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C) Read the article again and explain the words in bold. Make up your own sentences using them.

Ex. 2. Make a list of pros and cons about doing your shopping at supermarkets.

Ex. 3. Answer the following questions.

1. What is your personal style of shopping for food? Do you buy at once or do you take your time to look around for lower prices?

2. Do you usually make a shopping list?

3. Do you pay attention to the brand name when you buy food? How do you make your choice?

4. How often do you buy expensive foodstuffs? What kind of products are those? When does it happen?

5. What are the best shops for food in your city? Tell about your favourite shop?

Here is a list of the most popular grocery stores one can find in Britain:



These are large shops selling food, drinks and household goods (paper goods, cleaning agents, etc.). Everything is self-service with the possible exception of the meat department, where you may ask for help, for instance in getting a special cut of meat. People choose what they want from the shelves and pay for it as they leave. The biggest of the supermarket chains is Sainsbury’s.


Corner shops

Eighty-seven per cent of British people live less than a mile from their local corner shop. A corner shop is a small shop on, or near, a street corner. Many are run by Indian or Pakistani families. Most corner shops sell food and newspapers. They are open until late in the evening, as well as on Sundays.


Organic and Natural Foods

Also known as "health foods". The central idea of this kind of food is that it has gone through relatively little processing - refining, preserving - and is therefore "natural", such as whole grains, seeds. "Organic" means that the food in its growing stages was not treated with chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Most health-food sto­res also sell nutritional supplements – vitamins, minerals – sometimes at higher prices than drugstores.


Ethnic Foods (e.g. Tropical Foods, Japanese and Chinese groceries, German and Polish groceries, Greek and Middle Eastern groceries etc.).


Street markets

Street markets are both fun and cheap. Most markets sell fruit and vegetables, clothes, things for the house, records and jewellery. In London, there are about 40 or 50 markets.

Portobello Road Market in Notting Hill is one of the biggest and oldest street markets in the world. It has over 1500 stalls which sell all kinds of antiques and collectibles ranging in price from one or two pounds to several thousand pounds. People come from all over the world to visit Portobello Road because they know there is no other place like it.

Portobello Market is several markets rolled into one. From Monday to Friday the market sells fruit and vegetables. The air is filled with the voices of traders shouting and hawking their goods. The antique stall holders open on Saturdays.

The market opens at 5.30 am and the hustle and bustle of shoppers, traders and tourists continues all day. As well as antiques, you can find ctothes, household items, rare records and furniture. There are many talented street performers to keep an eye out for, too.


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