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Swimming, gloves, crash helmet, course, football, racket, track, ring, boots, pool, motor racing, clubs, tennis, net, court, golf, pitch, trunks, boxing, goals, costume, shorts, whistle, vest

Sport Place Equipment
     

 

  1. Match the free-time activities with the verbs to do / to go / to play.
Activity Answer
ballet, basketball, video games, camping, horse riding, karate, swimming, judo, skiing, gymnastics, fishing, volleyball, the piano, canoeing ‘I go / do / play ………………..in my free time.’

 

  1. Complete the sentences using the words in the box.

valuable, afford, traditional, weird, video arcades, rhythm


  1. My grandfather used to have dancing classes when he was young and he still has great _____ .
  2. I would love to take up sailing, but it’s such an expensive hobby that I can’t _____ it.
  3. The boy who lives next door is a bit ______ . He collects fingernails!
  4. My father has reduced my pocket money because he says I spend it all in _____!
  5. Sarah’s grandmother has a collection of very old and ______ coins.
  6. My aunt collects _____ clothes from all over the world.

BLOCK II

  1. Read the following dialogues.

-Do you have a hobby?

- Yes.

- What’s that?

- I like to photograph.

- What else?

- I liked to play baseball when I was a child.

- Do you play it now?

- No. Unfortunately, I don’t have free time now.

*****

- What sports do you play?

- I like figure skating.

- Do you know how to skate?

- A little bit.

- I skate too.

- Maybe we’ll skate together on Sunday?

- Yes, good idea.

*****

- Do you like swimming?

- No.

- What a shame.

- Why?

- I wanted to invite you to the pool.

- Thank you.

- And what do you like to do?

- I like playing computer games. And you?

- I work on a computer a lot, therefore I like swimming during my free time.

 

*****

- Excuse me. Could you please take a picture of us with this camera?

- Sure. Which button do I press to shoot?

- This one.

- Do I have to focus it?

- No, this is a focus-free camera. All you have to do is point and press the button.

- All right. Say ‘cheese’.

  1. Complete the sentences using the words and phrases in the box.
Ø I _________ going to the cinema. Do you want to come? Ø Jerry ________ not taking up dancing lessons when he was younger. Ø Sam’s mother _________ taking up a hobby instead of sitting around all day. Ø Harry’s dad _________ to the new friends Harry has made at the gym. He thinks they will get him into trouble. Ø Tania _________ to start ballet lessons. She has been asking for them for a long time. Ø Freddy said that he doesn’t _________ learn the piano. He prefers the violin. Ø Jim’s mum __________ bought him a stereo. He spends all his money on CDs now. Ø Malcolm __________ visiting India. He loves traveling. Ø Many people __________ my hobby, but that’s because they don’t understand it. wishes she hadn’t feel like can’t wait don’t approve of want to objects suggested regrets is looking forward to

 

  1. Read the text below. Use the words or their derivatives that fit in the gap.

Music Festivals

People have always gone to concerts to hear their favorite musicians perform. Since the 1960s, a related form of _________ has grown in __________: the music festival. A music festival is usually organized over a couple of days and is like a series of mini-concerts from a number of artists. The _________ get to see different acts and usually have to pay an _________ fee to get into the festival. At larger festivals, such as Glastonbury in the UK, they can then choose which stage to visit. It can be very _________ and the crowd shows their ___________ of the musicians by dancing and cheering. At many festivals, other are also organized, such as juggling or fire-eating displays. The first major festival took place in America at a place called Woodstock. It was free, and the __________ was very high – many thousands of people got together at this very event. Many of the musicians who performed there went on to become very ___________ . entertain popular spectate enter excite appreciate active fame

 

  1. Write / make up a story (cram story, a letter) on the given situations using topical vocabulary.

1. You are going to Germany on holiday. Write to an old friend who moved there many years ago to inform him of your visit and to make arrangements to meet.

2. Your daughter is not happy with her ballet dances classes. She says there are too many children in one class. Complain to the ballet school explaining the problem and offering the suggestion.

3. You recently went on a rafting weekend here you had a bad accident. Send to the organizers a thanking letter for their help and professional service.

4. You wan to make a national competition for young musicians. Write a newspaper advertisement about it.

5. Write a letter to the manager of your favorite football team asking if you and your friend can visit the stadium and possibly meet some of the players.

BLOCK III

  1. Fill in the text with the word that best fits each gap.

American County Fairs

Each summer, counties all … the United States hold county fairs. The fairs have been taking place for more … 150 years, and serve as a good way to bring … people of the county together for a little food and fun.

Typically, a county fair has a variety … activities and events. Central to every fair, however, … the animal shows. Participants from tots to teens have the opportunity to prepare, then present their animal for show. The shows are judged … experts, and one animal in every category wins a prize, usually a blue ribbon. The animals must … well fed, in good health and well groomed. Often the horses have bows and ribbons tied in their hair, and the rabbits wear fancy collars. The children take great pride in carrying for their animals, and … forward to the fair every year.

Besides animals, there are also displays of handmade arts and crafts. These too are judged in competition with each … . Looking at the handmade quilts and sweaters, one imagines what life was … a hundred years ago. The county fair competitions provide a good way … preserving old art forms for new generations. County fairs usually last … about a week, and are often held in July. Visitors like to make the trip to see the animals and crafts. Kids love the excitement too. All in all, a trip to the local county fair makes for a very pleasant summer’s day.

