• An iPod worth $8 billion? English Listening Exercise

    I think one of the hardest things understand in English, or in any language you are learning, is humor, and especially more subtle humor, like sarcasm. When using sarcastic humor, we often say the opposite of what we mean, or believe, in an attempt to make it look ridiculous. Cues like the tone of the person’s voice and their word choice are often the only way to understand that the speaker is using sarcasm.

    In the TED video below, comedian Rob Reid shows how silly some of the numbers were that movie and music industry representatives used recently to support anti-piracy laws in the U.S. and Europe.

    As you are watching the video below, try to notice the moment when it becomes clear that Reid is being sarcastic (hint: listen to the crowd).

    I think some _________ and ________ reasoning could really bring a great ____ to the debate.

    How does he show that the Motion Picture Association of America’s claim that the economy loses $58 billion per year to piracy is ridiculous?

    Music revenues are down by about $8 billion dollars a year since Napster ____ on the ____.

    So this small missing _____ here is ________.

    Why does the audience laugh when he says the above line and shows them the chart?

    How does he mock the job numbers?

    This is just one of the many ____ _______ statistics have to ___ ____ everyday.

    What little _______ wouldn’t want a million and a half _____ worth of stolen _____ in his pocket?

    How many dollars worth of music can a iPod classic hold?

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