Exercise 1


Breakfast, work, home, dinner: we all know the typical daily routine of people all over the world. But it’s the little differences in our lives that make those routines interesting.

Today, we continue our series about daily life around the world with the Chopra family in India. One in six people in the world lives in India. Many of them live in big modern cities, but over 263 million of them – including the Chopras – work on farms across the country.

Garjan Chopra is a farmer in a small village near Delhi. He lives with his wife, Anjani, his children and grandchildren. They work in the fields every day. Garjan and Anjani get up every morning at 4:00 am. They work in the fi elds from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. At 9:00 am they always stop work for breakfast. They don’t have their breakfast together because in their culture men and women don’t usually eat together. They stop work for a rest at midday when the sun is very strong. In the afternoon, their grandchildren usually help them. In the evening, the family never eats together. First, the men and children have dinner, then the women of the family eat together in the kitchen. They often go to bed at around 9:00 pm, ready for another busy day on the farm.

A. Read the text and answer the questions.

1   Where do they work – in the city or the countryside?

2   What job do the people do?

3   Is their work easy or hard?

B. Read the text again. Are the sentences true or false? Correct the false sentences.

1   Garjan and Anjani get up early and immediately have breakfast.

2   They work for about 11 hours a day.

3   They work without a break all day.

4   Their grandchildren usually help them in the mornings before school.

5   The children in the family don’t eat with their mothers.



1   in the countryside

2   They are farmers.

3   It’s hard.


1   F (They get up early at 4:00 am and have breakfast at 9:00 am.)

2   T

3   F (They stop work for breakfast at 9:00 am and have a rest at midday.)

4   F (They help them in the afternoon.)

5   T

Exercise 2


These days, we all use the Internet – for everything. It’s on our computers, our smartphones … it’s everywhere. But imagine you haven’t got the Internet. So you can’t send emails, you can’t upload photos, and you can’t go online to get information.

How long could you live like that? A day? A week maybe, if you’re on holiday? Two weeks?

Here at Tech Blog we asked the Kim family in Seoul, South Korea, to live without the Internet for a whole month. Read our interview with Kim Ha-eun the mother of the family, about what it’s like to go offline.


Ha-eun, is your life different without the Internet?

Ha-eun:   Yes, it is different in many ways. Our TV comes over the Internet so now we can’t watch it. And I usually read the news online and now I can’t do that. But I’ve got more time to do other things – I read books and I go out more.

Is it easy to live without the Internet?

Ha-eun:   No, it certainly isn’t easy. I usually do all my shopping online, but now I go to the supermarket and carry my shopping home. And my son uses the Internet for his homework. But now he hasn’t got the Internet, so he has to buy books or go to the library.

What about talking to friends?

Ha-eun:   Yes, that’s a problem too: we’ve got friends in Japan and in the USA, but if you aren’t on Facebook or Skype, it’s dif­ficult to contact them. But in some ways life is good without the Internet. Now I often visit my neighbours and we drink tea together!

A. Read the first part of Tech Blog.

 Is it about … ?

      a   using the Internet more

      b   using the Internet less

 What is unusual about the Kim family this month?

B. Read The Interview and answer the questions.

1   Which of activities a–f does Ha-eun do more without the Internet?

      a   reading books

      b   talking to people

      c   contacting friends

      d   getting news

      e   doing homework

      f   going out

2   Which activities are now more difficult for Ha-eun and her family?



1   b

2   They are of line / without the Internet.


1   a, b, f

2   c, d, e

Exercise 3

Hi Mustafa

How are you? Hope the family’s well.

In September it’s our family party again and we all plan to meet in Izmir as usual. We’re there from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 September. Would you like to come? I hope so, as I’d love to see you. Mert (you know, my friend from school) says he’s got a bedroom free so you can stay at his house. Please let me know if you would like to join us.

I hope you can come!



Hi Ayda

How are things? Hope you like your new job. In September it’s our family party again and we all plan to meet in Izmir as usual. We’re there from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 September. Can you join us? I hope you can, as it would be great to see you. Melis (you know, my friend from school) says she’s got a bedroom free so you can stay at her house. Please let me know if you can come. Hope you can make it!



A. Read Emrah’s emails to his brother and sister. Why does he email them?

B. Complete the information about the family party.

•   Place

•   Date

•   How many days?

•   Where to stay?



To invite them to the family party.


Place:   Izmir (in Turkey)

Date:   Friday 14 to Sunday 16 September

How many days:   three days

Where to stay:   Ayda with Melis, Mustafa with Mert (Melis and Mert are Emrah’s friends from school)

Exercise 4

If you’re so busy that you often forget about your friends, stop and think for a moment! Friends are very important. If you’ve got good friends, there is always someone to talk to, someone to laugh with, and someone to help you with your problems. Life is more difficult for people who haven’t got friends.

Remember that friends are not easy to get! If you want friends, you need to be friendly. Don’t always wait for your friends to call you – make sure you call them sometimes too. If someone invites you to their house, invite them to your house next time. If they have problems, try to help them.

We can’t choose our families, but we can choose our friends. If you’re not friendly, people may not choose you!

So how friendly are you?

Answer our quiz and find out!

How often do you …?

invite friends to your house

a   More than once a week.

b   Once a week.

c   Less than once a week.

chat to your friends on the Internet

a   Every day.

b   Once or twice a week.

 Less than once a week.

meet your friends (not at school or work)

 More than twice a week.

b   Once or twice a week.

 Less than once a week.

have parties

a   Three or four times a year or more.

b   Once or twice a year.

c   Less than once a year.

send text messages to your friends

 At least once an hour.

 One to five times a day.

 Less than once a day.

go on holiday with friends

a   Once a year or more.

b   Less than once a year.

c   Never.


Mostly ‘a’

You are very friendly – I want to be your friend! Make sure you leave time for work too!

Mostly ‘b’

You have friends, but other things are important for you too.

Mostly ‘c’

Your friends probably think you’re not very interested in them! Try to be friendlier!

A. Read the text. Use the words in the box to complete the summary of the text.

end  –  friendly  –  friends  –  magazine  –  often  –  questions

This is a page from a (1) …magazine… . First, it talks about (2)………….. and how important they are. Then there is a quiz. It asks (3)………….. about things you do. It wants to see how (4)………….. you are. It asks how (5)………….. you do different things. At the (6)………….., it tells you how friendly you are.

B. Write your own quiz with questions about how often people do things. It can be about anything you like – types of food people eat, what they do to keep fit, how they travel to work or school – anything you can think of! Here are some phrases you can use:

How often do you … ?

Once/twice a week

Once/twice a day

Three/four times a …



2 friends   3 questions   4 friendly   5 often   6 end

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