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  • Questions no one knows the answers to (English listening exercise)

    It’s been a while since I’ve had the time to visit the Ted website and watch a video, much less make a new listening exercise using one of their videos. So it wasn’t until today that I found out about a new series of Ted videos called TED-ED.

    According to the TED-Ed website:

    TED-Ed’s mission is to capture and amplify the voices of great educators around the world. We do this by pairing extraordinary educators with talented animators to produce a new library of curiosity-igniting videos.

    The animation is truly great. I think that for people learning English, it is especially helpful to see the ideas in the videos illustrated. I wish we were able to do this kind of animation with our English videos we’ve been making!

    Below you’ll find one of the videos that TED-ED has created to introduce this new project. The video is about questions that humans don’t know the answers to, curiosity and learning. Watch the video, and below you’ll find an English listening exercise to go with it.


    I used to ______ _____ a lot of things as a boy.

    What does the sentence above mean?

    What were the first three questions he asked himself as a boy?

    Is the future ___ to be ______?

    What does the sentence above mean?

    I mean, I ____ __ assumed that someday I _____ __ ____ the answers to all these questions.

    Why does he like working on these kinds of questions?