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3/2019 Editorial Spotlight PLUS
Dear plus reader, different meanings. Also, in the grammar
Although I generally section (pages 4–5), you have a chance
try to get what’s going to practise the correct use of “although”,
on around me, there’s “though”, “even so” and “in spite of”. And
always room for mis­ once you’ve been up to your ears in gram­
language editor interpretation. Which mar for a while, you might want to take a
is why, on pages 8–9, light­hearted look at how to use the word
we present words and phrases that will “ears” — and other names for parts of the
be useful for talking about misunder­ body — in conversational English. You’ll
standings. We also look at the small but find these body idioms on page 19.
very versatile verb “get”. Read pages 6–7
to check whether you “get” its many


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Stellvertretende Chefredakteurin:
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6 Do you get it? Chefin vom Dienst:
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Englisch für den Alltag Redaktion: Owen Connors,
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8 Misunderstandings Autoren: Anna Hochsieder,
Julia Howard, Lynda Hübner
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Grammatik Spotlight PLUS 3/2019
“Although”, “though”, “even so” and “in spite of”
On The Grammar Page (page 50), Adrian Doff looks at using “although”, “though”,
“even so” and “in spite of”. Here, you can practise these words and phrases.

1. “Although” and “though” E

The six sentences below look very similar, but only five of them are correct.
Read the sentences very carefully and pick the one that’s incorrect.

A. Although Rover’s a pit bull, he’s very gentle.

B. Rover’s very gentle although he’s a pit bull.
C. Rover’s a pit bull, he’s very gentle although.
D. Though Rover’s a pit bull, he’s very gentle.
E. Rover’s a pit bull, though he’s very gentle.
F. Rover’s a pit bull — he’s very gentle, though.

2. What’s the rule? E

Of the six rules below, one is incorrect. Can you find it?
(Looking at the sentences from exercise 1 might help you.)

A. “Though” can go at the beginning of a sentence.

B. “Although” can go in the middle of a sentence.
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C. “Though” can go in the middle of a sentence.

D. “Though” can go at the end of a sentence.
E. “Although” can go at the end of a sentence.
F. “Although” can go at the beginning of a sentence.

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“Although”, “though”, “even so” and “in spite of”

3. “Even though” E

“Even though” is stronger than “although”. Rewrite the sentences below

using “even though”.

A. Rover’s a pit bull, but he’s very gentle.

B. He keeps on phoning her, though she’s told him not to.
C. We had a picnic — it wasn’t very sunny, though.
D. Although it was a five­star hotel, the service wasn’t very good.
E. Though he’d had several drinks, he still wanted to drive home.
F. She went to work although she had a bad cold.

4. “Even so” M

Match the sentence halves and join them with “even so”.

A. The weather looked OK, but... 1. she’s still overweight.

B. I left work early, but... 2. his headache got worse.
C. She’s lost three kilos, but... 3. we took our umbrellas.
D. It’s a designer jacket, but... 4. I didn’t understand it.
E. He took a painkiller, but... 5. I got home late.
F. She explained it twice, but... 6. I ate it all.
G. I didn’t like the taste, but... 7. it’s too expensive.

5. “In spite of” + noun/gerund A

Complete the sentences below with the correct phrases from the list.

bad cold | eating so much | her diet | his age | making one mistake |
my neighbours’ complaints | police search

A. In spite of a(n) , the body couldn’t be found.

B. I practise the violin in the evenings in spite of .
C. He runs half­marathons in spite of .
D. I still felt hungry in spite of .
E. In spite of a(n) , he went to school.
F. She ate some chocolate cake in spite of .
G. I passed my driving test in spite of .

Grammatik Spotlight PLUS 3/2019
Do you get it?
“Get” has several meanings and is a useful word in English — you’ll find it in lots of
Spotlight texts. Here’s a chance to practise using “get” and to see whether you get it.

“Have” and
1. “Have” and “have got” E “have got”
“I have a cat”
and “I’ve got a
Rewrite these sentences, using “have got” instead of “have”. cat” mean the
same thing.
“Have got”
A. She has two children. is used more
. often in British
B. They don’t have a car.

