martes, 12 de diciembre de 2017

Shops launched Christmas sales in October in desperate bid to woo shoppers early


     Desperate Retailers including Argos and Robert Dyas have already launched "Christmas sales" with heavily discounted items designed to woo shoppers into buying gifts well ahead of the festive season.
     Shopping experts said the move was "very uncharacteristic" as retailers usually wait until Black Friday to reduce items. The move is thought to be a response to the current financial climate and partly influenced by the widely anticipated decision by the Bank of England last week to raise interest rates. Higher interest rates could cause more financial stain for borrowers with mortgages, loans or credit cards.
     The past three years saw virtually no increase in the volume of reduced price goods through October, but 2017 has seen the volume of products on sale increase by around 43 per cent from the start to the end of October, which is very uncharacteristic. There has been a lot of wider economic activity that has affected retailers this year and we are seeing a lot of pricing activity as a result. 
     Brexit uncertainty continues, there was a big jump in inflation in August, record lows of unemployment in August meant more spending across the board and shop owners have just had the announcement of the interest rate increase. Add to that the normal desire to be first out of the gates around Black Friday and I think all of these things have got retailers doing all they can to ensure spending continues, discounting being an obvious method.
     Robert Dyas is currently running a half price Christmas sale on items including popular coffee machines, toys and kitchenware.   Meanwhile Argos has launched a "3 for 2" offer on toys including Lego, Chad Valley, VTech, My Little Pony, Barbie and Nerf. The sale is both in store and online, and ends on Tuesday, November 7.
     Experts are also predicting that Black Friday deals on this year's most sought-after items will come earlier than usual this year. Retailers are keener than ever to be the first to launch deals this year, resulting in a "Black Friday week" of deals which is expected to start seven days before Black Friday, which is the last Friday of November. 

Adapted from The Telegraph

Question 1: [2,5 POINTS] Indicate whether the following statements are true or false and write down which part of the text justifies your answer.

a. Experts attribute these sales to the lack of confidence in economy.


b. Many people in debt might not afford to buy Christmas presents later in the year.

c. This measure of starting the sales early in October began four years ago.

d. There are quite a few reasons for shop owners' hurry to start the sales.

e. You must shop online if you want to benefit from the sales.


Question 2: [1,5 POINTS] Find words or phrases in the text that correspond to the words     and definitions given.


a. reduced (par.1) b. earlier than (par.1) c. increase (par.2)

d. articles, items (par.3) e. at present (par.5)


Question 3: [2 POINTS] Choose the most suitable answer (a, b or c) according to the text and write down the sentence.


1.The advance in the Christmas sales is uncharacteristic because

a. the usual date to start is black Friday.

b. people never buy any gifts until Christmas.

c. shop owners have never had so much economic activity before.


2. The best way to ensure spending is

a. to open every day of the week.

b. to cut down prices.

c. to sell very good quality items.


3. During these anticipated sales people can buy

a. only toys and clothes.

b. only kitchen utensils.

c. all sorts of things.


4. People go to the sales

a. because it is the best time to shop in a comfortable way.

b. because they urgently need some items.

c. and often buy things they don't really need.


 Question 4: [4 POINTS] Write a short essay (about 120-150 words) on the following topic:

What makes people do so much shopping these days?






KEY

 Question 1.

a. True.” The move is thought to be a response to the current financial climate and partly influenced by the widely anticipated decision by the Bank of England last week to raise interest rates.”

b. True. “ Higher interest rates could cause more financial stain for borrowers with mortgages, loans or credit cards.”

c. False.” The past three years saw virtually no increase in the volume of reduced price goods through October.”

d. True. “ Brexit uncertainty continues, there was a big jump in inflation in August, record lows of unemployment in August meant more spending across the board and shop owners have just had the announcement of the interest rate increase. Add to that the normal desire to be first out of the gates around Black Friday.”

e. False.” The sale is both in store and online, and ends on Tuesday, November 7.”


Question 2

a. discounted b. ahead of c. raise d. goods e. currently


 Question 3

1.a 2. b 3. c 4. c



EBAU Question 4

Oh man I'm locked in!': Man pleads for help on Twitter after falling asleep in shop massage chair

     A man was forced to tweet for help when he got locked in a department store after falling asleep on a massage chair.  Passengers usually sleep in these massage chairs in Yichang Sanxia airport in central China.
     The man awoke to a deserted shop floor after dozing off in an electronics store in Japan. Identified only by his twitter handle, @_Asphodelus, the sleepy customer had to tweet his plight when he discovered he was locked inside the shop.
     Posting various photos of a dark and empty interior, he captioned the photo: “Oh man, I’m locked in!” In the photos the shutters at the front on the shop, named Ks, are clearly shut.     
     It is thought the man triggered an alarm which notified the police, who managed to get in touch with the shop's manager.
     After 10 police officers searched him to confirm he was not a shoplifter, he tweeted that he had finally managed to get out.  The manager apologised to the man for staff's failure to notice he was still in the chair when locking up.  The man also said sorry, although it was unclear how long he nodded off for.
     His original post has since been retweeted more than 39,000 times. In response one user, @sasuga_23, simply said: “How did this happen?” Yonedore replied: “It is a valuable experience.”Others commented it was their childhood dream to be locked inside a department store, while others likened the man’s predicament to popular ‘escape the room’ style games.

