SPEAKING CHALLENGE: GROUPON BEST DEALS OF THE DAY

GrouponSeriously, who hasn’t, at one point, been addicted to GROUPON?!

Last year I received more emails from Groupon than any other company or person. I used to waste hours and hours checking out the daily offers and reading product descriptions of completely useless things like this man’s backstrap!  What the hell is that?back strain

Your speaking challenge is to tell me about 3 things that you have bought through GROUPON.  And, don’t tell me you haven’t bought anything, because your nose will grow to the size of Pinocchio’s. I want to know about: the most exciting thing, the most useless thing and the most expensive thing.

LISTENING CHALLENGE: 5 EASY STEPS TO LONDON SHOPPING

5 best shopping areas in London5 Easy steps to London Shopping:

Step 1: High-Street Shopping: Oxford Street

Step 2: Luxury Shopping: Knightsbridge

Step 3: Alternative Shopping: Camden Town

Step 4: Food Shopping: Borough Market

Step 5: Antiques Shopping: Portobello Road

OMG, this video is ‘vocabulary central’.  If you would like to review adjectives, idioms and expressions, then this is the video for you.  It’s fantastic! Click, click, click

READING CHALLENGE: BUY NOTHING DAY

Don't shopIt is said that buying ‘stuff’ not only has a huge impact on your bank balance but, more worryingly, it has a massive impact on the environment.  The Buy Nothing Day website says:

It’s time to lock up your wallets and purses, cut up your credit cards and dump the love of your life – shopping.

Saturday November 29th 2014 is Buy Nothing Day (UK). It’s a day where you challenge yourself, your family and friends to switch off from shopping and tune into life. The rules are simple, for 24 hours you will detox from shopping and anyone can take part provided they spend a day without spending!

Everything we buy has an impact on the environment; Buy Nothing Day highlights the environmental and ethical consequences of consumerism. The developed countries – only 20% of the world population are consuming over 80% of the earth’s natural resources, causing a disproportionate level of environmental damage, and an unfair distribution of wealth. Read more

READING CHALLENGE: SELF CHECKOUT

self service check outIn England, self service check outs have become common place in most supermarkets. So, what is a self service check out? Well, it means YOU can scan and pack your purchases, YOU can insert your credit card into a little machine and YOU can leave without speaking a word to anyone.

In my book, that’s pure heaven! But, what do you think? Is this a good thing, or a bad thing?

READING CHALLENGE: THE BUTCHERS, THE BAKERS, THE CANDELSTICK MAKERS

butchersWhen I was a child, there were loads of specialized shops; grocery shopping with my mother meant a trip to the butchers, the bakers, the greengrocers, the frozen food shop and the newsagents.

My mother used to drag my siblings and I around the shops looking for the cheapest baked beans and the best offers. Thank goodness, nowadays, you can nip to the supermarket, push your very large trolley from aisle to aisle and buy everything you want, from frozen peas to a television, in one go. Despite the controversial disadvantages, i.e. they are bad for the local economy and they are very impersonal, as a busy woman with a hatred for shopping, I’m really keen on supermarkets.

When you were a child what was different about shopping and shops? Is it better now or worse?

VOCABULARY CHALLENGE: WHERE AM I SHOPPING?

In which shops might you say the following phrases?

  1. I would like to buy some cough medicine please?
  2. I want to replace my left contact lens please?
  3. How much?!  That’s daylight robbery!
  4. Does my bum look big in this?
  5. How much is a return flight to London Gatwick please?
  6. 2 large granary baps and a French loaf?
  7. I’d like to rent a small flat in the heart of the center.
  8. Can you repair this zipper?
  9. Do you have these high heels in a smaller size?
  10. Welcome to the house of fun!