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So what?

'Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless.'

Thomas Edison (1847-1931), inventor

'What' is one of the most frequently used words in the English language.

Guess what?

Wednesday, 27 June, 2012, 12:00am

New people


You work at a publisher's in Central. Your company has just got a contract to publish a Hong Kong edition of a best-selling New York magazine. Two people from the parent company in New York are visiting your office to see how things are done. At an informal meeting this morning, they introduce themselves. What do you learn about them?

6 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

At home

'Television enables you to be entertained by people in your home that you wouldn't have in your home' David Frost (1939- ) - British journalist & media personality

Home truths

What is or are ...?

1 a home movie

a. a horror movie that takes place in a haunted house

15 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

A new lounge

Suzy has decided to have her lounge completely renovated. She has a long talk with an interior designer before she starts. Listen to their conversation and then answer the questions.

1 What does Suzy tell the designer about the ideas she has for the new lounge?

a. she knows exactly what she wants

b. she doesn't want to spend a lot of money

18 Oct 2010 - 12:00am


Look up the website of the company where you are applying for a job. Make sure you are familiar with them before the interview. Dress smartly, but don't overdress. You're going to an interview, not out for the evening.

Think about some likely questions a potential employer might ask, and go through in your mind how you would respond. Be punctual and be prepared.

4 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Dream of being on stage?

If you have a passion for performing and are below the age of 25, sign up for 'The Stage of Dreams' to show off your talent in music. Download an application form at www.summermusic.hk/yp/stage/ and submit it to info@summermusic.hk with 'The Stage of Dreams' in the subject line.

29 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

What are you reading?

Polly and Joe are conducting a survey for their school newspaper. They are doing an article about what people read. Listen to the interviews they conducted with three students from another school. Then answer the questions.

Interview 1

1 Who conducts the first interview?

a. Kelly b. Joe c. Polly

22 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Jenny's new bedroom

It's Jenny's birthday next week. She'll be 16. As a special present, her parents have said she can have her bedroom renovated with new furniture and decoration. Listen to Jenny talking to her mum about what she would like her new bedroom to look like and then answer the questions.

Question 1

What colour does Jenny want the walls to be in her new bedroom?

13 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Are you a trendsetter?

1 You read style magazines to ...

a. find out what to wear.

b. keep a finger on the pulse of street fashion.

c. who said I read style mags?

2 Your style is ...

a. practical and functional.

b. fashionable - you follow the trends.

c. unique - you set your own style.

8 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Are you adventurous?

1 In a restaurant, what are you most likely to say to the waiter:

a. What would you recommend?

b. Same as usual.

c. I'll take the escargot - I've never eaten snails.

2 When was the last time you saw the sunrise?

a. Last week.

b. Last summer.

c. I can't remember.

1 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

The personal trainer

Peggy is a personal trainer at a gym in Jordan. She has worked at this gym for the past 10 months and enjoys it very much. She meets a wide variety of people there and for her this is one of the perks. Peggy is a 'people-person' and the social aspect of being a personal trainer really suits her. Last week we chatted to her about her job.

26 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

First impressions

Here are some suggestions for those who are searching for an opening at their favourite university or college.

You should allocate some time to prepare for your interview - often it is the interview that determines the outcome. Conduct yourself well and you'll find the doors to your dreams are opening.

The power of questions

8 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Be yourself

Self! Self! Self! Are you always thinking about yourself? If you are, here is some useful vocabulary that you will find interesting and helpful

Self nouns

What are the following?

1 self-assembly furniture

a. furniture that you can only buy online

b. furniture you have to build at home from a set of prepared parts

13 May 2009 - 12:00am

liberal studies

Reading Comprehension

Answer the following questions

1 Roughly how long did Tang dynasty's marriage laws stay in place?

a 1,000 years

b 59 years

c 1,300 years

d 431 years

2 What was not one of the original purposes of marriage?

a to continue the family line

9 Feb 2009 - 12:00am


Strike a balance between study, rest

Form Five and Form Seven students are busy preparing for their public examinations.

They are under great pressure because the exam results could affect their future. They spend a lot of time on revision and tackling past papers.

But, it is important they have enough rest to be ready for future challenges.

6 Jan 2009 - 12:00am