C. I have a high temperature.


D. Do you have the time, please?


E. He doesn’t have a middle name.


F. I don’t have time.


G. Does your flat have a balcony?


Get it done!
2. Get it done! E “He’s going
to get his hair
cut” means the
What is Peter going to get done today? Put the words in the right order. same as “He’s
going to have
his hair cut”.
A. Peter’s | his | tested | going | eyes | to | get
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B. going | Peter’s | get | painted | his | living room | to


C. car | to | cleaned | get | his | Peter’s | going


D. to | repaired | going | his | get | computer | Peter’s


E. going | his | Peter’s | to | renewed | get | passport


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Do you get it?

3. “Get” + preposition/particle M

Complete the sentences below with the words from the list.

back | off | on | on | over | round | to | up

A. I get late on Sundays.

B. He gets work before nine o’clock.
C. I get well with my mother­in­law.
D. I hope you get your cold soon.
E. She got the bus outside her house and got at the hospital.
F. I enjoyed my lunch hour but now I have to get to work.
G. I must get to doing my tax — it has been on my to­do list for ages.

4. Say it another way A

Match the sentences with “get” expressions (A–I) to the phrases that have
a similar meaning (1–9).

A. They got on like a house on fire.

B. There’s nothing you can do about it — get over it.
C. I got to know her sister.
D. The children got into trouble.
E. She always wants to get her own way.
F. I got rid of the clothes I no longer wear.
G. Get out of the way!
H. Do you get it?
I. We’re having a family get-together on my birthday.

1. became acquainted with

2. do what she wants
3. got on very well
4. threw away / gave away
5. forget it
6. understand it
7. were naughty and were punished
8. Move!
9. reunion

Englisch für den Alltag Spotlight PLUS 3/2019
In Everyday English (pages 54–55), Dagmar Taylor presents dialogues about mis-
understandings. Here, you can practise the words and phrases you have learned.

1. Fill the gaps M

Fill the gaps below using words from this issue’s Everyday English. Read
the dialogues again for help.

A. There’s no answer when I call him — it just goes straight to v .

B. I’ve been waiting for an hour and he hasn’t t u .
C. Everyone was looking at me. It was so h .
D. I called and t him, but he still hasn’t replied.
E. No wonder I couldn’t r him — he was at a football match.
F. I thought he was Canadian, but he said he was from the S .
G. How did your d go last night?
H. Could I get you a drink while you’re waiting for your d ?

2. Find the mistakes M

The following sentences use phrases from the dialogues, but they are not
quite correct. Rewrite them correctly on the lines provided.

A. I don’t think she’s coming. I’ve been stand-off.


B. I tried calling, but here’s no answer.


C. Greta and Leon called to say they’re in their way.


D. I have reservations for a table for two. My name’s Elaine.


E. You look similar. Where do I know you from?


F. After university, I went backpacking by my own across Europe.


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3. Meet me there M

Agnes and Margo arranged to meet their friend Edith to go shopping

together, but there seems to have been a misunderstanding. Complete
the dialogue with the words from the list.

date | humiliating | it must be | let’s hope | look familiar | make a reservation |

on its own | on our way | show up | text | that explains it | voicemail

Agnes: I’m so glad Edith can join us on our shopping (A) .

I haven’t seen her for ages.
Margo: She left a message on my (B) this morning. She’s
going to (C) a bit later.
Agnes: Maybe I should (D) her, so she knows where we’re
going. Why don’t I tell her we’ll be at that cafe down the road?
Margo: Sounds good, but can we stop at the chemist first? My feet are killing
me. I can’t walk very well in these heels. Oh, Agnes, why am I always
(E) myself?
Agnes: Don’t worry, Margo. It’s no problem to stop at the chemist. It’s
(F) to the cafe anyway.
Margo: You’re a dear, Agnes. I think after taking a break, the pain should go
away (G) .
(later, at the cafe)
Margo: I needed that. I’m feeling much better now.
Agnes: (H) over an hour since we arrived, and Edith still
isn’t here!
Margo: (I) she shows up soon. Seeing how busy it is in here,
I’m just glad we got a table. Next time, we better (J) .
(Edith enters the cafe wearing a yoga outfit)
Edith: You ladies (K) !
Agnes: Very funny, Edith. We’ve been waiting for you for over an hour. Why
are you wearing a yoga outfit to go shopping?
Edith: You wrote that I should meet you at Wellbeing. I thought it was a bit
strange to meet at a yoga centre, until I realized you probably meant
this place — but that wasn’t until I’d finished their beginner’s hour.
Agnes: Ah, (L) ! It must have been the autocorrect on my
mobile. Sorry, I meant the Well&Bean coffee shop.
Margo: Heels and a yoga outfit — we are a silly looking group of old ladies!

