Science for Life, the radio programme which is always first with the big Science and Technology stories. Today’s big story is about “cell phones”. How many working cell phones are there today in Europe? How many mobile phones are there in the whole world? How many cell phone addicts are there who can’t stand being away from their mobiles? And how many cell phone users shout their conversations in trains, supermarkets, museums, stations or parks. Are you one of them? If so, how do you think other people feel when you are speaking on your mobile, for example, in your morning train to college? Dr Bret is with us today to help us understand how people react to cell phones.
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Annoying cell phones? (June 2005)
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In this radio programme you are going to hear some new words. Read and listen to them. Make sure
you know what they mean.
Face-to-face –> cara a cara
Annoy / annoying /annoyance –> Molestar/molèstia/molestar / molesto / molestia
Rehearse / rehearsal –> assajar / assaig / ensayar / ensayo
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Question 1 of 8
How does Dr Bret feel about mobile phones?
Question 2 of 8
Dr Bret noticed that …………. tend to get angry when others used cell phones in public places.
Question 3 of 8
In the experiment, Dr Bret made sure that several conditions did NOT change. Two of the things
that were kept constant were …
Question 4 of 8
In the experiment, Dr Bret made sure that some conditions changed. One of the things that changed was …
Question 5 of 8
In the face-to-face condition, the passenger saw …
Question 6 of 8
As a part of the experiment …
Question 7 of 8
In the “mobile phone condition” one actor …
Question 8 of 8
Dr Bret found out that phone conversations …………….. conversations.