Richard goes behind the scenes at Dyson, home of the space-age vacuum cleaner and much more!

Task 1

Which of these things is Richard shown in the video?

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Task 2

What do these numbers refer to in the video?

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Task 3

Drag the words to complete the sentences from the video.

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Task 4

Type 'which' or 'that/which' into these sentences.

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Language level

Advanced: C1
Upper intermediate: B2

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I am a big fan of gadgets, absolutely fascinated about them. For the last three year I have been getting a new iPad every year. I don't know why, I do not need them, I just have to have them. I think technology makes our life easier and gives us a lot of fun.

Absolutely, I have to get a Dyson vacuum cleaner, and one of those bladeless fans. Not getting the hand dryer though, it suits public spaces better. I don't think my friends will feel very welcomed, if I let them dry their hands without a towel. But the vacuum cleaner and the fan are brilliant, especially the fan, it makes home a safer place for children.

Dear Carlyle, I find these very good for teaching but for some reason I cannot always access the videos. I have been able to do so but most of the time it tells me that my system does not support MIME type. Is there any trick I could use to be able to access these all the time? Thanks for your help and wonderful lessons!!!

Hello gschlenker2004,

I'd recommend you download and install the latest version of the Adobe Flash player on your device – this should take care of the MIME type problem, but if not, please let us know. Another option would be to install the LearnEnglish GREAT Videos app.

By the way, there are lesson plans for these videos on TeachingEnglish, e.g. Innovation is Great.

I hope this helps you!

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Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Yes I do because gadgets and technology helps us in our daily life whether working or leisure time. My most important gadget is cellphone or hand phone because it is handy/convenient, it is very useful in communication locally or abroad. Yes, I’d love to own everything of Dyson’s product because I’m amazed and satisfied.

Dear LearnEnglish Team,
Please help me, I couldn't understand task 4. How to answer 'which' and 'that/which' in the sentences. I've read the meaning in the Cambridge Dictionary, I guess for the answer, still I only got two correct answers -#6 and #10. I feel very ashamed because I cannot understand and I couldn't figure it out.
oh! I'm so sad.

Hello caryle,

No need to feel ashamed! The key is to recognise whether the relative clause in each sentence is a defining relative clause (in which both 'that' and 'which' are possible) or a non-defining relative clause (in which only 'which' is possible).

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks a lot Peter :)

I find all these videos incredible, I work a lot with them, indeed I think I have worked with all of them. Will there be other topics with activities such as these? They are mostly useful and very clear, and the activities are stupendous!! Thanks in advance!

Hello adriteacher,

Thank you for your wonderful comments - it's great to know our site and our work is appreciated! We are always adding new content to the site but it is a long process to ensure that new material is of the requisite quality, of course. At the moment, for example, we are publishing the new series of Word on the Street, a series co-produced with the BBC, but after that we will publish other materials too.

Best wishes and thanks again,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

hello!
firstly, thank you, Richard, for a wonderful video.
To be honest, all my life keeps on gadgets and technology, so, i have not got a choice, i love it.
there are many cases:
the first one is convenient using. For instance, when I need to write cpp code fast, I take my IPad and do some notice or when I fly in an airplane and can not sleep, I take my IPad and play in different games(or watch films).
the second one is easy using. For example, You touch you phone every 10 minuets and it does not get you bad feelings;)

Most important gadget? Are you kidding me?
Of cause it is vacuum cleaner. Do you believe me? Not? Nice, it is joke. Thuth be told, The most important gadget for me is my mobile phone. There is big part of my life, such as necessary contacts. Also, i can not despite fact that at any moment the internet might be used by myself. very helpful.
What about Dyson's product, hmmm, may be i would like to try it, and then decide, want to own or not.

thank you very much again!
good buy!

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