Englisch für den Beruf Spotlight PLUS 3/2019
Mentoring programmes and introductions
In English at Work (page 61), communication expert Ken Taylor takes a closer look
at mentoring programmes and introductions. Practise what you have learned here.

What to ask
1. Questions for a mentoring meeting A Are you
what kind
Match the sentence halves to create three questions in each category. of questions
Make sure that all the questions make sense. might be
asked during
a mentoring
Openers Self-awareness programme?
In exercise 1,
A. Was there a time… G. How am I… you’ll find lots
of examples,
B. Could you tell me… H. How can I… divided into
C. What do you wish… I. Could you offer… four categories:
• Openers:
Specifics Skill-building help break
the ice and
D. How can I best stay connected… J. How can I... get the
E. What type of preparation… K. What new skills... conversation
F. In your view,… L. How can I become... • Specifics:
Now is the
time to ask
1. do you think would questions
about specific
be appropriate situations.
before my perfor­ • Self-
mance review? awareness:
2. viewed by others? questions
help you
3. better at managing? find out how
others see
4. you had known you.
before taking on • Skill-
this role? There’s
5. would taking an always
room for
assignment abroad improvement.
help my career? Your mentor
may have just
6. you felt like you’d the advice
failed and, if so, how you’re looking
did you recover?
7. keep participants’ attention when making a presentation?
8. feedback on ways to improve my professional presence?
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9. do I need in order to move ahead?

10. to key partners in a different geographical area?
11. about an achievement you’re proud of?
12. communicate more effectively?

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Mentoring programmes and introductions

2. The perfect introduction M

Reread Laszlo’s letter and Ken’s reply. Then answer the questions below.

A. Laszlo says he’s been a fan for F. Ken starts all presentations,
many years. Which of the phrases speeches and CD inputs the same
below could be used to replace way. Is this statement true or false?
“for many years”? 1. true
1. since a long time 2. false
2. for ages
G. Why does Ken outline the main
B. Laszlo enjoys Ken’s tips and aims of a programme before intro­
recommendations. How would ducing himself?
you define the words “tip” and 1. to focus the minds of the partici­
“recommendation”? pants
1. A tip is a small bit of practical 2. to remind himself of his topic
advice; a recommendation is a
suggestion for the best course of H. What does Ken do after making his
action. introductions?
2. A tip is a brief directive; a recom­ 1. He outlines the main aim of the
mendation is a personal prefer­ programme again.
ence. 2. He shows how his experience
relates to the programme.
C. Where is Ken Taylor from?
1. London I. When making a telephone call,
2. Oxford Ken introduces himself by saying,
“Good morning. This is Ken Tay­
D. Laszlo thinks Ken’s introduction lor.” Why?
on the audio CD can only be used… 1. It sounds more polite than just,
1. when making a speech or “My name is Ken Taylor”.
presentation abroad. 2. It lets the person know what time
2. on the phone. it is for Ken when he calls someone
in a different time zone.
E. Laszlo likes to say something like,
“my name is…” or “let me introduce J. Ken says where he’s calling from
myself” when giving a speech or when phoning someone abroad.
starting a presentation. He’d like Why does he do this?
to know from Ken… 1. It makes the call sound more offi­
1. whether these phrases are polite. cial.
2. what alternative phrases he’d 2. It adds a sense of urgency and
recommend. importance.

Wortschatz Spotlight PLUS 3/2019
Talking about architecture
In Vocabulary (pages 48–49), Anna Hochsieder looks at words and phrases for
talking about architecture. Here, you can learn more about this area of language.

