На этой странице представлены задания на аудирование, которые предполагают прослушивание диалога, чтение утверждений и определение степени соответствия данных утверждений диалогу (true, false, not stated). Данный вид теста является одним из заданий на аудирование в ЕГЭ по английскому языку.
В общем виде задание формулируется следующим образом: “Вы услышите диалог. Определите, какие из приведённых утверждений соответствуют содержанию текста (True), какие не соответствуют (False) и о чём в тексте не сказано, то есть на основании текста нельзя дать ни положительного, ни отрицательного ответа (Not stated). Вы услышите запись дважды.”
Помимо диалогов в этом разделе в качестве дополнительных заданий представлены иные виды высказывания, к которым также даны утверждения с необходимостью определить их истинность.
Задание 1 на диалог и утверждения
A) Mike’s brother doesn’t live in Mike’s home.
B) Mike is used to eating homemade spaghetti sauce.
C) Tracy prefers spaghetti sauce from a jar to homemade sauce.
D) Tracy has learnt some basic cooking tips.
E) Mike’s mum wishes he’d gone to cookery school like his brother.
F) Mike found preparing the chicken dinner easy to do.
G) Mike made a mess of the dinner he made with his brother.
A) Mike’s brother doesn’t live in Mike’s home. TRUE
B) Mike is used to eating homemade spaghetti sauce. FALSE
C) Tracy prefers spaghetti sauce from a jar to homemade sauce. FALSE
D) Tracy has learnt some basic cooking tips. TRUE
E) Mike’s mum wishes he’d gone to cookery school like his brother. NOT STATED
F) Mike found preparing the chicken dinner easy to do. FALSE
G) Mike made a mess of the dinner he made with his brother. FALSE
Tracy: Hi Mike, I haven’t seen you for a while. What are you up to these days?
Mike: Oh hi, Tracy! Things are going well. School’s fine, no problems there. My brother’s on a break from cookery school, so he’s home for a few days. He’s been giving me culinary lessons. It’s amazing what you can do with food!
Tracy: That sounds fun. What sort of things have you learnt?
Mike: Well, I’ve never been much good at cooking, but Harry’s persuaded me to learn the art. This may sound simple, but he taught me how to make a really flavourful spaghetti sauce. I was so used to pouring it from a jar, I didn’t realise you could actually make it!
Tracy: Oh yeah, my mum has made it on occasion. It takes a bit of work, though. It’s much easier to get the ready-made kind, but it tastes so much better when you make it fresh. What else have you Learnt?
Mike: He’s taught me how to be faster in the kitchen. When I chop things, I’m usually really slow. I try to cut all the pieces evenly. Or if I’m dicing something, I start the wrong way and end up making a mess.
Tracy: I know what you mean. My mum’s shown me how to chop. With carrots or peppers, for instance, you’re supposed to cut long ways first, then chop the long strips into smaller pieces. You haven’t learned that from your mum?
Mike: Like I said, I don’t spend much time in the kitchen. I think my brother wants to show off his skills though.
Tracy: Have you learnt how to make anything really complicated?
Mike: We made dinner one night with roasted chicken, sauteed asparagus with cheese sauce, and oven-roasted potatoes. I think each of those things is easy to do, but doing them all at once was really tricky.
Tracy: Wow, that’s impressive. How did it turn out?
Mike: Well, luckily my brother was there to guide me. He reminded me to check the food to see if it was done. And he would tell me that something wasn’t done when I thought it was. The potatoes needed ten minutes longer than I thought, but everything was fine in the end!
Tracy: Well I’m glad you’re enjoying the experience. You’ll have to cook dinner for me someday!
Задание 2 на диалог и утверждения
A) Lionel was only allowed to buy school clothes on his shopping trip.
B) Lionel saw some people he knew while shopping.
C) Sonia didn’t go shopping at the same time as Lionel.
D) Sonia wanted to talk to the man selling phone packages.
E) Sonia spoke to the phone salesman for about five minutes.
F) The man never asked Sonia to purchase a mobile phone package.
G) Sonia hopes she will appear on TV in a mobile phone advert.
A) Lionel was only allowed to buy school clothes on his shopping trip. FALSE
B) Lionel saw some people he knew while shopping. TRUE
C) Sonia didn’t go shopping at the same time as Lionel. TRUE
D) Sonia wanted to talk to the man selling phone packages. FALSE
E) Sonia spoke to the phone salesman for about five minutes. NOT STATED
F) The man never asked Sonia to purchase a mobile phone package. TRUE
G) Sonia hopes she will appear on TV in a mobile phone advert. NOT STATED
Sonia: How was your weekend, Lionel? Did you do anything to get ready for going back to school?
Lionel: Yeah, in fact I did. My mum took me on a little shopping spree. I picked up some new trousers and a few new shirts. I also got some school supplies, you know, pens and pencils etc. I wanted to get some video games, but Mum said she was only buying school-related items.
Sonia: Oh. It’s nice to have some new clothes for school, though. Were there a lot of people out?
Lionel: Oh yeah, the shopping centre was packed. I met some classmates, like Neil and Jody. Seems that they had the same idea I had.
Sonia: Well, school starts next week, so it’s time to get prepared. My dad and I went a week ago, when the sales first started. Hardly anyone was around, actually. We went on a Thursday, though. I’m sure it was busy that weekend. Although I did get to do something really cool at a mobile phone display.
Lionel: Oh I saw that! Some guy was stopping people and asking them questions. What was that all about?
Sonia: The guy caught me just as I was passing by. I wasn’t paying attention, or I would have avoided him. But actually he was really nice and funny.
Lionel: What did he say to you?
Sonia: He asked me how I communicate with friends, if it’s by email or text, or if I make calls, and if I like to take photos with my phone. Actually, the whole mini-interview was on camera, so I might be in one of their adverts.
Lionel: That’s cool. Did you sign up for their phone service?
Sonia: The funny thing was, he didn’t try to sell me anything. He just asked if they could use the video footage in one of their adverts, and I signed a form saying it was OK.
Lionel: I see. They wanted to make an impression on you. If they use you in one of their adverts, maybe you’ll consider using their service.
Sonia: Right! Anyway, it was all good fun. I’m quite happy with my phone package though, so I won’t be switching any time soon.
Lionel: You might change your mind if you see your face on television!
Задание 3 на диалог и утверждения
A) Dana doesn’t have to explain her actions to her parents.
B) James’s brother says that he has done badly in his university exams.
C) James had to study much harder in some school subjects than others.
D) Dana believes becoming a maths professor isn’t a good career.
E) James has written a complete novel.
F) Dana suggests that James could pay someone to help him study.
G) Dana doesn’t enjoy reading any kind of literature.
A) Dana doesn’t have to explain her actions to her parents. FALSE
B) James’s brother says that he has done badly in his university exams. NOT STATED
C) James had to study much harder in some school subjects than others. TRUE
D) Dana believes becoming a maths professor isn’t a good career. NOT STATED
E) James has written a complete novel. FALSE
F) Dana suggests that James could pay someone to help him study. TRUE
G) Dana doesn’t enjoy reading any kind of literature. FALSE
James: It’s stressful to think about how difficult university will be, don’t you think, Dana?
Dana: Yes, but I try to focus on how much fun it will be, James – you know, to have the freedom to do what you want. My parents aren’t strict, but I have to explain myself every time I want to do something. It’ll be nice to escape that!
James: Yes, but I’m talking about the studies. My brother’s at university, and although he tends to be a bit dramatic, he says the exams are tough. You have to study much harder than at school.
Dana: Hmm. Well, I wouldn’t think about that too much. When the time comes, you’ll do what’s right, even if it means staying up all night to do it.
James: And what if that’s not enough? I’ve got good marks at school, but there were some subjects that troubled me. Like maths, for example. I had to study twice as hard for those exams as for the others.
Dana: Well, you can choose a university course that doesn’t include maths! You’re not going to university to become a maths professor, are you? Have you decided on a course yet?
James: I’m thinking of doing English lit. I’ve done pretty well in my English lessons, and I have a knack for writing. I’ve got a lot of short stories written, and one day, I hope to write a novel.
Dana: That’s fantastic. You don’t need to worry about maths then. You might be able to include some psychology or philosophy on your course, but you’ll probably enjoy those. You can always hire a private tutor if any courses trouble you.
James: That’s a good idea. I suppose we all have to put in some extra studying for the courses that we find difficult.
Dana: I’m the opposite to you in terms of strengths and weaknesses. I’m not so good at English literature. I love to read a good book now and again, but I just read them for entertainment. I could never analyse them.
James: Well, were’re all different! I’ll be looking forward to taking some English literature courses. Hopefully the more difficult topics wont be too bad.
Dana: Yes, and don’t listen to everything your brother tells you!
Задание 4 на диалог и утверждения
A) Marion was looking forward to her weekend with her grandparents.
B) Marion picked fruit in her grandmother’s orchard.
C) The garden at Marion’s house is big enough for a few plants.
D) Marions grandmother sells her produce from time to time.
E) Marion doesn’t like cows and pigs.
F) Marion made breakfast for her family on the first day.
G) Henry will go to the farm with Marion next month.
A) Marion was looking forward to her weekend with her grandparents. FALSE
B) Marion picked fruit in her grandmother’s orchard. FALSE
C) The garden at Marion’s house is big enough for a few plants. TRUE
D) Marions grandmother sells her produce from time to time. TRUE
E) Marion doesn’t like cows and pigs. NOT STATED
F) Marion made breakfast for her family on the first day. FALSE
G) Henry will go to the farm with Marion next month. NOT STATED
Henry: Hey Marion, how was your weekend at your grandparents’ farm?
Marion: Oh it was really great, Henry! There were plenty of things to do, and I wasn’t bored at all, like I thought I might be.
