• A Bird’s Eye View: English Listening Exercise

    When speaking English, as in most languages, we typically use directions like up, down, left and right to describe directions. But imagine if you spoke a language that didn’t use these directions. Imagine telling someone to raise their northwest hand, or go north down the hallway, and enter the first door on the east.

    Pigeons know their way around.

    There are several languages that do rely on a strong sense of direction to speak the language. In this English listening exercise, you’ll hear a podcast about how pigeons and humans can have an amazing sense of direction, when they pay attention and use their bird’s eye view. You can find and download the podcast here, or play it below. Contact us if you’d like to take a class using this listening exercise.

    What was unusual about the war hero that Mindy talked about?

    Why pigeons?



    What was the problem for the British?

    What was so amazing about what GI Joe did?

    If you go ___ ___ __ ____ to the center of the earth, there’s ___ ____ metal ____ _____, churning.

    You long to grab one by the ____ ___ ___ ____ and ask them how they do this.

    What don’t some languages have?

    How do you say hello in the Australian aboriginal language?

    How do they always know their direction, even indoors, according to the scientist?

    What did she see in her mind after a week in Austrailia?

    What is a bird’s-eye view?

    What interesting thing did Karen Jacobsen do?

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