1. What’s what in architecture? M

Study the picture on page 48 of the magazine. Then complete the defini­
tions below with the words from the list.

archway | dormer | flying buttress | gable | pillar | skylight

A. A(n) is a flat or slanted window in a roof or ceiling.

B. A(n) is a passage or entrance with a curved roof.
C. A(n) is a thick, round upright post that supports
part of a building.
D. A(n) is the upper, triangle­shaped part of a wall just
below a roof.
E. A(n) is an upright window in a sloping roof.
F. A(n) is a curved structure that supports the wall of
a building.

2. My home is my castle M

Match the types of houses on the left to their definitions on the right.

A. A “detached house” is… 1. a small house in the country.

B. A “terraced house” is… 2. a very large house.
C. A “semi­detached house” is… 3. a house on one level.
D. A “cottage” is… 4. not joined to another house.
E. A “bungalow” is… 5. one of several houses joined together.
F. A “mansion” is… 6. joined to another house on one side.
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Talking about architecture

3. Odd one out A

Cross out one word in each line below that is not used with the noun on
the right. Use a dictionary to help you.

A. a two­bedroom | two­hundred­year­old | two­man | two­storey house

B. a derelict | high­rise | listed | thin building
C. a fourth­floor | rib­vault | spacious | well­appointed flat
D. a flanked | flat | pitched | thatched roof
E. a grand | pointed | spiral | wooden staircase
F. a brick | classical | refurbished | unfurnished facade

4. Famous sites around the world A

Choose the correct options to complete these sentences describing five

UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

A. The Taj Mahal is instantly recognizable by its dome / tower, which is

slightly reminiscent of an onion.
B. The twin towers of Cologne Cathedral, topped by tall Gothic turrets /
spires, dominate the skyline of the city on the Rhine.
C. The Roman aqueduct near Nîmes, known as the Pont du Gard, consists of
no fewer than 52 arches / storeys on three different levels.
D. All the buildings on the Belgian capital’s famous Grand Place are listed /
flanked monuments.
E. Machu Picchu is not only Peru’s most iconic landmark / building, but has
also been voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Wortschatz Spotlight PLUS 3/2019
St Patrick’s Day on the Isar
In this issue’s Ireland in Germany (pages 36–39), Greg Langley celebrates
St Patrick’s Day on the Isar. Here, you can practise using words from the text.

1. St Patrick’s Day from A to Z A

All the words in the list below are explained on pages 36–39. Use them to
complete Julia’s story about the St Patrick’s Day parade in Munich.

application | banish | boldly | brass | brewery | bustle | cheering | coaches | coat of arms |
craic | dairy | demanded | dignitary | dyeing | Emerald Isle | expat | patron saint | pint |
pipe | pull | shamrocks | smacking | steep | tapped into | tide | volunteer

I saw so many of my (A) friends at the St Patrick’s Day

parade today — it’s such an international event. Catching up on the latest
(B) (as the Irish would say) was just what I needed — and it
seems that free beer was just what my husband needed.

Our youngest, Patrick, ran off and got lost in the hustle and (C) .
My husband ran after him, (D) crossing in front
of the (E) taking part in the parade. I didn’t see
either again until about half an hour later, when both returned smiling and
(F) their lips. Apparently, there was a person dressed as a
cow handing out free (G) products and he (or she?) couldn’t
say no to a toddler with (H) painted on his cheeks. There
was also someone dressed as a pint of Guinness, who gave my husband a free
drink — and he (or she?) couldn’t say no to a father who named his son after the
(I) of the (J) ! He was happy to realize that
he’d (K) a way of getting a free (L) .

On our way home, as we passed the Paulaner (M) at Nock­

herberg, Patrick started (N) his brother Paul’s name. I told him
to cut it out before someone (O) we leave. As my husband
was telling me to relax and that no one would (P) us from
the festivities, a member of the (Q) band that had been play­
ing came over and pressed another drink in his hand, saying, “Here, take a(n)
(R) of our local beer”. I told my husband in no uncertain
terms that I wasn’t going to carry him back down the (S) hill
we were on, so he’d better not drink too much — he’d had enough already to
(T) him over until St Patrick’s Day 2020!
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Paul then suggested that daddy should (U) at next year’s

parade since he’d had so much fun. I jokingly added that he should fill out a(n)
(V) to be a(n) (W) so he could be in the pa­
rade. “Then I should have a(n) (X) to look more official,” he said.

