Exercises to Card 1

Уважаемые коллеги, представляю вашему вниманию упражнения для подготовки к экзамену по новым билетам, разработанные учителем английского языка из города Орши Гоцкало Мариной Валентиновной. Марина Валентиновна будет принимать экзамен у своих студентов (колледжа) раньше нас всех: 21 мая. Из своего опыта она знает, насколько помогают подобные упражнения вспомнить изученные материалы, активизировать лексику и говорение. Конечно, устные ситуации не у всех совпадут, но тематическая лексика к билету подойдёт всем.

Будем с нетерпением ждать следующих разработок Марины Валентиновны. Я очень рада нашему заочному знакомству, ловлю себя на мысли, что мне везёт:  среди моих знакомых такие замечательные, творческие люди. Это неспроста. Может, и я что-нибудь значу?))

CARD №1 

Reading “Are you proud of being Belarusian?”

1. Find in the text English equivalents:

Воспитали, чувство гордости, со временем, настоящее сокровище, голубоглазая, душистые луга, курорты (излюбленные места), незабываемая атмосфера, уникальность, гостеприимные, щедрые, приветливые, имеющие глубокие корни, особый интерес, отражают нашу культуру, не смотря на,  выстоять, в заключение.

2. Translate into Russian:

Quite positively, rolling hills, golden fields, mighty European bison, ribbon-like rivers, peaceful atmosphere, clear lakes, all year round, many centuries, although, wild forests, that’s why, fun-loving, extremely sociable, warm-hearted, foreigners, great past, achievements, compose verses, lyric poems.

3. Say if sentences are TRUE or FALSE:

    1. The author of the text is Belarusian because he/she lives in Belarus.
    2. Wonderful nature is the real treasure of Belarus.
    3. Belarus has hundreds of wild and rain forests.
    4. Our country is also famous for its clear lakes and ribbon-like rivers.
    5. Belarus is called a green-eyed country.
    6. The resorts of lakes Naroch and Braslav are open only in spring and summer.
    7. For many centuries we were a part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, the Polish –Lithuanian Commonwealth and then the Russian Empire.
    8. The author of the text is proud of our national holidays and traditions.
    9. The typical Belarusian holidays are Halloween, St. Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day.
    10. Belarus is the place where the author’s heart will always belong to.

4. Answer the questions according to the text:

    1. Is the author of the text Russian?
    2. Where was the author born?
    3. What is the real treasure of Belarus?
    4. Where can you meet mighty European bison in the wild?
    5. Why is Belarus called a blue-eyed country?
    6. How are Belarusians described?
    7. What national holidays are mentioned in the text?
    8. Why are these holidays of particular interest for tourists?
    9. What does the author tell foreigners about each time he/she goes abroad?
    10. What would the author do if he/she were a talented painter?

5. Match the words of the two columns to make up the word combinations used in the text and translate them into Russian: 

1. different a. treasure
2. a sense of b. history
3. real c. lakes
4. peaceful d. country
5. wild e. holidays
6. heroic f. interest
7. clear g. painter
8. national h. pride
9. particular i. forests
10. talented j. atmosphere

 6. Give the equivalents from the text that mean the same:

  1. mother and father;
  2. an area of land that has its own government, army etc.
  3. very valuable things, usually in the form of a store of precious metals, precious stones or money;
  4. all the animals, plants, rocks, etc.;
  5. a large wild animal similar to cow but having a larger head and shoulders;
  6. willing to give money, help, kindness, etc.;
  7. a time when someone does not go to work or school;
  8. having such a strong effect or influence on you that you cannot forget it;
  9. someone who paints pictures;
  10. to show, express or be sign of something.

II. Listening

Listen to the story about a girl and:

1. Choose the right answer:

  1. There was a time when Whitney:

a) didn’t have much money
b) didn’t have a lot of friends
c) didn’t have much time

  1. When it came time to go to college, Whitney……..

a) was very happy
b) wasn’t very happy
c) was quite nervous

3. The first week of classes changed Whitney’s…..

a) life
b) attitude to college
c) behaviour

4. Whitney said that her goal was…..

a) to earn much money
b) to make just one good friend
c) to get good education

5. It was a friendship that lasted……

a) all through college
b) all Whitney’s life
c) only one week


  1. Whitney was a bit shy and reserved and kept herself to herself.
  2. She was going to share a room with her friend.
  3. In her English class she was asked to say some words about herself.
  4. One student came to Whitney and asked her to give him a book.
  5. Whitney was very upset and didn’t give her hand to the boy.

3. Fill in the missing words

  1. Why was Whitney worried about going to college?

She was going to __________ with someone she didn’t know and live far from _____.

  1. How did she find a friend?

She found a friend in her ________ class. One _______ came to her and held out his _______ and ___________ himself.

  1. What lesson did Whitney learn?

Whitney learned the _______ of asking for what she wanted, being _______ and taking ______.

4. Answer the questions:

  1.  What is the girl’s name?
  2. Did it come time to go to college or university?
  3. What class did she make friends?
  4. What was Whitney’s goal?
  5. Was it a friendship that lasted all through college?

III. Speaking

1. Translate the words into Russian:

Accommodation, flat, spacious, conveniences, central heating, access to the Internet, bookcase, privacy, neighbours, newlyweds.

2. Find pairs of antonyms to the words:

1. expensive a. small
2. spacious b. waste
3. convenient c. increase
4. save d. cheap
5. reduce e. inconvenient
6. clean f. joined
7. separate g. unsociable
8. freedom h. dirty
9. friendly i. hot
10. cold j. imprisonment

 3. Find pairs of synonyms: 

1. agree a. present
2. house b. construct
3. modern c. allow
4. build d. care for
5. protect e. apartment
6. attractive f. position
7. location g. purchase
8. disturb h. suggest
9. buy i. interrupt
10. advise j. good-looking

4. Find corresponding words to definitions:

    1. a form of energy that provides power to devices that create light, heat, etc.;
    2. a room where food is kept, prepared and cooked;
    3. the room in a house that is used for relaxing in and entertain and guests;
    4. large with a lot of space;
    5. a piece of furniture with shelves to put books;
    6. water supplied to a house by pipes;
    7. a system of heating buildings by warming air or water;
    8. a room with a bath or shower;
    9. the room just inside the entrance that leads to other rooms;
    10. the ability to connect to the Internet.

5. Fill in the missing words:

  1. Is your house in a good ………?
  2. What modern ……… are there in your flat?
  3. We have …….. to the Internet in our flat.
  4. Are all the rooms ………?
  5. Our …………never disturb us.

6. Translate the words in brackets:

  • Our flat is (просторная) and (привлекательная).
  • I am happy to have my (собственная) room.
  • Living in a house gives you more (свободы) and (уединения).
  • Our neighbours never (беспокоят) us.
  • I would advise newlyweds to buy a flat (а не) build a house.


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