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Experiencing a Japanese wedding


The Japanese students' grasp of English
Norman Greenwood Scientist
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Kirsten was also asked – and she was accompanying me most of the time – to give some English lessons and to talk to English students, and they were students of English. And we both of us found – it was interesting – that although the students could read English, and could comprehend it very well, and certainly the science students, the Masters students and so forth, were well able to read communication in English and understand it, they did not have the same facility with speaking the language, and almost a non-ability sometimes to actually speak, though they readily understood what you were saying and readily could understand the written word, so that was another cultural change.

Norman Greenwood (1925-2012) was born in Australia and graduated from Melbourne University before going to Cambridge. His wide-ranging research in inorganic and structural chemistry made major advances in the chemistry of boron hydrides and other main-group element compounds. He also pioneered the application of Mössbauer spectroscopy to problems in chemistry. He was a prolific writer and inspirational lecturer on chemical and educational themes, and held numerous visiting professorships throughout the world.

Listeners: Brian Johnson

Professor Brian FG Johnson FRS, FRSE, FRS Chem, FAcad Eu, FAS. Professor of Inorganic Chemistry University of Edinburgh 1991-1995, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry University of Cambridge 1995-2005, Master Fitzwilliam College Cambridge 1999-2005. Research interests include studies of transition metal carbonyls, organometallic chemistry, nano- particles and homogeneous catalysis. Professor Johnson is the author of over 1000 research articles and papers.

Tags: Japan

Duration: 58 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2011

Date story went live: 25 November 2011