Henry: Yes, last week you mentioned you didn’t want to spend your weekend in the country. But I guess it turned out OK then?
Marion: It did. I’d forgotten that my grandmother had a huge garden, and there were lots of fresh vegetables that we picked on Saturday. She’s also got a small apple orchard, although the apples weren’t ripe enough for picking yet.
Henry: I like working in the garden, actually. I mean, we haven’t got a big one here in town.
Marion: We’ve got room for a row of green beans and a couple of fruit bushes in ours, that’s all. So actually it was quite nice to see a real garden. I think it’s a lot of work though. There was enough produce to take to the farmer’s market in town. Gran makes a bit of money from it sometimes.
Henry: Do your grandparents have any farm animals?
Marion: Just a couple of horses. And they’ve got three dogs, but I wouldn’t consider the dogs farm animals.
Henry: Oh, I see. I thought there would be cows and pigs roaming about.
Marion: No, neither of my grandparents care for that sort of stuff It’s an enormous job to take care of those animals. Oh, I’ve just remembered actually. My gran does have some chickens. They’re in the barn with the horses. She keeps them to produce eggs.
Henry: Did you have some while you were there?
Marion: Yes, we did that first morning. Gran made omelettes for everyone. There were four of us for breakfast, so she had to use quite a few eggs. Luckily she didn’t have to go into town and get more, well, at least not until the next day.
Henry: It sounds as though you had a great weekend. I’m envious, actually. I wouldn’t mind getting out of town and doing something different.
Marion: You’re welcome to come with me next time, if you like. I’m sure you’d love it. We’ll be going in another month. I’ll ask you about it again nearer the time.
Henry: Thanks, I’ll keep it in mind!
Задание 5 на диалог и утверждения
A) Eric has still got a lot of packing to do at his house.
В) Eric and his family will help the movers move things.
С) Eric is not happy living at his house at the moment.
D) There’s a bus that stops in front of Leila’s house.
E) Eric’s new neighbourhood has an efficient bus service.
F) Leila’s parents haven’t moved in several years.
G) Eric was pleased to have thrown away lots of stuff.
A) Eric has still got a lot of packing to do at his house. FALSE
В) Eric and his family will help the movers move things. NOT STATED
С) Eric is not happy living at his house at the moment. TRUE
D) There’s a bus that stops in front of Leila’s house. FALSE
E) Eric’s new neighbourhood has an efficient bus service. NOT STATED
F) Leila’s parents haven’t moved in several years. TRUE
G) Eric was pleased to have thrown away lots of stuff. TRUE
Leila: Hi Eric, have you moved house yet?
Eric: Hi Leila, no, actually. We’ve got a few days to go. This is the worst part. I mean, we’ve got almost everything packed away in boxes but that means we’ve got hardly any clothes left to wear or things to use in the kitchen, and so on.
Leila: So when do you actually move into the new house then?
Eric: The removal men are coming this Saturday. It’s going to be a big day.
Leila: That must be exciting! Are you looking forward to living in the new house?
Eric: Oh definitely. My bedroom’s going to be much bigger. It’s even got a walk-in wardrobe, although I haven’t got enough clothes to fill it. Plus, the way we’re living now, with everything packed away except the basics, it’s not very enjoyable. I can’t really find a lot of things at the moment.
Leila: Hmm. Well, do you like the new neighbourhood?
Eric: It’s OK, although I think it’s quite similar to this one. It’s much closer to the underground station, so it’ll be easier to get round town. No more walking half a kilometre through rain or cold weather to get home from the Tube.
Leila: That’ll be nice. Luckily there’s a bus that stops a block away from my house that goes straight to the underground in my neighbourhood. I’d hate to have to walk all the way to the station.
Eric: There’s a bus where I live now, but it only comes every half hour, and it’s usually late. I’m better off walking. Luckily I won’t have to worry about that any more.
Leila: Gosh, I can’t imagine what it must be like to move house. I’ve lived in the same house all my life. My parents moved around a lot before I was born, but since then, it’s been one address and one only.
Eric: It’s a lot of work. I wouldn’t want to do it often. I can’t believe how much stuff I had. I’ve actually got rid of a lot of it. I guess it was a good excuse the clear things out. It was very satisfying!
Leila: Oh, don’t talk to me about clearing out old stuff If I did that, it would be the car boot sale of the century!
Eric: Ha! I guess you’d better hope your parents don’t decide to move!
Задание 6 на диалог и утверждения
A) Alison has got most of the supplies she needs for the clean-up.
B) Daniel isn’t going to be involved with the rubbish pick-up.
C) Alison has got an instrument for removing posters.
D) Alison is going to assign poster removal to a friend.
E) Daniel doesn’t think the park is full of rubbish.
F) Alison wants to clean up the playground so she can use it again.
G) Daniel will be at football practice for a couple of hours.
A) Alison has got most of the supplies she needs for the clean-up. TRUE
B) Daniel isn’t going to be involved with the rubbish pick-up. TRUE
C) Alison has got an instrument for removing posters. FALSE
D) Alison is going to assign poster removal to a friend. TRUE
E) Daniel doesn’t think the park is full of rubbish. FALSE
F) Alison wants to clean up the playground so she can use it again. FALSE
G) Daniel will be at football practice for a couple of hours. NOT STATED
Daniel: Hi Alison, are you all set for the neighbourhood clean-up this weekend?
Alison: I think so. Mum and I are in charge of picking up rubbish. We bought some supplies this morning. I think we just need rubbish bags now. We’ve got the other things, like gloves and refreshments for everyone.
Daniel: Very cool. My dad and I won’t be in your team, but we’re going to clean graffiti off walls and signs, so we’ve got paint remover and rags for scrubbing.
Alison: That’s a good idea. I was wondering about posters and how to remove them. Some of them have been up for ages and really need to come down!
Daniel: Yes, we’ve got a tool for that, to scrape the posters off. I’ll bring it. Then I think it’s a matter of using soap and a tough sponge to get the glue off. Maybe you and your mum could do that as well.
Alison: Actually, I’ll talk to my friend Victoria about that, because she’s going to lend a hand. That can be a job for her.
Daniel: OK. Roger and his mum are doing a bit of gardening. They’ve arranged with the council to plant flowers and bushes in the bare parts round the pavement. There’s nothing there now but dirt, and maybe a bit of rubbish.
Alison: Well, the rubbish is our job, my mum and I!
Daniel: I think that’s going to be fairly simple to do on the streets. They’re not terribly cluttered. But the park is covered in litter. That’ll be a lot of work.
Alison: I know. It’s so sad. I remember playing in that park when we were kids. None of the younger kids use it nowadays because it’s a mess. Remember that playground we used to visit? That was great fun. We’re a bit old for it now, of course, but I want to make it nice for the little kids.
Daniel: Me too. A lot of kids go to the amusement park now. But anyway, we’ll clean it up and then maybe someone will come along and use it again.
Alison: Well, I’ll see you this weekend. We’re planning on getting started around noon. What about you?
Daniel: We’ll be there earlier than that. I’ve got football practice at 2, so I’ll only see you for a couple of hours.
Alison: OK. Looking forward to it!
Задание 7 на диалог и утверждения
A) A lot of people went to Michaels photography exhibition.
B) Michael has paid for lessons in photography.
C) Michael is not fond of colour photography.
D) Denise doesn’t know how to use the camera on her phone.
E) Michael uses a camera phone to take a lot of photos.
F) Michael’s mum has stopped using traditional film.
G) Michael’s mum wants him to learn how to develop photos from film.
A) A lot of people went to Michaels photography exhibition. TRUE
B) Michael has paid for lessons in photography. FALSE
C) Michael is not fond of colour photography. TRUE
D) Denise doesn’t know how to use the camera on her phone. FALSE
E) Michael uses a camera phone to take a lot of photos. NOT STATED
F) Michael’s mum has stopped using traditional film. TRUE
G) Michael’s mum wants him to learn how to develop photos from film. NOT STATED
Denise: Hi Michael, how did your photography exhibition go the other day?
Michael: It went very well, thanks Denise. I wasn’t sure how it was going to go. The weather forecast was for rain, so I didn’t think many people would bother to show up. Turns out I was wrong! The exhibition was really popular.
Denise: Well, your exhibit was very nice. I didn’t realise how talented you are. You’ve really got an eye.
Michael: Thanks. Well, you know, my mum’s a photographer, so I guess it runs in the family. I was lucky because she taught me a lot of techniques. Maybe one day I’ll take a class in it.
Denise: I’m not sure you would need to! Is all your work in black and white, or do you do colour photography?
Michael: I’ve done a little bit of both, but my colour photos aren’t really my favourite. I think the black and white ones are a bit more artistic, so I prefer to take those.
Denise: Well, the only camera I’ve got is on my mobile. I know how to snap a photo and I can change some of the settings, but that’s the extent of my photography expertise. It’s actually quite sophisticated, my camera phone. I should really learn more about how to use it.
Michael: Camera phones these days are really outstanding. You can take amazing pictures with them.
Denise: Yes, and I like them because you can delete bad photos and it doesn’t waste film. Is our camera digital?
Michael: It is, yes. I use it for the same reason you mention. My mum has been using a digital one as well recently, but she used traditional film for years. She’s even got a dark room in the back of the house that she used to use to develop her photos. I think she misses using it.
Denise: That would be a cool thing to learn how to do, to develop photos from film.
Michael: I’ve seen my mum do it, but I couldn’t tell you how to do it myself. I’ll stick with digital for now. It certainly makes things a lot quicker!
Denise: Well, keep up the good work! Your photos are great. I’m off to class, let’s talk later.
Michael: OK, see you, Denise.
Задание 8 на диалог и утверждения
A) Darren got his back support band from the hospital.
B) Darren went to hospital in an ambulance.
