1 a. Complete the speech extras with one word.
b. What situations can you think of where the following phrases could be said? Use them in short monologues. We will check them at the lesson!
1 ‘I couldn’t believe my luck!’
2 ‘I couldn’t hold back the tears of joy’
3 ‘My parents were bursting with pride.’
4 ‘He was visibly touched; he shook my hand and thanked me’
5 ‘Everyone broke into spontaneous applause”
6 ‘Life would never be the same again ‘
7 ‘Not surprisingly, her dad was particularly emotional!
2. Complete the gaps with the given words.
b Make your own gapped sentences. Your partner must guess which of the words in Ex. 3a best complete your sentences. We will check it at the lesson!
E.g. She warned him that if he littered her garden again
she would call the police, but he was …
How much money do you need to be rich? When he was alive, J. Paul Getty, one of the world’s richest men, said, if you can actually count your money then you are not really a rich man.” But a fellow I once worked with was more realistic. He didn’t need billions of dollars. He just needed enough so he didn’t have to work (though he was sure he still would), so he didn’t have to worry about bills, and so that every couple of years he could go down to the local car lot, pay cash for a new vehicle, and not have to think about the money he spent.
How much do the experts say is enough? In a study conducted by Andrew Oswald and Jonathan Gardner at the University of Warwick, they discovered that about 1.5 million tax-free American dollars moved most people into the top 2% on the happiness scale. Their study also revealed that, at the low end of the scale, each $75,000 moves people one notch up the scale. None of this is to say that you can only be happy if you’re loaded. Lots of poor people are perfectly content. But, if you are wealthy, it’s likely that you’re going to be even happier.
Nor does wealth guarantee happiness. The Warwick study is replete with examples of people who discovered they were miserable just laying about. One, Dawn Wilby, won £4 million and was unhappy until she took a job for £12,000 a year. She hadn’t realised that you can’t just lay there and expect happiness to come to the door. You’ve got to do something to get the benefit of your wealth.
Other studies I read that purportedly demonstrate the opposite — that money leads to misery — were about well-paid executives who got huge bonuses but were still unhappy. I discounted these because they concentrated only on office jealousies and dissatisfaction that arose because the subjects wish they’d gotten more. ‘There’s no mention of their home lives, whether they feel relief from the pressure of bills. etc. It is as though their jobs were the only things that mattered. These studies are so narrow they are tantamount to proving marriage makes a man’s life worse by focusing only on his relationship with his mother-in-law.
And, finally, years ago I read an article about lottery winners and one fellow who said the money made him unhappy because people kept asking him for loans. That’s not unhappiness; that’s annoyance. It’s like complaining about mosquitoes when you take a trip to Hawaii. You’re
not getting my sympathy, pal. But the last word on this comes from my friend, Cathy. When she heard I was writing this column, she said, “Anyone who thinks money can’t buy happiness is either a master of self-deception or just doesn’t know where to shop.”
3. Now read the article. For questions 1-7, choose the best answer (A, B, C or D).