SPEAKING LANGUAGE: GERMAN You need to have a discussion with your partner in GERMAN on the topic holidays (A). Read the article first and then you can start the different tasks.
Willkommen in Berlin Osterfeuer im Frühling, Bootstouren und Grillen im Park im Sommer, Lichterfeste im Herbst, Weihnachtsmärkte und Wellness im Winter – Sightseeing und Museen besuchen geht sowieso zu jeder Jahreszeit. Ein Städtetrip nach Berlin lohnt sich immer – das versprechen wir Ihnen. Denn: In Berlin ist immer etwas los – jeden Tag finden zahlreiche Veranstaltungen statt.
Von Kultur über Ausstellungen bis zu Pop-Konzerten und Straßenfesten – fahren Sie ruhig einfach los, denn die richtige Veranstaltung für Sie wartet sowieso schon. Berlin ist 365/24: an allen 365 Tagen im Jahr spannend und mit einem Rund um die Uhr-Programm. Die Stadt bestimmt das Programm. Berlin hat für jeden Geschmack das richtige zu bieten – zu jeder Zeit, an jedem Tag, das ganze Jahr lang. Abends lädt Berlin Sie ins Kino, auf die Bühnen der Stadt und zu den großen Shows und Musicals ein. Und selbst nachts ist viel los – Berlins Nightlife bietet Ihnen Bars, Clubs und Partys.
In unserem Veranstaltungskalender – dem größten von Berlin – haben wir Ihnen zahlreiche Top-Veranstaltungen und Tipps für jeden Tag zusammengestellt.
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Your partner will ask you some questions about Berlin. Listen to the questions and answer them using information from the text and/or give your personal opinion.
Listen to the question: Then say if you have ever been in Berlin. If you have been In Berlin, expand your answer by talking about your trip.
If you have not been, say whether you would like to go and why.
Listen to your partners’s question: Say what holidays you prefer. Justify your answer.
Listen to your partners’s question: Say where you went on holidays last summer.
Listen to the fifth question Say whether you enjoyed yourself.
Listen to your partner’s question Explain what you did during the day.
Listen to the seventh question Explain what you liked most and least about your holidays.
Listen to the eight question. And explain which has been your favourite holiday ever. Expand your answer describing what you did and why you consider it special.
Now you need to ask some questions to your partner. Find out which has been your partner’s favourite holiday ever and why.
Listen to the ninth question And say where you will go on holidays next summer. Expand your answer describing what you will do and what you would like to do.
Listen to the tenth question And explain where you would love to go on holiday if you could choose (without money or time restrictions!).
SPEAKING LANGUAGE: ENGLISH Now you need to have a discussion with your partner in ENGLISH on the topic holidays. Read the article first and then you can start the different tasks.
Selfie tourists puzzled by Big Ben’s new look It’s one of the world’s most instantly-recognisable tourist attractions. But the Elizabeth Tower – commonly known as Big Ben – is barely recognisable at the moment, covered in scaffolding with just one clock face visible. And it’s leaving some of the millions of tourists who flock there for a photo every year a bit confused.
Sadia, visiting from New York with her family, had “no idea” she’d be confronted by what is said to be the largest example of scaffolding of its type in the world. “People told me that when you get off at Westminster station, you look outside and there you see Big Ben,” the 38-year-old says. “I looked at it and I was like ‘hmmm, it doesn’t look like Big Ben’. “I was a little disappointed, but I understand.”
But not all tourists are as understanding.
“I actually had one lady that cried,” said tour bus driver Andy Cousins. “She had come all the way to London just to see Big Ben and it was in this state and she was in tears. “It’s a massive icon for London, and they’ve only got one clock face that’s open, so they are very very upset at the moment. I told them to Google pictures of Big Ben to get the perfect picture.”
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Ask your partner the following questions about the text: What is the Elizabeth Tower and what is happening to it?
How do tourists feel when they face the monument?
What advice does Andy Cousins give to them? Would you say that it is good advice? Why?
Ask your partner: Are there any monuments in your city (or country) that attract flocks of tourists?
Which ones/one?
Why is it so popular?
Do you like it? Would you recommend visiting it?
Ask your partner: Some cities, like London, attract millions of visitors each year. What are, in your opinion, the advantages and disadvantages of tourism?
Ask your partner: Is your city a tourist destination? If yes: How do you feel about it?
If not: What is the most touristic city in your country?
Listen to your partner’s question Then explain how you feel about London being a tourist destination. Are you happy about it? Does it bother you? Why?
Listen to your partner’s question Say which is your favourite monument or museum in your city. Expand your answer by explaining why and how often you visit it.
Ask your partner: Have you ever been to London? If yes: Was it as you expected?
What did you like most and least?
Did you visit Big Ben?
If not: Would you like to visit it? Why?
Tell your partner how many school holidays you have, when you have them and how long they last. Mention all of their names: Christmas, Easter, Summer and half terms. Then ask your partner to talk about school holidays in her/his country.
Ask your partner: What do you usually do on holiday?
Ask your partner: Have you ever been on a school trip? If yes: ask where she/he went, for how long he/she stayed away and how the experience was.
If not: ask if he/she will go on any trips in the future.
Listen to your partner’s question Talk about the school trips that you have attended / want to attend in the future.
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