GE|Adults|Elementary|27. The magic luck of numbers


1.1 Try to recall numbers and answer the questions:


1. How many seasons are there in a year?
2. How many colours are there in a rainbow?
3. How many months are there in a year?
4. How many minutes are there in a half an hour?
5. How many years are there in one century?
6. How many hours are there in three days?
7. How many pages can a copy-book have?


1.1 Read the words and match them with the pictures.

2.1 Read the questions from a TV quiz show and try to guess the correct answers. Answer orally.

2.2 Listen to the quiz show and check your answers, choose the correct ones in the previous exercise.

The Quiz Show

H = host, P = participant

H: The first question. How many calories are there in a bag of chips? Is it a 536, b 641, c 220?
P1: I guess it’s a, 536.
H: and a is the correct answer! The second question. How far is London from New York? a about 5500 km, b about 7000 km, c about 3400 km?
P2: My answer is a, about 5500 km.
H: Are you sure?
P2: Yes, I’m sure!
H: Right answer! And the third question. What is the average temperature for boiling water? Is it a 120, b 95, c 100?
P3: It’s 100 degrees
H: Correct! The fourth question. When was the great fire of London? Is it a 1432, b 1666, c 1500?
P4: It was in 1500.
H: Is it your final answer?
P4: Yeah.
H: I’m sorry, the right answer is b. The great fire of London was in 1666.

3.1 Write the missing number or word, then listen and check.

3.2 Correct the mistakes.

  • 200 two hundreds
  • 641 six hundred and forty one
  • 1030 one thousand and thirty
  • 2,700 two thousand and seven hundred
  • 10,000 ten thousands
  • 485,000 four hundred eighty-five thousand
  • 8,000,000 eight millions


1.1 What is your favourite quiz show? Would you like to take part in it? Why/why not?


2.1 Listen to the first part of a quiz show called Trivia Night and answer the questions.

Trivia Night

H = Host, J = Jimmy

H: Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to our annual Trivia Night! (applause 4 sec) Tonight’s guest comes from the beautiful and lush Madrid . Let’s greet Jimmy! So, hi Jimmy. Do you feel any tension?
J: Oh, yeah, it’s..(pause 2 sec)..exciting for me.
H: Hey, that’s alright . You must watch our show, as the rules are the same as always. You’re going to read a couple of questions, and then you will be on a timer of 10 seconds – by the end of which, you will need to answer the question. Simple, right? Now, if you get the first answer right, you win an entry prize of 500 dollars. After that, for every answer that you continue to guess correctly, we will double your prize – so, 1,000, then 2,000, and so on. However, for eight consecutive correct answers – you will win 70,000 dollars! Now, be very careful, Jimmy! If you get just one answer wrong, then you will lose all the prize money. Understand? If you are not sure about your answer, you can phone your friends and discuss the question with them during 30 seconds. Do you feel more confident now?
J: Yes, let’s win this money! (applause 4 sec)

1. How much time do the participants have for answering each question?

2. What is their prize if they answer correctly..?
a) the 1st question
b) the 2nd question
c) all 8 questions

3. How much do the participants get if they don’t answer correctly?

4. Who can help a participant with questions?

3.1 Are these statements from Trivia Night true or false? Mark them, then listen to the second part of the quiz show and check your answers.

Alright Jimmy!

