Today’s picture: Sad shop on K’ Road, Auckland
Part 1: Today's word
To inhibit a process is to limit the process or slow it down to make it weaker. If a person feels inhibited, they’re embarrassed to do something, especially in public. So, sometimes people give the excuse of wanting to drink in order to ‘lose their inhibitions’ – in other words, to be less embarrassed or shy.
The drug doesn’t cure cancer but it inhibits its spread.
As the course progressed people lost their inhibitions and began to discuss the issues more freely.
Part 2: Test
Here are FOUR sentences with the word of the day. But only THREE are correct. Which is the Odd One Out?
The chemical is thought to inhibit the ability of viral enzymes to reproduce.
It was argued that the current telecommunications monopoly inhibits innovation in the sector.
Lack of this hormone may inhibit growth in the crucial early stages of human development.
My boss inhibited me from participating in the project.
Part 3: Practice Question:
What factors might inhibit the growth of this country’s economy?
Part 4: Kiwi Quiz Question
Back in 1962, Peter Snell set a New Zealand record for the 800m of 1m 44.3. With this time, where would he have finished in the 800m final at the last Olympics (Athens, 2004)?
Part 5: Today's online listening: Olympic Memories
This is an interview with New Zealand's most successful Olympic athlete, Peter Snell, who is now a professor of sports science in Texas and a regular visitor to Massey University. He talks about winning the Olympic Gold medal, then retiring from sport and becoming a sports scientist. He also gives his opinions on exercise and the state of athletics nowadays
Vocabulary for the interview: raising the bar / a heat / it took a while to sink in / back to back / cut you down to size / a tall poppy / lucrative / take the plunge / mortality /
Questions for the interview:
1) How many times has Peter Snell’s New Zealand record for the 800m been beaten in the last 40 years?
2) Why was he especially relaxed before the race?
3) Did he follow his race plan during the final?
4) Why did he not continue his athletics career after winning his second Olympic Gold?
5) How difficult was the transition to normal life after he stopped competing?
6) What was unusual about the job he was doing while he was an athlete?
7) How old was he when he decided to give up this job and go into sports science?
8) What lesson does he have for other young people who didn’t do well at school?
9) Which areas of sports science does he now work in?
10) What research is there on the benefits of exercise?
11) How much exercise do you need?
12) How has he changed his diet recently so he can exercise without pain?
13) How much exercise did he do today?
14) Are top athletes reaching the limit of what is possible?
15) Does he expect New Zealand to reach the same level in world athletics as it had in the 1960s and 1970s?
16) What is his opinion about team sports, such as soccer and basketball, at the Olympics?
17) Does he think that 100m events nowadays are ‘clean’?
18) Why doesn’t he live in New Zealand nowadays?
Today’s music: from Guinea, W. Africa
‘Loniya’ [knowledge] by Mory Kante. From the CD ‘Sabou’. 2004: Riverboat Records. For more information and examples of his work, go to his website: http://www.morykante.com/home/index.html
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