Module 6, Unit 9

“Radio and Television”

Base Sentences – (871-885)

871 What channel did you watch on television last night?

871 ¿Qué canal de qué ver en la televisión la noche anterior?

872 I don’t get a good picture on my TV set. There’s something wrong.

872 no consigo una buena imagen en mi televisor. Hay algo mal.

873 You get good reception on your radio.

873 Usted recibe una buena recepción de la radio.

874 Please turn the radio up. It’s too low.

874 Por favor, enciendo la radio. Es demasiado baja.

875 What’s on following the news and weather? Do you have a TV guide?

875 ¿Qué hay en el seguimiento de las noticias y el clima? ¿Tiene una guía de televisión?

876 You ought to have Bill look at your TV. Maybe he could fix it.

876 Usted debe tener Bill vistazo a su TV. Tal vez podría arreglarlo.

877 We met one of the engineers over at the television station.

877 Nos encontramos con uno de los ingenieros más en la estación de televisión.

878 Where can I plug in the TV? Is this outlet all right?

878 ¿Dónde puedo conectar el televisor? ¿Es esta salida de acuerdo?

879 I couldn’t hear the program because there was too much static.

879 No pude escuchar el programa porque había demasiada estática.

880 Your car radio works very well. What kind is it?

880 La radio funciona muy bien. ¿Qué es?

881 The next time I buy a TV set, I’m going to buy a portable model.

881 La próxima vez que compre un televisor, me voy a comprar un modelo de portátil.

882 I wonder if this is a local broadcast.

882 Me pregunto si esto es una emisión local.

883 You’d get better TV reception if you had an outside antenna.

883 se obtendría una mejor recepción de TV si tiene una antena exterior.

884 Most amateur radio operators build their own equipment.

884 La mayoría de los operadores de radio aficionados a construir su propio equipo.

885 Station WRC is off the air now. They signed off two hours ago.

885 Estación WRC es el aire ahora. Firmaron fuera hace dos horas.

Verb Study

1. turn up =

(A) I can’t hear the radio. Please turn it up. (B) I’m turning the radio up because it’s too low. (C) If you had turned up the radio, I would have been able to listen to the news. (A) No puedo escuchar la radio. Por favor, déle vuelta para arriba. (B) Me estoy convirtiendo el radio porque es demasiado bajo. (C) Si hubiera aparecido la radio, yo habría sido capaz de escuchar las noticias.

2. fix =

(A) You ought to have Bill look at your radio. Maybe he could fix it. (B) My radio isn’t broken anymore. It’s already been fixed. (C) He’s fixing my radio now. Then he’ll repair my TV set. (D) Who fixed your radio? You get excellent reception now. (A) Usted debe tener Bill vistazo a su radio. Tal vez podría arreglarlo. (B) Mi radio no está roto ya. Ya ha sido arreglado. (C) Se está arreglando la radio ahora. Luego se va a reparar mi televisor. (D) ¿Quién fija el radio? Usted consigue una calidad de sonido ahora.

3. meet =

(A) We met one of the engineers over at the television station. (B) We’re meeting the engineer this afternoon at 5 o’clock. (C) I’ve met several people over at the television station. (A) Nos encontramos con uno de los ingenieros más en la estación de televisión. (B) Nos encontraremos con el ingeniero esta tarde a las 5:00. (C) He conocido a varias personas más en la estación de televisión.

4. plug in =

(A) Where can I plug in the TV? Is this outlet all right? (B) He plugs in his radio here, and his TV in the other outlet. (C) As soon as I plugged in the TV set, all the lights in the house went out. (D) Your radio didn’t work because it wasn’t plugged in. (A) ¿Dónde puedo conectar el televisor? ¿Es esta salida de acuerdo? (B) Se conecta la radio de su aquí y su TV en la otra salida. (C) En cuanto me conecté el televisor, todas las luces de la casa se ​​apagaron. (D) La radio no funcionaba porque no estaba enchufado.

5. sign off =

(A) The radio station signed off two hours ago. (B) They’re signing off right now. They always sign off at midnight. (C) What time does WRC sign off? (D) When I turned on the radio, they were just signing off. (A) La estación de radio firmó hace dos horas. (B) Se están firmando en estos momentos. Siempre firme a medianoche. (C) ¿A qué hora firmar WRC fuera? (D) Cuando encendí la radio, estaban firmando.

6. work =

(A) Your car radio works very well. What kind is it? (B) My portable radio isn’t working very well. There’s too much static. (C) My TV set has been working fine ever since Bill fixed it. (A) La radio funciona muy bien. ¿Qué es? (B) Mi radio portátil no está funcionando muy bien. Hay demasiado estática. (C) Mi televisor ha estado trabajando muy bien desde que Bill lo arregló.

Word/Phrase Substitution Drills

1a What channel did you watch on television last night?

1b What station did you listen to on the radio last night?

1c What frequency did you tune in to on FM last night?

2a I don’t get a good picture on my TV set. There’s something wrong.

2b I don’t get many channels on my TV set . There’s something wrong.

2c I don’t get a clear picture on my TV set . There’s something wrong.

2d I don’t get any picture on my TV set . There’s something wrong.

2e I don’t get much volume on my TV set . There’s something wrong.

3a You get good reception on your radio .

3b You get a lot of stations on your radio .

3c You get FM stations on your radio .

3d You get a lot of AM stations on your radio .

4a Please turn the radio up. It’s too low.

4b Please turn the radio down. It’s too high.

4c Please turn the radio off. It’s too noisy.

5a What’s on following the news and weather ? Do you have a TV guide?

5b What’s on following the sports feature ? Do you have a TV guide?

5c What’s on following the quiz program ? Do you have a TV guide?

