In this listening and viewing comprehension exercise you are going to watch and listen to Hans Rosling’s TED Talk The magic washing machine.
CEF-level: B1/B2 (intermediate)
time: ± 15 minutes


  • questions 1-9 : listening and viewing comprehension (multiple choice and cloze).

Who is Hans Rosling

What was the greatest invention of the industrial revolution? Hans Rosling makes the case for the washing machine. With newly designed graphics from Gapminder, Rosling shows us the magic that pops up when economic growth and electricity turn a boring wash day into an intellectual day of reading. More information about Hans Rosling (source:

What is TED

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.
(source: TED: our organization)