B.E.L.L. Tips – Robots

B.E.L.L. Tips – Robots

Issue #66

English Tips for:

Business English Language Learners (B.E.L.L.)


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Are they cute or scary? Will they be helpful or wipe out humanity? Hollywood has pondered this question through many different films over the ages. It is inevitable that robots will become a more substantial part of our lives in the near future. They already vacuum our floors, mow the lawn and deliver food. So is this something we should embrace or something we should slow down?

Famous Movie Robots

Language Level A1

Match the robot to his movie title:

Grammar Tip

Language Level C1

Used to/Get used to/Be used to

A continuation of last week’s tip:

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Complete the sentences with used to/Get used to/Be used to:

  1. My grandmother _______ (write) by hand, but not now.
  2. Bob is very busy now. He _________(not be) so busy.
  3. It’s my first job. I’ll have ______(work) regular hours.
  4. Before going to England Tom ______ (drive) on the left.
  5. As a boy Max _____ (ride) a bicycle to school.
  6. They find our food tasteless. They _______ (eat) spicy food.
  7. Computers _____ (be) expensive. Now the prices have dropped.
  8. English is used a lot in business. We ______ (speak) it..
  9. As a child I ____ (spend) a lot of time with my grandparents.
  10. I thought I would never ________ (live) in New York.

Reading Tip

Language Level B2

Robots are usually machines controlled by a computer program or electronic circuitry. They may be directly controlled by humans. They may be designed to look like humans, in which case their behavior may suggest intelligence or thought. Most robots do a specific job, and they do not look like humans. They can come in many forms.

Finish reading the article here: Robot facts for kids


Language Level B2

Science and technology phrases:

  1. Digital age – The period in history marked by the widespread adoption of digital technologies and the internet.

Example: The digital age has revolutionized how we communicate, work, and consume media.

2. Tech-savvy – A term used to describe a person who is knowledgeable and skilled in the use of technology.

Example: The young entrepreneur is tech-savvy and has created a successful startup that leverages advanced digital technologies.

3. Virtual reality – An artificial, computer-generated environment that simulates a physical presence in a real or imaginary world.

Example: The new video game uses virtual reality technology to create an immersive gaming experience.

4. Augmented reality – A technology that overlays digital information or graphics onto the real world.

Example: The augmented reality app allows you to point your smartphone camera at an object and get information about it.

5. Digital footprint – The trail of information that a person leaves online, such as social media posts, search history, and online purchases.

Example: It’s important to be aware of your digital footprint and to take steps to protect your online privacy.

6. Hackathon – An event, typically lasting several days, in which groups of programmers and other professionals collaborate intensively on software projects.

Example: The hackathon resulted in the creation of several innovative software solutions.

7. Cutting edge – The latest and most advanced stage in the development of something.

Example: The cutting-edge software program uses artificial intelligence to analyze and interpret data.

Weekly Challenge

Language Level – A2

Let’s review our verb tenses by completing the following sentences:

1) We rarely _____to a concert. (go)

2) Yesterday our car ________ down. (break)

3) It _____ here yesterday. (not/rain)

4) Listen! The airplane ______. (approach)

5) We______ on holiday next week. (go)

6) Although they _______their clothes twice, they still look dirty. (wash)

7) They ______their grandparents very often. (not/visit)

8) Have _________to Africa? (ever/you/be)

9) We ______the birds at the moment. (feed)

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