 

  1. Read an article about trainspotting. Six sentences have been removed from the article. Choose from the sentences A-G the one which fits each gap (1-5). There is one extra sentence which you don’t need to use. An example at the beginning is given (0).

A It is also important to stay a safe distance from the tracks.

B Steam trains are the most beautiful.

C Unlike some hobbies, you don’t need a lot of expensive equipment.

D It can be in beautiful countryside or by an old bridge.

E I just don’t understand what so funny.

F York Station is also very popular.

G The final aim of this is to have seen every train in the country.

A hobby which is particularly strange to many people is trainspotting or trainfanning, as it is called in America. This pastime usually involves standing on the platform of a railway station in all kinds of weather and for many hours, writing down the serial numbers of all trains that pass through the station on that day. 0 – G.

1____ A pen or pencil, a notebook for the train numbers, a camera and perhaps a pair of binoculars is all that most people take with them. You also need a lot of patience.

There are two very busy places in England for trainspotters. Clapham junction Station, which is to the south of London, is one of them. It is the busiest station in the country.

2_____ It is in northern England and it has the National Railway Museum nearby.

Although people laugh at trainspotting and say that it’s boring, those who have taken up this hobby disagree. ‘It’s not just about standing on a platform and writing the numbers of trains as they pass through a station,’ says Bob Turner, who has been a trainspotter for 20 years. ‘It also involves activities like watching trains from a favorite location. 3_____ We also ride trains for fun, take photographs or even visit railway shows and museums. Being a trainspotter also increases a person’s interest in rail history.’

There are also a few rules that trainspotters follow for their own and other people’s safety. ‘Safety is very important,’ says Bob. ‘You must always cross the tracks at the proper crossing, not just at any point, and you must always expect a train on any tracks from any direction and at any time. 4_____ You must never walk along the tracks, on bridges or through tunnels. Nobody should risk having an accident while enjoying a hobby.’ Does he really enjoy it? ‘Yes I do!’ says Bob, smiling. ‘I don’t know why people think it’s something to laugh at. 5_____ Trainspotting can be a great way to spend your time. I have traveled all around the country looking at all kinds of trains and I have seen lots of great places. One more thing we don’t all wear little brown glasses and anoraks!’

Ø Do you personally consider trainspotting as a hobby?

Ø Is trainfanning peculiar to megalopolises only?

Ø Is this extraordinary hobby common with your country?

Ø Have you ever thought of taking up trainspotting?

  1. Read an article about water parks and do the activities that follow.

Let’s Get Wet

Back in the 1970s, a typical family day out was a trip to the local leisure center. Every town had one and they were basically all the same, with a large rectangular swimming pool (shallow at one end, deep at the other), a separate deep-water area with several diving boards, and a kiddie-pool for babies or those who couldn’t swim.

How things change! Now – thankfully – we have the water park, based on the notion that swimming on its own is not the most interesting activity in the world. People get bored easily, and demand a lot more entertainment for their money.

In Britain, most water parks are a combination of pools in an enclosed area and in the open area. In Mediterranean countries, because of their warmer and drier climate, they are more often than not completely outdoors. All, however, provide much more than the chance to swim a few lengths.

Unlike the leisure center, there’s little point just turning up for an hour or two. This is partly because there is so much to do, and partly because there is usually an entrance fee which, although quite reasonable if you make the most of what’s on offer, is not cheap.

So what is there to do? All water parks have a number of slides. These are not the old-fashioned straight slides on the 1970s, though. They come in all shapes and sizes – some are open, some are totally enclosed tunnels, some are steep, some are bumpy, some twist sharply, some you can go down in pairs, or on rubber rings. All of them have water flowing down them. You can often choose how you want to go down – head first, feet first, on your front or back, sitting up, lying down. Your position affects your speed – and how much water will splash into your face!

Other attractions often include the rapids – in which you make your way through a man-made river, surviving the obstacles such as backwards flowing currents, waterfalls and rapids. It’s exhilarating and – at times – a little scary, and for some reason kids are much better and getting round than adults. The baby-brother of the rapids is the lazy pool, where the current gently takes you round a circular channel of water. It’s relaxing more than exciting, and some lazy pools even have a jacuzzi half way round.

E) Choose the answer (A, B, C, D) which you think fits best according to the text.

6. The idea about water parks is that people

A want more than just a simple swimming pool;

B felt leisure centers were too expensive;

C need to be entertained 24 hours a day;

D don’ t enjoy swimming.

2. How do water parks in Britain differ from those in Mediterranean countries?

A pools in British water parks are always inside;

B pools in Mediterranean water parks are in the open air;

C Mediterranean water parks are sometimes connected to a holiday resort;

D British water parks have indoor and outdoor facilities.

3. How do water parks slides differ from leisure center slides?

A water park slides are much faster;

B water park slides are connected to a water supply;

C water park slides are more frightening;

D water park slides are much wider.

4. What do the rapids and the lazy pool have in common?

A the water is moving;

B they both take you round in a circle;

C they are designed for children;

D they are both very exciting.



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