C) Darren has never had a back problem from lifting things before
D) Sonia’s uncle takes medication for his back problem.
E) Darren doesn’t intend to lift heavy objects again.
F) Sonia suggests using a different part of the body to lift things.
G) Darren thinks his excuse for hurting his back was reasonable.
A) Darren got his back support band from the hospital. FALSE
B) Darren went to hospital in an ambulance. FALSE
C) Darren has never had a back problem from lifting things before. TRUE
D) Sonia’s uncle takes medication for his back problem. NOT STATED
E) Darren doesn’t intend to lift heavy objects again. TRUE
F) Sonia suggests using a different part of the body to lift things. TRUE
G) Darren thinks his excuse for hurting his back was reasonable. FALSE
Sonia: Hi Darren, I heard you’ve hurt your back. Are you alright?
Darren: Hi Sonia, yes, I am. I hurt it lifting some boxes. I was helping a friend move, and I guess the box was just too heavy. So now I have to wear this support band round my waist. The hospital recommended I wear one for a while, so I went to the chemist’s and picked one up.
Sonia: Oh dear. It must be very painful.
Darren: It was when it happened. I mean, I couldn’t even move for a few minutes. My friend helped me to a chair and then after the pain got a little better, his dad took me to the hospital. At first, I thought we were going to have to call an ambulance.
Sonia: Did you break anything? Surely not.
Darren: No no, I just pulled a muscle. The doctor did an x-ray and nothing wrong showed up. I’ve actually had back problems before, although not from lifting things. Just from general activity, playing sport, things like that.
Sonia: Maybe you just have a bad back. My uncle has, and he’s had it for years. He does a lot of stretching, which seems to help with the pain. He thought about having surgery, but that’s very painful, too.
Darren: Well, I certainly want to avoid that. I think it’s safe to say I won’t be lifting anything heavy any more.
Sonia: Well, that’s probably a good idea in your case, but occasionally we have to do things like that. It’s important to know how to do it properly -you should use your legs to lift, not your back.
Darren: Yes, I know, but I didn’t do that. the. other day. I was in a hurry to get the moving done so I could get home and watch my favourite TV programme.
Sonia: No! Don’t say that! You must have a better reason for putting your back out!
Darren: I know, it’s awful, isn’t it, but its the truth! Look, all I can say is that it’s never going to happen again. I’ve learned my lesson, which is that there is no good reason for putting your back out.
Sonia: Well that’s good. So, take it easy and get lots of rest. Hope it’s better soon.
Darren: Thanks, Sonia. See you later.
Задание 9 на диалог и утверждения
A) Jeff hired a designer to decorate his room in Japanese style.
B) Jeff and Mark made friends not long ago.
C) Mark doesn’t give any money to run the home.
D) Mark is quite an obstinate and untidy person.
E) Jeff hopes to change Mark’s lifestyle.
F) Being a night owl Mark works the night shifts on TV.
G) Jeff wants his friend to start playing football.
A) Jeff hired a designer to decorate his room in Japanese style. NOT STATED
B) Jeff and Mark made friends not long ago. FALSE
C) Mark doesn’t give any money to run the home. TRUE
D) Mark is quite an obstinate and untidy person. TRUE
E) Jeff hopes to change Mark’s lifestyle. TRUE
F) Being a night owl Mark works the night shifts on TV. FALSE
G) Jeff wants his friend to start playing football. NOT STATED
Todd: Hey, Jeff, this is a very nice room.
Jeff: Hmm. It’s comfortable and cozy. It’s in Japanese style.
Todd: I like it. It’s got the tatami mat, and some beautiful vases. Oh, you have a pretty small kitchen. Do you live alone?
Jeff: Right now I have a friend of mine staying with me. His name is Mark. He’s my childhood friend.
Todd: Oh, really, sort of a room-mate.
Jeff: Sort of a room-mate, yes. Short term, he’s staying with me short-term, so yes, a room-mate.
Todd: OK, how’s that going?
Jeff: Ah, I don’t like it.
Jeff: He’s lazy. He’s messy. He doesn’t exercise and eats junk food. And well, you know, Mark contributes nothing to the household budget. He’s so careless.
Todd: Oh, so he lives here and he doesn’t cover his living expenses.
Jeff: Well, yeah. But what annoys me most is that he’s lazy, and he doesn’t do much all day.
Todd: That’s got to be pretty irritating.
Jeff: He’s a great fellow. He’s a good friend of mine, but, yeah, he’s a disgusting slob, I try to encourage him to do a few things but he’s a tough one. He doesn’t want to do anything.
Todd: Are you going to tell him he has to move out?
Jeff: Ah, no, he’s a smart man. He knows the deal. He knows what’s going on, and I think he’s, yeah, I would never ask him to move out because I don’t mind having him here but I’m just going to try to whip him into shape.
Todd: Oh, so you’re just going to try to change him so he becomes a better roommate?
Jeff: I’m going to try to, yeah, try to get him a better schedule, a better schedule (yeah) like exercise and eating right and smoking less and watching TV less.
Todd: Well, what is his schedule?
Jeff: Ah, his schedule is, he’s like a night owl, when he goes to bed I go to work. He stays up most of the night watching TV, and then he sleeps most of the day recovering, and then when he gets up he has a headache. He’s a bit sluggish and slow. It’s not a healthy option. Actually, I would like him to take up some kind of sport or sports games.
Todd: Yeah, but it doesn’t sound like it’s going to happen. Good luck.
Jeff: Thanks. I’ll probably need it.
Задание 10 на диалог и утверждения
A) The job gives Lisa an opportunity to travel abroad.
B) The check-in process at the airport makes Lisa nervous.
C) Lisa always feels comfortable during the flight.
D) When on business trips Lisa doesn’t have to work long hours.
E) On her business trips Lisa signs a lot of important contracts.
F) Lisa spends a lot of money in duty-free shops.
G) There is a computer in the business lounge for passengers who want to do some urgent work.
A) The job gives Lisa an opportunity to travel abroad. TRUE
B) The check-in process at the airport makes Lisa nervous. FALSE
C) Lisa always feels comfortable during the flight. TRUE
D) When on business trips Lisa doesn’t have to work long hours. FALSE
E) On her business trips Lisa signs a lot of important contracts. NOT STATED
F) Lisa spends a lot of money in duty-free shops. TRUE
G) There is a computer in the business lounge for passengers who want to do some urgent work. NOT STATED
Adrienne: So, Lisa, I see your suitcase out. You are going on a trip.
Lisa: I’m going to Taiwan on a business trip.
Adrienne: A business trip. How do you feel about taking business trips?
Lisa: I love getting out of London for, you know, three or four days and staying at a nice hotel (somewhere in Europe or America) and taking a flight somewhere.
Adrienne: So you like to travel?
Lisa: I love travelling.
Adrienne: You don’t mind staying in different hotels and travelling by plane all the time. Don’t you get bored?
Lisa: No, never. I mean, I don’t always like the whole process of checking in at the airport because it takes a lot of time but somehow I’ve got used to queuing and stay calm. Then there’s waiting for the plane…. It’s so long and tiring. Urn…, I always feel bored. But as soon as I’m in the plane and the doors close, I love it. No one can contact me. I can’t contact anyone else. There are free movies playing and the food comes. It’s wonderful.
Adrienne: So it seems you like living in a bubble. It’s like a minivacation.
Lisa: Well, when I go on business trips my working day is up to 14 hours. In terms of my workload, it’s a lot busier than when I am at home. But somehow it does feel like a mini-vacation. I stay in nice hotels. I get to take taxis everywhere, which I love to do. You know, I eat at great restaurants and meet with great people and do some important things so yeah, I really do love the whole aspect of a business traveller’s life.
Adrienne: So what do you do to try to avoid being bored when you’re waiting to board the plane?
Lisa: Well, the first thing I do is I never get to the airport too early, as I’m a frequent flier. I check in and then I, unfortunately, go to the duty-free shop. I say unfortunately, ‘cause it’s unfortunate for my credit card, not really unfortunate for me. I go to the duty-free shop. Normally I buy some perfume or cosmetics. Sometimes I go to the business lounge, where there are free drinks and food and if I do get to the airport a couple of hours earlier, I do some urgent work.
Adrienne: I see. Sounds like an exciting lifestyle.
Lisa: It’s fun. I wouldn’t give it up for anything else.
Задание 11 на диалог и утверждения
A) Mike is five years older than his sister.
B) The family members live in different parts of the country.
C) Mike’s father had a very happy childhood.
D) Mike’s father retired because of his poor health.
E) Mike’s mother and father first met each other being on holidays.
F) Mike and his sister do not seem to be very close.
G) Mike and his sister were brought up in the same way.
A) Mike is five years older than his sister. NOT STATED
B) The family members live in different parts of the country. TRUE
C) Mike’s father had a very happy childhood. NOT STATED
D) Mike’s father retired because of his poor health. TRUE
E) Mike’s mother and father first met each other being on holidays. FALSE
F) Mike and his sister do not seem to be very close. TRUE
G) Mike and his sister were brought up in the same way. TRUE
Interviewer: So Mike, you mentioned your family, do you have a big family?
Mike: No, I have a fairly small family, actually, including me there are only four people in my family.
Int: So it’s your mother, your father, you…
Mike: And my sister.
Int: Oh, and your sister. OK, is your sister younger or older than you?
Mike: She’s younger. She’s just started university actually.
Int: OK, that’s nice. So where does your family live right now?
Mike: Ah, my mother and my father live in Victoria in Canada and my sister is on the other side of Canada in Montreal in Quebec and I live in the capital.
Int: Well, tell me about your father. What’s your father like?
Mike: My father is pretty much the most interesting person I know. He tells different kinds of stories about his childhood, and his growing up.
Int: Did he grow up in Canada?