                                                                                         Adapted from The Independent


Choose and copy the most suitable answer (a, b,c or d)


1.- The man was…

a) travelling to a foreign country.

b) tweeting about his shopping at a department store.

c) having a rest at a shop.

d) was waiting for the store to open.


2.- The man…

a) sent a photo with no comments.

b) commented the photos he posted.

c) did not reply to comments on his photos.

d) was sent a comment by the police.


3.- The police went to the shop because…

a) the man could not scape the store.

b) the man tweeted the police.

c) the police saw the photos the man uploaded.

d) the man may have activated the shop alarm.


4.- The man…

a) did not get any response from the shop.

b) was given a notice from the shop.

c) wants to apologise to the shop.

d) fulfilled his dream.




KEY


1.- c) having a rest at a shop.

2.- b) commented the photos he posted.

3.- d) the man may have activated the shop alarm.

4.- b) was given a notice from the shop.

Problem solving 4 friends

Four Friends tell us about their daily lives. Can you guess their names, what time they get up, their jobs, how they go to work and what they do in their free time?
  1. Sara is a vet, but doesn’t get up at 8.30
  2. Shelly takes the train to work, but she’s not a doctor.
  3. Mary gets up at 7.30, but doesn’t practise any sport.
  4. Carmen enjoys dancing in her free time, but is not a computer programmer.
  5. The one who goes to work by car loves music, but doesn’t get up at 9.00.
  6. The one who is a lawyer studies English in her spare time, but doesn’t have a motorbike.
  7. The doctor gets up at 8.00, but never takes the bus.


Name
Gets up
Job 
Goes by
Free time
























Key
Name
Gets up
Job 
Goes by
Free time
Sara
9.00
Vet
Bus
Sport
Mary
7.30
Programmer
Car
Music
Shelly
8.30
Lawyer
Train
English
Carmen
8.00
Doctor
Motorbike
Dancing


Confusing words 1






Choose the correct word for each sentence


  1. His writing is so imaginary / imaginative. I especially like his description of the storm.
  2. You need a work permission / permit to get a job here.
  3. I expect taxes to raise / rise in the next few weeks.
  4. They will change goods if you have a receipt / recipe.
  5. Could you sew / sow on this button for me?
  6. There’s such beautiful scene / scenery around here.
  7. You could see the man’s shade / shadow on the wall.
  8. Get some paper from the stationary / stationery cupboards.
  9. They wandered / wondered around, looking at the shops.
  10. Some people have suggested more human / humane methods of execution.



Key
1.    Imaginative     2. Permit         3. Rise            4. Receipt       5. Sew
6.    Scenery    7. Shadow      8. Stationery   9. Wandered   10. Humane 

Conditional Tenses





Complete the sentences with the correct form of the verbs in brackets.
      1. I …………… (not forget) about our plans yesterday if I……………… (write down) the time.
      2. If he ……………………… (not be) home by tomorrow, I ………………
         (call) the police.
      3. We …………………… (stand) outside in the rain for over an hour until we
         ……………………………… (allow) to go inside.
      4. He advised us ……………………………… (not eat) the meat because it
         ……………………………… (leave) outside for hours.
      5. What ………………… you ……………………… (do) if you…………… (see) your favourite film star while you were in Hollywood?


Key
1. wouldn’t have forgotten, had written down
    2. isn’t, will call
    3. had been standing, were allowed
    4. not to eat, had been left

    5. would … have done, had seen

miércoles, 29 de noviembre de 2017

Royal Engagement





Watch the video and complete the following sentences from the interview: (first 7 minutes)

1. Was it an ……………………… yes from you?
2. I think I managed to ………………….. her by ………………….. .
3. We were able to have so much time just to ………………………. .
4. It was a ……………………. date.
5. I was …………………………. surprised when I got into that room and I saw her.
6. It’s usually …………………………… to be able to get to know someone who isn’t ………………………. within your circle.
7. Go on holiday together in the middle of ……………………….. .
8.We made it ……………………. and now we are here.
9. There is this whole layer of what it ……………………. to get …………………….. with someone from the Royal Family.
10. I tried to …………………… you as much as possible but I think ……………… of us were totally surprised.




KEY

1.    Instant
2.    Catch; surprise
3.    Connect
4.    Blind
5.    Beautifully
6.    Refreshing;  necessarily
7.    Nowhere
8.    Work
9.    Means; involved

10. Warn; both