Listen to this report related to British linguistic politeness and the effects it is having on international politics at the moment. Read through questions 1 to 7. Listen carefully and fill in the gaps with up to three words. You can listen to the whole recording twice.
Do you know “Auld Lang Syne”? It’s a Scottish folk song, which is traditionally sung in English-speaking countries at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, to welcome the New Year. It features in such classical films as It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946) and When Harry Met Sally (Rob Reiner 1989), among others:
Despite its popularity, however, apparently only 3% of British people actually know the full lyrics to it, according to a recent survey. You can read more about this here, or listen to the news report below:
You can listen to a rendition of the song by Rod Stewart and other stars like Kylie Minogue (with lyrics) below:
Listen to this clip where an expert discusses the issue of fuel poverty, and gives advice on how to save money on energy bills.
Then, try this vocabulary exercise, which includes some of the useful expressions mentioned by the host and guest. Once you have checked your answers, you can listen to the clip again, to find those expressions in their context.