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.”

Cockney Rhyming Slang

When you visit London, you might overhear people talking like this and feel extremely confused. However, don’t despair! You haven’t lost your ability to understand the English language. Yes, we did teach you real English at Scrambled Eggs!

This is ‘Cockney rhyming slang’, an English dialect that originated in the capital city during the early 19thcentury. Although it is rarely used day-to-day in contemporary times but it remains a unique part of London’s history and culture.

The word ‘Cockney’ originated as a pejorative term for Londoners in the 14thcentury but nowadays generally refers to a native or long-time resident of the city. Traditionally this has been defined as someone who was born within earshot (three to six miles distance) of the bells at the St. Mary-le-Bow church in London’s East-End.

Cockney rhyming slang’ developed in the slums of London and was used by the poorest social classes as a flamboyant form of expression and to converse in code. It was also a useful mode of communication for criminals wanting to evade the law! It has since come to be viewed as a language of the people and a symbol of the city of London.

The dialect combines common words and cultural references into rhymes and non-sensical phrases to form a new vocabulary. Often the second word in a rhyme will sound like the word it intends to mean. Perhaps one of the most famous is ‘apples and pears’, which means ‘stairs’. Sometimes, a part of the phrase is used to convey meaning. For example, ‘butcher’s hook’, which means ‘look’ can be used as ‘have a butcher’s’, which means to inspect something.

So how does a listener understand what a speaker is saying? Well, you have to learn the definitions of Cockney phrases and rhymes by heart. With that in mind, ‘let’s have a butcher’s’ at some useful Cockney rhyming slang for your next trip to London.


Cockney Rhyming Slang | Match

Match the Cockney phrases with their definitions.

So how did you score?

0-2 correct – ‘Please sir, can I take the test again?’

3-4 correct – ‘Pretty Polly’

5 correct – ‘Cor, blimey guv’nor!’

Cockney Rhyming Slang | True or False

Decide if the statement is true or false.