5d What’s on following the mystery show ? Do you have a TV guide?

6a You ought to have Bill look at your TV . Maybe he could fix it.

6b You ought to have Bill look at your TV . Maybe he can find out what’s wrong.

6c You ought to have Bill look at your TV . Maybe he can repair it.

7a We met one of the engineers over at the television station .

7b We met one of the cameramen over at the television station .

7c We met one of the newscasters over at the television station .

7d We met one of the announcers over at the television station .

8a Where can I plug in the TV ? Is this outlet all right?

8b Where can I plug in the toaster ? Is this outlet all right?

8c Where can I plug in the phonograph ? Is this outlet all right?

8d Where can I plug in the stereo ? Is this outlet all right?

9a I couldn’t hear the program because there was too much static .

9b I couldn’t hear the program because there was too much interference.

9c I couldn’t hear the program because there was too much noise in the room.

10a Your car radio works very well. What kind is it?

10b Your car radio works very well. What make is it?

10c Your car radio works very well. What kind of radio is it?

11a The next time I buy a TV set, I’m going to buy a portable model.

11b The next time I buy a TV set, I’m going to buy a console model.

11c The next time I buy a TV set, I’m going to buy a color set.

11d The next time I buy a TV set, I’m going to buy a transistorized set.

11e The next time I buy a TV set, I’m going to buy a 21-inch picture tube.

11f The next time I buy a TV set, I’m going to buy a larger screen.

12a I wonder if this is a local broadcast.

12b I wonder if this is a recorded program.

12c I wonder if this is a live program.

12d I wonder if this is a network show.

13a You’d get better TV reception if you had an outside antenna.

13b You’d get better TV reception if you lived closer to the station.

13c You’d get better TV reception if you had a better TV set.

13d You’d get better TV reception if you had a more powerful set.

14a Most amateur radio operators build their own equipment.

14b Most amateur radio operators build their own transmitters.

14c Most amateur radio operators build their own receivers.

14d Most amateur radio operators build their own stations.

14e Most amateur radio operators build their own ham gear.

15a Station WRC is off the air now. They signed off two hours ago.

15b Station WRC is on the air now. They came on two hours ago.

15c Station WRC is broadcasting now. They started two hours ago.

Reading Practice

There are few homes in the United States today that do not have either a radio or television set. Both of them have become an essential part of our daily life, keeping us informed of the news of the day, instructing us in many fields of interest, and entertaining us with singing, dancing, and acting. Hay pocas casas en los Estados Unidos hoy en día que no tienen ni una radio o un televisor. Ambos se han convertido en una parte esencial de nuestra vida cotidiana, que nos mantiene informados de las noticias del día, nos instruye en muchas áreas de interés, y nos entretenía con el canto, el baile y la actuación.

Marconi, the Italian inventor who gave us the radio, probably didn’t realize what effects his great invention would have on the world in the years to come. Radio has, perhaps, had as much influence on the world as any other communications device. Marconi, el inventor italiano que nos dio la radio, probablemente no se dio cuenta de los efectos que su gran invento tendría en el mundo en los años venideros. Radio ha, quizás, tenía tanta influencia en el mundo que cualquier otro dispositivo de comunicaciones.

Events of universal interest can be reported to the entire globe a few seconds after they happen. Explorers in remote areas, ships at sea, even astronauts circling the earth are able to keep in touch with civilization by means of radio. Eventos de interés universal, se puede informar a todo el mundo unos segundos después de que sucedan. Exploradores en áreas remotas, barcos en el mar, incluso los astronautas que circundan la tierra son capaces de mantenerse en contacto con la civilización por medio de la radio.

Television is another major instrument of communication, permitting us to see as well as to hear the performer. Since its appearance, TV has had a tremendous effect on the daily life of people everywhere. La televisión es otro importante instrumento de comunicación, lo que nos permite ver y escuchar al intérprete. Desde su aparición, la televisión ha tenido un enorme efecto en la vida cotidiana de la gente en todas partes.

Improvements of all kinds are constantly being made in television so that reception will be as close to perfect as possible. Many programs are now televised in color. Las mejoras de todo tipo se están haciendo constantemente en la televisión para que la recepción sea lo más perfecto posible. Muchos programas están televisados ​​en color.

Perhaps the most recent advancement of significance has been “Telstar.” This specially-equipped space capsule, orbiting the globe, makes it possible for the entire world to be closer than ever before. Now a family in Chicago can watch on TV an auto race in Italy, a ski tournament in Norway, or a parade in Japan as these events are actually happening! Quizás el avance más reciente de significación ha sido “Telstar.” Esta cápsula espacio especialmente equipado, en órbita alrededor del planeta, hace que sea posible para todo el mundo para estar más cerca que nunca. Ahora una familia en Chicago se puede ver en la televisión una carrera de autos en Italia, un torneo de esquí en Noruega, o un desfile en Japón, ya que estos eventos están ocurriendo en realidad!.

Questions

1. Who invented the radio?

2. Mention three uses of radio and television.

3. What is “Telstar”? Why is it important?

4. Do you listen to the radio? What type of program do you prefer?

5. Do you watch television? What type of program do you like best?

Word List

AM (amplitude modulation)

announcer

antenna

cameraman

channel

clear

console

FM (frequency modulation)

following

frequency

guide

ham gear

interference

live

low

make

model

network

newscaster

noise

outlet

outside

picture

picture tube

portable

powerful

quiz receiver

reception

recorded

screen

static

station

toaster

transistorized

transmitter

volume

VERB FORMS

broadcast, broadcast (p. and p. part.)

come on, came on (p.), come on (p. part.)

plug in

sign off

tune in

turn down

turn up

wonder

EXPRESSIONS

off the air

on the air

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