Step 1. Define your Zodiac sign by studying the following chart.

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Step 1. Define your Zodiac sign by studying the following chart.

Model: My Zodiac sign is Gemini because I was born on the 28th of May.

Step 2. Comment on every column of the chart, agreeing or disagreeing with the descriptions and qualities given there.

Model: Though I’m a Gemini by horoscope I can’t even draw. Being a typical Gemini I’m fond of talking

Horoscope Chart

Zodiac sign Personality good points Personality bad points Appearance Typical job You like You dislike
Aries March 22-April 20 Energetic, enthusiastic Jealous, bossy Rather long neck Politician, surgeon New clothes, sport Waiting
Taurus April 21-May 21 Reliable, very loving Stubborn, easily embarrassed Beautiful complexion, large feet Farmer, business person Comfort, gardening Change, haste
Gemini May 22-June 22 Entertaining, charming, versatile Quickly bored, impatient Slim Journalist, artist Talking, being among people Being laughed at, waiting
Cancer June 23-July23 Kind, sensitive Too easily hurt, possessive Small eyes Baker, nurse Being with friends, shopping Sharing feelings, criticism
Leo July 24-August 23 Brave, generous Stubborn, ambitious Oval face, large eyes Lawyer, soldier Winning, children, pets Unhappy friends, being ignored
Virgo August 24-September 23 Witty, charming, sympathetic Untidy, irritable, nervous High forehead, straight nose Secretary, mechanic Being punctual, systemic Crowds and noise, sitting still for a long time
Libra September 24-October 23 Charming, cooperative Indecisive, flirtatious Beautiful smile Beautician, politician Peace and quiet, being fussed over Ugly places, loud arguments
Scorpio October 24-November 22 Caring, protective Moody, jealous Broad face, intense eyes Scientist, detective Winning, collecting things Making mistakes, being asked personal questions
Sagittarius November 23-December 22 Honest, optimistic Hot-headed, gambler at heart Sparkling eyes, overweight Teacher, writer, vet Traveling, gambling, parties Waiting, making promises
Capricorn December 23-January 19 Hard-working, careful Unforgiving, anxious Serious-looking Banker, civil servant Home and family, privacy New things and ideas, untidiness
Aquarius January 20-February 19 Loyal, caring Rude, self-interested Very tall Engineer, photographer Surprises, being with friends Violence, fighting, people who show off
Pisces February 20-March 21 Loving, caring, creative Self-pitying, hot-tempered Short, large eyebrows Actor, writer Poetry, romantic places Noisy, crowded places, being second



Topics for discussion and essays.

  1. Is it difficult to be the only child in a family?
  2. Speak about different nationalities in your family if any?
  3. Speak about your family’s surname origin.
  4. Speak about the problem of being a bread-maker in the family.
  5. Speak about twin people in the world.
  6. Discuss the problem of one-parent families.


Appearance and Character (Body Language – from Head to Toe)

Custom is a second nature.

Character can’t say anything except variations on ‘Hello’.

How things look on the outside of us depends on how things are on the inside of us.

Let us be grateful to the mirror for revealing to us our appearance only.

Why not be oneself? That is the whole secret of a successful appearance.

Clothes and manners do not make the man; but, when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance.


Notes to the text:

wash-stand – умивальник (для рук)

forehead – чоло

a mop of brown hair – копиця каштанового волосся

hints of curls – натяк на кучері

to tingle(ed) – тремтіти

to stroke(ed) – гладити, пестити

steel-grey eyes – сірі очі з голубим відтінком

salty air of the sea – солоний присмак моря

honest eyes – чесні очі

sensuous lips – чуйні губи

stern and harsh – суворий та жорсткий, напружений

chin and jaw – підборіддя та щелепа


Looking in the mirror (abridged from “Martin Eden” by Jack London)

He got up and tried to see himself in the dirty looking glass over the wash-stand. He saw the head and face of a young fellow of twenty. Above a square-domed foreheadhe saw a mop of brown hair, nut-brown, with a wave to it and hints of curls, making hands tingle to stroke it. But he passed it by, and dwelt long and thoughtfully on the high square forehead. What kind of brain lay behind it?

He wondered if there was soul in those steel-grey eyes that were often quite blue of color and that were strong with the salty air of the sea. Well, they were honest eyes, he concluded. The brown sunburn of his face surprised him.

His mouth might have been an angel’s mouth, had not the full, sensuous lips a habit of drawing firmly across the teeth. At times so tightly did they draw, the mouth became stern and harsh. The chin and jaw were strong and just hinting of aggressiveness. And between the lips were teeth that were white and strong and regular.


Comprehension questions.

How does the author describe:

a) Martin’s hair?

b) Martin’s eyes?

c) Martin’s mouth?

d) Do you think the author likes or dislikes his hero? Prove it.

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