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St Patrick’s Day on the Isar

Paul then suggested (Y) Patrick green and letting him walk
alongside daddy in the parade. “And what about you?” I asked Paul. He said he’d
walk on the other side of his father and play the Scottish (Z) .
“Then there’s going to be no shortage of craic at next year’s parade!” I replied.

2. An Irish hello M

Unscramble the words from Greg’s article and write the letters in the correct
order in the spaces provided. (Tip: You’ll find all the words in the vocabulary
boxes on pages 36–39.) The highlighted letters form a Gaelic greeting.

A. odt
B. piganton
C. badeelarl
D. rusec
E. dedrive
F. ttechsr

Gaelic greeting:

Lesen und verstehen Spotlight PLUS 3/2019
Immigration to the US
On page 26, Ginger Kuenzel writes about the difficulties of immigration to the US. Read
her column and test your comprehension by doing the exercises on the opposite page.

1 With all the controversy about immigration in the US, I can’t help but think back to
my days as an immigrant in Germany more than 40 years ago. Unlike so many of those
attempting to come to the US today, I was not fleeing violence or poverty. I didn’t have
children to protect, clothe, and (1) . And I could have returned to the US at any
5 time. In other words, I was not making any sacrifices.

Many of the immigrants coming to the US today are walking hundreds of miles, bring­
ing with them only what they can carry. They are unsure of what awaits them at the
end of their journey or even where their next meal will come from. Most have left their
families behind, knowing that the chances of ever seeing them again are slight.

10 What does it take for someone to do this? Clearly, it takes (2) courage, stamina,
and (3) . But more than that, it means that their situation was so intolerable that
they saw no other option but to sacrifice everything to escape it. And yet so many of my
fellow citizens have little compassion for these people. This is true despite the fact that
nearly everyone in the US is descended from immigrants.

15 Even though my decision to emigrate to Germany in 1974 was not based on economic
need or safety concerns, I did not find it easy to come to live in a country that was not my
own. It took me a number of years to learn the language well enough not to be worried
about making an (4) faux pas — like the time I greeted an elderly neighbor who had
just been to the hair salon by saying that her hairdo looked dämlich. I mistakenly thought
20 that dämlich was a female form of herrlich.

Today’s immigrants to the US have far greater concerns than I did when I moved to
Germany. Learning the language is probably the least of these. They need to find a way
to pay for housing and (5) . Some have had their children taken away from them.
They are taking tremendous risks, with no guarantee that they will get into the country
25 and with asylum increasingly difficult to obtain.

With all this in mind, it’s hard to understand how anyone could think that immigrants
are seeking a life on easy street. Don’t get me wrong. We do need to regulate immigra­
tion. But without immigrants, many sectors of our economy would be in deep trouble,
particularly (6) and the service industry.
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30 In addition, we owe many of the most important advances in technology, medicine, and
other scientific (7) to immigrants. Yes, we need immigrants. And what we really
need is for our government to put (8) rhetoric aside in order to pass laws that are
(9) and fair to immigrants while also serving the needs of our nation.

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Immigration to the US US

1. Which word goes where? E

Nine words have been removed from the text. Put them back where they belong.

A. agriculture D. humane G. food

B. determination E. feed H. embarrassing
C. fields F. fear­mongering I. tremendous

2. True or false? E

Read the statements below and decide whether they are true (T) or
false (F) according to Ginger’s column.

A. Ginger was poor, so she immigrated to Germany.
B. Many immigrants to the US are from bordering countries.
C. Almost everyone in the US can say their ancestors were immigrants.
D. Ginger wanted to compliment a neighbour, but insulted her instead.
E. Some immigrants to the US have had their children taken away.
F. Many advances in medicine and technology have been made by

3. Ginger means… M

What is the meaning of the expressions marked in bold in the article?

Choose the option that could replace them.

A. back to my days
1. about my past life 2. about my past trip
B. in mind
1. memorized 2. taken into account
C. on easy street
1. of financial comfort 2. without hard labour
D. Don’t get me wrong.
1. Don’t misunderstand me. 2. Don’t blame me.
E. despite the fact that
1. but 2. even though

Land und Leute Spotlight PLUS 3/2019
Ireland’s west
In our Travel feature (pages 28–35), Jessica Mann takes us on a tour
of Ireland’s west. Here, you can test yourself on what you have read.