Mike: No, he grew up in Liverpool, in England.
Int: OK, nice, and what does your father do?
Mike: Ah, he was a pilot until five years ago. It was kind of tragic, he had a heart attack and he wasn’t allowed to fly anymore.
Int: Oh, I’m sorry.
Mike: He’s fine now, yeah.
Int: OK, what about your mother? Does she work?
Mike: No, she doesn’t. She used to work. They both worked for Cathay Pacific airline. My mother was a stewardess and my father was a pilot. She was first introduced to him as a new member of the crew when they flew together to Osaka.
Int: Oh, what a story. OK and what about your sister? You said that she’s a student.
Mike: She’s a student. She’s in her first year in McGill University which is in Quebec. I haven’t spoken to her lately so I don’t know how she’s doing.
Int: So you and your sister, are you similar or quite different?
Mike: Oh, we are definitely quite different.
Int: How so?
Mike: I was a rebellious type. I pretty much laid the foundation for my sister to get all the freedoms that she has — Mum and Dad treat her differently now. But she doesn’t appreciate any of those things. Another way that we’re different is that she’s really into arts and drawing and painting and making music whereas I’m more into the technical side of things, like computer making, fixing cars.
Int: So it sounds like you are quite different. Well, maybe she’ll listen to this and she’ll appreciate you more.
Mike: I hope so.
Задание 12 на диалог и утверждения
A) Ruth speaks English with a strong accent.
B) Moving to Spain made Ruth split up with her boyfriend.
C) Ruth loves Irish dance very much.
D) Ruth thinks that people behave differently in big cities in Ireland.
E) Bray is an industrial town.
F) The area around Bray is mountainous.
G) Ruth might visit her home town in the autumn.
A) Ruth speaks English with a strong accent. FALSE
B) Moving to Spain made Ruth split up with her boyfriend. NOT STATED
C) Ruth loves Irish dance very much. NOT STATED
D) Ruth thinks that people behave differently in big cities in Ireland. TRUE
E) Bray is an industrial town. FALSE
F) The area around Bray is mountainous. FALSE
G) Ruth might visit her home town in the autumn. TRUE
John: I’m sorry, what was your name again?
Ruth: My name is Ruth Archibald.
John: OK, Ruth, are you from Ireland?
Ruth: Yes, I am.
John: I’ve noticed your slight Irish accent.
Ruth: Really? I thought I lost my Irish accent after moving south, from Ireland to Spain.
John: What was it like going from Ireland to Spain?
Ruth: Ah, it was a depressing change I guess. I had long-term friends back home, you know, friends from school, and there were some boys and girls I’ve known since I was born. I needed to make new friends and to find a place to hang out. But it’s OK now.
John: I’ve never been to Ireland. What’s famous about Ireland that you can tell me about?
Ruth: Probably the most famous things are Guinness and Irish clog-dance — dancing in wooden shoes.
John: Do you dance in wooden shoes?
Ruth: Unfortunately not. I think only a few people can do this.
John: I’ve heard that people’s manners are pretty rough and ready in Ireland. Is that true?
Ruth: No, I don’t think so. I think it depends on where you go in Ireland. In the capital, yes, maybe people are a bit less polite, but in the countryside they’re very warm and friendly.
John: OK, so if I went to a bar or a disco in Ireland, would there be any risk of getting into trouble?
Ruth: I don’t think so. No. No. It’s really safe. You don’t really think that all Irish people are rude and short-tempered.
John: Oh, no. No…. And where exactly are you from?
Ruth: I’m from a place called Bray, which is maybe an hour’s drive from the capital, Dublin but far away from the main industrial centres. It’s clean and calm.
John: What is the geography like?
Ruth: It’s pretty flat. There are some hills but none of them are very high and the area around the city has been intensively cultivated — there’s a lot of farming, particularly beef and dairy products and also sheep. There are lots of sheep.
John: When are you going back?
Ruth: I’ve just been there. I went back in December for three weeks, so at the moment I have no plans to go home in the near future, but maybe sometime in September I’ll go again.
John: Maybe I’ll go and visit it sometime.
Ruth: Definitely. It’s really good. It’s a really nice place to visit.
Задание 13 на диалог и утверждения
A) Tini can’t live a day without reading a book.
B) Tini can’t wait to leave school.
C) Tini has got some work experience.
D) Tini is ready to meet the difficulties of the real world.
E) John is pleased with his working hours.
F) Tini disapproves of John choosing a teaching career.
G) Tini thinks she has the right personality for a career in banking.
A) Tini can’t live a day without reading a book. FALSE
B) Tini can’t wait to leave school. FALSE
C) Tini has got some work experience. NOT STATED
D) Tini is ready to meet the difficulties of the real world. TRUE
E) John is pleased with his working hours. TRUE
F) Tini disapproves of John choosing a teaching career. FALSE
G) Tini thinks she has the right personality for a career in banking. TRUE
John: Tini, you’re a student, aren’t you?
Tini: Yeah, I am.
John: Do you like to study? Do you like your student life?
Tini: Of course. You know, I like studying although I’m not that much of a bookworm, like some of my friends who can’t imagine their lives without reading, but yes, I like studying. I like spending time with my friends, and I just like my student life.
John: Now, soon, you’re going to graduate, correct?
Tini: Yes, fortunately or unfortunately, yes.
John: Well, why would you say fortunately?
Tini: Fortunately in the sense that, you know, it’s about time to get out into the real world and, you know, earn some money. But unfortunately in the sense that all of these precious memories, like you are putting them all behind.
John: Yeah, soon they are going to be over.
Tini: Right, and then you have more problems and responsibilities as soon as you step into the real world, which is understandable. I don’t mind this but no more spring vacation, no more summer vacation, this is tough.
John: Actually, that’s why I’m a teacher. People always ask me, why are you a teacher, John? And I say because of the time off. You get so much time off, and you don’t have to work a 9—5 schedule.
Tini: Yes, that is a very smart choice, I think.
John: Yeah, but you make no money.
Tini: Well, but you know you can be fresher and that’ll keep you young forever.
John: I don’t know about young forever but it does… you do feel energetic when you’re a teacher. I do agree. Well, you know, you can also become a teacher.
Tini: Well, actually, I’ve given it a bit of thought but right now I’m really into the banking industry.
Tini: Yeah, the financial services industry, and then probably I might like to give it a go.
John: That’s going to be very stressful.
Tini: It is, but you know, I pretty much like the fast-paced lifestyle and I’m quite quick-thinking and well-organised.
John: Good luck with banking then, you keep on with it.
Tini: Thank you. It’s going to be really tough, I know.
Задание 14 на диалог и утверждения
A) The tourist has visited England before.
B) There is a number of sightseeing attractions in Windsor besides Windsor Castle.
C) The tourist hopes to see The Queen in Windsor.
D) The Household Cavalry Museum occupies a part of Windsor Castle.
E) The tourist wants to see Windsor Great Park on a separate day.
F) The receptionist claims that most tourists need more than one day to spend in Windsor.
G) The tourist wants to buy postcards with the town views.
A) The tourist has visited England before. FALSE
B) There is a number of sightseeing attractions in Windsor besides Windsor Castle. TRUE
C) The tourist hopes to see The Queen in Windsor. NOT STATED
D) The Household Cavalry Museum occupies a part of Windsor Castle. NOT STATED
E) The tourist wants to see Windsor Great Park on a separate day. FALSE
F) The receptionist claims that most tourists need more than one day to spend in Windsor. TRUE
G) The tourist wants to buy postcards with the town views. NOT STATED
Receptionist: Hello, Windsor Travel Company, how may I help you?
Tourist: Hello, I was just wondering if you could offer me a tour of Windsor. This is my first visit to England and I want to make the most of it. I’ve been dreaming of visiting Windsor for quite a long time, so…
Receptionist: And may I tell you that you have phoned the very right place! We’re the oldest company in Great Britain to offer a variety of guided tours to Windsor.
Tourist: So you have several routes? I am surprised to hear that as I thought Windsor’s a really tiny town.
Receptionist: Windsor isn’t big but there’s so much to see and do there. Would you like me to list some of the opportunities?
Tourist: Yes, please.
Receptionist: Well, the most famous attraction in Windsor is certainly the magnificent Windsor Castle – the most romantic castle in the world. When the Queen is in residence, her presence is marked by the flying of her personal standard from the Round Tower. You may be lucky to see that.
Tourist: I guess Windsor Castle is a must for a tourist like me. What can I see there?
Receptionist: First you go to St George’s Chapel – one of England’s most beautiful ecclesiastic structures – and move forward to Queen Mary’s Doll’s House a perfect miniature palace with working lights and lifts, and even running water in all its 5 bathrooms!
Tourist: That must be amazing! Anything else I could see apart from Windsor Castle?
Receptionist: You may stroll to the Household Cavalry Museum. Inside is a comprehensive collection of the Regiment’s uniforms, weapons and armour as used from 1600 to the present day. One more thing absolutely worth seeing is Windsor Great Park and Smith’s Lawn.
Tourist: Is it possible to combine all these things into one day’s tour?
Receptionist: Most people feel one day isn’t enough for them but you’ll have a general impression and can come back next time you’re in England.
Tourist: And what about shopping opportunities? I’d really love to buy some souvenirs for my family and friends.
Receptionist: Windsor Royal Station will suit you. The covered shopping area combines modern store design and user-friendly facilities.
Tourist: Good. I think I’ll order a tour now.
Задание 15 на диалог и утверждения
A) Their friend is a very busy man.
B) It’s allowed to open the window in the safari park
C) The boy was going to feed the animal.
D) The elephant was on the left side of the car.
E) The car was damaged a little.
F) The guards were very calm in this incident.
G) Their friend expected the police actions.
