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

Comments

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 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!

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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.

Hello,
''The British love gadgets.'' Is it the use of definte article necessary in this sentence? It doesn't refer to somethig general?

Hello Liviu86,

You're right when you say that the definite article isn't generally used to refer to something general, but when referring to a nationality, i.e. the people of a nation, the definite article 'the' is used, e.g. 'The British drink a lot of tea', 'The French make good bread', etc.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much for replying to my question.

Technology is important because it helps us to have a good orientation to everything we handle daily

Hello The LearnEnglish Team!
These two sentences seem strange to me (Task1):
'Which of these things is Richard shown in the video?';
'Choose the gadgets that Richard is shown in the video.'
Is the word order correct here according to the usage of Passive Voice or the sentences aren't meant to be passive?
Thank you in advance!
Dima

Hello Dima,

Both sentences have passive verb forms, but the sentences have different structures.

 

The first sentence is a 'normal' question. It is a subject question with a passive verb form. For information on subject questions see this page.

 

The second sentence is not a question. It has an imperative verb form ('Choose') with an object ('the gadgets'), followed by a relative clause describing the object ('that Richard is shown...').

 

I hope that clarifies it for you.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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