Hoy vamos a poner a prueba tu comprensión oral con este ejercicio de listening en inglés. También vamos a aprender curiosidades culturales, un montón de expresiones y vocabulario útil para el día a día.
Esta práctica de listening viene con la transcripción completa, ejercicios y todo el vocabulario clave. Lo puedes conseguir totalmente gratis en nuestro curso gratuito ‘All you need is listening’, puedes acceder aquí a todo el contenido. Make the most of it!😉
En este vídeo, The School of Life nos habla de un fenómeno social desencadenado por el auge de las redes sociales llamado FOMO. ‘Fear of missing out’ es una sensación de ansiedad causada por el miedo a perderse algo y la necesidad de permanecer constamentenete atento a todo lo que está pasando en internet.
Este ejercicio de listening está recomendado si tienes un nivel intermedio – alto de inglés (B2 o superior). Haz clic en play y rellena las palabras que faltan en los huecos del texto que hay debajo del vídeo.
Are you ready? Let’s go!
We’re continually being bombarded with suggestions about what we might do: go jet skiing, study in Colorado, visit the Maldives or 1. ___ ___ a tech company out west. The modern world makes sure we know at all times just how much is going on out there, it’s a 2. _____ in which intense and painful doses of FOMO or fear of missing out are going to be inevitable. There are two ways of looking at this: romantic or classical.
To the romantic temperament, missing out causes immense agony. Somewhere else, noble and interesting and attractive people are living exactly the life that should be yours, you’d be so happy if only you could be over there at that party with those people working in that agency of Washington Square or holidaying in that shack in Jutland. Sometimes it just makes you want to 3. ______ into tears.
The romantic believes in the idea of a defined Center where the most exciting things are happening. At one time it was New York, for a few years it was Berlin, then London, now it’s probably San Francisco and in five years it may be Auckland or perhaps Rio.
For the romantic, humanity is divided into a large group of the mediocre and a tribe of the elect artists 4. _______, the edgy part of the fashion world and the people doing creative things with tech. As a romantic it’s exhausting inside your soul your mother sometimes drives you 5. _____, her life is utterly dull, how can she accept it? Why isn’t she a Qing to move to the Bay Area?
She’s always suggesting you take a job in Birmingham or inviting you on a walking holiday in the Lake District. Sometimes you’re quite rude to her, you avoid certain people like the plague, that shy friend from school who 6. _______ with their weight, the flatmate who’s a telecoms engineer and wants to go into local politics, being around individuals who are so unglamorous and 7. ______ in ambition can feel pretty fatal for their part classically minded people.
Acknowledge that there are of course some genuinely marvellous things going on in the world, but they doubt that the obvious signs of glamour are a good guide to finding them. The best novel in the world they like to think is probably not 8. _____ winning prizes or storming up the bestseller lists it may be being written at this moment by a Hritik woman living in the otherwise unremarkable Latvian town of Lea pooja.
Classical people are intensely aware that good qualities coexist with some extremely ordinary ones, everything is rather jumbled up. Lamentable taste in jumpers is compatible with extraordinary insight, academic qualifications can give no indication of true intelligence, famous people can be 9. _____ obscure ones can be remarkable at a perfect launch party, drinking sandalwood cocktails at the coolest bar in the world you could be feeling sad and anxious.
You might have the deepest conversations of your life with your 10. ____, even though she likes watching snooker on television and has stopped 11. _____ her hair. The classical temperament also fears missing out but it has a rather different list of things that they’re afraid of not enjoying. Getting to truly know one’s parents learning to 12. _____ well with being alone, appreciating the consoling power of trees and clouds, discovering what their favourite pieces of music really mean to them, chatting to a seven-year-old child.
As these wise souls know, one can indeed miss out on such extremely important things if one’s always rushing out a little too intently to find excitement 13. ______. Heading off in haste to that stylish bar with a see-through elevator packed with some of the city’s top creatives.
Oh dear! That was hard! Comprueba tus respuestas: 👇👇👇
Para combatir el bajón de los domingos y preparanos para otra semana aprendiendo inglés en La hora del té, te traemos un pequeño ejercicio que pondrá a prueba tus ‘listening skills’. Este ejercicio está recomendado si tienes un nivel intermedio – alto de inglés (B2 o superior). Si no hablas inglés, pero has llegado hasta aquí en busca del secreto de la felicidad, el vídeo está subtitulado en español.
Rellena las palabras que faltan en el texto debajo del vídeo. Hacer el ejercicio te llevará un pelín más de 60 segundos, pero merecerá la pena. Trust me! Asegúrate de que los subtítulos están desactivados antes de empezar. Are you ready? Let’s begin!
Rellena los huecos 👇
Stop being so 1. _______ expect that most things are going to go wrong: 2. _______, job, holidays, kids.
Look at the glass half- empty and then feel grateful whenever things aren’t an 3. _______ catastrophe.
Stop 4. _______ about how awful other people are most annoying people aren’t 5. _______ they’re just anxious or sad forgive them they didn’t set out to hurt you, they’re just under a lot of pressure.
Think of death a lot keep a 6. _______ on your table you probably only got about four hundred thousand hours yeah.
Laugh at yourself stop thinking of yourself as a stupid idiot, do something 7. ___ nicer, a lovable fool.
Make regular appointments to talk with someone you don’t spend enough time with.
You ask yourself what you really want and are anxious about stop trying to make yourself happy it’s impossible for concentrate on 8. _______ up other people.
Look at yourself as if from the ISS 240 miles above the earth from this 9. _______ lots of things that are 10. _______ you, look the size they should always have been.
Throw your phone off a cliff for a bit so you can finally notice 11. _______ especially your partner and your mum give up on the idea that you should be normal the only normal people are people you don’t know yet everyone is 12. _______ and that’s totally okay.
Feeling happier already? Te he dejado las respuestas aquí debajo:
Phew! That was tough! Vamos a repasar el vocabulario que hemos aprendido y ver algunos ejemplos más.
Hopeful 👉 esperanzado, optimista.
“I’m hopeful I’ll be able to publish the book by April next year.”
Marriage 👉 matrimonio.
“Their marriage was a total failure, they got divorced after 6 months.” “Goodness gracious me, that was quick!”
Outright 👉 totalmente.
“She outright refused to cooperate with the police!”
To rant 👉 despotricar, echar pestes. “Stop ranting about how unfair you were treated and do something about it!”
Evil 👉 malvado, maléfico.
“The teacher gave me an evil look when she saw me using my phone in class.”
Skull 👉 cráneo, calavera.
Cuidado con la pronunciación, no se pronuncia como ‘school’ (colegio). Puedes escucharlo aquí haciendo clic en 🔊.
“The skull found in the forest is said to be over a thousand years old.”
Far 👉 significa lejos, pero también puede significar ‘mucho más’.
“My English is far better than it used to be.”
To cheer up 👉 alegrar, levantar el ánimo
“I’m so sorry to hear about your cat passing away. Is there anything I can do to cheer you up?”
Height 👉 altura
“What’s your height and weight and age?”
To bother 👉 molestar, fastidiar
“Sorry to bother you but could you put some suncream on my back please.”
“There’s so much boring stuff I need to do this week. I’m not looking forwared to it. ”
Weird 👉 raro, extraño.
“You put honey in your coffee? That’s weird!”
Esperamos que te haya gustado la ‘mini lesson’ de hoy. Te aconsejamos descargarte alguna aplicación para incluir el vocabulario que has aprendido y poder repasarlo durante los próximos días. Hay un montón disponibles, como Memrise, Wokabulary, etc.