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Free beer on Canada Day! (1st July)

Free beer. Free beer in a red fridge. With a maple leaf. The idea itself is rather exciting, isn’t it?

The following short videos tell the story of free beer:

The videos are unusual commercials by Molson, the Canadian beer company. You probably wouldn’t think of how short videos like these may help you with your exam preparation.  If you open the videos on YouTube, you can read hundreds of comments. Reading is done. wink Why don’t you write a comment? Bite-size writing practice is done. You don’t want to skip speaking, so why don’t you tell the story of one of the videos?

Need a little help? Here is a collection of mini paragraphs to tell both stories.

First, read them, then decide which part belongs to which video. Finally, order the sentences to get two short sample stories, which are quite similar to what you have to produce for Task 2 of the B1/B2 Speaking test. Now grab a pen and a sheet of paper and go!

 

A. After a while they found a Canadian passport holder, the fridge opened and eventually everyone was happy.

B. The video used one of Canada’s most important values, which is diversity. It was brilliant, though I wonder if anyone was fined for public intoxication.

C. They went to the fridge, read the sign explaining how to open it. It seemed pretty easy: they simply had to scan a Canadian passport.

D. Red fridges were placed in public places outdoors all over Europe back in 2013.

E. Quite a number of people gathered around the fridge, it took them a while to figure out that they needed six different languages to open it.

F. Two men put a big red fridge in the middle of a park or pedestrian area.

G. Soon there were enough speakers of various languages to open the fridge, it was full of beer, people cheered.

H. I liked the video, mainly the collaboration part. Nobody would have been able to open the fridge alone, the people had to talk to each other to find a Canadian citizen. It was amazing.

I. The fridge caught the attention of the people walking by. They read the sign on it, which said: “SAY I AM CANADIAN TO OPEN FRIDGE”.

J. The people who saw the fridges were really interested, obviously, they wanted to open them.

 

Key:

The 'passport' fridge:

Red fridges were placed in public places outdoors all over Europe back in 2013.

The people who saw the fridges were really interested, obviously, they wanted to open them.

They went to the fridge, read the sign explaining how to open it. It seemed pretty easy: they simply had to scan a Canadian passport.

After a while they found a Canadian passport holder, the fridge opened and eventually everyone was happy.

I liked the video, mainly the collaboration part. Nobody would have been able to open the fridge alone, the people had to talk to each other to find a Canadian citizen. It was amazing.

The 'languages' fridge:

Two men put a big red fridge in the middle of a park or pedestrian area.

The fridge caught the attention of the people walking by. They read the sign on it, which said: “SAY I AM CANADIAN TO OPEN FRIDGE”.

Quite a number of people gathered around the fridge, it took them a while to figure out that they needed six different languages to open it.

Soon there were enough speakers of various languages to open the fridge, it was full of beer, people cheered.

The video used one of Canada’s most important values, which is diversity. It was brilliant, though I wonder if anyone was fined for public intoxication.

 

 

 

 

 

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