Thursday, 28 November 2013

Speakout Advanced p 59. Research on Superstition. Extra Listening

1. The researchers intend to use a _________________ as a way of collecting future data.
2. The exact number of people taking part in the initial research was ________________.
3. The researchers found that various types of _______________ were used by 28% of people.
4. The commonest saying used by respondents to bring good luck was ________________.
5. The objects most widely regarded as unlucky by respondents were ________________.
6. The researchers were surprised to find that people involved in __________________ were quite superstitious.
7. The most superstitious age group turned out to be ___________________.
8. When talking about the future, the speaker says the fact that superstitions are always _________ and _____________ is important

1. website

2. 2,068 (two thousand and sixty-eight)

3. lucky charm(s)
Lucky charms (Sp. amuleto) are items within cultures that are believed to bring luck for instance
  • Four-leaf clover, an uncommon variation of the common, three-leaved clover
  • Rabbit's foot, carried as an amulet believed to bring good luck
  • Horseshoe, a U-shaped item made of metal or of modern synthetic materials, nailed or glued to the hooves of horses and some other draught /drɑːft/ animals (used for pulling heavy loads)
  • Wishbone, a forked bone found in bird.

4. Touch wood

5. ladders

6. science

7. teenagers

8. developing/evolving (either order)

respondent:  a person who answers questions, especially in a survey. E.g. 60% of the respondents agreed with the suggestion.

ward somebody/something off /wɔːd/ to protect or defend yourself against danger, illness, attack, etc. To do something to prevent someone or something from harming you. Sp. prevenir. E.g. to ward off criticism. She put up her hands to ward him off. Sheila carried a knife to ward off attacks.

come as a/no surprise: E.g. It comes as no surprise to learn that they broke their promises.

die out: to stop existing. E.g. This species has nearly died out because its habitat is being destroyed.

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