When visiting another country and taking our electronic goods we may find ourselves checking plugs and voltage, looking for an adaptor and trying to avoid blowing a fuse. Neil and Georgina talk about how electrical systems differs from country to country and teach you related vocabulary along the way.

This week’s question
Who discovered electricity? Was it:
a) Thomas Edison
b) Alexander Graham Bell, or
c) Benjamin Franklin

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

how often something repeats; electrical current frequency is the number of times a wave repeats a positive-to-negative cycle

occurring together at the same time, place or rate

a bit of a pickle
informal expression meaning a difficult situation with no obvious answer

charge up
get the power needed to work; recharge

differences from what is usual or expected

solid state
electronics using semiconductors which have no moving parts and can automatically convert different electrical currents

You can download the audio and a transcript from our website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-200514

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