1. Family fun M

1. The author says that Ireland has long held a fascination that far exceeds
its .
A. economy B. size C. weather

2. The scenic coastal region of Connemara is covered in ,

a type of wetland.
A. logs B. bogs C. hogs

3. In Galway, the author and her family eat at a family­friendly pizza place
called Fat in the Latin Quarter.
A. Freddy’s B. Patrick’s C. Lola’s

4. Afterwards, she enjoys across the street at the 1520 Bar.

A. oyster stew B. green beer C. live music

5. A full may include toast, bacon, sausages, baked beans, eggs,

mushrooms, grilled tomatoes and black pudding.
A. Galway brunch B. Irish breakfast C. Dublin dinner

6. A famous feature of Dunguaire Castle is its tall .

A. hedge B. dolmen C. tower

7. The Burren, which in Irish means “great rock”, is essentially a(n) .

A. ancient seabed B. asphalt cliff C. lonely island

8. A very famous sight, the Cliffs of are visited by more than a

million people each year.
A. Moher B. Mohair C. Motown

9. The boat trip to see these cliffs from below causes the author to become
Foto: J.Marijs/

A. faint B. queasy C. mean

10. At the end of the journey, the author’s son Michael calls the island of
Skellig “ rock”.
A. Star Wars B. muffin C. puffin

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Up to the neck in body idioms
In Spoken English (page 60), Adrian Doff is up to his neck in body idioms. Do the
exercise below to practise the phrases you’ve learned.

1. “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” A

Do you know this children’s song? Review what you’ve learned and dis­
cover some additional body idioms by completing the sentences below
with the words from the list.

back | chest | ears | eyes | face | gut | head | hearted | knees | mouth | neck | nose |
shoulder | sides | skin | toes

A. I can’t believe she went over my and went straight to the

boss with this problem!
B. I love him and go weak at the just thinking about him.
C. My neighbours are about to move. I’ll be glad to see the of
D. Replacing the battery in my watch was a real pain in the .
E. A kind­ man helped her carry her pram down the stairs.
F. Love scenes in films make my curl — I always find them
really embarrassing.
G. I had a(n) feeling that it was the right decision.
H. He has a thick . You can tell him what you really think.
I. All were on the striker as he walked up to the penalty spot.
J. Ted is all and no trousers. He could never beat his nephew
at tennis.
K. I’m up to my in work. Why don’t you help me a bit?
L. The comedy show was absolutely brilliant. I was splitting my
M. When my girlfriend said she needed to get something off her ,
I knew I was in trouble.
N. Going on strike over the holidays would create a massive loss for the
airline and could actually cause employees to lose their jobs instead of
getting a pay rise — they’d be cutting off their to spite
their .
O. My best friend has always been there for me whenever I needed a
to cry on.

Hörverständnis Spotlight PLUS 3/2019
A shoulder to cry on US

On pages 12–13, we meet Susana Alba, a funeral arranger from Los Angeles. Listen
to her talk about her job and find out how she offers a shoulder to cry on.

1. A viewing M

Listen to Susana talk about what she does during a viewing. Then choose
the options that correctly finish the sentences according to what she says.
Online anhören
A. Susana likes to arrive at the crematory… scannen oder
1. an hour prior to the viewing. 2. an hour after the viewing. URL eingeben
B. She likes to make sure everything is clean and that there isn’t any…
1. dust on the furniture or floor. 2. dirt or trash on the floor.

C. Some things that are typically placed in the casket are…

1. letters, cards and flowers. 2. wreaths, candy and pictures.

D. Susana never…
1. says a prayer at a viewing. 2. puts flowers in the decedent’s hands.

E. Asking the family to make a bouquet is a way to…

1. reduce the cost of a viewing. 2. get the familiy involved.

F. Susana finds that when people see a dead person, most of them are…
1. very shy. 2. scared.

G. When the family arrives, Susana at first…

1. stays beside them to make sure everything is to their liking.
2. hands out tissues as many normally cry.

