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Stage 10

A gap year

1 . Você alguma vez já quis mudar radicalmente a sua vida ou profissão? Já se sentiu cansado de fazer a mesma coisa? Como seria uma vida ideal para você?

2 . Leia e ouça a primeira parte da entrevista com Jonathan. Faça a correspondência entre as palavras abaixo e suas respectivas definições.
Consulte as palavras que você não conhece no Word Bank no final do post.

Did you think gap years are just for students? They were. But not now. More and more working people are taking gap years. They are leaving work for a year and doing things they have wanted to do for a long time. Recently I spoke to Jonathan, a former copywriter for an advertising agency in London, who took a gap year.

Jonathan: When I was thirty I suddenly realised I had been working all my life. I don’t mean working for a living exactly. I mean I had been at school for thirteen years, then gone straight to university. After I graduated, I found a job. I was thirty and I had never really done anything for myself. I had just broken up with my girlfriend – she wanted to get married and I didn’t. I do one day. I would like children, but not yet. I decided then that I would give up my job and travel to all the places I had always dreamed about. I did lots of overtime and in ten months I had the money. I bought a round-the-world air ticket and left London. It was a fantastic feeling.

1 copywriter

2 advertising

3 a living

4 graduate

5 overtime

a) sair da universidade com um diploma

b) como você se sustenta, o que faz

c) aquele que escreve as mensagens de propaganda

d) horas extras trabalhadas após o expediente normal

e) o negócio de criar anúncios

3 . Leia a entrevista novamente e responda às seguintes perguntas sobre Jonathan.

1 What was Jonathan’s job before he went travelling?

2 What did he do when he graduated from university?

3 Why did he break up with his girlfriend?

4 How did he manage to get the money for the trip?

5 What did he buy when he had saved enough money?

4 . Ouça essa parte da entrevista com Jonathan. Você ouvirá mais alguns verbos preposicionais. Ligue esses verbos na coluna à esquerda (1–4) com a definição correta à direita (a–d).

1 head for

2 give up

3 head back

4 stay on

a) to continue being in the same place

b) to return to a place or thing

c) to go towards a place or thing

d) to stop doing something

Grammar: Past perfect continuous tense

Usamos o past perfect continuous para descrever uma ação que aconteceu durante um período de tempo até um determinado ponto no passado. O modelo de past perfect continuous é: had been + –ing do verbo principal.

My hands were wet because I had been washing the floor.

5 . Encontre dois exemplos de past perfect continuous na entrevista.

20 minutes+

Escolha um dos verbos do quadro para completar as frases no past perfect continuous.

drive | work | play | live | wait

1 My boyfriend called to say he would be late. I was angry because I …………………… for him for over an hour.

2 Anna …………………… in an apartment in Los Angeles for five years when I visited her in 2003.

3 I suddenly realised I …………………… for the same company for ten years.

4 Peter was exhausted by lunch time. He …………………… on the freeway since 8 a.m.

5 I met Jane for dinner. She told me she …………………… golf all day.


Word Bank

advertising (substantivo) = publicidade

copywriter (substantivo) = redator publicitário

graduate (verbo) = formar-se

head back (verbo) = retornar

head for (verbo) = rumar para

living (substantivo) = meio de vida

move on (verbo) = avançar

overtime (substantivo) = hora extra

restriction (substantivo) = restrição

stay on (verbo) = permanecer (em um local)


Respostas:

Exercício 2

1-c; 2-e; 3-b; 4-a; 5-d

Exercício 3

1 He was a copywriter.

2 He got a job.

3 She wanted to get married and he didn’t.

4 He worked lots of overtime.

5 He bought a round-theworld air ticket.

Exercício 4

1-c; 2-d; 3-b; 4-a

Exercício 5

When I was thirty I suddenly realised I had been working all my life.

He had been living there for three years when I arrived.

20 minutes+

1 had been waiting

2 had been living

3 had been working

4 had been driving

5 had been playing