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Listen to five extracts from Chris Wright’s talk about his regrets. Choose the correct option

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Interviewer Chris Speaker

Interviewer: What do you wish had been different about your childhood?
Chris: Well, my family weren’t very wealthy at all, but I can’t say that I ever noticed. I was happy enough. I was a spoilt only child, which suited me at the time, but is now something I regret. Another child in the family might have made me a less selfish person, which is what I hate most about myself. It’d be easy to complain about the poverty, but you simply don’t miss things if you’re not aware of them. So, how can I regret that now?
Speaker: Two.
Interviewer: Is there anything you regret about your education?
Chris: Well, I more or less did what my parents told me to do, which was study hard and go to university. Looking back though, perhaps it would have been better not to have finished school and then immediately started university. I wish I’d had some time off in between. I wouldn’t have got a job, but I could’ve gone round the world, or maybe done some voluntary work abroad which would have helped me to be a bit more mature before I started university.
Speaker: Three.
Interviewer: Were you very immature then, I mean when you started university?
Chris: Totally. I remember I cried when my parents dropped me at my accommodation, at my hall of residence. I’d never had that kind of freedom and responsibility, and I didn’t know how to cope with it at all. At parties, I didn’t know how to socialize, and how to talk to people. I was pretty miserable. Luckily after the first term, which I hated, I then learned quite quickly, and in the end, of course, it was the most wonderful time of my life.
Speaker: Four.
Interviewer: Did you enjoy what you studied or do you wish you’d studied something else?
Chris: Well, I originally wanted to study medicine, but I didn’t get good enough A-levels, so I didn’t get a place, and I chose biology instead. But actually I don’t regret it at all. I mean I’m glad I didn’t become a doctor – I don’t think I have the social skills to deal with people, and working in a laboratory with a few other people suits me perfectly.
Speaker: Five.
Interviewer: In what ways are you different now from the 18-year-old you?
Chris: I’ve discovered a lot about myself that I wasn’t clearly aware of at 18 and this insight means I’m much happier about myself. I tend to run away from conflict and from making decisions. And I prefer to be on my own. That’s something I now accept about myself, but back then it really worried me. I forced myself to go to parties even though I hated them.

Listen to a radio interview in which a dictionary researcher talks about the expression «The real McCoy». Choose the correct option

Interviewer Kathy

Interviewer: In the studio today we have Kathy, who works as a freelance researcher for dictionaries. She’s just taken a little time off from her busy day job to produce a book on etymology, or the origin of words, with the title Words We Use. It’s a well-written and beautifully-presented volume which tells the reader where many well-known words and expressions come from. So, what gave you the idea for the book, Kathy?
Kathy: Well, it was a eureka moment, really. Not that I was in the bath or anything! At a dinner party one evening, some friends started asking me about where certain words came from, and they seemed really interested in some of the stories that I was telling them. I didn’t think much about it at the time but when I got back to my office the following Monday I suddenly thought, well, if the people at the party found the subject interesting, then maybe other people would too. So, I decided there and then to write a book that explored the origin of words and colloquial expressions.
Interviewer: Kathy, you’re going to tell us one of the stories in your book about a well-known expression, aren’t you?
Kathy: Yes, the expression is ‘The real McCoy’.
Interviewer: First of all, just in case any of our listeners haven’t heard it before, what does it mean?
Kathy: Well, if you describe something as ‘The real McCoy’ it means that it is the real thing. It’s not fake or false in any way.
Interviewer: And where does this expression come from?
Kathy: Well, the first question is who or what was McCoy? In North America, there were several well-known people who had this surname. So the question is which of them gave their name to this expression? There was an Elijah McCoy, who invented all kinds of machines in the late nineteenth century, and a Bill McCoy, who was a well-known smuggler of alcohol in the 1920s. But probably the most likely person to have given his name to this expression is Kid McCoy, who was a boxing champion in the 1890s. The story goes that because so many other boxers imitated him, they pretended to be him and used his name to fight in small towns all over America, he started advertising himself as ‘the real McCoy’.
Interviewer: So you think that’s the real explanation?
Kathy: Well, perhaps, but we can’t be sure. However, research has shown an earlier use of a similar phrase, which I personally think is probably the true origin. A Scottish whisky company called Mackay and Company – used the slogan the ‘real Mackay’ to advertise their product, and there are plenty of examples of this expression being used in Scotland and abroad, for example in Australia. It seems to me very possible that the phrase was then «transported» to America and got changed in the process from Mackay to McCoy.

