English4Gamers – Episode 5 – Prince of Persia

We published the 5th episode of English4Gamers. Here you can find the episode with a vocabulary list and interactive quiz:

English4Gamers - Episode 5 - Prince of Persia - Listening activity - free english materials for you

If you want to watch the episode without taking the quiz: Richard Retro . I suggest that before watching it you read the vocabulary list:

VOCABULARY LIST - episode 5 - English4Gamers - Free English Materials For You - Prince Of Persia (4)

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VOCABULARY LIST - episode 5 - English4Gamers - Free English Materials For You - Prince Of Persia (5)

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Burning Millions’ Worth of Illegal Ivory

I suggest that you read the vocabulary list before watching the video ;-):

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VOCABULARY

TUSK => a very long, large tooth that sticks out of the mouth of an animal (such as an elephant, walrus, or boar)

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TO GO UP IN SMOKE => to burn up completely

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STOCKPILE => a large supply of something that is kept for future use

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TO TORCH => to set fire to (something, such as a building) deliberately : to cause (something) to burn
TRADE => the activity or process of buying, selling, or exchanging goods or services
STUNT => something that is done to get attention or publicity
TO BAN => to forbid, to prohibit; to say that something cannot be used or done
TO POACH => to hunt or fish illegally

“Blinding” – British slang

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Example sentences from the web:

  • I was waiting for a blinding revelation that never came.
  • He showed a blinding display of skills.

“Blinding” in the news: The Blinding Success Of The Lumineers

 

“For good” – English idiom

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Example sentences from the web:

  • Marcus: “When is Lucy coming back?”
    Brenda: “She is not coming back. She is gone for good.”
  • His severe injury ended his career for good.
  • I was afraid you had disappeared for good.

 

 

A brief history of video games (part 1) – Safwat Saleem – video + fill in the gaps exercise

VOCABULARY

  • Interface: a system that is used for operating a computer.

  • To spread: to become known by many people.
    Ex. The news spread quickly.

  • Patent: an official document that gives a person or computer the right to be the only one that makes or sells a product for a certain period of time.

  • Mouthful (US): something said that has a lot of meaning or importance.

  • To wonder: to want to know something or to try to understand the reason for something.
    Ex. I wonder if she’ll call him.

  • Release: the act of making something available to the public.
    Ex. The release of her article for publication is scheduled for tomorrow.

  • Hit: success
    Ex. The song is a hit.

  • To heat up: to increase or become more active or intense.

  • To feature: to include someone or something as an important part.
    Ex. I consider the measures featured in the report to be insufficient.

  • To kick off: to begin, to get started.
    Ex. The game kicks off at 2:00.

  • Milestone: an important event in the development or history of something or in someone’s life.
    Ex. Your poem will be a milestone in the literature of your Country.

  • Damsel in distress (old-fashioned): a young woman who is not married and needs to be rescued.

  • Sales: the number of items sold.

  • Merely: only, just.
    Ex. It was merely a suggestion.

Downloadable PDF file: A brief history of videogames (part 1) – Vocabulary

Here you can watch this video with subtitles: Ted Ed

Fill in the gaps in the following sentences with the correct form of the words from the vocabulary list written above:

  1. In 1972, Bear’s idea to get video games out of the science lab and into the living room led to the _____________ of a game console called Odyssey.

  2. A video game is an electronic game that has an ______________ designed for human interaction on a video device.

  3. Space Invaders also helped ____________ what is known as the Golden Age of Arcade Games.

  4. In fact, the earliest U.S. video game ______________ on record was in 1948, and at the time it was referred to as a cathode-ray tube amusement device. That’s a ______________ !

  5. This all changed when a man named Ralph Baer looked at his television screen and ______________ how else it might be used.

  6. By 1978, competition between Atari and another game company called Midway was _______________.

  7. While arcade games continued to decline in ________________ over the years, the popularity of video games was ________________ beginning […].

  8. By 1980, color came to arcade games, and this was also the year that another video gaming _________________ was born.

  9. It was an immediate ___________________ and it’s credited as the first commercially successful video game.

  10. Video games are used by scientists, the military, and people like you, and their evolution has ________________ across arcades, consoles, computers, smartphones, and all kind of other electronics.

  11. It was released in 1987 and, like Donkey Kong, it ___________________ a _______________________ storyline, a storyline common in many video games.

Downloadable PDF file: A brief history of videogames (part 1) – Fill in the gaps exercise with answers

Answers: 

1) Release; 2) interface; 3) kick off; 4) patent; mouthful; 5) wondered; 6) heating up; 7) sales; merely; 8) milestone; 9) hit; 10) spread; 11) featured; damsel in distress.

 

WEIRD – What does it mean?

Meaning of weird - Free English Materials For You

Example sentences from the web:

  • Her boyfriend’s a bit weird but she’s nice. (meaning 1)

  • We heard some weird sounds outside! We are scared now! (meaning 2)

  • But something weird definitely happened here. (meaning 2)

  • He stayed home on a Friday night?!? That’s weird(meaning 1)

Visual Thesaurus

Visual thesaurus - Weird - synonyms visual thesaurus weird

 

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Some weird auditions on 

America’s & Britain’s Got Talent 

Weird news on Metro: http://metro.co.uk/news/weird/