2. Who’s who and what’s what? A

Match the people and places mentioned in the audio (A–E) to the riddles
that identify them (1–5). Listen again for help.

A. next of kin 1. A “living” room it’s not,

but one could stay there buried in thought.

B. clergy 2. At work you’re at a loss?

Try having a higher power as your boss.
3. Through blood or marriage related,
C. family
these people are not to be separated.
4. This could be one or two or three, Mehr
D. chapel but all are the closest relations you see. Hörverständnis-
Training unter:
5. You hold a service here www.spotlight-
E. casket and might find yourself sitting ear to ear.

3/2019 Test Spotlight PLUS
See how much you’ve learned

We hope you’ve enjoyed this issue of Spotlight plus. Try this revision test to see how
much you’ve learned. Any questions? Contact us at: language@spotlight­

1. Check your progress M

1. Mandy’s horrible at maths — she’s excellent at sports .

A. though B. although C. in spite of
2. I still felt cold, in spite of several layers of clothing.
A. I wear B. wearing C. warm clothes
3. My husband still hasn’t got to putting away the
Christmas decorations.
A. on B. off C. round
4. Should we have a small before the baby is born?
A. get it B. get­together C. got to know
5. Did you try leaving a message on his ?
A. text B. voicemail C. date
6. I don’t think it’s OK to keep someone waiting or .
A. stand on them B. stand them off C. stand them up
7. Does the company offer a mentoring ?
A. programme B. interview C. introduction
8. Let me introduce . My name is Ken Taylor.
A. me B. you to me C. myself
9. I’ve always dreamt about living in a small house in the country.
I love .
A. cottages B. mansions C. detached houses
10. The glass on the floor is from the . It broke during the storm.
A. pillar B. gable C. skylight
11. I’ll have a of Guinness, please.
A. pint B. pipe C. point
12. Did you know there’s a raven on Dublin’s ?
A. coat of arms B. shamrock C. patron saint
13. Many US citizens don’t care about immigrants the fact that
nearly all of them have immigrant pasts.
A. despite B. in spite C. respite
14. Why work hard when you can enjoy a life on easy ?
A. street B. highway C. road
15. All this paperwork is a real pain in the .
A. neck B. head C. shoulder

Lösungen Spotlight PLUS 3/2019

5. “In spite of” + noun/ 4. Say it another way
gerund A–3
(PP. 4–5) A. police search B–5 (PP. 10–11)
B. my neighbours’ C–1
1. “Although” and complaints D–7 1. Questions for a
“though” C. his age mentoring meeting
Sentence C is incorrect. D. eating so much A–6
E. bad cold B–11
F. her diet C–4
2. What’s the rule? H–6
G. making one mistake D–10
Sentence E is incorrect. I–9
3. “Even though” DO YOU GET IT? (PP. 6–7) G–2
A. Even though Rover’s a (PP. 8–9) H–12
pit bull, he’s very gentle. 1. “Have” and “have got” I–8
B. He keeps on phoning A. She’s got two children. 1. Fill the gaps J–7
her, even though she’s B. They haven’t got a car. A. voicemail K–9
told him not to. C. I’ve got a high B. turned up L–3
C. We had a picnic, even temperature. C. humiliating
though it wasn’t very D. Have you got the time, D. texted
sunny. please? 2. The perfect
E. reach
D. Even though it was a E. He hasn’t got a middle introduction
F. States
ive-star hotel, the name. A–2
service wasn’t very G. date
F. I haven’t got time. B–1
good. H. date
G. Has your lat got a C–1
E. Even though he’d had balcony? D–2
several drinks, he still
wanted to drive home. 2. Find the mistakes E–2
F. She went to work, even 2. Get it done! A. I’ve been stood up. F–2
though she had a bad A. Peter’s going to get his B. …but there’s no answer. G–1
cold. eyes tested. C. …they’re on their way. H–2
B. Peter’s going to get his D. I have a reservation… I–1
living room painted. E. You look familiar. J–2
4. “Even so”
C. Peter’s going to get his F. I went backpacking on
A–3; The weather looked car cleaned. my own...
OK, but even so, we took
D. Peter’s going to get his TALKING ABOUT
our umbrellas.
computer repaired. ARCHITECTURE
B–5; I let work early, but 3. Meet me there
E. Peter’s going to get his (PP. 12–13)
even so, I got home late. A. date
passport renewed.
C–1; She’s lost three kilos, B. voicemail 1. What’s what in
but even so, she’s still architecture?
C. show up
overweight. 3. “Get” + preposition/ A. skylight
D. text
D–7; It’s a designer jacket, particle B. archway
but even so, it’s too E. humiliating
A. up C. pillar
expensive. F. on our way
B. to D. gable
E–2; He took a painkiller, G. on its own
C. on E. dormer
but even so, his headache H. It must be
got worse. D. over F. lying buttress
I. Let’s hope
F–4; She explained it twice, E. on, of
J. make a reservation
but even so, I didn’t F. back
K. look familiar
understand it. G. round
L. that explains it
G–6; I didn’t like the taste,
but even so, I ate it all.

