5. 4 GENIUS

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término English
definición English

What do you think the programme is about?
The name of the BBC programme you're going to watch is Genius.
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creativity; inventors; science...

Celebrity guests present their ideas.
Read the programme description and decide if the statements are true or false.
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False. Members of the public present their ideas.

The ideas are generally both funny and clever.
Read the programme description and decide if the statements are true or false.
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True

The audience decides which ideas are "genius".
Read the programme description and decide if the statements are true or false.
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False. The celebrity guest decides which ideas are "genius".

silly
What a silly question! That was a silly thing to do, wasn’t it? Don’t be silly – it’s only a spider. She makes a fuss about such silly little (= unimportant) things.
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stupid or not sensible

wild
Take a wild guess. wild accusations
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done or said without thinking carefully or without knowing all the facts

choir
Susan sings in the school choir.
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a group of people who sing together, especially in a church or school

What do you think the invention is?
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The idea is a "piano choir" which is controlled by the keys of a piano. Each member of the choir is linked to a different key on the piano.

What did the show add to Dan's idea to make it work?
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Each member of the choir holds a candle-shaped electric light, which is wired to the appropriate key on the piano; when the light goes on the chorister signs their note.

We invite the people with the (?) to join us and it's here that we (?) once and for all who really is a genius.
most potential/best ideas; decide/work out.
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We invite the people with the most potential to join us and it's here that we work out once and for all who really is a genius.

OK Stuart, let's see what you (?) our final idea tonight.
think about/make of
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OK Stuart, let's see what you make of our final idea tonight.

Someone playing the keyboard would then be (?) playing a choir.
essentially/basically
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Someone playing the keyboard would then be essentially playing a choir.

I've never seen this done before, and I would really like (?).
to/it
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I've never seen this done before, and I would really like to.

No, you couldn't have it at home, really no, not unless... not unless you (?) live with a choir of some sort.
by chance/happen to
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No, you couldn't have it at home, really no, not unless... not unless you happen to live with a choir of some sort.

We thought it was (?) so...
worth trying/worthy of investigation
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We thought it was worthy of investigation so...

Just hit anything you like (?), a kind of...
without thinking about it/at random
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Just hit anything you like at random, a kind of...

And, well I think that you should maybe (?) Laurie...
give it a go/try it
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And, well I think that you should maybe give it a go Laurie...

Sell socks in threes instead of pairs.
What are the benefits and drawbacks of each one? Which ideas are just silly? Which is the most "genius" idea?
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Benefits - if a sock got lost in the wash, you'd still have a pair. Drawbacks - you could end up with a lot of extra socks that you don't need.

Set up "democrobus" bus service where the passengers decide where the bus goes.
What are the benefits and drawbacks of each one? Which ideas are just silly? Which is the most "genius" idea?
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Benefits - could cut down bus journeys because the bus wouldn't stop unnecessarily. Drawbacks - time could be wasted discussing/arguing about where the bus should go.

Have genetically engineered one metre-high mini. elephants as pets.
What are the benefits and drawbacks of each one? Which ideas are just silly? Which is the most "genius" idea?
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Benefits -They would eat less and cause less damage. Drawbacks - There could be many other genetic weaknesses. It could damage eco-systems if they escape.
And we could put them on the balcony.

Send food to houses via pipes for those times when you don't want to cook.
What are the benefits and drawbacks of each one? Which ideas are just silly? Which is the most "genius" idea?
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Benefits - would save a lot of time and effort. Drawbacks - would have to be a soft or liquid consistency that could go through a pipe.
Wine, beer, cider, etc.

Yummy Utensils: knives, forks and spoons you can eat
Look at the invention above. Write three reasons why it might be a good idea.
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Reasons: Environmentally friendly - compared with making plastic- They create np waste/rubbish as they dissolve in a few days. Fun - especially with kids. Good for you as made wiyh vegetables.

Listen to two students presenting the idea
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and tick the key phrases you hear.

We would like to introduce to you an idea that...
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keyphrase 1

What makes our idea special is that it's not just ... but it's also...
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keyphrase 2

We envisage this product being sold
in supermarkets/on TV/via the internet/...
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keyphrase 3

We think that ... will be a hit with (?) particular
single people/families/...
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keyphrase 4

In the future, we are planning to develop a (?) version
business/lightweight/diet/...
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keyphrase 5
We differentiate ourselves from the competition by...


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