Saturday, 14 December 2013

Speakout Advanced p 75. Summarise Your Views. Listening



1 The younger generations are not willing to pay to download music, this is why CD sales are at their lowest (1)______. (2)  ____________, the only alternative for the music industry has been to totally transform its (3) ______________________.                     
2 We enjoyed some (4) ____________________________ at the conference. The hotel was incredible and we enjoyed the meal! (5) _______________, it was really worth it.                                                                        
3 (6) _____________ take news from authentic journalism and write comments. They (7)_________ write any original reports on their own. So what I’m (8) ____________________________is that we wouldn't have news were it not for authentic journalism.
4 Sales of the game (9) ____________________ in May, (10)________ again in July and increased (11)____________ at the end of the year. (12) ______________, this year has been amazing.
5 It has been reported that the youth believe in (13) _______________. They are known to share (14)_________ of their private lives (15)_________________ online. (16) _________________, the youth don’t seem to keep themselves to themselves as much as their ancestors did.
6 We had come up with a great product, so (17) ______________ it was expected to be a success hadn't it been for (18) _______________________. On top of all that, we (19)__________ money. And to make matters worse, a competitor stole the idea. (20) _____________, it was a complete disaster.



ANSWER KEY

(1) ebb
The ebb: /eb/ the period of time when the sea flows away from the land. E.g. the ebb tide.
at a low ebb: in a poor state; worse than usual. E.g. Morale among teachers is at a low ebb.




(2) Basically /ˈbeɪsɪkli/




(3) business model




(4) great presentations




(5) So overall




(6) Bloggers



(7) hardly




(8)  really saying




(9)  soared

soar: go up rapidly. If the value, amount or level of something soars, it rises very quickly. E.g. Unemployment has soared to 18%.



(10) jumped
jump: to rise suddenly by a large amount. Leap. E.g. jump by… Prices jumped by 60% last year. Jump (from…) (to…) Sales jumped from $2.7 billion to $3.5 billion.



(11) dramatically /drəˈmætɪkli/




(12) To sum up




(13)openness




(14)details



(15) enthusiastically /ɪnˌθjuːziˈæstɪkli/




(16) In conclusion




(17) logically  /ˈlɒdʒɪkli/




(18)technical problems



(19) ran out of
run out (of something) to use up or finish a supply of something. E.g. We ran out of fuel. Could I have a cigarette? I seem to have run out. 




(20) All in all
All in all: on the whole. E.g. all in all it’s been a good year.  
 

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