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
get the power needed to work; recharge
differences from what is usual or expected
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