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  • English Listening Exercise: The Future

    As we enter into the last month of the year 2013, we may start to think about the past and wonder about the future. Talking about predictions and the future can be difficult in English.

    We use ‘will’ for general predictions but if we are talking about probability. We can also use ‘could, might, or may.’ This week’s English listening exercise uses a TED video featuring Pete Alcorn’s prediction for the 2200 uses these words frequently.

    Answer the questions below in comments, and we’ll respond.

    1. How long does he think we are from a new enlightenment?
    2. The world’s population is expected to ____ ___ at something hopefully a bit less than 10 billion.
    3. What are the 2 benefits of a declining population?
    4. What happened in Europe after the plague? (4 things)
    5. Human history is kind of viewed as this _________ ____ from the good old days.
    6. Why talk about the future?
    7. Fear for the future can lead to some ____ decisions.
    8. What does he predict for your great great grandchildren?

    What do you think about the world’s future? What about your countries future? As always if you put your answers in comments I’ll correct them.

    • Carlos

      1. 150 year

      2. Top …..

      3. Few people make investment in properly about that / …… drives wages increase

      4. rises wages / land reform / technological innovations / ….. the middle class

      5. downhill fly

      6. to avoid the nasty murders past

      7. rush decisions

      8……about….

      I tried but I couldn’t understand any words, Thanks

      • LOIEnglish

        Carlos…Good work.

        Question #2: top out-it means to level off
        Question #3: two things: property prices drop and wages increase
        Question #4: Good! you had it all the verb you are missing is: birth of the middle class.

        Question #5: downhill SLIDE; when something decreases in value or importance.

        Question #6: good; murder is the the verb and noun the adjective is: murderous.

        Question #7: rash-this means too quick without thought. It was a rash decision to buy the house.

        Question #8: a new enlightenment and a general positive future. Carlos can you try the writing exercise?

    • Ilka

      1. How long does he think we are from a new enlightenment?
      150 years.
      2. The world’s population is expected to top out at something hopefully a bit less than 10 billion.
      3. What are the 2 benefits of a declining population?
      Price of land drops, wages increase.
      4. What happened in Europe after the plague? (4 things)
      Rising wages, land reform, technological innovation, and birth of the middle class
      5. Human history is kind of viewed as this downhill flied from the good old days.
      6. Why talk about the future?
      Because transitions are dangerous times.
      7. Fear for the future can lead to some rash decisions.
      8. What does he predict for your great great grandchildren?
      They will forget all about mouths(?) and instead they will be planning for the future and starting to build the 20sth century enlightenment.

      • LOIEnglish

        Ilka…good listening skills!

        Question #5: downhill slide

        Question #8: They will forget all about malaise-malaise |məˈlāz, -ˈlez|
        noun: a general feeling of discomfort, illness, or uneasiness whose exact cause is difficult to identify: a society afflicted by a deep cultural malaise | a general air of malaise.

        • Ilka

          Not that good! I need to repeat the listening many times…
          Thanks a lot!