Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Six Minute English: Shopping Centres

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.

Keep in touch with BBC Learning English by going to its Facebook page.

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!

Yours,
Mike

5 comments:

Annalisa said...

Hi to all,
These are my answers, but I have some doubts. Can anybody help me?

1. b)
2. quick, going in, finding, want, coming out, going seeing
3. main, town, area
4. (I don't understand), deal, discount, sale, (I don't understand), boutique, high street
5. Fast Food, Upmarket (or market, I'm not sure)
6. crowded

Thanks.
See you soon.

Stefano said...

1) b)

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2) What kind of shopping does Rob like? “I like quick shopping: I like going in, finding what I want, and coming out again.”
He doesn’t like “going around and seeing the shopping centre”.

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3) The High Street is the main shopping street in a town or area.

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4) For the first speaker, the advantages of shopping centres are nice boutique and a good deal, or discount. However, a shopping centre cannot replace good sale, such as a nice boutique in a big shopping centre.


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5)The second speaker says the restaurants are either fast food or slightly more market resturant.


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6) The disadavantage of shopping centres is that they are often very crowded.

I'm not sure especially of the 4 answer.
See you tomorrow.

Bose said...

very informative!
Letter writing

GIOVANNI said...

Hello there

here under you can find my answer

1. b) 37 million

2. What kind of shopping does Rob like? “I like quick shopping: I like going in finding what I want, and come out again.”
He doesn’t like “going around and seeing the shopping centre”.

3. The High Street is the main shopping street in a town or area

4. For the first speaker, the advantages of shopping centres are choices and a good deal, discount or sales However, a shopping centre cannot replace local shopping, such as a nice boutique in a local hight street.

5. The second speaker says the restaurants are either fast food or slightly more up market.

6. The disadavantage of shopping centres is that they are often very crowded

warmest regards . . .
Giovanni

Michael said...

Hello Giovanni! I am very happy to see that you are still visiting our Blog.

I think you have got the answers mostly right. Mid-week, I will post the official answers.

Many thanks once again - and keep practising your English through this Blog!

Yours,
Mike