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Going shopping is an activity that provides you with the opportunity to explore new shopping experiences in different stores and how technology is making it easier to shop. These activities are centred around the theme of Entertainment and Leisure from the B2 First curriculum which explores how we spent our free time.

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Now open in Seattle! Amazon Go is a new kind of store featuring the world’s most advanced shopping technology. No lines, no checkout – just grab and go! Watch the video and answer the questions. Name the one food product mentioned in the video.

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1. cupcake


Four years ago we started to wonder what would shopping look like if you could walk into a store grab what you want and just go? What if we could weave the most advanced machine learning computer vision and AI into the very fabric of a store so you never have to wait in line? No lines. No checkouts. No registers.

Welcome to Amazon Go. Use the Amazon Go app to enter, then put away your phone and start shopping. It’s really that simple. Take whatever you like. Anything you pick up is automatically added to your virtual cart.

If you change your mind about that cupcake just put it back. Our technology will update your virtual cart automatically. So how does it work? We used computer vision deep learning algorithms and sensor fusion much like you’d find in self-driving cars. We call it Just Walk Out Technology.

Once you’ve got everything you want you can just go. When you leave, our Just Walk Out Technology adds up your virtual cart and charges your Amazon account. Your receipt is sent straight to the app and you can keep going. Amazon Go No lines. No checkout. No, seriously.

Listen to a news report of the opening of a new Starbucks in Kyoto. Answer the questions.

1. Starbucks opened a coffee shop in an ancient capital.

2. The coffee shop has three tatami rooms.

3. The coffee shop is in a 1,000-year-old building.

4. The tatami rooms are on the second floor of the coffee shop.

5. The coffee shop doesn't match the surroundings of its area.

6. There is a big green neon sign on the coffee shop.

7. Customers are not allowed to line up outside the shop.

8. There will be no limit to the number of customers at peak hours.


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Starbucks opens a coffee shop with Tatami in Kyoto. Starbucks has opened a new coffee shop in Japan’s ancient capital of Kyoto. It is unlike any other Starbucks in the world as it has three rooms with Tatamithe traditional straw matting that is used for floors in Japanese houses. There are no chairs in the Tatami rooms. People sit on flat cushions on the Tatami mats. The new coffee shop is in a one-hundred-year-old house in one of the most historic areas of Kyoto

It is located on the attractive Ninan shopping street. It is situated between two UNESCO world heritage listed temples. The area is very popular with tourists many of whom rent traditional Japanese Kimonos to go sightseeing in. The three Tatami rooms are on the second floor of the house. Starbucks has done its best to make sure that the coffee shop blends in with its traditional surroundings.

There are no neon signs and no big green Starbucks logos. instead, there is a traditional one-meter-long dark blue curtain hanging over the front door. The top half of the coffee shop logo is printed on the curtain in grey and black. Starbucks has reformated the house in the traditional style and is created a Japanese garden for people to look at. The company also wants to be a good neighbour. It has decided not to let people form lines in front of the shop. It will also limit the number of customers during peak hours. This is to avoid disrupting the quiet atmosphere in the area

Read the article about going shopping at a new Amazon store.

Here are keywords and phrases covered in the talk about going shopping:

  • cashiers
  • checkouts
  • coffee shop
  • convenience store
  • counters
  • credit cards
  • customers
  • grocery
  • logos
  • peak hours
  • queues
  • registers
  • retail giant
  • shopping street
  • store
  • Tatami mats
  • traditional style
  • traditional surroundings
  • virtual cart
1. You have seen the following announcement on a website: Do you like to shop? Tell us about it! Write an article about your favourite shop, whether it’s online, in shopping centres, or on the high street … and tell us why it beats the others.
2. Your English teacher has asked you to write a report on places to go shopping in your area. You should explain the different types of shops in your area and say what the most popular shops are and why.

Especially helpful are exercises that are focused on a theme or topic as these provide word retention practice so you can be confident to read, write, speak and listen successfully.

Customs and Traditions explores how we celebrate our cultural identity across the globe.

Entertainment and Leisure explores how we spent our free time.

Environment and Nature explores the way humans and animals live, adapt and change on our planet.

Exploring how different societies create roles for people to develop their skills and knowledge.

Exploring how we learn and adjust to the world around us. .

Exploring how we experience the world through our life journeys

The more words you encounter and understand, the broader your day-to-day vocabulary will become. Our word games and puzzles are an excellent way to help to reinforce spellings in your mind.

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For this part, you practice how to understand the details of a text, including opinions and attitudes.

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In addition, we add listening and speaking exercises in order to practise for this part of the B2 First Exam.

In this part you talk to the examiner about yourself and your life, e.g. your name, school, interests and future plans.

In this part, you talk about two photos on your own which you have to compare for about 1 minute. After you have finished, your partner will be asked a short question about your photo. When your partner has spoken about their photos for about 1 minute, you will be asked a question about their photos.

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In this part, you will hear people talking in eight different situations.

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In this part, you will hear an interview.

Cambridge English Examinations:

Cambridge English exams are designed for learners at all levels from the pre-intermediate level Cambridge English: Key (KET) to the very advanced level Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE). These exams give candidates proof of their ability to use English in a wide variety of contexts, relevant to work, study and leisure activities.

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