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:

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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.”

A Brit in Italy: 5 Things we do in the UK that would be considered a sin in Italy

Italian and British culture are not exactly the same; let’s discover some of the most common differences with Beth !!!

  1. Cocktails with meals

Cocktail culture in the UK & USA is pretty famous all over the world, but we take it to an extent that every Italian would gasp in horror at. We drink pina coladas with steak, long island iced teas with carbonara, strawberry mojitos with hot-dogs… any combination you can think of, we probably do it! Coming to Italy, I’ve learnt that there are certain drinking rules, e.g., white wine with fish, beer with pizza, red wine with red meat. These were all new to me, but I promise I now abide by your ‘laws’!

 

  1. Going out with wet hair

The infamous colpo d’aria is spoken about every day around the country, but many don’t know that it’s just an old wives’ tale! Of course, if you are already sick and you expose yourself to the cold, it could make it worse. But there’s no evidence that suggests going outside with wet hair can produce a virus or bacteria… which is why in the UK, you’ll see many people outside with wet hair. Plus, it rains so often that you’re bound to end up soaking wet anyway!

 

  1. Walking barefoot everywhere

Although the UK is famous for its terrible weather, the country just doesn’t seem to be as dusty as Italy. It is extremely common for us to walk around the house with no shoes or socks on, especially as most of our rooms have carpets. Additionally, those who live in the countryside or who have gardens can walk around barefoot even outside! As a child I spent most of my time with no shoes on, but of course you shouldn’t expect to see people barefoot in public. I think we can all agree that those who take their shoes off on airplanes are the worst!

 

  1. Drinking coffee at all hours (including with dinner)

This one is no longer a shock to most Italians, but yes… we drink cappuccinos, lattes, macchiatos, every coffee you can think of at all times of the day! Irish coffees (hot coffee with cream and whisky) are very popular after dinner, and it’s normal for us to have coffee with meals. This of course includes the full English breakfast, but I think you can let us off the hook for that one!

 

  1. Not saying hello/goodbye to everyone

When entering or leaving a party in the UK, we usually just say a sweeping hello/goodbye to the room, or to anyone who needs to know where we are. In Italy, however, I’ve learnt that it’s rude to leave someone out when greetings are involved. Hugs and kisses must be given to everyone! If you visit the UK, feel free to pull an Irish exit… we promise we won’t mind!

 

A Brit in Italy || Vocabulary

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

Four Ways to Describe a Photograph

We see hundreds of photographs every day. Whether it’s on social media or in advertisements; photos are a huge part of our lives. They allow us to document special moments, educate about current events and communicate emotions. Photos have started revolutions and helped to overthrow dictators. They also allow us to relive our favorite memories and see people who may no longer be with us. It is useful to be able to describe the technical aspects of a photograph.

 

Foreground v Background

When you want to describe something in a photograph, you may need to indicate if it is in the foreground or the background. The foreground the part of the image that is closer to you, and the background is the the part that is far away.

“In the foreground there are four men walking.”

“In the background there is a long street with cars parked on the sides of the road.”

The Beatles’ Road Into History on Abbey Road, Iain Macmillan

Color or Greyscale/Black&White

Most photos are taken either in Color or in Greyscale (also known as “black and white”). In the past, it was only possible to make photos in greyscale. Today, whether a photo is in color or greyscale is an artistic choice.

“This photo of the Hindenburg disaster is in greyscale.”

“Today most photos are taken in color.”

The Hindenburg Disaster, Sam Shere 1937

Landscape (horizontal) or Portrait (vertical)

The terms “portrait” and “landscape” can describe the subject of a photo: “portrait” meaning that it is a photo of a person and “landscape” meaning it is a photo of a natural scene. However, these terms can also be used to describe the orientation of a photo. A photo take horizontally is in “landscape orientation” and a photo taken vertically is in “portrait orientation”.

“This photo is in portrait orientation.”

“If you take a photo of a mountain, it will probably be in landscape orientation.”

Dorothea Lange | Migrant Mother | 1936

Natural or Artificial Lighting

Lighting is the most important factor in photography! “Photography” literally means “the study of light”. So the type of light the photographer uses is very important and can change the mood and quality of the photo. A photographer may use “natural light,” meaning light from the sun, or “The photographer used artificial lighting.”

“Landscape photos are almost always made with natural light.”

 

Moon and Half Dome, Yosemite, California. Ansel Adams. 1960