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LEVEL A.2 - B.1

It is unclear how the Academy Award of Merit came to be known as the Oscar. The most popular story is that an Academy librarian (and later: executive director), Margaret Herrick thought that the statuette looked like her uncle Oscar. After she mentioned this fact, the Academy members began calling the award "Oscar" informally. This nickname became official in 1939.

The current Oscar statuette is made of gold-plated britannium, a metal alloy, stands 13.5 inches tall and weighs 8.5 pounds. The base of the statuette is metal.

Probably the most embarrassing Oscar Moment took place in 1934, when the presenter announced the Best Picture Award winner by saying 'Come and get it Frank!.' Frank Capra jumped up and started walking towards the scene exclaiming 'Over here, I'm over here!' before he realised that the winner was Frank Lloyd, the director of Cavalcade. Capra claimed he would never come to an Oscar ceremony again, but he returned a year later and won the Best Picture Award for his film It Happened One Night.

Can you fill in the gaps in the Language Note below using words from the text?

Language Note:

.................., noun                     prize

merit, noun                              value, advantage

librarian, noun                        a person working in the place where you can borrow books

mention, verb                         to say, bring up, reveal

.................., noun                     an informal name used usually by friends different from your official name

current, noun                          present, modern, contemporary

gold-plated, adj.                      covered or coated with gold

alloy, noun                               a metal that is a mixture of two or more metals

.................., noun                      ca. 2,5 centimetres

embarrassing, adj.                making you feel ashamed or shy

announce, verb                      to make known,  publicize

.................., adv.                       in the direction of

exclaim, verb                         to call out, shout

realise, verb                           to understand, become conscious

claim, verb                              to say, declare

                                                                                                                                         

answers:

award, nickname, inch, in the direction of

 

LEVEL B1.5 - B.2

Though the actual story of how the Academy Award of Merit came to be known as "Oscar" is unclear, the most popular story has been that an Academy librarian, Margaret Herrick believed it looked a lot like her uncle Oscar. After she made that observation, the Academy staff began calling the award 'Oscar.' The Academy didn't officially use the nickname until 1939. The Oscar statuette was designed by an MGM art director Cedric Gibbons. The figure of a knight standing on a reel of film, hands gripping a sword, hasn't changed since its initial design.

The most embarrassing Oscar moment was the 1934 incident, when the presenter, Will Rogers announced that the winner of the Best Picture Prize was Frank, but did not clarify if it was Frank Lloyd or Frank Capra:

'Well, well, well what do you know. I've watched this young man for a long time. Saw him come up from the bottom, and I mean the bottom. It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. Come and get it, Frank!' - Will Rogers (referring to Frank Lloyd)
'Over here, I'm over here!' - Frank Capra (thinking it was him)
'...the longest, saddest, most shattering walk in my life,' said Frank Capra afterwards.

A year later, when Frank Capra did get an Oscar for his film It Happened One Night, the presenter,
Irvin Cobb called: 'Come and get it Frank!' referring to Frank Capra this time.

Can you fill in the gaps in the Language Note below using words from the text?

Language Note:

.................., adj.                     real, authentic

merit, noun                           value, advantage

.................., noun                   remark, comment

nickname, noun                   an informal name used usually by friends different from your official name

knight, noun                          a noble warrior from the past

reel, noun                               a roll, spool

grip, verb                                to hold tight, clutch

sword, noun                           a kind of weapon with a long sharp blade

.................., adj.                        original, primary

clarify, verb                             to make something clear

.................., verb                       to talk about

shattering, adj.                       catastrophic, devastating

.................., adv.                       later, after that

                                                                                                                             

answers:

actual, observation, initial, refer to, afterwards

 

LEVEL C1

The first Academy Awards ceremony was held in May 1929. It was a quiet affair compared to the glamour and glitz that accompanies the ceremonies of today. The statuettes presented to the first Academy Awards winners were nearly identical to those handed out today. Sculpted by George Stanley, The Academy Award of Merit (Oscar's official name) was a knight, made of solid bronze, holding a sword and standing upon a reel of film. The current Oscar statuette is made of gold-plated britannium,
a metal alloy, stands 13.5 inches tall and weighs 8.5 pounds.

