• English Listening Exercise: A Fast TED Talk

    I really like using TED talks for listening exercises, mostly because they’re really interesting (for both me and the people using them as exercises, I suppose). What I like about this one is that, besides telling an interesting story, Damon Horowitz, a Google employee, entrepreneur, and philosophy teacher at San Quentin State Prison, tells his story really fast. I’m guessing most ESL/EFL students will have to watch the video below twice.

    Why should you listen to Damon?

    Damon Horowitz is a philosophy professor and serial entrepreneur. He recently joined Google as In-House Philosopher / Director of Engineering, heading development of several initiatives involving social and search. He came to Google from Aardvark, the social search engine, where he was co-founder and CTO, overseeing product development and research strategy. Prior to Aardvark, Horowitz built several companies around applications of intelligent language processing. He co-founded Perspecta (acquired by Excite), was lead architect for Novation Biosciences (acquired by Agilent), and co-founded NewsDB (now Daylife).

    Horowitz teaches courses in philosophy, cognitive science, and computer science at several institutions, including Stanford, NYU, University of Pennsylvania and San Quentin State Prison.

    Watch the video, then see if you can answer the questions.

    Where does Tony live?

    Whose gun did they have?

    What did they originally intend to do with the gun?

    Punk. He took some money ____ ____ ___ _____, that’ll ___ ___.

    Let’s __ ____.

    Sorry, ___ it’s worse ___ ___ ____.

    I want __ ___ what  _ ____.

    In that moment, ____ __ __ ____ by Tony’s name.