LEXICAL AND GRAMMAR TEST
Fill in the gaps.
The Way Teenagers Speak
Teenage speech is changing all 1) ___ (a/the/ -) time. Even parents sometimes have 2) ___ (a/the/ -) hard time 3) _______________ (understand) their children. Is it the influence 4) ___ bad friends or bad television?
If you 5)_____________never (use) or fail to understand, expressions life “large salads”, then 6) ___ (a/the/ -) British teenager is likely to think that you are either a studious schoolkid or simply too old (probably 7) ___ least 35). In both cases, such a person may 8) _________ (consider) a “doughnut” by the young.
British linguists admit that a huge linguistic gap is opening up at present to separate a 9)_________ (young) generation – brought 10)_____ on a mixture 11)____ US television, films and music, soap operas and rave culture – from the rest of the population.
Teenage speech 12) _______ (abound) in the so-called “fillers”, or unnecessary words (like “yeah”, “key”, “man”). 13)____ (a/the/ -) traditional British phrases such as “you know”, or “sort of”, 14)___________ commonly(replace) by “like” as in: “I’m like, interested 15) ___ reading, but not like – that much”, or 16) ___ reported speech: “She said to me, “you idiot”, and I’m like “what did you call me?”. This can infuriate parents, among them the writer Anthony Holden, father of three teenagers. “It really bugs me when one of the kids says, “I’m like going down the pub, Dad, like, with 17) ___ (a/the/ -) few of my friends”. It’s so lazy, I think”.
The young are more inclined to use Americanism they 18) ___ (hear) on TV than other people. At present they are more likely to say “there you go”, instead 19) ___ “who’s speaking?”. Yet, it is wrong to think that TV is the number one influence 20) ___ teenagers. The number one influence is the people you “knock around with”. If you are in a group in which you can gain something, you 21) _______ (use) the terminology which will make you 22) _____ (её) member.
Younger people are not only more keen to be accepted by their peers but try to exclude their elders by their slang. Jane Bynner, a local government officer, recalls, when everything her children spoke of was “lame” or “wicked”. “It 23) ______ (be) a problem when they were younger and we 24) _______ (have) arguments about 25) ____ (a/the/ -) way they spoke. I felt it was part of a general attitude that was quite nasty to us, parents, and grown-ups 26) ___ general – that we are not 27) ____________(interest) and not worth listening to”. Mrs. Bynner 28) __________(worry) about the strong influence the environment of her children had on them. And she is not alone. 29) ____ (a/the/ -) most parents face 30) ____(a/the/ -) same problem.
1) the; 2) a; 3) understanding; 4) of; 5) have never used; 6) a; 7) at; 8) be considered; 9) younger; 10) up; 11) of; 12) abounds; 13) The; 14) have been commonly replaced; 15) in; 16) in; 17) a; 18) hear; 19) of; 20) on; 21) will use; 22) its; 23) was; 24) had; 25) the; 26) in; 27) interesting ; 28) was worried; 29) -; 30) the.
Text for Listening
Household chores may be a household bore, but not when they become extreme sports.
There are many strange sports in the world and here is a new one that you might like to try. Extreme ironing is very simple. You take your ironing board, your iron and a piece of clothing to somewhere out of the ordinary and you iron. There is an annual competition for the best photograph of extreme ironing.
A lot of people take it very seriously and train for the competition. To do extreme ironing you need stamina*, but you also have to iron with grace — you see, this sport is like, dancing.
There are photographs of people ironing underwater, on the tops of mountains or riding on bikes. You can iron on your own or with a team of friends.
Extreme ironing might never become an Olympic sport, but at least you can do something exciting and still have nicely ironed clothes at the end of the day.
* stamina — выдержка
LISTENING AND COMPREHENTION TEST
1. Complete the sentences according to the text: 1*3=3
1) Extreme ironing is very:
2) To do extreme ironing you need:
c) an iron.
3) You can iron on your own or with:
a) a team of acquaintances;
b) a team of family;
c) a team of friends.
2. Fill in the gaps: 2*6=12
1) There are many _________sports in the world and here is a new one that you might like to___________.
2) A lot of people take it very ___________ and train for the ___________.
3) There are photographs of people ironing __________, on the tops of mountains or ___________on bikes.
3. Answer the questions: 3*3=9
1) How often does the extreme ironing competition take place?
2) What do you need to take part in this competition?
3) Is it a team competition?
1. 1-b; 2-a; 3-c.
2. 1) strange, try; 2) seriously, competition; 3) underwater, riding.
3. 1) an annual competition; 2) ironing board, iron and a piece of clothing;
3) both personal and team.
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