The most embarrassing Oscar moment was the 1934 incident, when the presenter, Will Rogers announced that the winner of the Best Picture prize was Frank, but did not clarify which Frank:

'Well, well, well what do you know. I've watched this young man for a long time. Saw him come up from the bottom, and I mean the bottom. It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. Come and get it, Frank!' - Will Rogers (referring to Frank Lloyd)
'Over here, I'm over here!' - Frank Capra (thinking it was him)
'...the longest, saddest, most shattering walk in my life,' said Frank Capra afterwards.

One of the most entertaining Oscar speeches was made by Roberto Benigni in 1999, when he swept the board with his masterpiece, Life is Beautiful. He started the ceremony by aping around shouting 'Thank you! Thank you! I want to be rocked by the waves of your love!' when presented with the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. He followed up with a collection of the Best Actor Oscar, 'This must be a mistake because I've used up all my English,' he cried 'I would like to be Jupiter and kidnap everybody and lie down in the ground making love to everybody - because I don't know how to express - it's a question of love.'

Can you fill in the gaps in the Language Note below using words from the text?

Language Note:

.................., noun                 special exciting attractiveness of a person, place or event

glitz, noun                            fashionable appearance attracting attention

merit, noun                          value, advantage

.................., noun                  a noble warrior from the past d

sword, noun                        a kind of weapon with a long sharp blade

reel, noun                             a roll, spool

.................., noun                   a metal that is a mixture of two or more metals

.................., verb                     to talk about

shattering, adj.                      catastrophic, devastating

.................., verb phrase         to win everything that is available

.................., phrasal verb        to finish a supply of something

                                                                                                                                                                  

answers:

glamour, knight, alloy, refer to, sweep the board, use up

 

 





