Like it or not, you will have to deal with it. Contemporary military personnel spend much time on meetings, either preparing them, either participating or reporting. You can call them sometimes briefings (sounds more military-like), but they are similar in nature to business or political level meetings. They have a lot in common so you cannot get away with not knowing its basic elements and related vocabulary. You’d better acquire some useful phrases, then you will be able to handle any meetings. For your convenience, the full lexical summary (a cheatsheet in an alphabetical order) is provided at the end of the article. Continue reading “Meeting in progress” »
If you did the previous exercises (link here), you will be able to do this refreshing exercise – the crossword with all entries taken from the previous lesson. Hidden answer will tell what will be the subject of the next exercises to prepare you for better handling of speaking tasks on level 2-3-4.
Feature important for the family cars
Old model, but with new elements, upgraded
Uses satellites to position in space
This type of vehicle can roll easily
Prevent heavy injuries in case of crash
Rotate around a given axis
That type of vehicle can move on land and water as well
Not wheeled vehicle, but with wheels
Individually prepared according to customer’s wishes
How far your car can go
Not self-propelled and not pushed but still moving
How fast you can gain speed
Prevents backbone injuries when accidents happen and increases comfort of driving
The more spacious the car is it is bigger
All terain, cross-country
You pour gas there when refuelling
Military vehicle with great ambush protection and resistance to mines explosions
How long an item can resist damage or remain unchanged
Read each of the texts below and then complete the sentence, which comes under the text, using no more than five words to show that you have understood the text.
An example has been provided for you.
0. Chee Soon Juan, leader of the Singapore Democratic party, pleaded not guilty to the charge of speaking in public without a permit, over a speech made in February. The case highlights the state restrictions on free speech.
In Singapore one has to ____have a permit/have permission___ to speak in public
1. The attempt by Beyoncé and Jay-Z to register their infant daughter’s name as a trade mark in the US appears to be continuing in spite of the fact that a wedding planner, who has been running a business with the same name since 2009, has been given the go ahead by the US Patent and Trademark Office to carry on using the name Blue Ivy for events.
It’s another STANAG 6001 test derived from the Central Examination Board for Foreign Languages of the Ministry of National Defense (CEBFL) in Poland. Again, it was adjusted a little to make it easier for the site visitors to practise on-line.
Listening test – SLP 4444
You are going to listen to six news items. Listen and choose the best answer A, B, C or D. You can hear the items once only. I repeat, once only. Take a break of 30 seconds before each news item to read through the questions to that item.
A. has invited foreigners to join the Congolese Army B. has promised to tighten cooperation with Rwanda C. has authorized the use of force against the rebels D. has criticized the proxy war between Hutus and Tutsis
Today, I present the first material for listening test on level 4 according to STANAG 6001. This is a full examination set, checking your listening skills. The test was designed by the Central Examination Board for Foreign Languages of the Ministry of National Defense (CEBFL), Poland. All recordings are taken from their test and were modified to make the whole test easier to practice for the Internet users. All tasks were organized in such a way to let you do each task seperately. Original listening exam is played continuously with no breaks, however, the pauses are included in the recording. The same concerns repetitions whenever the task foresees listening to the recording twice. Here, you will have to play the given part twice instead. Original instructions were adjusted to fit an on-line character of the test. I considered recorded verbal instructions as pointless here, therefore they were removed from the recordings. Enjoy the test and do not hesitate to comment on it, like it, recommend it or to ask for additional resources via e-mail.
Below you will find an example of a report on one of the previously presented topics. It deals with a fictional need of language training in one of the Polish military unit. The original task for this answer is here.
To: Unit Commander
Subject: Language training preparation
This report is to propose a constructive way forward regarding how to equip a classroom with necessary teaching aids and find teachers to support language training within the unit.
Our unit has to adhere to the MoD Directive 2349-2012 and reach the assumed interoperability in terms of language skills by the end of 2013. This will require providing additional language classes for 80 soldiers next year.