Розмовні теми частина 1 - Т. М. Гужва 2003

Leisure-time activities (my days off) and holidays

Exercise 4-1

Answer the following questions:

1. In what way do you prefer to spend your holidays?

2. When do you have your days off?

3. When do you usually get up at weekends?

4. Where do you usually spend your weekends?

5. What kind of sports do you go in for?

6. What is the best way of spending holidays?

7. What kind of sport do you prefer to go in for in winter (summer)?

8. In what way did you spend your last holidays?

9. What holiday do you like best of all?

10. How many public holidays are there in Great Britain? Name them.

11. Is New Year widely observed in England?

12. In what way do English people celebrate Christmas Day?

13. What kind of holiday is St. Valentine’s Day? Do you observe this holiday?

14. What kind of egg is an Easter egg?

15. Do you like to be laughed at on April Fool’s Day?

16. When do the English and Americans celebrate Christmas Day? Is it the same date as in Ukraine (Russia)?

17. How do people decorate their homes for Christmas (in Ukraine, in Britain, in the USA)?

Exercise 4-2

(based on the topic «Leisure-Time Activities and Holidays»).

Fill in the missing words:

1. At our _____ we go in for sports, read books, go to the library, theatre, park, or museum.

2. As a rule, I try to spend most of the time _____ .

3. Some people prefer to go to the country to visit their _____ .

4. In summer and spring _____ are popular with school children.

5. They are fond of picnics chiefly because they have an excellent _____ to admire the beauty of _____ .

6. The children are fond of _____ wood in the forest and sitting round the _____ .

7. I _____ getting up early and at weekends I can _____ to wake up later than usual.

8. As a rule, my activities at weekends _____ on my plans, but in any case I _____ to do a lot of things and to have a rest.

9. But _____ time flies very quickly at weekends, and the next Monday morning comes, and I _____ to my next days off.

Exercise 4-3

Match each word in the left-hand column with the best meaning in the right-hand column. Place the letter of the best definition in the space provided.

1. Remembrance Day

2. Late Summer Bank Holiday

3. Boxing Day

4. Christmas

5. Easter

6. St. Valentine’s

7. Pancake Day

8. Bonfire Night

9. April Fool’s Day

10. Mothering Sunday

11. Hogmanay

a) the holiday which is characterized by having a picnic-lunch in the open air.

b) the holiday of exchanging greetings of affections, undying love or satirical comment.

c) the holiday which is observed through out Britain in commemoration of the millions of people who lost their lives during the two World Wars.

d) the way of celebrating the New Year Eve, the time for merrymaking, giving presents and observing the old custom of First-Footing.

e) the holiday named from the custom of playing jokes or sending friends on fools’ errands.

f) the holiday which commemorates the dis covery of the so-called Gunpowder Plot.

g) the holiday when people celebrate Christ’s rising from the dead.

h) the holiday which comes on the day preceding the first day of Lent.

i) the holiday which is traditionally observed on the fourth Sunday in Lent.

j) the holiday when one visits friends.

k) the holiday when people give presents (gills) to each other and decorate fir trees.

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