Adults: 6 Minute English - Elevators

  • 2015.10.21 Wednesday
  • 14:35

Going up? How awkward is a ride in a lift?

The everyday lift – or elevator – is a very useful invention with a fascinating history. But it has led to some modern day irritations for people who use them. Rob and Neil discuss awkwardness in lifts and what can be done to overcome it. There'll also be teaching some related vocabulary and phrases.

Listen to the audio by clicking here 

 

Vocabulary

came into their own
reached a position of dominance

elevators (US)
lifts (UK)

elevate
raise or improve

blocks of flats
large buildings containing apartments

there's more to lifts than meets the eye
lifts are more complex than at first sight

awkwardness
the state of feeling uneasy

delve into
look at an issue closely

largely 
on the whole

slimmer
thinner

enhance
improve

Muzak
non-stop, pre-recorded – usually boring - music
 

This week's question 

Which country has the most lifts? Is it ...

a) The USA?

b) Italy?

c) China?

You can check your answer by checking the transcript here

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