This radio report introduces you to different kinds of modern families. Two teenagers talk about their families and how they have changed.
Read the questions below. Then listen to the text again. This time concentrate on details and complete your notes. Write down all the information you need to answer the questions.
- What are the names of the two teenagers?
- How many people are there in reporter Neil’s family? Who are they?
- Who has got three parents? Who has got four parents?
- Who is Paul?
- Neil says he only had one classmate whose parents …
- were still together.
- had more than three children.
- were divorced.
- Because times have changed Neil thinks that …
- it is very unusual to have just one parent.
- it is not unusual to have just one parent.
- lots of parents are unusual.
- Peter informs us that when his dad went away he thought that …
- it had happened because Peter had done something wrong.
- it had happened because his father had done something wrong.
- it had happened because his mother had done something wrong.
- Mary says the good thing about divorced parents is that …
- you have two families.
- there is always one of your parents who is nice to you.
- they take you to the zoo and buy you ice-cream and toys.
- Mary tells Neil that she has liked Sally, her dad’s new wife, …
- ever since her mother found a new boyfriend.
- right from the beginning, because there was no reason for her not to like her.
- never, because she caused so much trouble.
- Mary explains that, with her five brothers and sisters, she will soon have in her family …
- two stepbrothers, two half-sisters and one foster child.
- two stepsisters, two half-brothers and one foster child.
- one real brother, one stepbrother, two half-sisters and one foster child.
Decide which type of if-clause it is.
- If I get your mobile number, I will phone you.
- You can do this exercise if you try harder.
- You would have more time if you worked less.
- If it had been warmer, we would have had a barbecue.
- If you hurried, we might arrive in time.
- The rescue could have helped the man if he had shouted for help.
- They could have gone shopping if they hadn’t forgotten their money.
Make a conditional clause of type I, II or III. Attention: The if-part is not always in the first place!
- We / to save / a lot of money – we / not to have a car (Typ II)
- you / to listen carefully – you / to answer / those questions in no time (Typ I)
- you / to wear / a school uniform – you / to live / in Great Britain (Typ II)
- Brian / to run quickly – he / to catch the bus (Typ III)
- We / to fly less – the air pollution / to be so bad (Typ II)
- she / to be / in danger – she / to use / her mobile phone (Typ II)
Translate the following sentences. Pay attention to the correct translation of "wenn".
- Wenn du später am Flughafen ankommst, rufe mich an.
- Ich werde im Garten arbeiten. Wenn ich fertig bin, trinken wir Kaffee.
- Macht es Ihnen etwas aus, wenn ich das Fenster öffne?
- Wenn sie nicht diesen schrecklichen Film gesehen hätte, dann hätte letzte Nacht geschlafen.
- Kate würde die Party verlassen, wenn sie sich langweilen würde.
- David ist noch draußen. Wenn er hereinkommt, werden wir Karten spielen.
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