Read the article and choose the correct option

  • rebellious /rɪˈbeljəs/ — opposing authority or accepted ways of doing things
  • take no notice of — to pay attention to something
  • sophisticated /səˈfɪstɪˌkeɪtɪd/ — knowing a lot about things such as culture, fashion, and the modern world
  • drag someone up/over — to pull someone strongly or violently
  • lighten up — (INFORMAL) used for telling someone to be less serious
  • follow someone around — to follow someone wherever they go, especially in a way that annoys them
  • take something in — to understand and remember something that you hear or read
  • conform — to behave in a way that most people think is correct or suitable
  • cut up — to cut something into several pieces
  • run up — to make or become greater or larger, as in run up huge bills; run up the price of the company’s stock.


Imagine being able to go back in time and have a little chat with the 17-year-old you. We asked two 30-somethings what advice they would give their younger selves.

Martha Lee

The problem with most 17-year-olds is not that they are wild or rebellious but that they’re just so sensitive, and so self-obsessed that even an innocent comment might cause them much emotional pain. So, what I’d tell my younger self is to live a little, relax, and take no notice of what anyone else says. At parties, when I was 17, I’d sit in the corner trying to look grown up and sophisticated instead of enjoying myself. I’d soon put a stop to that if I could go back in time. I’d drag the silly girl up and show her just how much fun dancing in an embarrassing way can be! Mind you, I might have a word with her about how a little lipstick is more appealing than layers and layers, and why that lovely flowery dress didn’t suit those awful high-heeled white sandals.

When I was 17, I was constantly worrying about boys. So, I’d tell her to lighten up, forget about them, and spend more time with the girls. I’d love her to know that not having a date on a Saturday night was not the end of the world, and didn’t mean she was a loser. And I’d tell her that if a boy she liked didn’t fancy her, he was allowed to have that opinion, and that following him around, changing hairstyles, or ringing him up and putting the phone down as soon as he answered wouldn’t change anything.

The other thing I’d tell her is that her mother was not an ignorant, embarrassing but loveable idiot, who didn’t know what she was talking about, but rather a witty and forgiving woman who was intelligent enough to be amused rather than annoyed at how arrogant and selfish teenagers can be.

Jim Stewart

To be honest with you, I don’t think there would be much point in going back in time and talking to me as a 17-year-old, and not because I wouldn’t listen. I was always being given advice, but, at that age, however hard I tried, I just couldn’t take it in. My world was listening to rock music, cleaning my new motorbike and watching football. Everything else seemed irrelevant. I tried to have ambitions and be sensible, but I really couldn’t see why.

But if I did have the chance to talk to tall, skinny, long-haired me, what would I say? Get your hair cut? No, I don’t think so, although I would tell the younger me to try to eat more healthily. Not that I was overweight. On the contrary, when I look at old photos I always envy the fact that I managed to wear such tight jeans. Actually, what I’d really want to tell myself is to think bigger and to not limit my horizons. I don’t think I was encouraged to take risks and to try to find out what I really wanted to do. Perhaps there was pressure on me to conform, to go to college, to get a good job, that sort of thing.

Oh, and the other thing I’d tell the 17-year-old me is to cut up all my credit cards. I wasn’t very good with money and I just didn’t realize how quickly you can get into debt. If it hadn’t been for my dad, it would have taken years to pay off all the bills I ran up.

Complete the sentences with the words from the box

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🔗Writing criteria


  1. You should never regret what you have done – you should only regret what you didn’t do.
  2. It’s never too late to be who you might have been.
  3. A word of mouth is the best advertising medium.
  4. The pros and cons of using loanwords in your native language.

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  1. Read the topic and the questions carefully.
  2. Plan what you are going to write about.
  3. Write the text according to your plan.
  4. Check your writing before sending it for evaluation.
  5. Learn the rules and see the sample 🔗here.
  6. Please use 🔗Grammarly to avoid spelling and some grammar mistakes.

Make a 3-minute speech answering the following questions

🔗Speaking criteria


1. How important are regrets in a person’s life? Would a person be better or worse off without any regrets?

2. Do you ever wish you could travel back in time? What three things would you tell the 18-year-old yourself?

3. What do you think shouldn’t be advertised? Why? Do you think that ads create a desire for more and more material possessions?

4. What kind of company are you working for? Would you like to change anything about its policy and way of dealing with the staff? Would you like to work in your own business?

5. What is your favourite English word? Why do you like it?

6. Are there many words in your language which are borrowed from other languages? Is borrowing terms excessively from English good for a language?

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