H = Host, J = Jimmy, R= Richard

H: Alright Jimmy, here’s the first question – worth 500 dollars. Which country first originated pitta bread? Do you know?
J: Well, it’s a Mediterranean food…(pause 2 sec) something from the islands. My best guess for this question would be the pitta bread originated in Greece.
H: That’s correct Jimmy! The bread itself found its place in ancient Greece among the Greeks and Romans as a main flatbread food known for its grain-rich environment. And you win 500 dollars! (applause 4 sec) Here’s the next question for 1000 dollars: which city has the oldest zoo in the world?
J: Oldest zoo in the world? I think, maybe somewhere in Europe… (pause 2 sec) Germany, maybe Austria. Er… (pause 2 sec) I’ll guess that the oldest one is in the capital of Austria, in Vienna.
H: Correct again, Jimmy! The oldest zoo in the world is located in Vienna, Austria and has existed since 1752! Audience, can you imagine how much history that place has! Absolutely fantastic! (applause 4 sec) Jimmy, you are definitely a lucky man – and here’s the next question! Who directed the movie Reservoir Dogs?
J: Oh, this one’s easy. I’m a huge fan of Tarantino’s work! His movies have a certain artistic expression to them that I don’t find in other movies, and it makes his movies highly respected around the world! (applause 4 sec)
H: I think we have a winner here, don’t we, audience? Correct again, Jimmy! One of the most famous directors in the world, Quentin Tarantino, directed Reservoir Dogs as his first world-known project in the movie industry! Are you ready for the next question, Jimmy?
J: Of course, I am, I’m feeling really lucky today!(applause 4 sec)
H: Nice! Now, let’s move to the hottest places in the world. What is the Turkish word for lamb?
J: Hmm, I’m not sure. I’m not very good at this topic. May I phone a friend?
H: Sure! Which friend do you want to call?
J: My good friend Richard.
H: Sounds great. Alright, we have Richard on the line!
R: Hello, everybody!
J: Hey, Richard!
H: Alright, you have 30 seconds.
J: So listen, Rich, do you know the Turkish word for lamb?
R: I actually do, I’ve been to Turkey quite recently, and they have wonderful kebab there!
J: Fantastic, that sounds about right! Thanks Richard!
H: Thank you for your participation, Richard!
R: You’re very welcome, good luck, Jimmy!
J: Bye, Richard! So, the Turkish word for lamb is kebab.
H: That’s completely correct! (applause 4 sec) Lucky you for having intelligent friends! Alright, here’s the next question. How long is the Great Wall of China?
J: Oh, I know this one, it’s 4000 miles across!
H: I think we have a genius on our hands, audience, because that is correct again! (applause 4 sec) Jimmy, let me say, you are doing very well! But, be careful now because the questions are going to get harder. Now we have the last 3 questions, but, you are also 3 questions away from 70000 dollars! You look ready, Jimmy, don’t lose your mood. Now, do you know which nuts are used in the preparation of marzipan?
J: That’s a hard one. I’ve never prepared marzipan. But, I did have it a couple of times. Marzipan, it has a nut flavour, something healthy. I will have to say that almonds are used.(applause 4 sec)
H: Correct! Alright, next question. What is both a French wine region and a luxury American automobile?
J: My father likes American cars. So, he must’ve driven this brand. I’m going to go with Cadillac.
H: That’s right, Cadillac is a region in France where they produce wine and it’s also quite an expensive brand. Looks like Jimmy will be able here to buy himself one with the money he wins, isn’t that right, audience?
J: Oh, I hope so!(applause 4 sec)
H: We believe in you Jimmy! And, here’s the last question…(pause 3 sec)….Remember, if you get this right, you are walking out of this building with 70000 dollars! Are you feeling lucky?
J: Oh, today’s definitely my day!
H: Alright now, what did the ancient Romans call Paris during their time?
J: Oh no,.. (pause 2 sec)…Hm…I have no idea. I don’t know much about ancient Rome, at least I think I skipped those classes back in school.
H: It’s all up to you, Jimmy.
J: I have no idea, but I will try. Alright, here it goes, Parisia?
H: …(pause 3 sec)…Unfortunately, that is not correct. The Roman name for Paris is Lutetia. Jimmy, do not be sad – there’s always more opportunities to win on this show, please come back next time!
J: Well, that’s okay. We win some, we lose some, I guess. Thank you for the opportunity, though! I really enjoyed myself this evening! Thank you, the audience, for being so patient with me. Everybody, have an amazing night!(applause 4 sec)

3.2 Write down all the numbers from Trivia Night that you have heard. Try to repeat them correctly.


1.1 Look at the sentences and answer the questions.

  • You run faster than Mike.
  • This song is more boring than that one.
  • Russia is bigger than Italy.
  • Now Jane looks happier than she was a week ago.
  • Gold is more expensive than silver.

When you take adjectives to compare some things:

1. What letters are there at the end of one-syllable adjectives?
2. How do you change such short adjectives, like big?
3. What word do you need to use before long adjectives, like beautiful?
4. What do we do with an adjective, if it ends in –y?

2.1 Complete the sentences with a comparative form of adjectives.


1.1 Listen to the sentences. How is the ending –er pronounced? How is the word than pronounced?

You run faster than Mike…

You run faster than Mike. (pause 2 sec)
This song is more boring than that one. (pause 2 sec)
Russia is bigger than Italy. (pause 2 sec)
Now Jane looks happier than she was a week ago. (pause 2 sec)
Gold is more expensive than silver. (pause 2 sec)

2.1 Listen to the sentences again and try to repeat them with the speaker’s intonation.

You run faster than Mike…

You run faster than Mike.
(pause 4 sec)
This song is more boring than that one.
(pause 5 sec)
Russia is bigger than Italy.
(pause 4 sec)
Now Jane looks happier than she was a week ago.
(pause 6 sec)
Gold is more expensive than silver.
(pause 4 sec)

! Such words as than, is/are are not stressed words in the sentences.


