Directions Vocabulary Exercise

If you love to travel, asking for and giving directions is something you’ll definitely be familiar with! But the question is, do you know how to describe locations in English?

For example, if we look at the map below, we can see that the Chinese restaurant is between the bank and bookstore and opposite the grocery store. The grocery store is around the corner from the public restroom, and the newsstand is down the street from the bank.

If something is around the corner, it means they are not on the same street. You have to go around a corner to access it. However, if something is down the street, it is on the same street and you just have to keep going to find it.

If something is described as being between, it means it is in the middle of two objects or locations. Next to is used to describe something that is beside/alongside it. This is different to near, which is a more abstract concept, as it means something is merely in the vicinity.

Have a go at our quizzes and find out how well you know this essential vocabulary!

Key Vocabulary: BETWEEN – NEXT TO – AROUND THE CORNER FROM – DOWN THE STREET FROM – OPPOSITE

Directions | Fill in the Blank

Look at the map and fill in the gaps.

Directions | Fill in the Blank

Fill in the blanks with the correct word

Let us know in the comments how you scored – we’re sure you did a fantastic job! If you want to improve your English, why not check out our other blogs and quizzes? We cover a wide range of topics from beginners level to advanced, so there’s something for everyone!

Learn English with the News – Amazon Engineer Unveils App to Translate Your Cat’s Meow

Are you a cat lover who has always wanted to be able to decipher what your cat is saying? Well, A former Amazon engineer’s app is changing the way we interact with pets with this innovative, cutting-edge technology. We don’t know how accurate “Meowtalk” will be, but it will certainly be a fun trick to test on your cat!

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:

Amazon Engineer Unveils App to Translate Your Cat’s Meow | True or False

Decide if the statement is true or false.

Amazon Engineer Unveils App to Translate Your Cat’s Meow | Fill in the Blank

Fill the empty spaces with the proper words.

Amazon Engineer Unveils App to Translate Your Cat’s Meow | Definition Match

Match the words to the correct definitions.

Full Text:

“A former Amazon Alexa engineer has developed a brand-new app which aims to translate what your cat is saying. The app, ‘MeowTalk’, asks you to record the sound of your cat meowing and then attempts to understand the meaning.

As of now, there are 13 different phrases built-in to the app, including ‘feed me!’ and ‘I’m angry!’.

Researchers have found that cats do not actually speak in one common language, instead each meow is individual to its owner, and some cats ‘speak’ more than others. Due to this fact, the app does not rely on a database of sounds, but instead uses an AI which changes with every cat’s profile.

The cat owner will help the app by labelling each translation, meaning the AI will learn quicker.

For example, if your cat is meowing in the morning because it is hungry, you can record the sound in the app and label it ‘I’m hungry!’. The more people who use the app and the more often it is used, the better and more accurate it will become.

Eventually, the developers would like to create a smart-collar for your cat, which would instantly translate the meow, and a human voice would come out of the speaker.

Javier Sanchez, the program manager at the app developer (Akvelon) said:

“I think this is especially important now because, with all the social distancing that’s happening, you have people that are confined at home with … a significant other – this feline. This will enable them to communicate with their cat, or at least understand their cat’s intent, and build a very important connection.”

The app is available now for free, but some users are complaining of bugs. One user is receiving the translation ‘I’m in love!’ 90% of the time, and others are not able to access the service at all due to connection issues, but the app has an overall rating of 4.3/5 on the Google Play store, so it can’t be all bad!

Anita Kelsey, cat behaviourist and author of ‘Let’s Talk About Cats’, said:

“We will probably never be able to convert a cat’s meow into human words, but the app seems like fun and there’s no harm in having fun with your cat.”

Would you like to know what your cat is thinking?!”

Learn English with the News – Wombats’ Deadly Bums

Wombats, a fascinating species that outside of Australia is not very well-known. Recent research has shown some very peculiar uses for parts of the wombat’s body, because you can never stop learning, even if it’s about a wombat’s butt! 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:

Wombats' Deadly Bums | Fill in the blank

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

Wombats' Deadly Bums | Definition Match

Match the words to the correct definitions.

Wombat's Deadly Bums | True or False

Indicate which sentences are true and which ones are 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:

Australia is known for its strange and deadly wildlife, with plenty of attention given to venomous snakes and bird-eating spiders. But it seems one terrifying aspect of outback fauna has been thoroughly ignored: the wombat’s deadly bum. The rump of the wombat is hard as rock, used for defence, burrowing, bonding, mating and possibly violently crushing the skulls of its enemies against the roof of its burrow. Although the jury is still out on that one. The marsupials’ bums are made up of four plates fused together and surrounded by cartilage, fat, skin and fur. Alyce Swinbourne, an expert in wombat bottoms from the University of Adelaide, says wombats will use their backside to plug up their burrows, stopping predators entering and protecting softer areas of their anatomy. But Swinbourne is a little skeptical when it comes to the wombat’s most infamous bottom-based talent, crushing the skulls of foxes and dingos against the compacted dirt of their burrows. Fox skulls and bodies have been found outside the entrance to wombat burrows, often with the bones crushed, but Swinbourne says it’s unclear if the wombat deals the deadly blow. Swinbourne notes that adult wombats are not necessarily on the menu for foxes, their powerful defence mechanisms making them’ more effort than it’s worth. But bony bums aren’t just for self-defence. Especially for the more social varieties, such as the southern hairy-nosed wombat, bottoms are an integral part of friendship and love. Biting each other on the bottom is a vital flirtation technique. Swinbourne’s research into southern hairy-nosed wombat mating techniques – bum biting included – is now being used by the University of Queensland to develop artificial insemination technologies.”