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Find the following expressions in the text and explain their meaning.

 

embarked on a new crusade, striving for pursuing new souls, assert complete dominance, ambivalent feelings, rendered supine, pursuit of aimless leisure, catering for every whim and caprice, seek solace, paying homage, the wish to get hold of the coveted contents of the buyers’ wallets, sacrifice for the good of the nation, resorts to rationing.

 

Highlight the following words in the article and work out their meanings from the context. Match their meanings to the words below.

1. avalanche 2. barmy 3. mock-up 4. meander 5. gormlessness 6. critical faculties 7. oasis 8. blithely 9. coughing up 10. state-of-the-art 11. banal a. ability to judge objectively b. crazy c. in a carefree manner d. plethora e. refuge f. repetitious and dull g. replica h. spend i. ultra-modern j. wander k. stupid in appearance

 

4. Decide whether these statements are true (T) or false (F), according to the article. Justify your answers by finding the relevant information in the text.

 

1. The writer had never visited a large shopping mall before.

2. Malls appeal mainly to dedicated shoppers.

3. You can only shop in malls.

4. They are mostly closed on Sundays and holidays.

5. Visitors are usually enchanted by malls.

6. They only buy a few odds and ends.

7. For many visitors a visit to a mall is rather like a religious experience.

8. The writer seems to have an ambivalent love - hate attitude to malls.

5. Pick out the words from the article connected with:

1) movement;

2) religion;

3) emotional involvement and response;

4) business and finance

5) traveling and touring.

6. What is the author’s reason for saturating a secular article with ecclesiastical terms and using a plethora of words denoting visual perception and emotional involvement?

Answer the following questions. Summarize the information into one meaningful whole.

 

● What is the article about? What is its topic?

● What does the author think about the problem discussed? What is his attitude? What is the main idea implied in this writing?

● How does he try to justify his stance? What arguments does he find? Against? For?

● Do his findings correspond to the main trend?

 

C. Listening and Watching

² Listen to the broadcast and fill the gaps in these sentences.

Enhancing customers’ lives

 

1. A ticket for a lunchtime performance at the theatre includes a …………….. containing sushi, …………., ………….. and a ……………….

2. There is a cruche for shoppers’ babies called a “…………….babies” and a ………….. room for older children.

3. In the food department there are hundreds of separate …………… selling everything from ………… to ……………

4. On the upper floors you can find many small……………

5. In summer, you can go up to the roof garden where you can sit in a …………. and enjoy the ………… and a rooftop …………..



6. At the main entrance you can get a store guide and …………. in English.

7. Some department stores are owned by …………. companies. There you can take the lift down to the ……….. where your ……………. is waiting.

8. Japanese department stores compete in terms of …………., how much of a ……….. it is to go there, and the ……….. of goods on offer.

● How do Japanese stores compare with stores in our country?


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