Tweet of the day
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Rob: Hello and welcome to 6 Minute English with me, Rob, and a very beautiful sound…
Jen: Ahhh, the sound of birdsong. Hello, I’m Jennifer and that’s what we’re talking about today – birdsong.
Rob: In Britain, this is the sound of summer – lots of different species – or types – of birds tweeting.
Jen: Tweeting? You mean they are using Twitter – the social media site?!
Rob: Of course not! Tweeting is a way of describing the sounds birds make. We sometimes say they chirp or trill too – making short, high-pitched sounds.
Jen: Yes, I knew that really. But a BBC radio station in the UK is playing a different birdsong every day. They’re calling it ’Tweet of the Day’ – which is a clever title.
Rob: It is and we’ll talk more about that soon. But first I need to see if you are a twitcher – another name for a person who watches birds for a hobby. Do you know how many species of birds there are on Britain’s official bird list?
a) 396 b) 496 c) 596
Jen: Wow, there are lots but I have no idea so I will guess a) 396.
Rob: That is quite a lot, isn’t it? We’ll find out if you are right at the end of the programme. So, let’s talk more about tweeting – of the bird kind. Where I live, there are many fields and trees and there is nothing more beautiful – and noisy- than the sound of the dawn chorus.
Jen: That’s when all the birds start singing at sunrise – so first thing in the morning. It’s not so beautiful if you are trying to sleep! But I know what you mean about birdsong – it makes you think about different places. Listen to this birdsong, for example…