A) Their friend is a very busy man. TRUE
B) It’s allowed to open the window in the safari park FALSE
C) The boy was going to feed the animal. TRUE
D) The elephant was on the left side of the car. NOT STATED
E) The car was damaged a little. FALSE
F) The guards were very calm in this incident. NOT STATED
G) Their friend expected the police actions. FALSE
Ann: I must tell you what happened to a friend of mine. It’s an amusing story.
Liz: What happened?
Ann: Well, he’d been promising for ages to take his kids to the safari park but he hadn’t been able to do, he’s always so busy — he’s a doctor — but anyway he finally decided to take them last Saturday. Well, when they got there everything was fine till they were driving through the bit where the elephants are, and they stopped for a moment to take some photos. His little boy, who’s really naughty, pressed the button to open the windows — and that’s strictly forbidden in safari parks — because he wanted to give this elephant a bit of a sandwich he was eating. Anyway this enormous elephant came right up and suddenly put its trunk through the window!
Liz: You’re joking!
Ann: No, and it got worse, because then when my friend tried to close the window the elephant’s trunk got trapped, so, of course, it panicked and started kicking the car.
Liz: No! How awful! What did they do?
Ann: Well, luckily one of the guards had seen what was going on a video monitor or something and they drove to where they were and rescued them, and took them back to the main office. They were pretty shocked, and, of course, the car looked a bit of a mess — two of the windows were broken and one of the doors…
Liz: I can imagine.
Ann: So, anyway, the guards gave the kids some lemonade and their mum and dad a glass of brandy to calm them down, and then they set off home but when they were about halfway back, they saw an accident had happened on the motorway. There were two police cars there, and, of course, my friend stopped, as he’s a doctor, to see if he could help.
Liz: Was anybody hurt?
Ann: Well in fact no, nobody had been injured but when the police saw my friend’s car they were a bit surprised and asked him what had happened to it, so he told them all about the elephant. But policeman didn’t believe it and gave my friend the breath test for alcohol. And, of course, he’d had that huge glass of brandy at the safari park, so he came out positive. Now he’s going to get a big fine and he’s probably going to lose his driving licence for a year.
Задание 16 на диалог и утверждения
A) Tim went to Italy on holidays with his parents.
B) It’s rather dangerous to drive in Italy.
C) The Leaning Tower looked less impressive than Tim had expected
D) Tim was afraid of climbing the Tower.
E) The Old Bridge in Florence looks like The Tower Bridge in London.
F) Tim was unable to communicate with Italians because his Italian wasn’t very good.
G) Tim tried different kinds of pizza in Italy.
A) Tim went to Italy on holidays with his parents. NOT STATED
B) It’s rather dangerous to drive in Italy. TRUE
C) The Leaning Tower looked less impressive than Tim had expected. FALSE
D) Tim was afraid of climbing the Tower. FALSE
E) The Old Bridge in Florence looks like The Tower Bridge in London. FALSE
F) Tim was unable to communicate with Italians because his Italian wasn’t very good. FALSE
G) Tim tried different kinds of pizza in Italy. NOT STATED
Tim: Alice, would you like to see the pictures of my holiday in Italy?
Alice: Sure, what was it like?
Tim: Ah, the holiday was great! The food was great! But the traffic was horrible!
Alice: Really? Why was the traffic horrible?
Tim: Actually, the general skill level of drivers in Italy is rather bad. Driving too fast for conditions, overtaking in stupid places and driving while talking on a mobile phone are all very common there.
Alice: Oh, Tim! Did you have any accidents?
Tim: Luckily, we didn’t. But the death rate on the roads in Italy is not funny at all. Anyway, I don’t want to think about it!
Alice: OK, OK, let’s return to your positive impressions. Oh, what a beautiful picture!
Tim: Yes, this is a picture of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It was a great feeling to stand right in front of such a fantastic building. But, honestly, the tower didn’t seem to be that leaning.
Alice: Incredible! I’ve always wanted to climb it. Did you do that?
Tim: Yes, we climbed to the top! It was raining that day but it was still wonderful.
Alice: Was it scary?
Tim: No, I wasn’t frightened at all. It’s not very tall, actually.
Alice: And what’s this?
Tim: That’s a photo of the River Arno in Florence. That’s the ‘Ponte Vecchio’, which means the ‘Old Bridge’.
Alice: Yeah, I know. It’s like the Tower Bridge in London.
Tim: Not exactly. Yes, it’s the symbol of the city but unlike the Tower Bridge, it has small houses on both sides of the bridge.
Alice: It’s really charming. And what was Florence like? Did you like the city?
Tim: It was marvellous. There were beautiful old medieval buildings in the city, impressive cathedrals and churches and lots of wonderful museums.
Alice: How was your Italian?
Tim: My Italian wasn’t very good. But many Italians speak English very well. I was really impressed!
Alice: Oh, this picture looks wonderful.
Tim: Yes, that’s a shot of a tasty pizza served by a beautiful Italian girl! You know, Italians are famous for their food and wine. So we didn’t miss a
chance to try traditional dishes.
Alice: I’m so jealous… I hope to visit this country some day.
Tim: That’s a really great country. I’d recommend Italy anytime!
Задание 17 на диалог и утверждения
A) Jim hasn’t had a cold for a long time.
B) The last time Jim had a cold was when they were to visit aunt Emily.
C) Maggie bought the grapes for Jim at the nearest shop.
D) Being ill Jim hasn’t lost his appetite.
E) Jim tried to convince Maggie that his medicine was quite useless.
F) Jim preferred to read a newspaper because he doesn’t like detective stories.
G) Jim is fond of fishing.
A) Jim hasn’t had a cold for a long time. TRUE
B) The last time Jim had a cold was when they were to visit aunt Emily. FALSE
C) Maggie bought the grapes for Jim at the nearest shop. NOT STATED
D) Being ill Jim hasn’t lost his appetite. TRUE
E) Jim tried to convince Maggie that his medicine was quite useless. TRUE
F) Jim preferred to read a newspaper because he doesn’t like detective stories. FALSE
G) Jim is fond of fishing. TRUE
Maggie: How are you feeling, Jim? Any better?
Jim: No, I’m afraid the cold’s getting worse, Maggie. I think you’d better ring aunt Emily and tell her we won’t be able to visit them tomorrow.
Maggie: It’s interesting how you always manage to be ill when it comes to visiting relatives.
Jim: That’s quite unfair, Maggie. I haven’t had a cold for ages.
Maggie: I remember quite well. The last time you had one was when we were invited to uncle Gilbert’s.
Jim: I am really feeling bad. Have you bought me any lemons?
Maggie: No, I couldn’t get any. But I bought you some grapes instead. Here you are, try some.
Jim: Mm… The ones you bought last week were much sweeter. They were purple. You know I like those better.
Maggie: Well, I’ll buy you some purple ones this afternoon. In the meantime you’ll have to make do with those green ones. Perhaps you’d like an orange instead.
Jim: I ate the last one while you were out.
Maggie: You don’t mean to have lost your appetite, Jim. Oh but look here. You haven’t had any of your medicine today. You’d better take some right away.
Jim: I had a spoonful this morning and it doesn’t seem to have done me any good.
Maggie: Well, you’d better have another one now. It says one spoonful every three hours. Here you are.
Jim: Did you bring any books from the library?
Maggie: Just some detective stories for myself. Here they are.
Jim: Oh, I’ve read that one and that one as well. You’d better just give me the newspaper.
Maggie: Well, I’ll be getting back to the kitchen then.
Jim: (calls out again) Maggie, Maggie!
Maggie: What is it this time?
Jim: Can you get me some more pillows from the bedroom? (Telephone rings). Well, go and answer it and see who it is… Who is it, Maggie? If it’s Dickson, ask him to come round for a game of chess.
Maggie: No, it wasn’t Dickson. It was aunt Emily. Garry had bought a new spinning rod and they were going fishing tomorrow afternoon. Of course, I said you had a bad cold and that you should really stay in bed…
Jim: What! Ring her up again right away and tell her I’m much better. I’m sure I’ll be quite all right by tomorrow.
Задание 18 на диалог и утверждения
A) Rose and Jane have no time to have a meal before the performance.
B) Jane became a witness of a road accident.
C) The woman was badly hurt because the driver didn’t manage to brake quickly.
D) When the bus stopped suddenly Jane got a slight cut on her left hand.
E) The woman was to blame for the accident.
F) Jane will have to appear in court next week.
G) The accident happened on Jane’s way to the theatre.
A) Rose and Jane have no time to have a meal before the performance. TRUE
B) Jane became a witness of a road accident. TRUE
C) The woman was badly hurt because the driver didn’t manage to brake quickly. FALSE
D) When the bus stopped suddenly Jane got a slight cut on her left hand. NOT STATED
E) The woman was to blame for the accident. TRUE
F) Jane will have to appear in court next week. NOT STATED
G) The accident happened on Jane’s way to the theatre. FALSE
Rose: Oh, there you are, at last, Jane.
Jane: Hello, Rose, I’m sorry I kept you waiting. It hasn’t started yet, has it?
Rose: No but we were going to have a meal beforehand, and now it’s too late for that. Where have you been?
Jane: Oh, Rose, I simply must tell you about something awful that happened to me. The bus I was in ran over a woman.
Rose: Was she badly hurt?
Jane: She fainted but I think it was mainly shock. Luckily the driver managed to brake pretty quickly.
Rose: How did it happen?
Jane: She wasn’t looking where she was going. She saw a friend it seems, and just dashed out into the middle of the road. The bus stopped so suddenly that some of the passengers got bruised quite badly.
Rose: Were you hurt, Jane?
Jane: I just got a slight cut on one hand. It’s nothing. I was sitting right in front and saw it all. She didn’t look round, you know, just waved to her friend and then ran straight across the road.
