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Work on this video.
- First, watch it with subtitles in your mother tongue in order to make sure you understand it all.
- Next, watch it with English subtitles stopping now and then and imitating the pronunciation. Repeat this step as many times as necessary until you think you don’t need the subtitles any longer.
- Finally, sit back and relax. Play it again non-stop while enjoying the fact that now you can understand it just as if you were a native speaker!
Romanian photographer Bogdan Gîrbovan selected one typical ten-storey apartment block in Bucharest at random for a photography project. It’s inhabitants live in identical apartments one on top of the other. But that’s not to say they lived in the same home as all their neighbours — each one was absolutely unique.
Through Bogdan’s photos, we catch a glimpse of the vastly different ways in which people live in modern society, even when they’re right next to each other.
Activity 1: Practise comparisons: Use comparative and superlative forms at least for all the following adjectives:
messy, boring, traditional, cool (guay), good
“The 10th floor is messier than the 9th floor. The 8th floor is more boring than the 10th floor. The 9th floor is more traditional than the 10th floor. The 6th floor is cooler than the 3rd floor. The xxxxxth floor is the messiest, …. is the most boring, …is the most traditional, … is the coolest and … is the best“
Activity 2: Describe a room using the following place prepositions:
on, above, in, under, next to, in front of, near, far from, behind and between
Use the words in bold at least once. For example:
“On the 10th floor there are a lot of objects in the room. A helicopter lamp is above the man. A briefcase is on the floor. Some books are under the table. The table is between the man and the bed. There is a tripod behind the man. There is a hat near the curtain. There is a bag in front of the window. The bed is far from the window”
The Martian, by Andy Weir
“Every human being has a basic instinct. To help each other out. If a hiker gets lost in the mountains, people coordinate a search. If an earthquake levels a city, people all over the world send emergency supplies. This instinct is found in every culture, without exception.”