Learn English with the News – New Lego Bricks to Be Made of Recycled Plastic

Lego blocks and the environment? Who ever thought those two topics would ever meet? Well, Lego has decided to introduce recycled plastic into their supply chain, doing their small yet significant part in helping the environment. Watch the video and then do the accompanying English language exercises on our website.

The news is a consistent source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery that never ceases to exist and always comes out with more and more material each day. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it is without a doubt a piece of your everyday routine that can’t go ignored.

Whether it is to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed, to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country, or simply hear about what is happening in other countries in order to compare them to what’s happening in yours, the news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

This is why Scrambled Eggs has decided to unite two of your biggest worlds: learning English and keeping up with what is happening in the world. We hope our challenging daily exercises, composed of listening, vocabulary and comprehension exercises in English, will satisfy both of those above worlds in a satisfactory and also entertaining way.

So enough about introductions, let’s get to today’s Learn English with the News topic:

Adapted from this article.

Now that you’ve had a listen, let’s put your knowledge to the test with some of our vocabulary and comprehension exercises:

Lego Bricks | Fill in the Blank

Fill the empty spaces with the proper words.

Lego Bricks | Definition Match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

Lego Bricks | True or False

Indicate which sentences are true and which ones are false.

Full text:

“Lego’s iconic toy bricks will soon become more sustainable. The legendary toymaker unveiled a new prototype brick that is made entirely of recycled plastic, though it is not yet available in stores.
This latest design is the first made from recycled material that has passed Lego’s strict quality, safety and play requirements. The previous several iterations were not durable enough to meet their standards. The company believes that it is finally on the way to making its products in a sustainable way.
The new prototype is made using polyethylene terephthalate (PET) which is taken from recycled bottles. Reportedly, Lego’s scientists and engineers tested over 250 variations of PET materials in addition to hundreds of other plastic formulations, before nailing down the aforementioned prototype.
A  one-liter plastic PET bottle yields, on average, enough material to make ten 2 x 4 Lego bricks.
Tim Brooks, Lego’s VP of environmental responsibility said that the company is “super excited about this breakthrough.” He added, “The biggest challenge on our sustainability journey is rethinking and innovating new materials that are as durable, strong and high quality as our existing bricks — and fit with LEGO elements made over the past 60 years. With this prototype, we’re able to showcase the progress we’re making.”
That being said, don’t rush to the toy store just yet. The next phase of testing is expected to take at least a year.”

Learn English with the News – Millennials Using Sicily’s €1 Homes

Millennials and houses? This has been a very difficult relationship, as new generations have found difficult job markets and even more difficult interest rates. But small towns all over Italy have been promoting 1 Euro homes, and one of the strongest demographics to take advantage of this initiative is surely the millennial generation! Watch the video and then do the accompanying English language exercises.

The news is a consistent source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery that never ceases to exist and always comes out with more and more material each day. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it is without a doubt a piece of your everyday routine that can’t go ignored.

Whether it is to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed, to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country, or simply hear about what is happening in other countries in order to compare them to what’s happening in yours, the news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

This is why Scrambled Eggs has decided to unite two of your biggest worlds: learning English and keeping up with what is happening in the world. We hope our challenging daily exercises, composed of listening, vocabulary and comprehension exercises in English, will satisfy both of those above worlds in a satisfactory and also entertaining way.

So enough about introductions, let’s get to today’s Learn English with the News topic:

Adapted from this article.

Now that you’ve had a listen, let’s put your knowledge to the test with some of our vocabulary and comprehension exercises:

Millennials Using Sicily’s €1 Homes | Definition Match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

Millennials Using Sicily’s €1 Homes | Fill in the Blank

Fill in the empty spaces with the correct word.

Millennials Using Sicily’s €1 Homes | True or False

Decide if the statement is true or false.

And that’s it for today’s English lesson, where you can improve your English with the news and current events. Do you have any comments or special requests for us for the next edition of Learn English with the News? Be sure to leave any feedback you have in the comments section below, as we would love to help you on your quest to learn the English language!

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Full Text:

“The Sicilian town of Cammarata first made headlines around the world with its €1 house schemes. More recently, the town has promised to waive the fee completely for people who want to begin a new life there. Most of the homes will be in need of extensive restoration, in the neighborhood of €60,000-€80,000. Smaller homes may go for around €5,000 and could be refurbished for as little as €20,000.
Unfortunately, there was one big problem. So many people applied for the scheme and without staff dedicated to the project, the town authorities were overwhelmed. No houses ended up being given away.
As the pandemic progressed throughout 2020, Cammarata’s younger generation started returning home with a plan to bring the city back to life. It was a year of reflection and reassessment for many peoples’ lives as they began moving out of the city and into the countryside, often working remotely, which helped pave the way.
The scheme is running a little differently in Cammarata than it is in other towns. While others are selling houses to anyone who wants to take them on, Cammarata is looking to build a real community. Those who volunteer will be asking would-be buyers about what they’re looking for, their plans for the home, and to tell them more about the town, and Sicily.
Some might worry that an influx of foreigners might change the culture of such a small town but cultural exchange has always been a crucial part of Sicily’s history. It has long been an island of migration. In the 60s and 70s, countless Sicilians had been forced to leave their island in search of work, a trend that continued until the pandemic.
Those returning to the city are only doing the same as those in the past. As smart-working becomes widespread, it becomes the perfect time to make a radical change.”

Giving Advice / Suggestions

There are many different ways to give advice in English, and the three main verbs we use are:

Advise
Suggest
Recommend

These come with varying levels of formality and structure…

Advise: This verb is the most formal, and is usually used in situations such as at the doctor’s office or talking with a teacher.
Suggest: We can use this to express an idea we have or even an opinion on a situation
Recommend: This verb is by far the most personal, and is used when talking from your own personal experience.

Each of these can be followed by a noun, a pronoun, or a gerund verb. Finally, the most advanced structure is the noun phrase, which signals the subjunctive mood.

Noun

Structure: recommend/suggest/advise + noun

Examples: My brother recommended the steak at this restaurant.
Everyone advises a thick coat for the winter, otherwise you’ll get sick.
I suggest a long sleep after your busy week!

 Pronoun

Structure: recommend/suggest/advise + pronoun

 Examples: I recommend he goes to the ER straight away!
My teacher advised me to submit my essay tonight.
His wife suggests we all go to their apartment for drinks tonight instead of the bar.

Gerund Verb

Structure: recommend/suggest/advise + gerund verb

Examples: I recommend quitting your job – you’re exhausted!
The professor advises writing this essay in the passive voice.
The tour guide suggested taking a trip to the island tomorrow.

Noun Phrase

Structure: recommend/suggest/advise + that + subject + base verb

Examples: The cashier recommended that she buy the purple shoes instead of the pink.
The vet advises that we walk the dog three times a day instead of two.
The librarian suggested that the students take out several books at once.

We can also remove ‘that’ from this structure and it means the same thing. This is more common in speaking or informal writing.

E.g. The vet advises we walk the dog three times a day instead of two.

Giving advice / suggestions exercise

Fill in the gaps with the correct word(s).