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Lesson 214: MATHEMATICS IN ENGLISH
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Lesson 212: NEW YEAR`S RESOLUTIONS
Lesson 211: WHO IS SANTA CLAUS?
Lesson 210: A SOCIAL EXPERIMENT
Lesson 209: THE RULES OF SARCASM
Lesson 208: DO YOU KNOW WHY?
Lesson 207: THE WAYS TO GET SMARTER
Lesson 206: TELEPHONING
Lesson 205: HUNTING FOR WORDS (2)
Lesson 204: HUNTING FOR WORDS
Lesson 203: BUSINESS WISDOM IN PHRASAL VERB
Lesson 202: TIME
Lesson 201: ALL ABOUT BEER.... TO PREPARE FOR OCTOBERFEST
Lesson 200: TIPS FOR A TRAVELLING BUSINESSMAN
Lesson 199: FANTASTIC ANIMAL FACTS
Lesson 198: CONTAINERS (FOOD)
Lesson 197: FAST FOOD BLUES
Lesson 196: MALE AND FEMALE LANGUAGE
Lesson 195: LOOKING LEFT, THINKING RIGHT ?
Lesson 194: ENGLISH SPELLING SIMPLIFIED
Lesson 193: FOOTBALL FRENZY!
Lesson 192: FACEBOOK STORY
Lesson 191: TOP TIPS FOR GIVING PRESENTATIONS
Lesson 190: SECRETS OF SLEEPERS
Lesson 189: YOUR USE OF PRONOUNS REVEALS YOUR PERSONALITY
Lesson 188: DON`T WORRY, BE HAPPY
Lesson 187: MANAGING STRESS
Lesson 186: HORACE AND ROGER`S HR CHATS - THE CONFERENCE
Lesson 185: HORACE AND ROGER`S HR CHATS - CONFLICT
Lesson 184: HORACE AND ROGER`S HR CHATS - THE GENERATION GAP
Lesson 183: HORACE AND ROGER`S HR CHATS - WHAT`S THE POINT OF HR?
Lesson 182: HORACE AND ROGER`S HR CHATS - PHILOSOPHICALLY SPEAKING
Lesson 181: HORACE AND ROGER`S HR CHATS - ACCRUED HOLIDAYS
Lesson 180: HORACE AND ROGER`S HR CHATS - CALIBRATING POTENTIAL
Lesson 179: HORACE AND ROGER`S HR CHATS - SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL
Lesson 178: HORACE AND ROGER`S HR CHATS - BUSINESS PARTNERING
Lesson 177: HORACE AND ROGER`S HR CHATS - NEW YEAR`S RESOLUTIONS
Lesson 176: HORACE AND ROGER`S HR CHATS - SPHERICAL OBJECTS
Lesson 175: HORACE AND ROGER`S HR CHATS - THE COMMUNICATION PLAN
Lesson 174: HORACE AND ROGER`S HR CHATS - TRAINING OR TRAININGS?
Lesson 173: HORACE AND ROGER`S HR CHATS - A MATTER OF POLICY
Lesson 172: A LONG COLD WINTER
Lesson 171: HORACE AND ROGER`S HR CHATS - TOILET TALK
Lesson 170: HORACE AND ROGER`S HR CHATS - THE NEW BOSS
Lesson 169: HORACE AND ROGER`S HR CHATS - ANGER MANAGEMENT
Lesson 168: HORACE AND ROGER`S HR CHATS - MOBBING AND BULLYING
Lesson 167: HORACE AND ROGER`S HR CHATS - WORD TRANSFORMATIONS
Lesson 166: CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF
Lesson 165: HORACE AND ROGER`S HR CHATS - TOP DOG
Lesson 164: HORACE AND ROGER`S HR CHATS - A SOURCE OF CONFUSION
Lesson 163: HORACE AND ROGER`S HR CHATS - TO BE OR NOT TO BE (AT WORK)
Lesson 162: MEET PETE - E27 - HOW TO TELL THEM APART
Lesson 161: GONE TO THE DOGS
Lesson 160: MEET PETE - E26 - SAVE THE DAY
Lesson 159: COUNTING SHEEP
Lesson 158: HOLIDAY TIME
Lesson 157: Meet Pete – E25 – A Question of Taste
Lesson 156: Meet Pete – E24 – Don’t be a jerk
Lesson 155: THE WALLS HAVE EARS
Lesson 154: FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Lesson 153: Meet Pete – E22 – The New Game Plan
Lesson 152: HERE COMES THE SUMMER
Lesson 151: Meet Pete – E23 – Succession Meeting
Lesson 150: I TAKE IT ALL BACK
Lesson 149: MEET PETE - E21 - ABOUT ONE VERY SERIOUS THING
Lesson 148: CHARACTER
Lesson 147: MEET PETE - E20 - IN THE RED
Lesson 146: A WINTER OF DISCONTENT
Lesson 145: MEET PETE - E19 - JUDGE A MAN BY HIS QUESTIONS
Lesson 144: SPRING IS IN THE AIR
Lesson 143: LANGUAGE REFRESHER – IDIOMS
Lesson 142: DO YOU GET IT?
Lesson 141: MEET PETE - E16 - EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT
Lesson 140: A ONE HORSE RACE
Lesson 139: MEET PETE - AN INTERVIEW WITH THE CEO
Lesson 138: BAD DEBTS
Lesson 137: EUPHEMISMS
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Lesson 135: AND? - EXPRESSIONS WITH AND
Lesson 134: Meet Pete – 5 Whys
Lesson 133: The Morning After The Night Before
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Lesson 131: A LETTER TO SANTA
Lesson 130: Meet Pete - E12 - It never rains but it pours
Lesson 129: Body idioms
Lesson 128: Meet Pete – Don’t put your fingers in too many pies.