Rose: How stupid!
Jane: A car just managed to avoid her but the bus driver didn’t see her until she was almost under his wheels. Luckily she got away with no more than a few bruises and shock.
Rose: Were you asked to be a witness?
Jane: Yes, I had to make a long statement and leave my name and address
with the police sergeant. Perhaps they’ll ask me to appear in court.
Rose: Where did all this happen, Jane?
Jane: In Rainroad near the station.
Rose: But what were you doing in Rainroad this evening?
Jane: It wasn’t this evening. It was yesterday. I went to see my cousin there, on her birthday.
Rose: Yesterday? All this happened yesterday? Then why are you so late now?
Jane: But I’m not so late, am I? Only about ten minutes.
Rose: Ten minutes! More like half an hour! And I was just beginning to feel sorry for you. Come along now, or there’ll be another accident. A serious one this time.
Задание 19 на диалог и утверждения
A) Maggie understood that something had happened by Jim’s face.
B) The kitten sitting at the door was white and black.
C) The kitten didn’t like the milk Jim offered it.
D) Jim thinks that the worst thing the kitten has done is a broken china vase.
E) The kitten spoiled a piece of a high quality meat.
F) The police woman said a kitten had been lost a couple days ago.
G) Maggie felt sorry for having to give the kitten back.
A) Maggie understood that something had happened by Jim’s face. TRUE
B) The kitten sitting at the door was white and black. NOT STATED
C) The kitten didn’t like the milk Jim offered it. FALSE
D) Jim thinks that the worst thing the kitten has done is a broken china vase. FALSE
E) The kitten spoiled a piece of a high quality meat. TRUE
F) The police woman said a kitten had been lost a couple days ago. NOT STATED
G) Maggie felt sorry for having to give the kitten back. FALSE
Maggie: Why have you got that worried expression on your face, Jim? You look like a cat that’s been caught at the cream.
Jim: Cat! That’s just it, Maggie. But I really couldn’t help it. She was waiting on the doorstep when I came home and making such a row that I simply had to let her in.
Maggie: Let who in? I don’t know what you’re talking about. Who was waiting on the doorstep?
Jim: A kitten. Quite a young one, probably not more than six months old. I’ve put her in the cupboard now.
Maggie: And what did the kitten do?
Jim: Well, as I told you, she was mewing and scratching at the door. It was obvious she wanted something to eat, so I took her into the kitchen and gave her some milk.
Maggie: And did she drink it?
Jim: My goodness, you should have seen her! She was obviously having the time of her life.
Maggie: I can’t help feeling, Jim, that there’s more to it than that. Come on, tell me. I know, she’s broken the china vase aunt Emily gave us for Christmas.
Jim: No, I’m afraid it’s much worse than that, Maggie.
Maggie: For goodness sake, Jim, tell me quickly!
Jim: Well, she was just lying quietly on the kitchen chair, so I left her there for a moment to go upstairs. When I came back-
Maggie: Oh, Jim, I can guess…
Jim: When I came back, she was sitting on the kitchen table and calmly eating the steak you brought for dinner this evening.
Maggie: What, all of it?
Jim: No but she was certainly licking it all over when I caught her.
Maggie: Jim. That was a piece of top quality steak!
Jim: I know, Maggie, I really feel awful about it.
Maggie: I wonder who that is?
Jim: Good evening, officer, what can we do for you?
Police Woman: Sorry to disturb you, sir but I’m calling at all the houses in this road to see if a kitten’s been found.
Maggie: Could this be the kitten? My husband found it outside the door this afternoon.
Police Woman: It certainly looks like it.
Maggie: Well, you can take it with pleasure. It’s just eaten our dinner.
Задание 20 на диалог и утверждения
A) The artist had expected a large number of replies from children.
B) The artist was sure that painting attracted many young people.
C) The artist is surprised that children paint for their families.
D) The artist thinks allowing children into a kitchen can be a problem.
E) The artist’s parents taught him to experiment.
F) The artist wants children to run their own TV show.
G) The artist used to get annoyed when his father helped him.
A) The artist had expected a large number of replies from children. FALSE
B) The artist was sure that painting attracted many young people. TRUE
C) The artist is surprised that children paint for their families. TRUE
D) The artist thinks allowing children into a kitchen can be a problem. FALSE
E) The artist’s parents taught him to experiment. FALSE
F) The artist wants children to run their own TV show. FALSE
G) The artist used to get annoyed when his father helped him. TRUE
Interviewer: I know you’ve always been interested in painting even when you were a young girl. Now, I’m particularly interested in this new project of yours which is aimed at encouraging the under-16s to paint.
Artist: Yeah — I can’t imagine life without painting. But you’re right, my main passion at the moment is getting through to kids. A few months ago I was doing a TV show I asked kids to write in and tell me how many of them spent time at home painting.
Interviewer: Did you get many replies?
Artist: I was amazed at the response but do you know, I got more than 4000 and from kids all over the world. They wrote and told me what they paint, whether they use oils, watercolour, crayons or even make their own special paint mixtures!
Interviewer: And have you discovered things about this age group that do surprise you?
Artist: Yeah! I guess I thought these kids would be painting for their friends but what’s really nice is that they’re painting for their families. In most cases kids put up their pictures on the kitchen walls, stick them on the fridge door or a cupboard somewhere. I think that’s great!
Interviewer: When I was a kid my mother used to get fed up with me if I spread things all over the kitchen table and then didn’t clear away. Do you think this generation is any different?
Artist: Probably not! But some kids mentioned a great idea which is that their parents set aside special times for them to take over the kitchen. One la said he’d been painting since he was eight and that he’d learnt good practice automatically.
Interviewer: Is it difficult trying to experiment with mixing your own paints?
Artist: Hm — expensive, if not difficult! I used to ask my parents to buy all sorts of different kinds of oil paints so I could try out new ideas. I know they weren’t happy if I wasted the paint or it was such a disgusting colour that it had to be thrown away. They preferred it if I played safe.
Interviewer: So what happens now with all the information you’ve collected?
Artist: The next thing is to select about twenty kids and involve them in my own TV art programme but using their ideas and pictures. I’m reading through things to see who sounds adventurous and who has tried to create something individual. It’s also important to get a good range of ages from about 8 to 16 and obviously a mix of boys and girls.
Interviewer: I thought the advice was to never work with animals or children!
Artist: Yeah, I think it is. You’ll never see me on an art programme with animals! But what I’d like is to create a relaxed atmosphere where viewers can learn as well as enjoy what’s going on. I can imagine we’re all going to get in each other’s way but then that’s what an artist’s studio is usually like. My Dad would offer to help and just get in the way, messing up my paints and trying out different colours before I’d finished. It was maddening.
Interviewer: Well, thank you for talking to us today and good luck …
Задание 21 на диалог и утверждения
A) The research has shown that most teenagers have some kind of addiction.
B) The majority of computer addicts in Margaret’s study miss classes at school.
C) All of the computer addicts in Margaret’s study are smart people.
D) According to the survey girls are not as keen on using a computer as boys.
E) The study has shown that most of the computer science teachers are males.
F) Margaret believes a computer makes people less sociable and less selfassured.
G) Margaret’s research indicated that computer addicts suffer from serious diseases.
A) The research has shown that most teenagers have some kind of addiction. FALSE
B) The majority of computer addicts in Margaret’s study miss classes at school. NOT STATED
C) All of the computer addicts in Margaret’s study are smart people. TRUE
D) According to the survey girls are not as keen on using a computer as boys. TRUE
E) The study has shown that most of the computer science teachers are males. NOT STATED
F) Margaret believes a computer makes people less sociable and less selfassured. FALSE
G) Margaret’s research indicated that computer addicts suffer from serious diseases. NOT STATED
Interviewer: You are listening to Sunrise FM, your local radio station. With me in the studio today I’ve got Margaret Shearer, a child psychologist who has done a research into teenage addictions. Margaret, are they numerous? I mean addictions.
Margaret: Not really. Mostly teenagers have bad habits like smoking, drinking alcohol and talking on the phone. But sometimes they turn into addictions. For example, five in two hundred teenagers spend almost all their free time using their computers. They are usually defined as computer addicts.
Interviewer: And what are these computer addicts like?
Margaret: Most of them are boys and young men aged ten to twenty nine. The addicts in my study range from nine to sixteen! All of them spend about twenty four hours a week on the home computer playing computer games, or chatting, or browsing the Net. The majority of pupils and students also use computers at school.
Interviewer: Are there any other similarities within the group?
Margaret: All of them are very intelligent. They are interested in science and technology and they are usually very shy people who like being alone.
Interviewer: And how about girls?
Margaret: That’s a good question. A survey in schools showed that girls were less interested in computers. They were not as involved as boys. Possibly it’s because girls have other priorities. IT and programming are traditionally male subjects. I must admit, I share this prejudice too. Possibly it’s because most of the computer teachers give girls less attention. And parents think it is less important for girls to be good at the computer. Otherwise there is no reason why girls shouldn’t be computer experts.
Interviewer: Is computer addiction really so harmful?
Margaret: It depends. Young people in my study were quite shy. Using computers gave them confidence. It’s positive. They learnt to communicate with other users through computer networks and the people they met in school and work thought of them as experts who could help them when they had problems with their machines. On the other hand, this addiction may lead to poor health through rushed meals, lack of sleep and exercise.
Задание 22 на диалог и утверждения
A) National Science Week is particularly intended for young people.
B) National Science Week was successful when it was first held.
C) The photography competition will be judged by top scientists.
D) Click for Climate Change involves people agreeing to take action themselves.
E) The website makes suggestions about how to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
F) Click for Climate Change starts after National Science Week.
G) The activity packs for National Science Week are free.
