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Shopping Online

I really love shopping online. I buy everything on the Internet: books, CD’s, even my groceries. It wasn’t always like this, though. I have had my computer for years and I always enjoyed surfing the Net but I had never used it to buy anything. Even though I knew most sites were safe and trustworthy, I was worried about who might get hold of my credit card number and whether anything I paid for would actually arrive. Finally, one of my friends convinced me to give it a try and so I decided to do my Christmas shopping online. It was so easy; everything I wanted was there at the touch of a button. I didn’t have to find my way through the crowds in bad weather or struggle to carry my shopping home at the end of the day. Everything arrived in time and in perfect condition, and since then I’ve been hooked. It saves me time and makes shopping a real pleasure.


1. Why was the woman afraid to shop online at first?

2. Why did she change her attitude to shopping online?

3. What can be bought online?

4. Why do people shop online?

5. Have you ever shopped this way?

6. List the advantages and disadvantages of shopping online.

Buying on Credit!

It can be a huge temptation to apply for a credit card, particularly if you are having problems managing your money. They can certainly be very useful if you are travelling, if you need to make a big purchase unexpectedly, or if you shop online. However, before you fill in your application form remember that there are disadvantages too. It can be very easy to get into difficulties buying things that you don’t actually need or can’t really afford on credit. It is also dangerous not to pay off the whole balance every month as the interest payments can soon get the better of you.


1. Have you ever used credit cards?

2. What are the advantages and disadvantages of credit cards?

Ex. 1. Consider shopping duties in your family. Dwell on the following questions:


· How often do you/your parents go shopping?

· Where do you/your parents do your shopping: at supermarkets; departments stores; shopping centers; online?

· How do you/your parents pay: in cash; by cheque; by credit card?

· Do you enjoy buying presents?


Ex. 2. What would you buy for your: six-year-old brother/best friend/grandparents/boss on their birthday? Choose from the list, giving reasons.


● jewellery ● a CD ● a diary ● an antique ornament/clock ● bath oils ● perfume ● a leather wallet ● a piece of art (e.g. a painting) ● tickets to the theatre ● clothes ● an expensive pen ● a bunch of flowers ● a book

Ex. 3. Listen to the people. What was the best present ever given to them? Who gave it to them? (V. Evans, J. Dooley. Upstream. Intermediate. Teacher’s Book. – Express Publishing, 2002, p.102, ex.3a)





What was the best present ever given to you? Who gave it to you? On what occasion?


Ex. 4. What do you take into consideration when you choose a present for someone: their position; their star sign; their preferences; their hobbies? Do you believe that knowing someone’s star sign can help you decide on an appropriate present? Read the article and find out.

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