We asked Annette (Scottish accent) to talk to us about her WordPress blog called Tiny Texts. She describes what a Tiny Text is. She explains why they are so short and she shares the motivation behind creating them.
Play the interview and try to listen for the following expressions:
- Or rather – to some degree or extent
- Headlines – the title written in large letters over a story in the newspaper
- And so on – continuing in the same way
- Bombarded – attacked constantly
- Take in – assimilate
- A quick fix – a fast & convenient solution
- It helps me out – it makes it easier
- Check out – look at something interesting
- Where is Annette from?
- Is it necessary to spend hours studying English according to Annette?
- Does she have difficulty finding people to read the news?
View the Transcript for the answers: What are Tiny Texts?
Here is a link to Annette’s Blog Tiny Texts in English
Did you notice that Annette uses the word “Well” right before she answers a question. It doesn’t really have a meaning when used like this. It’s a kind of interjection or filler (intercalare in Italian). She uses it to pause, catch her breath or think of what she has to say next. Is it correct to use it if it doesn’t really have any meaning? Well, of course it is!
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