Before you watch the video, write a short text about America. Have you ever been to America? If yes, what was it like? If no, what do you imagine it to be like? Do you want to go there? What comes to your mind first if you hear the word "America"?
I have never been to America, but I have a lot of ideas about it from school, movies and from what other people told me. I imagine everything to be very big there, bigger than here. I have heard that food is very different there, and that you have to pay a lot of money to be allowed to go to university. I really want to visit America! I would like to see New York (maybe I can meet one of my favourite movie stars there) and Washington, and I want to go to the places where they have summer all year. I want to drive along their endless motorways and see all the land with no people and no civilisation on it.

 
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Word List: civilisation

    • contemporary(adjective)
    • Definition:
      • from the same time period, coexistent in time; modern|Modern, of the present age
    • Example:
      • He's my favourite contemporary artist.
    • instant(adjective)
    • Definition:
      • occurring immediately; immediate; present
    • Example:
      • People get instant credits from bank institutes.
    • credit(noun)
    • Definition:
      • a privilege of delayed payment extended to a buyer or borrower on the seller's or lender's belief that what is given will be repaid
    • Example:
      • In view of your payment record, we are happy to extend further credit to you.
    • delivery(noun)
    • Definition:
      • the act of conveying something; the item which has been conveyed
    • Example:
      • The delivery was completed by four.
    • sigh(verb)
    • Definition:
      • to inhale a larger quantity of air than usual, and immediately expel it; to make a deep single audible respiration, especially as the result or involuntary expression of fatigue, exhaustion, grief, sorrow, frustration, or the like
    • Example:
      • When she saw it wasn't damaged, she sighed with relief.
    • relate(verb)
    • Definition:
      • to make a connection from sth to sth (e.g. to relate this to that); to have a connection; to interact; to identify with, understand
    • pray(verb)
    • Definition:
      • to petition or solicit help from a supernatural or higher being; to humbly beg a person for aid or their time; to talk to God for any reason
    • Example:
      • I pray to God that he may help me.
    • painful(adjective)
    • Definition:
      • causing pain or distress, either physical or mental
    • Example:
      • For twenty generations, here was the earthly arena where painful living men worked out their life-wrestle
    • lose touch(Chunk)
    • Definition:
      • to cease to be familiar with someone or something or to cease to communicate or have contact
    • Example:
      • Suddenly, friends found me again that I had lost touch with years ago.
    • crawl(verb)
    • Definition:
      • to creep; to move slowly on hands and knees, or by dragging the body along the ground; to move over an area on hands and knees
    • Example:
      • Clutching my wounded side, I crawled back to the trench.
 
 

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        pray
        to petition or solicit help from a supernatural or higher being; to humbly beg a person for aid or their time; to talk to God for any reason
        crawl
        to creep; to move slowly on hands and knees, or by dragging the body along the ground; to move over an area on hands and knees
        delivery
        the act of conveying something; the item which has been conveyed
        painful
        causing pain or distress, either physical or mental
        relate
        to make a connection from sth to sth (e.g. to relate this to that); to have a connection; to interact; to identify with, understand
        instant
        occurring immediately; immediate; present
        lose touch
        to cease to be familiar with someone or something or to cease to communicate or have contact
        sigh
        to inhale a larger quantity of air than usual, and immediately expel it; to make a deep single audible respiration, especially as the result or involuntary expression of fatigue, exhaustion, grief, sorrow, frustration, or the like
        credit
        a privilege of delayed payment extended to a buyer or borrower on the seller's or lender's belief that what is given will be repaid
        contemporary
        from the same time period, coexistent in time; modern|Modern, of the present age
         
         
         
        The next two questions are about the content of the video. Try to listen very carefully to what the girl says. Listen to it again and again until you can answer the questions! This will be a good listening exercise for you! And remember: You always need patience for things to improve.
         
        1. At the beginning of the video, the girl says: "We love fast things." Which of the following things does she say Americans "love"?
           
          • pizza delivery
             
          • microwaves
             
          • easy money
             
          • fast computers
             
          • instant credits
             
          • watches
             
          • fast relationships
             
          • one-night-stands
             
          • fast cars
             
          • fast meals
             
          • overnight express
             
           
        2. Which of these things does she not have time for?
           
          • take a walk
             
          • go shopping
             
          • do the laundry
             
          • talk to her parents
             
          • find a boyfriend
             
          • play with her little brother
             
          • dance
             
          • make music
             
          • travel
             
          • eat ice-cream
             
          • watch movies
             
          • study
             
          • write letters
             
          • read books
             
           
         
         
        Now think about what you just saw in the video. Try to answer the questions below by interpreting what you heard from the girl.
         
        1. What happens after the girl says "slow down"?
           
          • Her voice gets slower and lower again.
             
          • She suddenly finds herself standing at the seashore.
             
           
        2. What happens after the girl in the video says "I want this to stop"?
           
          • The scenery changes and suddenly she stands at the seashore.
             
          • Everything turns dark and there is a loud noise.
             
           
        3. What does the girl think about contemporary America?
           
          • She likes it but she would rather live in Europe where everything is more peaceful.
             
          • She thinks it's too hectic. She would like to have more free time and less stress.
             
          • She hates it.
             
           
        4. Why do you think the girl's voice becomes so high?
           
          • I don't understand the question! This is her normal voice.
             
          • It is to symbolise the hectic pace of her life.
             
          • So that the video is harder to understand and students have to listen more carefully.
             
           
         
         
        Now think about what you feel like. Do you sometimes have the same feelings as the girl in the video? What would you like to have more time for? Write a short text.
        I don't feel too much under pressure most of the time, but sometimes I would like to have more free time so that I could do more of the things I really enjoy. I would like to have more time for doing sports, for example play basketball. Also, I would love to read more books and go on holidays with my friends more often. Although I see them every day at school, it often feels like we are barely talking to each other. It is because we have so many things to do every day!

         
        Well done! How about a game of memo now? It will be fun and you can repeat the words you studied above!
         
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        pray
        to petition or solicit help from a supernatural or higher being; to humbly beg a person for aid or their time; to talk to God for any reason
        crawl
        to creep; to move slowly on hands and knees, or by dragging the body along the ground; to move over an area on hands and knees
        delivery
        the act of conveying something; the item which has been conveyed
        painful
        causing pain or distress, either physical or mental
        relate
        to make a connection from sth to sth (e.g. to relate this to that); to have a connection; to interact; to identify with, understand
        instant
        occurring immediately; immediate; present
        lose touch
        to cease to be familiar with someone or something or to cease to communicate or have contact
        sigh
        to inhale a larger quantity of air than usual, and immediately expel it; to make a deep single audible respiration, especially as the result or involuntary expression of fatigue, exhaustion, grief, sorrow, frustration, or the like
        credit
        a privilege of delayed payment extended to a buyer or borrower on the seller's or lender's belief that what is given will be repaid
        contemporary
        from the same time period, coexistent in time; modern|Modern, of the present age
         
         
         
         

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