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Lesson 1

Words with prepositions

excellent at
experienced in
happy for smb
happy with / about smth
proud of
respected for
responsible for

an answer to
an expert on / in / at
(take) pride in smb
a reply to smth
a report on
an opportunity for

associate with
concentrate on smth
congratulate smb on smth
cooperate with smb
deal with
include in

praise smb for smth
provide smb with smth
provide smth for smb
succeed in
supply smb with smth
supply smth to smb


Read the following sentences and complete them with prepositions.

1. Congratulations Rodney! I'm so happy ___for___ you and your wife.

2. I would be more than happy to provide you ____with____ our company's catalogue.

3. We supply all major companies ____with____ our products.

4. She takes great pride ____in___ her work. That's why she's the best in her field.

5. The government will provide housing ____for____the homeless.

6. You shouldn't be proud ___of___ yourself. What you did was wrong!

7. The government supplied food and medicine ____to___ the victims of the hurricane.

8. The journalist was praised ___for___ his report ___on___ the starving children of Africa.

Grammar Revision (Tenses)

Put the verbs in brackets into the Past Simple, Past Progressive, Present Perfect Simple or Present Perfect Progressive and complete the boxes with the time words below. Use each time word only once.

for while yet still when ago since

1. While Mary __was having__ (have) a bath yesterday evening, I was in the kitchen. I __was cooking__ (cook) her favourite dish because I __wanted__ (want) to surprise her. When she __came___ (come) into the kitchen, she couldn't believe her eyes!

2. Jim: Mum, I __have been looking__ (look) for my black belt for the past hour and I still __haven't found__ (not find) it. __Have__ you __seen__ (see) it anywhere?

Mother: No, but I think you __lent__ (lend) it to your brother about a week ago.

3. I __have been working__ (work) on this project since this morning but I __haven't finished__ (not finish) it yet. What am I going to tell my boss?


Вы услышите рассказ англичанки. Определите, какие из приведённых утверждений А1-А5 соответствуют содержанию её повествования (1 - True), какие не соответствуют (2 - False) и о чём в тексте не сказано, то есть на основании текста нельзя дать ни положительного, ни отрицательного ответа (3 - Not stated). Обведите номер выбранного вами варианта ответа. Вы услышите запись дважды.

Christmas in Britain

Author: Jane Lawson
Source: www.dailystep.com

Audio Script 
Christmas in Britain

When you think about Christmas in Britain, do any images come to mind? I always love hearing from my students how Christmas is celebrated in their home countries, so I want to tell you a bit about how we do it here.

Christmas is the main national holiday in the UK, because there are two public holidays in a row. The thing I like best about Christmas is the way that it brings people together. Of course, Christmas is a Christian festival, but it is also a time when people of all religions can make the most of the holidays and the festive spirit. At this time of year, there are office parties, friends getting together for a meal or a drink and families spending time together. The street are alive with people doing their Christmas shopping, buying presents for family and friends (I seem to have left my own Christmas shopping very late as usual!), and most main streets in London and throughout the country have Christmas lights hanging from the lamp posts, which add to the festive atmosphere. You can see the some of London's Christmas lights in the top left hand picture.

The main day of celebration in Britain is 25th December - unlike in many Christian countries, where the main celebration is on 24th December. The 25th December is called Christmas Day, the 24th December is called Christmas Eve (i.e. the evening before Christmas) and the 26th December is called Boxing Day, which used to be the traditional day for giving Christmas presents. On 25th December, Christmas church services are usually held in the morning, after which families or friends traditionally cook a feast of roasted meat, often turkey or goose, cooked with stuffing and bacon, roast potatoes and parsnips, carrots and Brussels sprouts. This is followed by Christmas pudding, a boiled or steamed pudding made from fruit and spices, with brandy butter and small sweet mince pies. You can see pictures of both the main Christmas meal and the Christmas pudding on this page. During the dinner, we pull Christmas crackers, which make a popping sound when we pull them and contain jokes and small gifts, and also colourful paper crowns, which we wear until the end of the meal. You can see a cracker being pulled in the bottom right hand picture. After dinner, we sometimes play games or watch films, or just sit around chatting with the family. The giving of Christmas presents is an important ritual, and these are usually exchanged either just before or just after Christmas dinner.

Christmas in Britain


A1. 24th December is called Christmas Eve.

1. true2. false3. not stated

A2. Christmas Day is 26th December.

1. true2. false3. not stated

A3. Boxing Day is celebrated on 26th December.

1. true2. false3. not stated

A4. Christmas church services are usually held on 24th December in the morning.

1. true2. false3. not stated

A5. Christmas presents are usually exchanged either just before or after Christmas dinner.

1. true2. false3. not stated