1.1 Look at How to say… list and give your opinion about given things using adjectives from the box below.


noisy / comfortable / cheap / good / exciting / popular / interesting / bad / modern / expensive / inspiring / sad / relaxing / healthy / fast 

1. rock music or pop music/classical music or jazz
2. fast food or homemade food
3. football or tennis
4. spring or autumn
5. fashion clothes or ordinary clothes

Example: I think that rock music is too noisy. I don’t like it. I am sure that pop music can be more inspiring for me and exciting than rock music.


1.1 Read two articles about popular quiz shows. Do you know any similar shows in your country? Do you like them? Why/why not?


QI (Quite Interesting)
A British comedy quiz show where contestants answer questions which are difficult to explain. That’s why it is almost impossible to give the correct answer. However, contestants get points not only for the right answer but for more creative and funny ones.


A quiz show where three contestants compete to win cash by answering general knowledge questions, and each of them costs differently. The lucky man doesn’t win only all the winnings in cash, he also gets to return for the next match.

2.1 Now read about Judith. Why did she shock the viewers? How much did she win?


The Chase contestant breaks the record


2.3 What do the words in bold mean? Try to guess and then check it in your vocabulary.

Homework / Домашнее задание

1.1 Write the comparative forms of the given adjectives in the correct line.

*Напиши сравнительные формы данных прилагательных в правильной строке.

funnier higher smarter cleverer slower hungrier hotter
thinner bigger fatter happier stronger heavier noisier

worse more expensive more interesting further
more popular more dangerous more beautiful less

1.2 Rewrite the sentences with the opposite adjectives.

*Перепиши предложения с прилагательными, противоположными по значению.

2.1 Listen and choose the right number.

*Послушай аудио и выбери правильное число.

Урок Homework Курс
  • Warm-up
  • Vocabulary
  • Listening
  • Grammar
  • Pronunciation
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Homework
  1. 1. GE|Adults|Elementary|1. Let's meet again!
  2. 2. GE|Adults|Elementary|2. To be, countries
  3. 3. GE|Adults|Elementary|3. Can you repeat that, please?
  4. 4. GE|Adults|Elementary|4. Daily routines
  5. 5. GE|Adults|Elementary|5. Can you describe it?
  6. 6. GE|Adults|Elementary|6. Feelings and emotions. How do you feel?
  7. 7. GE|Adults|Elementary|7. I usually do?
  8. 8. GE|Adults|Elementary|8. Occupations
  9. 9. GE|Adults|Elementary|9. Asking questions. Dating
  10. 10. GE|Adults|Elementary|10. Family
  11. 11. GE|Adults|Elementary|11. Daily activities
  12. 12. GE|Adults|Elementary|12. Adverbs and expressions of frequency
  13. 13. GE|Adults|Elementary|13. Can you sing?
  14. 14. GE|Adults|Elementary|14. Stop making that noise!
  15. 15. GE|Adults|Elementary|15. What's the weather like today?
  16. 16. GE|Adults|Elementary|16. Let's read in English
  17. 17. GE|Adults|Elementary|17. Pastimes we love
  18. 18. GE|Adults|Elementary|18. Can music change our lives?
  19. 19. GE|Adults|Elementary|19. A mistake!
  20. 20. GE|Adults|Elementary|20. People who made a different
  21. 21. GE|Adults|Elementary|21. A day to remember
  22. 22. GE|Adults|Elementary|22. The case of a room murder
  23. 23. GE|Adults|Elementary|23. A house with a secret
  24. 24. GE|Adults|Elementary|24. Haunted houses
  25. 25. GE|Adults|Elementary|25. Diets and your favourite food
  26. 26. GE|Adults|Elementary|26. How much healthy food do you eat?
  27. 27. GE|Adults|Elementary|27. The magic luck of numbers
  28. 28. GE|Adults|Elementary|Practical English 1: Travelling by plane
  29. 29. GE|Adults|Elementary|Practical English 2: Going to the café
  30. 30. GE|Adults|Elementary|Practical English 3: Buying clothes
  31. 31. GE|Adults|Elementary|Practical English 4: How can I get to the theatre?
  32. 32. GE|Adults|Elementary|Practical English 5: Enjoy your meal!
  33. 33. GE|Adults|Elementary|Revise and Check 1-6
  34. 34. GE|Adults|Elementary|Revise and Check 7-12
  35. 35. GE|Adults|Elementary|Revise and Check 13-18
  36. 36. GE|Adults|Elementary|Revise and Check 19-24