Lesson 127: USING NEGATIVE QUESTIONS TO PERSUADE
Lesson 126: MEET PETE - E10 - THE POLYMATH
Lesson 125: PARTIAL AGREEMENT
Lesson 124: MEET PETE - E09 - ROLE AMBIGUITY
Lesson 123: EVERYTHING IS SUBJECTIVE
Lesson 122: MEET PETE – E08 – GALLUP 12 QUESTIONS
Lesson 121: THE OFFICE - WORK RELATED IDIOMS
Lesson 120: THE BLUES AND OTHER COLOURS
Lesson 119: LANGUAGE REFRESHER – PERSUADING – Part two
Lesson 118: LANGUAGE REFRESHER – PERSUADING – Part one
Lesson 117: HR - but what brand?
Lesson 116: Love your job, hate your boss?
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Lesson 114: IDIOM REFRESHER - SPORTS IDIOMS - Part four
Lesson 113: IDIOM REFRESHER - SPORTS IDIOMS - Part three
Lesson 112: LANGUAGE REFRESHER - FEEDBACK AND APPRAISALS – Part one
Lesson 111: A LOAD OF BALLS
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Lesson 109: IDIOM REFRESHER - Sports idioms
Lesson 108: Meet Pete – Episode 07 – WHAT’S YOUR GAFFER LIKE?
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Lesson 105: Meet Pete - Episode Six – Fight or flight
Lesson 104: DON’T YOU THINK...?
Lesson 103: Meet Pete - Episode Five - Meet Pete – First Blood
Lesson 102: SMALL TALK - Part 3
Lesson 101: Meet Pete - Episode Four - Meeting deadlines
Lesson 100: SMALL TALK - Part 2
Lesson 99: SMALL TALK - Part 1
Lesson 98: Meet Pete - Episode Three - On The Grapevine
Lesson 97: Advertising slogans
Lesson 96: Emphasis!
Lesson 95: Meet Pete – Episode Two – The Secret of Small Talk
Lesson 94: Job or Work?
Lesson 93: Meet Pete - Episiode two - Names
Lesson 92: Meet Pete - Episode one
Lesson 91: Weasel Words
Lesson 90: BETTER LATE THAN NEVER
Lesson 89: Vague Language
Lesson 88: Making Predictions
Lesson 87: Tact
Lesson 86: Christmas
Lesson 85: The Christmas Party
Lesson 84: Are you being taken for a ride?
Lesson 83: A dead-end job
Lesson 82: Oblivion
Lesson 81: Trust your senses!
Lesson 80: Stress is tricky!
Lesson 79: What is stress?
Lesson 78: How not to make a fuss in autumn
Lesson 77: Holiday leave
Lesson 76: Belbin team roles
Lesson 75: These are my personal attributes - honestly!
Lesson 74: Managing time
Lesson 73: Engaging with customers by accessing emotions
Lesson 72: Meetings, meetings and more meetings!
Lesson 71: Giving performance feedback
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Lesson 69: Conflict at work
Lesson 68: Caught napping
Lesson 67: Love is in the air
Lesson 66: The power of persuasion
Lesson 65: Winning negotiations
Lesson 64: Happy Easter
Lesson 63: Brain Teasers
Lesson 62: Sam Goldwyn
Lesson 61: Funny signs
Lesson 60: Oscars
Lesson 59: Language Generation Gap
Lesson 58: The Pareto Principle
Lesson 57: Tact
Lesson 56: Rhyming Slang
Lesson 55: St Valentine’s Day - origin and customs
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Lesson 53: Stupidity
Lesson 52: Money jokes
Lesson 51: New Year in Madeira
Lesson 50: Christmas pantomime
Lesson 49: It’s party time!
Lesson 48: Bad Translations
Lesson 47: Proverbs
Lesson 46: Financial Puzzles
Lesson 45: Children
Lesson 44: Halloween
Lesson 43: Food crossword
Lesson 42: Tongue twisters
Lesson 41: Business inspiration quotes
Lesson 40: Political metaphors
Lesson 39: Colours
Lesson 38: Business Wisdom
Lesson 37: A poem
Lesson 36: Making and Spending money
Lesson 35: The Taste of Italy
Lesson 34: The SLOW Movement
Lesson 33: Construction
Lesson 32: Safe Internet Shopping
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Lesson 30: SPEAK YOUR MIND Say what you really think!
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Lesson 28: Full English Breakfast
Lesson 27: London Underground
Lesson 26: Loan Words
Lesson 25: Elements
Lesson 24: Business Etiquette
Lesson 23: PUNS
Lesson 22: Fables
Lesson 21: Work Proverbs
Lesson 20: Riddles
Lesson 19: Whodunit?
Lesson 18: Language of chatrooms
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Lesson 4: The Pareto Principle
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Lesson 2: Business & Psychology
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