3/2019 Lösungen Spotlight PLUS

T. tide IRELAND’S WEST (P. 18) L. sides (to split one’s sides
2. My home is my castle
U. volunteer laughing (ifml.) = sich
A–4 1. Family fun vor Lachen biegen)
V. application
B–5 1–B M. chest (to get sth. of
W. dignitary
C–6 2–B your chest = sich etw.
X. coat of arms
D–1 3–A von der Seele reden, etw.
Y. dyeing loswerden)
E–3 4–C
Z. pipe N. nose; face (to cut of
F–2 5–B
one’s nose to spite one’s
face = sich ins eigene
2. An Irish hello 7–A
3. Odd one out Fleisch schneiden)
A. dot 8–A
A. two-man O. shoulder (a shoulder to
B. poignant 9–B cry on = eine Schulter
B. thin
C. balladeer 10–C zum Ausweinen)
C. rib-vault
D. curse
D. lanked
E. derived
E. pointed
F. unfurnished
BODY IDIOMS (P. 19) (P. 20)
Gaelic greeting: Dia duit
1. “Head, Shoulders, 1. A viewing
4. Famous sites around Knees and Toes” A–1
the world
A. head (to go over sb.’s B–2
A. dome IMMIGRATION TO THE head = über jds. Kopf
B. spires US (PP. 16–17) hinweg handeln)
C. arches B. knees (to go weak at
1. Which word goes E–2
D. listed the knees = ganz weiche
where? F–2
E. landmark Knie bekommen)
A–6 G–1
C. back (to be glad to see
B–3 the back of sb. (ifml.) =
C–7 froh sein, jmd. endlich los
ST PATRICK’S DAY ON 2. Who’s who and what’s
D–9 zu werden)
THE ISAR (PP. 14–15) what?
E–1 D. neck (to be a pain in the
neck (ifml.) = nerven) A–4
1. St Patrick’s Day from F–8
A to Z E. hearted (kind-hearted = B–2
A. expat gutherzig, gütig) C–3
B. craic F. toes (it makes my toes D–5
C. bustle curl (ifml.) = da rollen E–1
sich mir die Zehennägel
D. boldly
2. True or false? hoch)
E. coaches
A. false G. gut (gut feeling = SEE HOW MUCH YOU’VE
F. smacking Bauchgefühl)
B. false LEARNED (P. 21)
G. dairy H. skin (to have a thick
H. shamrocks C. true
skin = ein dickes Fell 1. Check your progress
I. patron saint D. true
haben) 1–A; 2–B; 3–C; 4–B; 5–B;
J. Emerald Isle E. true
I. eyes (all eyes are on... 6–C; 7–A; 8–C; 9–A; 10–C;
K. tapped into F. true (ifml.) = alle Augen sind 11–A; 12–A; 13–A; 14–A;
L. pint auf ... gerichtet) 15–A
M. brewery J. mouth (all mouth and
3. Ginger means…
N. cheering no trousers (UK ifml.) =
A–1 große Klappe und nichts
O. demanded B–2 dahinter)
P. banish C–1 K. ears (to be up to one’s
Q. brass D–1 ears / neck in... (ifml.) =
R. pull E–2 bis über beide Ohren / bis
S. steep zum Hals in ... stecken)

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