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Youre going to watch a fragment of the news, reporting findings about workers around the world and the time they spend working. Before you watch the video answer the following questions. According to your perspective: In which countries do people work the longest hours? Which country is number one as far as the length of a working day is concerned? In which countries would you be expected to work shorter hours? Now watch the video and check whether your guesses were right or wrong. Were you right in your answers to the previous questions? If not, what led you to give those answers? According to the reporter, whats surprising about Belgians? Why? In which countries people devote more time to cooking?

Reading Read the text, and then say if the statements are T or F


According to a new report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Mexicans spend more hours of their day working than the people of any other country. This comes as a surprise because in many countries the popular image of a Mexican has been that of a sleepy farmer in his sombrero taking a siesta. It may be time to put the maana culture stereotype to bed as the average Mexican devotes 10 hours a day to paid or unpaid work - three hours more than the average Belgian, who ended up at the bottom of the list. The main reason why Mexicans are at the top is the amount of time they spend on housework. For over four hours each day they are busy cleaning, looking after children and, above all, cooking. In this respect, they are the opposite of Americans, who spend the least time cooking each day (30 minutes). What is interesting, they also spend less time eating, a habit that is believed to contribute to higher obesity rates in the United States. Americans might like to think of themselves as the worlds hardest workers, but they work 8 hours and 26 minutes a day, which is only 26 minutes longer than the average of all OECD countries. The Japanese, followed by the South Koreans and Chinese, work the most paid hours in a day, though they devote fewer hours to unpaid work.

1. Mexicans devote more hours to unpaid work than the people of any other country. 2. 3. The average Belgian works 3 hours more than the average Mexican. Mexicans and Americans spend a lot of time cooking.

4. Americans, who work 8 hours and 26 minutes a day, are considered to be the hardest workers of all OECD countries. 5. The Koreans spend fewer minutes a day shopping than other people in OECD countries. Discussion The report contradicts the stereotype of Mexicans being lazy. Do you know any other stereotypes which in your opinion are baseless? How is your country stereotyped? How are various nationalities stereotyped? Do you think there are any stereotypes that are good? Grammar


LESS and FEWER - opposite of MORE
LESS and FEWER mean the same thing - the opposite of MORE. They are comparative forms of LITTLE and FEW.

LEAST and FEWEST - opposite of MOST

LEAST and FEWEST mean the same thing - the opposite of MOST. They are superlative forms of LITTLE and FEW.

LESS and LEAST + uncountable nouns

Just like LITTLE is used with uncountable nouns, so LESS and LEAST are also used with things you cant count individually, e.g. water, furniture, money, etc.

FEWER and FEWEST + countable nouns

FEWER and FEWEST are used with plural forms of countable nouns - things that you can count individually, e.g. bottles, chairs, coins, etc. Find in the text examples of the use of LESS - LEAST, FEWER FEWEST Complete the sentences with LESS / THE LEAST / FEWER / THE FEWEST. 1. Demand for gas in the U.S. is falling. ........................... fill-ups may result in a drop in consumer and business spending as customers forgo trips to malls and restaurants and companies ship ........................... products. 2. Technology was supposed to liberate us and deliver to us untold hours of leisure time. Things havent turned out that way. The work we do keeps increasing, which means ........................... time for family and home life.

3. Local elections often draw ........................... voters, which is an irony, considering that local leaders have the most direct impact on our communities, schools and tax bills. 4. Morocco is safer than the UK as it harbours ........................... bombers and........................... Osama Bin Laden acolytes. 5. The organisers of the challenge wanted to find the car that would run furthest on ........................... petrol. 6. James Durbin has received ........................... viewer votes on the Fox talent contest on Thursday, leaving just three finalists remaining in the competition. 7. My sister has got ........................... self-confidence of anyone I know. 8. I think the flat is too cluttered. It would definitely look much better with ........................... furniture in it. Final discussion: What takes up most of your time? Do you think you manage your time wisely? Do you manage time, or does time manage you? Do you spend a lot of time when preparing for something? How much time do you spend sleeping? How do you like to spend your free time? Do you schedule out what you have to do every week? Do you make a schedule for every day?

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