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Innovation is GREAT - Part 1

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?


Task 2

What do these numbers refer to in the video?


Task 3

Drag the words to complete the sentences from the video.


Task 4

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




Language level

Advanced: C1
Upper intermediate: B2


Hello everyone..
☆ Do you like gadgets and technology? Why or why not?
- Yes, absolutely. One of the things about gadgets and technology is that they should be about improving your life. Wheather this comes through making your life easier or helping you to get more from life.
No matter what issue is plaguing you in life, there will be a gadget that provides you with the assistance you need to make life more productive and enjoyble.

☆ What's your most important gadget?
- The most important gadget in my life is smartphone, without a second thought. It has many uses, it can be used for communication or to search information and issues around the world in the Internet and also for entertainment purpose I think.

☆ Would you like to own any of Dyson's products?
- Yes, I'd like to own one of Dyson's products in the video. I think the fan is amazing since there are no rotating blades, the air multiplier must be more consistent and steady and the breeze from the fan doesn't buffet us with short gusts of air like we use the domestic fan.
By the way, Do you know how much the Dayson Bladeless fan cost?

I did not understand when 'that' and 'which' are interchangeable and when not. Is there any article about the usage of them?
Thanks a lot

Hello Ebi Soleymani,

This is a question which relates to relative clauses. There are two kinds: restrictive (also called defining) and non-restrictive (non-defining).

In non-restrictive relative clauses you cannot use 'that'.

In restrictive relative clauses it is possible to replace 'who' or 'which' with 'that' with no change in meaning.

You can read more about these structures by using the links above.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team


how do i download the video? i am a teacher and i have to take the video to class, i dont have internet acces there

Hello aquiles174,

I'm afraid that the videos on LearnEnglish are not available for download for both technical and legal reasons - many of our videos are made in collaboration with other organisations such as the BBC and there are legal restrictions from this. I sympathise with your situation but I'm afraid we are not able to make them available offline.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Well a big special thanks to Richard who made me laugh all through the 24 videos. He is also so nice, enthusiastic, clear in his speech, ... The perfect reporter ! :-)

what does buffeting mean ? he says the fan is non-buffeting .Does it mean the fan is not making noises or shaking ?

Hello englishnoob,

Yes, that is the meaning here. 'Buffet' (the verb) means to strike violently or disturb in some way. It is often used to talk about the sea or wind, for example.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

In our days there are loads of gadgets that have made our lives better and easier; refrigerator, dish washer, hair drier and we are taking them all for granted, but can we imagine our lives without them, NEVER.
Computers and more specifically laptops are the greatest to me. I spend nearly 8 hours every day using my laptop, doing research, working, watching movies, learning English and socializing, it is very versatile and easy to get, I mean affordable.
When it comes to the gadgets shown in the video they are all brilliant, but the bladeless fan is the most amazing cause at home we should always pay careful attention to children not getting close to the fan, this one is very safe and I really don`t get how it works!