100 Years Of English practice
This weeks short English practice podcast lesson talks about a centenarian (someone who has lived for 100 years, a century). Just imagine all the English practice this person has had throughout their lives. English language is changing all the time and when this person was born in 1918 the first world war was just ending. The English used in 1918 is so different to that in use around Britain today even native British English speakers must learn new phrases and vocabulary to keep up.
This podcast lesson also talks about the English language used for percentages and fractions. You might ask why would I ever need to learn English fractions? If you asked what the time is in the UK today almost, everyone would use a fraction to tell you the time. Half past 10, a quarter to 11, etc. Percentages are important too, nearly all the shops will show price discounts as percentages and someone might say “Wow I got 50% off my shopping today”.
So a fascinating English practice podcast talking about being a 100 years old and what that means for you in the UK. The English language you would use when talking about fractions and percentages.
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So last weekend, I visited my home town in the North of England, to attend a 100th birthday party. One of my aunties was 100 years old. We are a big family and my mum had five older brothers and one younger brother, and so the ages are very spread out, in case you’re wondering how old that makes me! I am by far the youngest of the 17 cousins in the family! So, if you need a reminder about words for family members, your ‘mum’ is your mother, your ‘dad’ is your father and your ‘aunt’ or ‘aunty’ is your mum or your dad’s sister, or as in my case, the wife of your mum’s brother.
An aunty could also be the wife of your dad’s brother. And in 2018, I guess ‘aunty’ could also be the wife of your mum or dad’s sister too – or that’s certainly the case in the UK. And a ‘cousin’? Well that’s the son or daughter of your aunt or uncle.
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So everyone in the UK gets a signed card from Queen Elizabeth on their 100th birthday, with the queen’s photograph on the front. On my aunty’s card was a photo of the queen in a blue hat and coat. Some of my cousins were trying to see whether the signature – the name signed on the card - was real. But I think that unlikely.
There will be too many people turning 100 each day for Queen Elizabeth, herself aged 92 years to be signing that many cards. It would be a bit of a pain, I think, every day! There was also a signed letter from Esther McVeigh from the government, the Department of Work and Pensions, congratulating my aunty on reaching 100.
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And this aunty is not the first or only aunty of mine to reach 100 years of age. We have been to a party previously for another aunty who reached 100. So that made me wonder how many people reach the age of 100 years in the UK? Well in 2017, there were 14,430 people aged 100 years or more living in the UK.
That might sound a lot, but in fact, it’s only 0.02% of the population. So your chances of living to 100 are still fairly slim. When you say ‘a fairly slim chance’ of something happening, that means it’s not likely, it’s not commonplace. There are over half a million people over 90 years old however, so more people are living longer.
And the country with the most people who live to 100 years? Well, this is probably quite a well-known fact, so you’ve probably guessed! Japan is the country with the most people living that long – with nearly 68,000 people over 100 in 2017. That’s more like 0.053% of the population, so even in Japan, it’s pretty rare.
If you think of my aunty though, she was born in 1918, of course, so just at the end of the First World War. That’s a lot of changes to have seen in the world during your lifetime. So Happy Birthday Aunty Jenny – and well done for reaching such a great age.
Enough for now. Have a lovely day. Speak to you again soon. Goodbye.
I know this weeks podcast is really about English practice but being a 100 years old is something special. I know we have included some YouTube videos to help you see what the UK looked like in 1918, but can you ever imagine that horses were still a main form of transport in the capital city of London? The English language used in those days would be unrecognisable today. Amazing that people lived through two world wars to see the bad times and the good times.
Remember that I mean this podcast to be interesting to help you stay interested in listening to it many times. The more you listen to the audio the more English practice your brain gets. Soon your brain will store the English language used in this podcast ready for you to be using automatically in your future English conversations.
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