1 Uzupełnij luki w tekście zdaniami A–G. Dwa zdania podano dodatkowo. TRUE STORIES
Last month, we asked you for mistakes you made at school or work and what you learned from them. Here is this month’s winning article. Our school is very good at organising after-school activities. Last year I went to two clubs, the music club and the drama club. It was my first year in the music club, which I had for an hour on Mondays and Wednesdays, and my second year in the drama club, which was an hour and a half on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 1_____ It didn’t matter because there wasn’t much school work to do.
In October, they told us about the end of year school play. 2_____ I was very excited when I found out that I was going to play one of the most important parts. Then, in November, the music teacher asked me to play the piano in the end of year concert. I was surprised because my piano playing isn’t very good. He wanted everyone to be in it, though, good and bad.
Everything was fine before Christmas because I did a lot of school work at the weekend. 3______ Then, in January, I went to a friend’s birthday party and met a girl called Heather. We started talking and I asked her out. After that, I didn’t have any free Fridays or Saturdays because I was with Heather. I was still OK, though. I stopped watching TV and only switched on my computer once a week.
That was my life until April but then everything started happening at once. The drama teacher wanted me to come to an extra practice on Fridays, the music teacher gave me lots of tunes to practise at home over the weekend and Heather wanted to meet up for walks on Sundays because the weather was getting nicer. In addition, our teachers started talking more and more about the end of year exams. We got more homework and tests every week to see how much we could remember. I usually have a good memory but I was trying to memorise my words in the play as well. My test marks were really bad and my parents were worried so they told me I should stop seeing Heather for a while. 4______
In the end, Heather left me, I failed my exams and the music teacher said that I wasn’t good enough to be in the concert. The play went well, though, although I nearly fell asleep in the middle of it. 5______ Not to try to do so many things at one time!
Ian Hodge, aged 17
A I didn’t want to do that so I was staying up later and later to get all my work done.
B I didn’t expect her to say that.
C What did I learn from all of this?
D It meant that I had four late finishes a week.
E That was why I liked her so much.
F I was very busy but I managed somehow.
G I really wanted to be in it.
2 Ponownie przeczytaj artykuł i zdecyduj czy podane zdania są prawdziwe (T) czy fałszywe (F). 1 Both clubs had two meetings a week.
2 Ian is a good piano player.
3 He met Heather at her birthday party.
4 He had a lot more work to do in the spring.
5 Not everything went wrong at the end of the year. / 5
3 Przeczytaj poniższy tekst, z którego usunięto pięć zdań. Wstaw zdania oznaczone literami (A-F) w luki (1- 5 ), tak aby powstał spójny i logiczny tekst. Jedno zdanie zostało podane dodatkowo i nie pasuje do żadnej luki. A The downside of this is that you have to be careful not to make much noise yourself.
B You may think you'll get used to it, but there is some evidence that people who live on the upper floors of high- rises tend to suffer more from nervousness than those on the lower floors.
CHeat rises, 50 if you're in a cold climate, you'll probably pay less for the heating bills.
D On the other hand, if the building catches fire, it will probably be more difficult for you to escape, and rescuers may have a harder time getting to you.
E The disadvantage, though, is that upper-floor flats tend to be more expensive to buy or rent, and other costs can be higher as well.
F Apart from giving you a lighter, more cheerful space, letting in the sunlight will help warm your fiat and keep the heating bills even lower.
Have you ever dreamed of living in a top-floor flat? There are several pros and cons to think about before moving to a sky-high residence. One scientifically proven advantage is that the top floor is warmer in winter. 1 ____ Just turn down the thermostat and let the downstairs neighbours keep you warm. Also true is that the higher up you live, the brighter it is. 2 _____ Of course, an advantage in winter can become a disadvantage in summertime. While those living on lower floors are feeling cool, your place may feel like an oven.
Another advantage is that a top-floor flat can be the quietest in your block. At least you won't hear the sounds of pets and children running around over your head, or early risers falling out of bed at 5 a.m. 3 ____ You'd be surprised what your downstairs neighbours can hear, so consider carefully before you start to exercise or hoover the floors first thing in the morning or late at night.
One more plus of living high up is the fact that you are safer from break-ins. Most burglars are looking for a quick way in and out, so the lower floors are ideal for them. Living higher up can protect you from other dangers as well. For example, floods, which can definitely cause damage on lower floors, probably won't reach your place. 4 _____
There is one more thing to consider before you decide to live in a top-floor apartment. If you're afraid of heights, you may not want to live too high up. 5 _____ And what's the point of having a great view if you're too nervous to look out of the windows?
COMMUNICATION 1 Uzupełnij rozmowę wyrazami z ramki. Dwa wyrazy podano dodatkowo.
after allowed as forget happened mind remember while
A Do you mind if I sit here?
B No, please do.
A The train’s very busy, isn’t it?
B Yes, it is.
A I remember a very busy train I travelled on. I’ll never 1_______________ it. It 2_______________ a few years ago. I was in Poland going from Wrocław to Gdańsk on a night train. 3_______________I was walking to the station, I noticed lots of football fans. At first, I didn’t know where they were going but, after a 4_______________, I realised they were all going to a match in Gdańsk. They were singing all night and I didn’t sleep at all. Would you like a cigarette?
B No, thank you. You can’t smoke here. It’s not 5_______________.
Grammar and vocabulary
1 Przeczytaj poniższy tekst. Z podanych odpowiedzi wybierz właściwą, tak aby powstał
Celebrities are constantly buying and selling homes. Some people would give , 1 _____ to be able to see inside those homes and the new TV show Celebrity Homes is especially for them. As each of the celebrities walks through the potential homes, they talk about the 2 _____ and cons, deciding which one fits their tastes best. After the two celebrities have looked 3 ____ three fabulous houses, we find out which one they choose. Watch the show for a glimpse of the lifestyle of the rich and famous. Hear a pop singer and her rapper boyfriend discuss whether they want a beach house or a 4 ____ cottage. See a famous actor who 5 ____ in a top-floor fiat in the city, but now wants to move to the country. Or a top model who 6 ____ the past decade has been satisfied with just five bedrooms, now wants nine. Oh yes, and she needs a big 7 ____ for her five sports cars.
Mieszkasz w Londynie. W następnym tygodniu planowałeś/łaś odwiedzić swoich znajomych Anglików w ich domu na wsi, ale przyjeżdża Twoja rodzina z Polski i wizytę musisz odwołać. Napisz list do znajomych, w którym:
powiadomisz ich o sytuacji, w jakiej się znalazłeś/łaś;
uzasadnisz konieczność pozostania wraz z rodziną w Londynie;