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The helix

Listen to a lecture about the helix shape to practise and improve your listening skills.

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Advanced: C1


I never watched talks like this neither scientific lecture online, but I watched them on tv and at school. On tv I saw, not a long time ago, an interesting program about the discover of electricity and the progress that human beings have made during ages using it.

Scientific lectures are not the first thing that comes to my mind. However, there are specific topics that I have an interest in. I enjoy talks about how the wires of our brain determine our behaviour, as long as the language used is not too technical because I'm not proficient in science.

Of course. I love biology so much, when I was in school, I always hoped anxiously the class biology because I had a great teacher who taught me very good. She always taught me about DNA and cells. And then I was very interest about it that I studied a career related to biology and health. I remember every day I wrote on my board about biology topic as DNA conjugated, cells, viruses, cell theory among other topics. I love a lot biology because you can find a lot of things about nature, your body, your cells, things that happened in the past or will happen in the future. For sure, it’s a very interesting subject which you can find out and know more about what happens inside of you.


Sometimes, although I am not that interested in scientific lessons , but I like to watch few of them every once and a while .

Yes. I does.

I am very interested on this type of scientific information and despite using quite technical language, it is understandable, so thank you for improving our knnowledge and english.

I am interested in scientific lectures, in particular the ones that explain important discoveries or scientific achievements. Especially, the ones like this one that introduces a complicated geometrical shape and its applications without entering the mathematical complexities. So it is clear and understandable. Such lectures are really motivating and show the importance of the scientific research activities and their impacts in the daily life. Therefore, such lectures further demonstrate the importance of the hard work done by researchers in their laboratories.

Dear teachers of Brirtish Council,
Thank you very much indeed for your work which gives all of us opportunity to learn English language!
I wish you all Happy New Year!

Hello Evgeny,

Thanks for your good wishes. I hope you have a great 2020 and learn a lot of English!

Best wishes from all of us here at the site.



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