Do you just love shopping? Do you look forward to Saturday afternoon in Rome's Via del Corso? Or maybe you prefer the Roma Est shopping centre, just off the highway as you head east out of town.
Or maybe you hate shopping. Whichever the case, this week's Six Minute English, from the BBC's Learning English site, brings you some people's opinions. It also brings you some useful vocabulary.
Read the questions first, then listen.
1. Official question:
The Bullring in Birmingham is the UK's busiest shopping centre, but how many people, on average, visit the Bullring each year? Is it:
a) 27 million
b) 37 million
c) 47 million
Listen out for the answer at the end of the programme!
For questions 2 to 6, listen and insert the word that fits each space. One space = one word.
2. What kind of shopping does Rob like? “I like __________ shopping: I like __________ __________, __________ what I __________, and __________ __________ again.”
He doesn’t like “__________ around and __________ the shopping centre”.
3. The High Street is the __________ shopping street in a __________ or __________.
4. For the first speaker, the advantages of shopping centres are __________ and a good __________, __________ or __________.However, a shopping centre cannot replace __________ __________, such as a nice __________ in a __________ __________ __________.
5. The second speaker says the restaurants are either __________ or slightly more __________.
6. The disadavantage of shopping centres is that they are often very __________.
Now, listen to the programme. When you have finished, post your answers on the Tag Board on the right, or in a Comment.
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And you can do some further reading about an example of a successful shopping centre in the North-East of England. Make a note of any interesting new vocabulary. If you find any really difficult expressions, just post a comment or a message on the Tag Board. Someone is sure to answer.
In my next post, we will look at the British Council's Learn English site and how it can help you with your English. More soon!