A) National Science Week is particularly intended for young people. FALSE
B) National Science Week was successful when it was first held. TRUE
C) The photography competition will be judged by top scientists. NOT STATED
D) Click for Climate Change involves people agreeing to take action themselves. TRUE
E) The website makes suggestions about how to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. TRUE
F) Click for Climate Change starts after National Science Week. FALSE
G) The activity packs for National Science Week are free. NOT STATED
Presenter: OK, now I’m talking to our science reporter, Jessica Mile, about the world of science today. Jessica, there’s going to be something called National Science Week, isn’t there? Tell us about it.
Science reporter: Yes, of course, science is all around us and the Nationa Science Week, from March the tenth to the nineteenth, hopes to encourage people of all ages to think about how it affects all aspects of life. Science, engineering and the social sciences, such as economics, tell us about how the world around us works. During the week, events will be organised at venues ranging from schools and museums to shopping centres and bars.
Presenter: This was first held last year, wasn’t it?
Science reporter: Yes, and last year’s initiative saw more than 1500 events, from hands-on activities to discussions, tours and online projects. It went very well and more than half a million people got involved. This year, the British Association for the Advancement of Science, or BA, which coordinates the event, hopes to reach even more people.
Presenter: So, what kinds of things are happening?
Science reporter: Amongst the attractions this year is the ‘illuminate initiative’, which will look at colour in science and includes a photography competition for all ages. The winning entries will be displayed in the Dana Centre in central London. The idea is that asking people to capture the colour in science will make them look at science in a new way.
Presenter: And what else is happening?
Science reporter: Well, another part of this year’s I National Science Week is that the ВA is also asking people to ‘Click for Climate Change’. Visitors to its website can make a promise to make small changes to their lives which could add up to a big difference for climate change. The association suggests switching off the TV instead of leaving it on standby, walking to school or swapping just one normal light bulb for an energy-saving one. If everyone made these little changes, carbon dioxide emissions could be reduced by thousands of tonnes every year.
Presenter: That sounds very interesting. When does it start?
Science reporter: Click for Climate Change will open at the start of National Science Week, which begins on March the tenth.
Presenter: And where can people find out more?
Science reporter: Well, you can get more information about National Science Week, and you can also get activity packs, if you visit the BA website.
Задание 23 на диалог и утверждения
A) Mary’s new job takes up a lot of time and energy.
B) Mary has no opportunity to go to parties.
C) Peter felt his salary in the company was too low.
D) Peter left his job because he had no promotion prospects.
E) Peter sent out his resume to more than twenty companies.
F) Peter wouldn’t mind working in another city.
G) Mary advises Peter to speak to people with the same problems.
A) Mary’s new job takes up a lot of time and energy. TRUE
B) Mary has no opportunity to go to parties. FALSE
C) Peter felt his salary in the company was too low. NOT STATED
D) Peter left his job because he had no promotion prospects. TRUE
E) Peter sent out his resume to more than twenty companies. TRUE
F) Peter wouldn’t mind working in another city. FALSE
G) Mary advises Peter to speak to people with the same problems. TRUE
Peter: Hi, Mary. Congratulations on your new job!
Mary: Thanks, Peter. To tell you the truth, I’m not so sure I like it.
Peter: Oh, come on. Don’t complain. You’re making a good salary now. Last year you didn’t make anything.
Магу: Right. Now, I’ve got money, a nice apartment and a car. But I haven’t got any time to enjoy it all. It’s just work, work, work. I work hard all day, every day.
Peter: It can’t be all that bad. You can still go to parties, and you can stay up late.
Mary: Right, but then I’m tired at work. I can’t do that. Now I have to be serious about things.
Peter: I think you are too serious about everything.
Mary: That’s easy for you to say. Anyway, what are you doing here?
Peter: Oh, I’m shopping for a new suit. I want to make the best impression possible at my job interviews!
Mary: Are you looking for a new job?
Peter: Yes, I am. And I’m not doing very well, actually. I can’t seem to find a new job.
Mary: That’s too bad. Why did you leave your previous job?
Peter: Well, my boss treated me badly, and I didn’t like my chances of advancing in the company.
Mary: That makes sense. A job without opportunities and a difficult boss isn’t very attractive.
Peter: Exactly! So, anyway, I decided to quit and find a new job. I sent out my CV to more than twenty companies. Unfortunately, I’ve only had two interviews so far.
Mary: Have you tried looking online for a job?
Peter: Yes, but so many of the jobs require moving to another city. I don’t want to do that.
Mary: I can understand that. How about going to some of those networking groups?
Peter: I haven’t tried those. What are they?
Mary: They’re groups of people who are also looking for work. They help each other discover new opportunities.
Peter: That sounds great! I’ll definitely try some of them.
Mary: I’m glad to hear that. I’m sure things will look up for you soon.
Peter: Yes, you’re probably right. I hope so!
Дополнительное задание 1
Вы услышите монолог. Определите, какие из приведённых утверждений соответствуют содержанию текста (True), какие не соответствуют (False) и о чём в тексте не сказано, то есть на основании текста нельзя дать ни положительного, ни отрицательного ответа (Not stated). Вы услышите запись дважды.
A) Fifty per cent of people would like to emigrate
B) More than half of young people would prefer to live in another country.
C) A few people would prefer to move to the Continent.
D) Older people are less enthusiastic about emigrating.
E) The most popular place for holiday is a desert island
F) British people prefer to stay in Britain because of the weather.
G) Some people can’t go abroad because this way they save money
A) Fifty per cent of people would like to emigrate FALSE
B) More than half of young people would prefer to live in another country. TRUE
C) A few people would prefer to move to the Continent. NOT STATED
D) Older people are less enthusiastic about emigrating. TRUE
E) The most popular place for holiday is a desert island FALSE
F) British people prefer to stay in Britain because of the weather. FALSE
G) Some people can’t go abroad because this way they save money NOT STATED
A new survey shows that two-thirds of British people are ‘reasonably happy’ with their lives at the same time, an astonishing number of people would father live in another country.
Thirty percent would emigrate if they were free and had the chance to settle somewhere else in the world. In more adventurous about 20 age group more than 50 percent would like to emigrate. The majority say they would prefer to go somewhere warmer than Britain. Among younger people the most popular destination would be continental Europe, particularly Spain and France.
Outside Europe, other destinations would be Australia, the USA and Canada. Most British people over 40 would rather stay where they are. In the older group nobody showed any interest in leaving the country. However, this age group also thinks that foreign holidays are ‘essential’. Most of them said that three weeks in another country was ‘as much as I can take’. The majotiry of British people want to spend their holidays in the sun … and on a beach where they can sunbathe, swim and play beach games. The minority prefer to stay in Britain for their holidays — although the weather is not always reliable. They would rather not have to bother with foreign currencies, frights, passports and different food. Britain has a long coastline so there are lots of places to go for seaside holidays and some people save money by doing self-catering, renting a holiday home or camping.
Дополнительное задание 2
Вы услышите монолог. Определите, какие из приведённых утверждений соответствуют содержанию текста (True), какие не соответствуют (False) и о чём в тексте не сказано, то есть на основании текста нельзя дать ни положительного, ни отрицательного ответа (Not stated). Вы услышите запись дважды.
A) When we are telling a lie, it’s normal.
B) Lying is a way to persuade the other people
C) Lying is an essential part of many kinds of sport
D) Actors should be good at lying
E) Film makers try to deceive the audience
F) Sometimes it’s better to keep silence
G) Our life is possible without telling a lie.
A) When we are telling a lie, it’s normal. TRUE
B) Lying is a way to persuade the other people FALSE
C) Lying is an essential part of many kinds of sport TRUE
D) Actors should be good at lying TRUE
E) Film makers try to deceive the audience TRUE
F) Sometimes it’s better to keep silence NOT STATED
G) Our life is possible without telling a lie. FALSE
Why do we tell a lie? Wouldn’t life be easier if everyone told the truth all the time? It may sound strange but lying, or rather the ability to deceive other people, is an essential part of life.
When we tell, we are trying to deceive someone. We are trying to make someone think or feel something that they would not otherwise think or feel. In other words, lying is about manipulating someone else’s thoughts or feelings. However, so are many other parts of life? If we couldn’t manipulate other people’s thoughts and feelings, life as we know it would be impossible.
Most sport, for example, is based on deception. The footballer who is taking a penalty kick wants to make the goalkeeper think that he’s going to shoot into the right hand side of the net, when in fact he intends to put it into the left hand corner.
Entertainment, too, depends on deception. We know that the people on the stage aren’t really Julius Caesar and Cleopatra. We know that vampires don’t really exist. We let ourselves be deceived. Indeed, in many cases we want to be deceived. The conjuror’s tricks, the comedian’s jokes, the film-maker’s special effects are all forms of deception.
Think about everyday life. What would it really be like, if we had to tell the absolute truth every time? What would that do to courtship, family life and advertising? Could we still tell children about Father Christmas? If your partner cooked an awful dinner, would it really be best to actually say that it was awful? Deception is a natural part of life. We need to get other people to do things all the time, and so we naturally manipulate their thoughts and feelings by not telling the truth or by telling only part of the truth. The question is, when does not telling the whole truth become a lie?
Дополнительное задание 3
Вы услышите монолог. Определите, какие из приведённых утверждений соответствуют содержанию текста (True), какие не соответствуют (False) и о чём в тексте не сказано, то есть на основании текста нельзя дать ни положительного, ни отрицательного ответа (Not stated). Вы услышите запись дважды.
A) There are some practices to improve your memory
B) You should imagine the face of the person.
C) You should split the big numbers
D) It’s better to sum up some numbers.
E) It’s easy to keep in memory some jubilee dates
F) You should plan your route thoroughly in your mind
G) If you are amused you will remember it better.
