First, here is the answer to the last [Listening] episode.

…..The keynote, which will be held at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California, starts at 10 a.m.

I guess many of you just learned a new word!

Anyway, congratulations on these three blessed guys who gave the correct spelling ahead of anyone else! (Anonymous users aren’t counted)

Here comes the practice for today. Please LISTEN PATIENTLY. And the question goes to two words I have blanked in the script below.


Scientists have revealed that air pollution may be responsible for a significant reduction in intelligence. Research conducted for the World Health Organization (WHO) in China showed that air pollution was responsible for notable falls in student test scores for languages and arithmetic.

The Chinese study is called, “The impact of ???(one word missing) to air pollution on cognitive performance“. It was published in a journal called, “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences“. The study took place over a period of four years.

Researchers analyzed verbal and arithmetic tests taken by 20,000 people of all ages. They said: “Polluted air may impede ???(one word missing) ability as people become older.”

Researchers say their study is a warning to the rest of the world, especially to those who live in cities. The WHO says over 91 per cent of the world population live in areas with toxic air. Air pollution is currently the fourth highest cause of deaths worldwide.

The researchers discovered that the longer people were exposed to polluted air, the greater was the damage to their intelligence. They equated the impact of air pollution to losing a year’s worth of education. For those aged over 60, this could be the equivalent of several years of lost education. Researcher Dr Xi Chen warned: “There is no shortcut to solve this issue. Governments really need to take concrete measures to reduce air pollution.”

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