Vocabulary and Listening - Rihanna Interview with Jonathan Ross

Robyn Rihanna Fenty (born February 20, 1988), known by her stage name Rihanna is a recording artist, actress and fashion designer. At age 16, she moved from the Islands of Barbados (the Caribbean) to the United States to pursue a music career and began recording demo tapes under her record producer’s guidance, subsequently signing a contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning for American rapper Jay-Z.
Jonathan Ross (born 17 November 1960) is an English television and radio presenter. He is known for his distinctive voice, colorful style of dress and light-hearted banter. In 2012, he won a Special Recognition award at the British National Television Awards.
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Task A. Pre-listening

Familiarize yourself with the following notes on cultural information and contextual vocabulary in the video.
  1. Barbados – is a sovereign island country in the Lesser Antilles. It is situated in the western area of the North Atlantic.

  2. Simon Cowell – a British music executive and television producer, famous for his roles as talent judges on Britain’s Got Talent, The X Factor, and American Idol.

  3. Bajan – like Chinese is to China, and English is to England, Bajan is to Barbados.

  4. audition – a sample performance by an actor, singer, musician, dancer or other performer. It involves the performer displaying his or her talent.

  5. gouge – to take out or scoop out.

  6. Rated R – rating for films, which requires viewers ages 17 and younger to be accompanied by an adult.

Task B. List of Topics

Select the list of major topics covered during the Interview, and drop to the box on the right.

Task C. Figuring out who said what?

Task D. True/False?

Consider the context of the interview and check the sentences that are true.

Task A. Culture, Context and Comprehension

Please choose the correct answers for the questions below.

Task B. Fill in the blanks

Complete the following sentences with the words provided in the box below. Use the appropriate form of the words to make your choice grammatically correct.

  1. some
  2. what it takes
  3. laid back
  4. ton
  5. turned up
  6. pace
  7. audition
  8. gouged
  9. took out

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