Micro-listening #23

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Micro-listenings are quick dictations and drills to help you develop your listening skills.

Listen as many times as you need to, and try to fill in as many gaps as you can.


This clip is from an episode of the No Such Thing as a Fish podcast, which is a fascinating and very funny podcast in which the 4 presenters share interesting facts that they have discovered during the week.


Other - the speaker was born in Hong Kong, moved to Australia when he was 12 and then to the UK when he was 19!).


The speaker is describing a study carried out by a Japanese bank, exploring the impact that the weather can have on employee effectiveness. The theory is that good weather has a negative impact as it is more likely to distract you from your work. Do you agree?

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, $ .
The great if it's a when it's , $ is what have made if it raining.
The is so great if it's a sunny day when it's rainy, that $ is what they have made if it was raining.

About the extract

...if it was continuously raining...

If you have studied conditionals, then you might remember that technically we are supposed to use 'were' instead of 'was' when we are talking about the hypothetical present (e.g. If I were you, I would look for a new job).

In reality, it is very common for native speakers to ignore this rule and use 'was' in second conditional structures. Don't be surprised or confused if you hear it - just remember that the rules of spoken English are always much more flexible and complex than the rules of written English.

However, for students I always advise following the strict rule (and use 'were') just to be safe.


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