A) There are some practices to improve your memory TRUE
B) You should imagine the face of the person. FALSE
C) You should split the big numbers TRUE
D) It’s better to sum up some numbers. FALSE
E) It’s easy to keep in memory some jubilee dates NOT STATED
F) You should plan your route thoroughly in your mind TRUE
G) If you are amused you will remember it better. TRUE
We all have problems remembering things but there are some techniques that you can use to help you remember. Let’s take the activities that you have just done.
First of all, remembering the names and jobs of the people and where they come from. Here, the best thing is to imagine images of the people and the names that you want to remember. And you should try to think of funny images as they are easier to remember. For example, we have Tom the student from Australia. Well, for Tom you might imagine a tomato. Then Australia has a shape a bit like a dog. Now let’s imagine it’s a very clever dog and is studying. So imagine Tom’s face as a tomato and he’s with a dog. So now we have a picture of Tom the student from Australia.
Now let’s take the numbers. The best thing to do here is to break the larger number up into smaller numbers and then think of the things that the numbers remind you of, such as a birthday, a particular year and the number of a house. Or with a number like 747 you might think of a jumbo jet – a Boeing 747.
With the directions the best thing is to imagine yourself following the directions. Create a picture in your mind of yourself going down the street. Count the turnings 1,2. Then turn left. Now imagine going past a supermarket and a cinema and so on.
When you have to remember lists of words try to build them a story. So with our words we might start the funny story. It’d be better. Try some of these techniques and you’ll be amazed at what you can remember.
Дополнительное задание 4
A) The transport Minister left his post because of the gossips
B) The Prime Minister opened the Conference on the Environment
C) A lot of working places for engineers will be opened in Wales.
D) The inflation process is slightly increasing nowadays
E) The dangerous criminal got away from the prison.
F) A racing pigeon saved on the board of the ship crossing the ocean
G) Finally the speaker tells the weather forecast.
A) The transport Minister left his post because of the gossips TRUE
B) The Prime Minister opened the Conference on the Environment NOT STATED
C) A lot of working places for engineers will be opened in Wales. NOT STATED
D) The inflation process is slightly increasing nowadays FALSE
E) The dangerous criminal got away from the prison. TRUE
F) A racing pigeon saved on the board of the ship crossing the ocean TRUE
G) Finally the speaker tells the weather forecast. FALSE
Good evening. Here is the news at 6.00 p.m.
The Transport Minister, Mark Lloyd, has resigned. In a brief statement from his family home this morning he said that he was resigning for personal reasons. The resignation comes after reports in several newspapers that Mr Lloyd had had an affair with his secretary. Mr Lloyd has denied the reports. This morning he said that he just wanted to spend more time with his family.
The Prime Minister is attending the World Conference on the Environment. The conference president, Dr Sami Ranbuka, told the conference that the world was running out of time to solve the problems of the environment. He asked the countries to put the interests of the Earth before their own national interests.
The computer company, K.B. Grant, plans to open a new factory in Wales. The Managing Director, Judy Foster, said that the new factory would create up to 300 new jobs. She added that if the business software market continued to expand, even more jobs could be expected. Figures released today show that inflation fell slightly last month from 3.8% to 3.6%. The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jack Tinker, said that the government was coming to keep inflation under control. For the opposition, however, Sally Walker said that inflation was still too high and the government was not doing enough to get it down.
A prisoner has escaped from Ford prison. The prison governor, Colin Richardson, said that Frank Selwyn, who is serving 12 years for armed robbery, had escaped at about 2 o’clock this afternoon by hiding in a builder’s lorry. Не said that Selwyn was dangerous and anyone seeing him should call the police immediately.
And finally a story of an extraordinary journey A racing pigeon from Scotland turned up recently in Canada, over 3 000 miles away. The pigeon is now back home with its owner, Eddie Forbes. Eddie said he didn’t think that the bird had actually flown across the Atlantic. He thought it had probably landed on a ship.
Дополнительное задание 5
Вы услышите рассказ о новом музыкальном проекте. Определите, какие из приведённых утверждений соответствуют содержанию текста (True), какие не соответствуют (False) и о чём в тексте не сказано, то есть на основании текста нельзя дать ни положительного, ни отрицательного ответа (Not stated). Вы услышите запись дважды.
A) The band Time Travel is still as popular as twenty-five years ago.
B) The base of the band’s fans is composed by people at the age of 40—50.
C) The successful activity of Andrew Mack in different spheres can be in much explained by the popularity of his music.
D) Mack published four books of his poetry.
E) The music Mack plays with Creole Tango Orchestra is much more interesting than that of present-day Time Travel.
F) Creole Tango Orchestra first appeared in Great Britain.
G) The band is going to perform completely new songs.
A) The band Time Travel is still as popular as twenty-five years ago. FALSE
B) The base of the band’s fans is composed by people at the age of 40—50. TRUE
C) The successful activity of Andrew Mack in different spheres can be in much explained by the popularity of his music. TRUE
D) Mack published four books of his poetry. NOT STATED
E) The music Mack plays with Creole Tango Orchestra is much more interesting than that of present-day Time Travel. TRUE
F) Creole Tango Orchestra first appeared in Great Britain. NOT STATED
G) The band is going to perform completely new songs. TRUE
To the majority of American music fans, Andrew Mack is mostly known as the front man of the veteran band Time Travel, which has been around for more than 40 years.
But each band’s career has its high and lows. And it would be naive to expect Time Travel to have the same impact these days as it had 25 or so years ago. They still have a sizeable fan base — mostly composed by people who are in their 40-s and 50-s — but haven’t really recorded anything impressive for years.
And while Time Travel remains a respected — and profitable — brand, for the last 15 years or so Andrew Mack has been spending more time pursuing other interests. He was a successful host of the culinary show for more than 10 years, exhibited paintings and drawings and published poetry. However, music has remained the area where he has been most successful.
Today Mack’s main side project is Creole Tango Orchestra, whose music is noticeably more interesting and diverse than that of contemporary Time Travel.
The Orchestra has been around since 2001. They have released six albums, including the hits of 1960-s in jazz and blues arrangements.
Meanwhile, Mack himself admits that the music he plays with Creole Tango Orchestra is largely influenced by American jazz trumpeter and singer Chesney Baker.
Explaining his project’s musical philosophy, Mack once said that they try to recreate the mood of Baker’s performances several decades ago. ‘We would like to make the sound a little more contemporary but at the same time preserve that serene melody which is hardly in today’s music,’ he said. Creole Tango Orchestra has also promised to play several brand new songs that have never been performed as far.
Дополнительное задание 6
Вы услышите рассказ об одной из улиц Варшавы. Определите, какие из приведённых утверждений соответствуют содержанию текста (True), какие не соответствуют (False) и о чём в тексте не сказано, то есть на основании текста нельзя дать ни положительного, ни отрицательного ответа (Not stated). Вы услышите запись дважды.
A) The name of the busiest shopping street in Warsaw means New Light.
B) Nearly 14 ООО Poles walk down this main street every day.
C) Most buildings of the city were rebuilt in the middle of the 20th century.
D) There is much advertising in the street.
E) Most people come here to do shopping during sale periods.
F) You will pay £55 for a pair of leather gloves.
G) There is a cafe where you can meet a lot of famous Poles.
A) The name of the busiest shopping street in Warsaw means New Light. FALSE
B) Nearly 14 ООО Poles walk down this main street every day. FALSE
C) Most buildings of the city were rebuilt in the middle of the 20th century. TRUE
D) There is much advertising in the street. FALSE
E) Most people come here to do shopping during sale periods. NOT STATED
F) You will pay £55 for a pair of leather gloves. NOT STATED
G) There is a cafe where you can meet a lot of famous Poles. TRUE
Guess where the best shopping street is! No, it isn’t Oxford Street, the Champs-Elysees or even Fifth Avenue. A new survey shows that the most popular shopping street in the world is … Nowy Swiat. Where’s that? In Warsaw, Poland, of course.
A recent survey has shown that the busiest shopping street in the world is not in London, New York or Paris but in Warsaw. It’s called Nowy Swiat, which means New World. An incredible amount of 14 000 Poles walk down this main street every hour. It is a lovely place to shop. The pavements are very wide. There are statues, palaces, attractive town houses, exclusive cafes and high-class restaurants. The buildings aren’t too tall. They look old but in fact the whole city was rebuilt after World War II. There aren’t any billboards or neon lights. There isn’t any loud music, and there aren’t many tourists. People think that Polish shops have nothing to sell, so nobody comes shopping here.
The world doesn’t know about this paradise for shoppers — yet. It is now possible to buy almost everything in Warsaw. There are a lot of shops from the West but the interesting thing is that Polish manufacturers are now producing high quality goods. They are good because they are not mass produced for world consumption.
Nowy Swiat has a lot of small shops, specialist shops and chic shops. It hasn’t got the huge department stores that sell the same things everywhere. If you want an exquisite handmade suit, Nowy Swiat is the place to go. It isn’t cheap. You will pay up to £1000. For beautiful French baby clothes go to Petit Bateau. You will pay / 5 0 for a pair of blue jeans for a baby. A dress for a baby girl is about £90. At Desa, a famous antique shop, a desk costs £5 000, and a 19th century Russian icon is £200.
Not everything is expensive. At the shop Pantera you can buy leather goods — handbags, purses, coats and belts. Cepelia specializes in folk art. There are also book shops and record shops. And there are a lot of small boutiques that sell men’s and women’s clothes that aren’t too expensive.
If you’re tired, stop at Cafe Blikle. This is a fashionable place to meet. You’ll find a lively atmosphere, and a lot of well-known Poles. The frozen yoghurt and ice-creams are excellent, and its famous doughnuts are delicious. It is possible to travel the world and find the same things for sale in every country. But Warsaw is different because its shops are unique — and they’re in Nowy Swiat.